How to most effectively memorize in premedical courses

Posted by Emily R. on 5/13/21 9:53 AM

As an English major in undergrad, I did not have much experience with studying for tests, as I was often writing papers with little need to memorize facts or material. When I started a postbac program to complete my premedical requirements, I realized that I needed an efficient and effective way to memorize large amounts of material. Premedical courses – especially those that are largely fact-based like biology – necessitate the memorization of facts. While there are plenty of aspects of science that do not require memorization, like parts of organic chemistry and physics, even these classes have reactions, equations, and other facts that simply need to be committed to memory. This fact-based learning only increases in medical school, where courses like anatomy and pharmacology largely require pure memorization.  

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Tags: study skills, college, premed

I just want to be a doctor, so does organic chemistry really matter?

Posted by George H. on 6/19/20 11:00 AM

Imagine. You’ve made it through your first semester or two of undergrad and weathered all the storms that come with this transition. And, now you find yourself facing a dreaded academic giant that has stricken fear in the hearts of scores of pre-medical students. A chemistry course unlike any other. If you are anything like most pre-medical students, you probably have or will find yourself asking: Do I really need to know any of this to be a doctor? What does learning about SN1 reactions, molecular orbitals, and Fischer projections have to do with me saving someone’s life!? For those still wondering, yes, the giant I speak of is none other than organic chemistry, otherwise known as orgo. In many respects, this course is considered the “gateway” to the medical profession. If you do well, you get into medical school; if you do poorly, you don’t. For many reason (to be explored in later blog posts) this sentiment is not true. But for a moment, let’s table that discussion.

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Tags: chemistry, premed

Premed during COVID-19? Here are a few ideas for how to put your time at home to good use

Posted by Saiesh on 4/28/20 10:28 AM

A common concern among undergraduate premed students these days is how COVID-19 may impact their application plans to medical school. Before offering some ideas for using this time productively, a gentle reminder: Most medical school committees are comprised of physicians, all of whom would much prefer that you practice social distancing and basic hygiene over attempting to finesse your application. Whatever you do, stay calm and prioritize your health and the health of your loved ones.

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Tags: covid-19, premed

Maximizing the gap years between college and medical school

Posted by Will on 9/11/19 11:00 AM

If you’re a college student planning to wait 1-3 years after graduating before attending medical school, I was very recently like you. Yay, we were the same! Although you or the people around you may have doubts about prolonging your training or entering the nebula of a life unstructured, I think the time you spend during your gap years can have a profound impact on your personal development and life trajectory.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, premed