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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