So You Got into Medical School… Now What?

Session 149

Session 149

In this episode, Ryan talks with another orthopedic surgery resident here on the show, Dr. Daniel Paull. He is the author of So You Got into Medical School… Now What? A Guide to Preparing for the Next Four Years. ¬†

Ryan brought him on the show to talk about his book and how this might help you as a premed and eventually as a medical student. Daniel talks about the challenges he met while applying for medical school as well as the joys of really pursuing his passion.

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Here are the highlights of the conversation with Daniel:

The aha! moment when Daniel realized his calling to become a doctor

  • Coming from a family of engineers
  • Being injured and getting exposed to orthopedics

On writing your personal statement

  • Tell the truth.
  • Be sincere because this is the reason why you’re doing it.

Steps he took to prepare for medical school:

  • Focusing on getting good grades
  • Took his premed at NYU
  • Getting a major in physics just because he really liked it
  • Applied twice to get into medical school

What steps did he take to finally get into medical school?

  • He tweaked his personal statement
  • Did more extracurricular activities
  • Finally got into University of Miami

Course correction strategies he took to get better grades:

  • Paying attention to details more
  • Doing the instructional stuff beforehand
  • Going to the lecture, taking notes, and reviewing them

What kept him motivated:

  • Not worrying too much
  • Taking Step 1

What was Daniel’s Step 1?

  • Spaced Repetition Learning
  • Use of flash cards

Applying to medical school vs. applying to ortho residencies

  • Find out why Daniel finds it easier to apply to the residency.

On his book, So You Got into Medical School… Now What?

  • This book is for those who want to make the transition easier
  • For premeds, this will give them a better idea of what medical school is really like

Some pieces of advice for premed students:

People will help you out in medical school to help you get through and it does get better as time goes on.

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