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Why Presentation Skills Will Help You As A Doctor

I recently worked on a group presentation with some of my classmates on treatment planning. We were given the patient’s chart and asked to come up with the best treatment for their condition and present the case to faculty member who would ask each presenter a different question on our treatment. When we did a presentation run through, everyone read directly off the slides. For students with no exposure to public speaking and presentation skills, it is no surprise that they would do this. We sit through hours of lectures where professors read off slides that sometimes aren’t their own. In college, as a pre-medical student, you may get away with awkward pauses and statements filled with hesitation (you know, those um’s and like’s in the middle of a sentence). In a professional school program, such as medical school, it is inexcusable not to have basic presentation skills. I came up with a few suggestions for students interested in practicing speaking in public: 1. Look for opportunities to become a leader in your school in clubs 2. Raise your hand in class and ask questions 3. Take electives in your respective program or academic opportunities to write or speak in public 4. Learn by observing Ted Talks or YouTube videos 5. Participate in Toast Masters sessions 6. Look for Improv groups or clubs Why is this important? As doctors,...

Medical School Debt: The Ghost Slowly Killing Medicine

It’s time for more medical schools to follow New York University’s lead and finally address a widespread issue that has left the future of medicine—especially that of lower-paying specialties such as family medicine and psychiatry— in an unstable position. Healthcare professionals, especially doctors, are and always will be a necessity across the globe. Sickness and disease will never cease; it’s part of the human condition. As known illnesses are cured, new diseases will be discovered. Despite the guaranteed stability of the medical profession, more and more aspiring doctors are pursuing other careers. It’s not difficult to see why. Dr. Farzon A. Nahvi, an emergency medicine physician in New York City, shared his personal experiences with the world this week in The New York Times. It’s hard to ignore your passion and sense of purpose no matter how difficult the road ahead may appear. If it is what fuels your soul, it will be accomplished by whatever means—unless unremitting student debt is threatening your wellbeing. Dr. Nahvi was motivated to practice medicine by his childhood, growing up in a working-class family. He thought that being a physician would surely provide him with a life where he’d be more than comfortable financially. Never did he foresee still being in drastic debt more than five years after graduating from medical school. Unfortunately, this is the norm these days. Aspiring doctors not only...

Seven Necessary Tips for Your Third Year in Medical School

How do you do well on during your third year in medical school and on your clinical rotations? What are tips for the third year of med school that you can use? In this post, I’m going to give you my top 7 tips which have helped me achieve honors in almost all my rotations and honors on over 90% of my evaluations. If you prefer a video format, then check out this Youtube video and consider subscribing to the channel for weekly content! Also, I’ve created for you a free step-by-step guide on how to plan out your study plan for a rotation.  This will help you decide how to schedule your practice questions, book chapters, and practice exams to do well on your shelf exams! It also includes a sample monthly study calendar! 1. Stop Worrying About Your Grades, Instead Work About Your Progress This is the biggest tip and the one I feel most medical students fall short on during their third year of med school. If you haven’t learned already – you will soon – but grading for the third year of med school can be very subjective. Often the things we care about the most (i.e. good evaluations from our attendings) are out of our control. But we spend the most time worrying about creating a good impression. No! Instead, let’s do a 180 and become impressive to...

Five Big USMLE World Mistakes Students Make

At Med School Tutors, we rely heavily on USMLE World in our work with students.  Over the last five years, UWorld has become widely recognized as the gold standard Qbank for all steps of the USMLE.  This is due primarily to the quality of its questions and rigor of its explanations. UWorld content is updated throughout the year, which keeps the Qbank incredibly current in the changing world of medicine and medical testing.  Students who use UWorld achieve consistently top-flight results, but where do they go wrong?  What are potential pitfalls that 2nd year students should make sure to avoid in their own prep We’ve identified the 5 biggest mistakes that med students tend to make with UWorld (and in April 2015, we posted 5 more big mistakes). 1.  Not starting USMLE World early enough Many students come to us concerned about starting questions too early. They say they’re not ready to tackle a Qbank as difficult as USMLE World.  They would prefer to start with an easier Qbank or focus more on reading.  This is a mistake!  Step 1 is a question based exam.  Therefore, the best approach to studying is to incorporate questions early and often.  Even if you have not finished all of the material five months before your exam, there will certainly be some content you’ve covered. For example, if you’ve already had your immunology course, do...

Why Medicine Always Will Be The Top Industry In The World

For as long as we are around, medicine will always be a necessity. Every human being has the right to healthcare and without it, we would be lost. There are so many people in the world who are dependent on medicine. We also have emergency situations where all we need is someone with medical knowledge to help. This is why it is not only the top industry in the world, but also the most needed. If you have a goal of joining the healthcare industry, you can be assured of employment. It surely does not come cheap when you are studying, but it does pay off. You might have to find a medical essay writing service and pay for tuition. It would be in your best interest to join the medical field because of the security it offers. When there is a need and the need can be provided, there is business. Of course, the medical field is not always about making money, but it is lucrative. Here are some more reasons why medicine remains the top industry in the world. Need vs. Want We cannot live without having access to medicine. The world just does not work that way and it comes down to the fact that it is a need and not a want. No one wants to be on medication or go to the doctor all...

Fix Your Curriculum Vitae with These Easy Tips

When you’re writing your Curriculum Vitae, or better said, your life course, you must focus an all your academic and professional achievements and skills. A medical CV is expected to be a bit more detailed concerning your education, certifications, teaching experience, publications, and the honors you received. Therefore, we will present you some insightful writing tips and the perfect guide with samples for writing an outstanding medical CV. Writing Tips Before you start writing the CV, there are several things you should take into consideration concerning the way you present it. First, you should choose the template: chronological, functional, or hybrid. Most people choose the chronological template as the best way to present your experience is in a reverse chronological order. Secondly, in order to have aneligible CV, you must format the page and choose the right font: Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica, Georgia, Verdana, making sure that the font size is between 10.5 and 12. In addition to that, while writing your CV, you should keep in mind that the information you present must be tailored. But what does it mean to tailor your resume? Well,it is a crucial step which basically requires you to introduce some ofthe keywords the company used in the job post description, usually the required skills. Why’s this crucial? Because most recruiters use a special software to scan your resume before they actually read...

Too Much On Your Mind? How To Handle Medical School Stress

This post came from a conversation that I had with somebody not in medical school that really wanted to ask one important question. “Why are medical students and premed stressed out all the time?” And it’s a really fair question if you’re not in the medical environment. After talking to this person for awhile, I came away with one thing that stresses medical students and premeds more than anything. What is that one thing that causes medical school stress? We love comparing ourselves with our classmates. Let’s be honest, we all do it – consciously and unconsciously. In this post, we’re going to have a heart to heart on how to overcome this. If you want this in a video form, check out the following YouTube video and be sure to subscribe to the channel. Why are Med Students Stressed? I hope that you’re nodding saying, “You know what? Med students are always stressed!” And I hope you also agree that comparing ourselves with others has something to do with that! We have to ask ourselves, why do we compare ourselves to our classmates so much? It’s because we’re used to being high achieving individuals. Look back at grade school, you were probably the all A student. This is where it all started! You may think to yourself, “I didn’t really compare myself to that many people back then.” That’s probably because...