Hey, what's up? It's been a good minute since I last posted to this blog. However, in the spirit of the new year, I have committed to spend at least 10 minutes each day, Monday through Saturday, either writing or editing posts in the evening (between 8 PM and 10 PM). I have had the … Continue reading Update: January 2018
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)
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
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
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”
Earlier this week, I had an unexpected but rewarding conversation with our volunteer medical director during one of our evening clinics. I say “unexpected” because, to me, when Dr. Troise is at the clinic, she seems to take her work so seriously that sometimes she can be a little intimidating. Still, I was grateful to … Continue reading Happy National Doctors’ Day!
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