Getting over post-exam nail-biting

So, if you're like me, you've walked out of an test thinking to yourself, "Well, that went terribly..." Today we had our exam for our third organ system-based block. Biochem, gastrointestinal system, and nutrition--I'll spare you the gory details. (One friend's key take-away: "It's all one big tube!") Anyway, over the course of the day, … Continue reading Getting over post-exam nail-biting

Ask a med student: “What is the one piece of non-gunner advice you would give to your pre-med self?”

I asked my class of first-year med students for the one piece of non-gunner advice they would give to their pre-med selves: "My advice would be to sure, do your pre-med extracurriculars that show you have really thought about a career in medicine, but don't overload yourself to the point of not having interests outside … Continue reading Ask a med student: “What is the one piece of non-gunner advice you would give to your pre-med self?”

Three suggestions for improving your Critical Analysis and Reasoning score on the 2015 MCAT

A buddy of mine asked me this weekend about what I recommend for improving his score on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section. (You may already know that the CAR is the only one of four sections of the MCAT that does not correspond to a natural or social science--instead it challenges your ability to … Continue reading Three suggestions for improving your Critical Analysis and Reasoning score on the 2015 MCAT

Seven ideas for leveling up your daily habits in 2018

We're nearly at the end of January, and I just remembered that New Year's Resolutions were a thing! Too late? No way. If you're like me, there are some things in your life that you would definitely like to improve on. The good news? The most important step is to just start, today. Whether you … Continue reading Seven ideas for leveling up your daily habits in 2018

Three of my favorite questions for the end of the med school interview

Earlier in the week, a med school applicant asked me for suggestions for questions to ask her interviewer at the end of their conversation. A few of my favorites for med school (and job) interviews include: 1. "Since you started at this school, what has confirmed that you made the right choice in coming here?" … Continue reading Three of my favorite questions for the end of the med school interview

My personal statement for medical school (AKA personal comments essay)

Last week a friend who is applying to med schools this year asked to see my personal statement. After sharing, I was happy to hear that she found it useful and liked its straightforward style. Of course, I don't know the full impact of the statement on my application. (For more info on theĀ personal statement, … Continue reading My personal statement for medical school (AKA personal comments essay)