Tips for success as a third-year medical student (MS3)

Posted by Amar S. on 10/19/20 8:51 AM

Clinical clerkships can be some of the most exciting times of medical school, but they can also be some of the most frustrating. Academic medicine can be very hierarchical, making it difficult for students to advocate for their own learning. Residents are often busy and stressed. Asking questions is often disincentivized – shouldn’t you just look it up on your own? Ultimately, every successful medical student learns how to navigate this quagmire over time. Here are some of the tips and tricks I used to be successful as a third-year medical student:

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD

How to approach the NBME shelf examinations

Posted by Amar S. on 10/16/20 9:16 AM

The NBME shelf examinations are certainly daunting: 110 complex questions in 165 minutes is a grueling test of your knowledge. But it’s not without significant benefits! These exams can actually be a fun challenge, allowing you to apply concepts you have mastered in novel ways. Here are some tips and tricks I used as a third-year medical student to maximize my success on these exams:

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Tags: medical school admissions, study skills

Choosing a research lab as a pre-medical student

Posted by Tarun K. on 9/25/20 8:32 AM

So you’re a pre-med student who is trying to choose their first research laboratory. You might have done your research on how to approach mentors, why research is important for your application, but how about how to choose a lab? Well, look no further – here are three important qualities to keep in mind when considering a number of different labs:

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Pituitary Gland Hormones Made Simple!

Posted by Elizabeth R. on 9/18/20 8:37 AM

What is the pituitary gland?

Even though the pituitary gland is about the size of a pea, it plays a very important role in regulating a lot of our body’s endocrine functions. Located in an area known as the sella turcica at the base of the brain and suspended from the hypothalamus by a stalk, the pituitary gland consists of two parts: the anterior/front lobe (which accounts for the majority of the pituitary gland’s weight), and the posterior/back lobe.

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Tags: biology, medical school admissions, MCAT

Breaking down the Texas medical school admissions process

Posted by Raj D. on 9/2/20 8:54 AM

The medical school admissions process is long, confusing, and stressful. Having just finished my own cycle in which I applied to schools on both AMCAS and TMDSAS, I’m creating this post in the hopes that it could provide useful insights to current and future medical school applicants.

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How to memorize the amino acids (and not have your brain explode while doing it)

Posted by Tania F. on 8/30/20 11:26 AM

There comes a time in the life of any pre-med when they realize that, yes, they will actually have to memorize all 20 amino acids. Whether it’s for your biochemistry course or the MCAT (absolutely mandatory for the MCAT!), memorizing the amino acids can seem like an impossible task.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Ways to save time and stay organized while applying to medical school

Posted by Stephanie B. on 8/3/20 9:31 AM

The medical school application process can be a daunting and stressful experience. Gathering your letters of recommendation, requesting transcripts, all while writing your personal statement and preparing for secondaries – undoubtedly, there are a lot of balls in the air. Staying organized while also saving time is essential to the process (and, as an added bonus, can help you stay mentally healthy). Here are three important tips I recommend to anyone who is applying to medical school:

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Placed on the Medical School Waitlist. Now What?

Posted by Dylan C. on 7/17/20 10:00 AM

Getting waitlisted at one of your top choice medical schools can be disheartening. After making sacrifices as an undergraduate, acing the MCAT, and putting your best foot forward at the interview, a waitlist decision may leave you feeling like you fell just short. But, it is important to recognize that a waitlist is still an open door, and what you do in the days or weeks following your placement on the waitlist can make a major impact on whether you are ultimately admitted at the school of your choice.

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Applying to medical school as an engineering student

Posted by JC P. on 7/7/20 10:00 AM

You've made it through differential equations and crushed software development methods while taking organic chemistry "on the side.” Now what? If you're an engineering student interested in medicine, chances are you're wondering how to translate your academic experiences into a killer AMCAS application. Here are some ideas to get started:

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Three tips to connect with your MD/PhD interviewer

Posted by Humza Z. on 7/1/20 5:19 PM

So you’ve received an email inviting you for an MD/PhD interview. First of all – congratulations! You are one step closer to becoming a physician scientist.

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