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?”

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 the personal statement, … Continue reading My personal statement for medical school (AKA personal comments essay)

Three things I learned about requesting letters of evaluation for med school

Recently a friend asked for my input on requesting letters of evaluation (LOE) as part of his medical school application. Here are three things I learned from my own experiences: 1. Request letters from people who can write you strong and personal recommendations. When I was a student, one of my professors gave me a … Continue reading Three things I learned about requesting letters of evaluation for med school

Three acronym mnemonics for remembering the amino acids

Today I started reviewing material from the MCAT so that when med school arrives in a couple of months, I can hit the ground running. I'm not a fan of memorizing things, but there are a few places where it can't be helped. Knowing the amino acids is a good example. I have three acronyms to help me remember the name of … Continue reading Three acronym mnemonics for remembering the amino acids

Three reasons to read Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Looking for your next book? Look no further than "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot. This is a great read that does several things well: It weaves together intimate stories with big-picture history, it presents different perspectives on cell culture and bioethics, and it entertains as well as informs. About the … Continue reading Three reasons to read Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Four ways to use Google Calendar as your to-do list

Building your hustle toolbox Over the weekend, after I gave a friend some advice about how to study for the MCAT, I had a kind of "oh, crap" moment. With the start of med school only a few months away, I suddenly realized that I need to get back into serious study mode, and sooner rather than … Continue reading Four ways to use Google Calendar as your to-do list

Five strategies I learned from self-studying for the MCAT (twice)

No silver bullet A little while ago, a friend asked for some study tips as she prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test. After self-studying for the MCAT twice (and doing much better the second time around), I had learned five key strategies, all of which required daily discipline and hard work: Commit to the … Continue reading Five strategies I learned from self-studying for the MCAT (twice)