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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by KelliJelliBeans, Feb 27, 2002.
I WOULD REALLY ENJOY TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU. YOUR OPINIONS, TIPS, STORIES, ETC.
in general i'd recommend that you take your MCATs summer before Junior year. That means take all of the pre-med classes before then. If you are able to accomplish this, you'll have a relaxing junior year.
In terms of letters of recommendation. Ask for them before the end of the fall semester, then they'll have xmas break to do them.
Then you can use the spring to do the essays.
If you do all this, you'll be ready to submit your applications on the first available day.
1) Study hard.
2) Relax and have fun.
3) Do things YOU like. But get some patient exposure.
4) forget about SDN- it's for us old farts that worry about getting in (as you do) but are IN the application process. I know a lot of folks disagree with me, but i don't think it's good to be SO obsessed with getting in that you're coming to SDN as an 18 year old freshman.
5) Do your best on the MCAT.
G'luck. Please excuse my shortness- it's not meant to be a personal attack - just my opinions. --Trek
tip #1. Get straight A's in your premed classes
tip #2. Take the MCAT in the summer going into your junior year to get it over with.
tip #3. Get clinical experience in an area that you are TRULY interested in.
tip #4. Get some research experience if you plan to involve research in your medical career.
tip #5. Get 5 solid letters of rec. I had two MDs and three PhD. The more they know you the better the letters will be.
tip #6. Apply early and wisely. Pick schools you think you have chance at, and throw in some hail mary's for the hell of it.
tip #7. Have some other things to talk about at your interview besides the results from tips 1,2,3,and 4. In other words, try not to be a cookie cutter talking resume.
and tip #8. Have faith in yourself. If you don't successfully achieve straight A's, straight 11s or more on your MCAT, publish a paper, and make the Olympic swimming team while doing all this....don't fret. If you really want to become a physician you will.
Do not focus all of your attention on medical school, get out and experience some other things. When volunteering, get some patient exposure, but throw in something totally unrelated to medicine. (habitat for humanity, elementary school, etc.) Maybe intern in a law firm for the summer, or whatever might be interesting to you.
I went into college thinking medicine was it, but I explored a few other avenues along the way. The result, I am quite certain that medicine is what I REALLY want to do, thanks to being exposed to some alternatives.
Most of all, have fun!
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Here's some advice: have fun in college. If you stress about everything, you will be miserable. The journey must be as enjoyable as the destination or else it is not worth it. Don't study 24/7. Play sports. Drink beer. Take classes you like. Spend less time on-line and more time with live people. Make at least one friend that is faculty. Don't kiss ass -- people hate that, even the ones being kissed.
my advice is to not type in caps
Take things one step at a time. Right now just concentrate in doing well in your classes. Also start thinking of volunteering and other extracurricular activities. Take it easy you still have lots of time. Good Luck
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about medical school. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra problem by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your med school rejections.
Avoid trippin out.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting peeps I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll do the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. Enjoy other people's bodies too.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines they will only make you feel ugly. (Even though you are not as fat as you think.)
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Treat your children with kindness. For one day, they will choose your nursing home.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than its worth.
Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things.
Trust me on the sunscreen though.
Papa: you are the MAN! I love that- i carry around a copy in my wallet just cos it's so cool. --Trek
My advice - follow souljah's advice and also take some time off and do something fun! You won't get a chance later on. Suggestions: study abroad, research abroad, get a masters in some funky subject, join the peace corps, take up an olympic sport, whatever. If you have all of the necessary stuff plus one really cool/interesting thing about you, you make a better applicant, have stuff to write about on your application essays and stand out in your interviewers mind <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Papa Smurf, right on.
As for me, I have to say the fact that I was so different was my advantage. I was a journalism major, and worked as a news photographer for 4 years and was an asst. editor as well. This experience taught me a lot about thinking on my feet, balancing technical precision with art, getting my subjects to trust me, talking to them and really listening to what they were saying. You can't capture someone on film without knowing them and letting them into your heart. I talked about this in my interviews, because I've discovered in my volunteer work and shadowing that the best doctors and nurses were the ones who could let people in. When they let people in, the patients did so in return and they were able to get all of their concerns addressed. I learned so much from these experiences. I guess my point is to get out there and set yourself apart. I did it in my own way, but you need to do it in yours. Get some definite medical exposure, but like another poster said, get involved in other things. You don't HAVE to be a science major -- look at me. Although I realize if I'd have gone "straight through" I'd be a third year resident by now, but I will definitely be a better doctor for having waiting and discovered my passion for medicine on my own.
Good luck and don't forget to have some fun - you're only in college once. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Hey, I thought of something else. Do not let people tell you not to worry about it now. WORRY ABOUT IT. Getting into MD school is competitive so make sure you have the grades, research, LORs and extracurriculars and THEN take time off and don't think about it for awhile. Good luck with all this
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Damn...that whole "sunscreen" thing makes me feel old! I was in...8th grade, I think, when that was really big on the radio. I can remember my mom driving me to school and hearing that.
Don't eat yellow snow.
Don't pet strange dogs.
papa, that was truly delightful...thank you.
and to the poster...the thing you can do is get the best grades that you can, without sacrificing the rest of your life. And get CLINICAL EXPOSURE. This is the best way to find out if medicine is for you. Otherwise, do things to make your life richer. Although it seems like doing things x,y,z will be the best way to get in, the medical schools are actually trying to take people who have had and continue to have rich and well-rounded lives. If you aren't well rounded, medical school and I would just say the field of medicine in general has the potential to ruin you. its not an easy path, so love it and be comfortable in your own skin before you proceed to do x,y,z. Of course, it doesn't hurt to know now what x,y,z are. So I would say the most important things for getting in are grades, mcat, letters of rec, and clincal experience. A unique angle on life in terms of experience, though, will shine through and make a world of difference.
Papa Smurf, I don't know what to say. That is going on my fridge to read often...
Just don't make the same mistakes I did
1) Don't feel like you have to do EVERYTHING. Instead, find a few things you like (outside of school), and do them WELL.
2) Also do well in school.
3) Learn to listen. Actively listen. You might be suprised what you hear--and learn.
4) Have fun, and don't take the whole premed thing too seriously--you'll go nuts if you do.
good luck !
The early bird gets the worm. It might not be the biggest, fattest, juciest, brightest, kindest, sweetest, or chewist worm, buts its still a worm, and to that bird, that is all that counts. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Ok, What i mean to say is that you should try and complete everything well before the stated deadlines!!!
deal with being under 21 until you turn 21 and NEVER EVER EVER HAVE A FAKE ID!!! it will really really hurt you later on.
Hint: Keep your grades up!!!
I nominate Papa Smurf for Best Post 2002 . I'm printing it out and putting it on my bathroom mirror! Thanks. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> for Papa Smurf
Maybe it is true ... father knows best <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
You wanna know why I love this freaking message board?
It's posts like Papas being followed up with one word posts that say "masturbate"....
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