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The Difference Between Pre-Med and Pre-Dental

Your position on the application waitlist seems to be moving at a glacial pace. And official application decisions begin to trickle in for another group of budding health professionals. Given the abysmal reality of the uncertain application cycle, it becomes easy to develop the “I’ll go anywhere as long as I’m a doctor” mentality. Often students interested in becoming a doctor apply to multiple medical programs (both DO and MD) as well as pre-dental programs with little reflection on how the training and the career trajectory differs. While there is subtle difference between DO and MD program, there is an unmistakable difference between becoming a doctor and becoming a dentist. Students who find themselves in this predicament – choosing what kind of doctor they wish to become – should not make this decision with a fickle heart. As a college student, I remember standing at a career crossroads and genuinely conflicted between choosing medicine and dentistry. I was fiercely passionate about emergency medicine and working as a physician in level 1 trauma center. I was also fired up about medical journalism and so medicine seemed like the best option, allowing me to intertwine two passions into a career. But, the lifestyle and compensation of a dentist was undeniably appealing. Looking back, my rationale for choosing one career over the other was entirely superficial. I wish I was more contemplative...

How To Write A Nursing Resume That Will Get You Hired

When trying to figure out how to write a nursing resume, it’s important to keep in mind your primary goal: show all of your experience and education to set yourself apart and entice hiring managers to call you for an interview. But this focus on getting hired doesn’t mean that once you land a job you should forget about your resume until you start looking again. Instead, as the nursing resume samples show below, your resume is a living document that you should continuously update. Once you understand the basic elements and common mistakes, you can look for ways to improve it, whether by earning an advanced degree, volunteering, or by joining professional organizations. Nursing Resume Basics There are 4 key areas that must be covered when writing your nursing resume. Locations you’ve worked Where you studied and degrees earned Your clinical rotations and how many hours you worked in each Your placements in school Normally, the details of each are included in the nine elements of how to write a nursing resume, listed below. #1: Contact Information Your nursing resume should have all of your contact information front and center. After all, you want your potential employer to be able to easily contact you. Some essential contact information includes: Name Address Phone number Email You should also include any information that can help you stand out from other...

10 Signs That Medicine Is Your Calling Not a Choice

Choosing a career path can be daunting. This dread usually kicks in when we are faced with the task of selecting a major. For some, they grow up knowing what they want to pursue in life. Many have to figure it out, as time goes. I, for one, belong in this category. The job search process helped me explore various options that needed an excellent recommendation letter for job before I settled for freelance writing. Medicine is a lucrative field. And it is one of the areas that has a confident prediction of its outlook. That is, more positions will be opening up in the field of medicine. There will come a time when one seeks satisfaction in what they do. The amount of pay doesn’t matter as much as whether you enjoy what you do or not. Now, what signs will help you determine whether or not, how do you know medicine is your calling? 1. Desire to change lives Some find delight in giving out large sums for a good cause. Others find joy in giving services. In the field of medicine, you will be dealing with the health of others. From prevention, diagnosis to treatment. It all depends on the duties that fall within your purview. One Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, credits his favorite show as a child, St. Elsewhere for showing him is calling. That is to...

So, How Hard is Medical School Anyways?

How hard is medical school anyways? Is it really studying all the time like everyone says? Do you stay in school for years working countless hours? Do all medical students only sleep fours a night? While some of these questions are unfortunately true, others are far from it. For your information, I sleep at least 4.5 hours a night (just kidding). In this post, I’ll break down some of the common questions about medical school. I’ll talk about what it’s like and show you how to overcome the biggest of challenges. How Hard is Medical School? Like anything worth having medical school is a challenge. Is it as scary as most make it out to be? No. Medical school does involve difficult topics, long hours, and countless years devoted to mastering your craft. Many use the fire hydrant analog for medical school. They say learning in medical school is as like trying to drink from a fire hydrant. I instead prefer the pancake analogy. This analogy says that medical school is like having to eat full pancakes every day. Sounds great, doesn’t it? (Who doesn’t love pancakes?) But the catch is that anything you don’t eat today will be added to tomorrow. If you don’t plan your “eating” out, then you’ll become overwhelmed and feel sick. This is how medical school is. It’s a plate full of pancakes every day. Individually it’s...

Three Ways To Stay Healthy For The Year, Even During Exam Week

I begin MCAT preparation in a few short days and have been told overwhelmingly the importance of mental, physical, and social health as this intense period of study begins (along with classes, work, and leadership involvement starting back as well). In an effort to be healthier, I’ve refocused my efforts and considered exactly how I hope to implement a lifestyle of balance throughout this season! While some of these are specific to me, I think they are universal enough to be shared. These are some ways I hope to stay healthy in the new year! Eat a healthy breakfast Breakfast has always been important to me! I have never been one to skip breakfast, but sometimes I do find myself running out the door and grabbing a granola bar and banana along with my prized and cherished morning coffee! However, I find it better for my energy throughout the day and overall start to the day whenever I have a healthy, filling breakfast in the mornings. Some examples include whole grain oatmeal with bananas, Greek or French-style yogurt with granola, avocado toast or toast with a low-sugar spread such as almond butter or jam, or cereal with nut milk and fresh fruit. These are some of my favorites that are filling, full of nutrients and most importantly, delicious to eat! I’ve always been a morning person, so waking up a few...

The Pros and Cons of Medical School Dating

Most people are under the notion that choosing to opt for a medical profession is more of a social suicide. However, it certainly has a set of its own avails that await you in the future. One of the reasons that people tend to opt for fields other than medical is because this particular line of work has the tendency of taking over your personal, social, as well as your love life. With the never-ending work and studies, finding the right partner can be quite troublesome for many. Is medical school dating possible without much risk? What’s your solution? While you may not have much time on your hands, keeping your love life alive is a necessity. Most students directly to opt for choosing partners who work in the same class or residency but the question still remains, “Are you doing the right thing?” Let’s first look at a few pros and cons of medical school dating before coming to a conclusion. Pros 1. Everyone knows that medicine is a difficult field but no one is aware of the true struggle you have to go through. All those long hours are wasted away and at the end of the day you just want to lounge out and relax your mind. Dating someone who has no interest or knowledge of how medicine works, you’ll miss out on the opportunity of...

How to Be The Best Intern At the Office

Being an intern can be really tough sometimes, you’re the bottom of the ladder and the lowest ranking member of the workforce, but it’s not all bad. Here are 4 tips to being a the best intern so you can step up your game in the office. Be a “Guy” No I don’t mean be a literal male, being a “guy” can apply to anyone. Basically it means be known for something in the office, you don’t have to have a large following but maybe just a few people. For example, I brought gum to the office everyday throughout my internship. I would offer it to other people and after awhile they would start to come to me when they wanted gum. I became “Gum Guy.” Being some type of guy, “sports guy,” “wacky tie guy,” creates a differential from you just being a normal intern. In my case I kept things interesting by changing the flavor of gum brought in everyday. Doing small things like this can make you more liked and more fun in the office. Always Ask If Anyone Needs Help This can be a feared question, you don’t want to seem to pushy or like you have no work to do, but you also want to be helpful. I say just go for it, ask as many people in the office if they need help as you...