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5 Creative Ways to Improve Your Interview Skills

Most pre-meds start preparing for their medical school interview a few weeks before their actual interview at a medical school. If you’re adept at talking to strangers and feel comfortable thinking on your feet, this approach will work just fine for you.   In our experience, though, most pre-meds aren’t. Many pre-meds lack the basic skills to succeed in the interpersonal interview (to say nothing of the MMI). Others COULD be good interviewers but get undermined by a lack of confidence or a surfeit of anxiety.     What’s necessary for a successful medical school interview? A combination of skills and knowledge: ● Communication skills ● Listening skills ● Confidence ● Knowledge of the medical field and medical ethics ● Knowledge of current events ● Knowledge of the school where you’re interviewing   The skills are hard to fake, while the knowledge takes time and dedication to pursue. With the rise of the Multiple, Mini Interview, other skills are tested: ● Empathy ● Teamwork ● Problem-solving   You don’t have to be brilliant at your interview, but you must pass the tests thrown at you. A Kaplan survey of medical school admissions officers revealed that the interview was actually the most important admissions factor. Other surveys show it further down the list. Either way, the interview will often make or break your chances of getting in.   How do...

Medical Shows To Remember #4: The Night Shift

If you are looking for a mixed bowl with a little bit of everything, The Night Shift is one of the newest shows on TV that might be the right fit. From the fast-paced life of emergency medicine in the field and the hospital to the tireless work of new as well as seasoned physicians, this show brings forth a gripping view into the realities of life and death.     Just as depicted in my last collection of articles on medicine in the realm of big screen cinema, television is likewise marked by a wide variety of showings that bring forth the novelty as well as uniqueness of the medical field. While many of us are familiar with a good majority of these shows, some are not so well known (yet still reflect key aspects of medicine worth pondering).   Over the course of 10 articles, I will be presenting you all with some clips from some of the most famous as well as artistically fascinating shows in television history. Fondly reminisce the ones you have come across (and binge watched several times) while starting to get your summer list together for the new ones (that you now just have to watch)!   4. The Night Shift While we may dismiss the exaggerated drama as unrealistic, it can often does get quite real. Referring to current clinicians who...

Should Nutrition Play a Bigger Role in Med School?

Since the 80s, daily exercise has gained mainstream popularity, seen by the rise of the modern gym and home fitness programs. Americans spend millions of dollars each year on gym memberships and other programs. Yet obesity has also been on the rise for decades, as we are all well aware of, and more than two-thirds of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. How could it be that the more we exercise the more we continue to gain? A major part of the equation has been missing: Nutrition.   Source   Successful weight loss does not come from exercise alone. It mostly follows as a result of a healthy diet, which the American diet is quite far from recently. Some of the blame can be attributed to the rise of the fast food industry, making food cheaper and cheaper by offering low-quality, nutrient-poor products. The temptation of a cheap, convenient meal often outweighs the desire to go grocery shopping and cook at home, especially if you are feeding a family.   Similarly, the restaurant industry in general has been a large factor in America’s bloat as another alternative to home cooking. Many restaurants are known for having huge portions compared to serving sizes you would have at home, as well as pack in way more calories and other ingredients you may not have added otherwise.   Whatever the scapegoat may be, I think...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #9: Aging Gracefully

The inevitability of aging is one of the hardest facts to swallow. No one can be young forever (despite our heart’s most passionate desires).     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to make it even more interesting, they will be TED Talks! My only advice: Take some time to think hard about these topics. Who knows, you might just end up being a leading authority one day!   9. Aging Gracefully Given this fact,...

Medical Shows To Remember #3: House M.D.

If you are looking for a show that gives you an inside look into the complexities and outright weirdness of medicine, then House M.D. is the show for you. The avant-garde depiction of Dr. Gregory House (by Hugh Laurie) fascinates the viewers while the esoteric diagnoses boggle the minds of even the most seasoned clinicians today. And remember, always consider lupus as a possibility.     Just as depicted in my last collection of articles on medicine in the realm of big screen cinema, television is likewise marked by a wide variety of showings that bring forth the novelty as well as uniqueness of the medical field. While many of us are familiar with a good majority of these shows, some are not so well known (yet still reflect key aspects of medicine worth pondering).   Over the course of 10 articles, I will be presenting you all with some clips from some of the most famous as well as artistically fascinating shows in television history. Fondly reminisce the ones you have come across (and binge watched several times) while starting to get your summer list together for the new ones (that you now just have to watch)!   3. House M.D. On a medical level, this show is a classic depiction of the investigation and curiosity it takes for a physician to find that underlying cause of disease...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #8: Prescribing Drugs

  The pharmaceutical industry forms a big portion of the affairs that physicians carry out everyday. From the drugs prescribed to the clinical trials conducted, medicine is closely intermingled with the development and use of new medications. However, issues arise when the reporting on the safety, efficacy, and utility of these drugs remains undisclosed due to certain conventional procedures.     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to make it even more interesting, they will...

Just How Marvelous Is The Human Body?

Image: Source   And we’re back! After having survived 7 weeks of the grueling anatomy block, I have arrived to the writing board yet again in order to reflect on my experience. However, rather than bore you all (and myself) with paragraphs upon paragraphs of abstract words on the wonders of anatomy, how about a little poetry?   Just how marvelous is the human body? The skin, fat, muscle, and bone are only a start. Layers are formed and stuck together like lovers, Firmly en guard for the internal treasures.   7 weeks went by, trying to digest it all, Information kept on coming with caveats anew. This artery gives rise to that one, which branches some more, And don’t forget to look out for those anomalous rascals.   The sheer content was a challenge altogether, Planes of dissection beckoning in my sleep. Imagining myself finely dissecting through tissue, Exposing the mysterious in my deepest enclaves. Yet I went on and on, from one day to the next, Truly living the analogy of the med school fire hose.   But take a moment and pause. The human model beckons some respect, Taking me aback with awe towards its sophistication. In a yearning to remember it all and pass by, The logic and organization was often unrecognized.   There was strength and delicateness in an even mix, Providing us with...