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Rachel Greenberg, "Almost" MD

Rachel Greenberg is an editor for The Almost Doctor's Channel hailing from Great Neck, NY. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology, where she spent much of her time either singing a cappella or being a pre-med. In addition to maintaining an interest in holistic medicine, Rachel boasts a world-class Carrie Underwood impression.

How to Win the Med School Admissions Game with a Few Emails

A hypothetical email exchange to the med school admissions office of every school I applied to: 12/14/16 4:36p Dear Admissions Committee, I am very interested in your medical school. For your consideration I have attached my AMCAS and transcript. Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Rachel     12/21/16 10:32p   Dear Admissions Committee, My name is Rachel and I applied to your medical school. I just wanted to follow up with my application to make sure it had been received and to give you my phone number in case you had any questions about my application. Again, thank you for considering me for a position in the Class of 2018, I hope to hear from you soon. Regards, Rachel   1/12/17 6:32p Dear Admissions Committee, I hope all is going well with the admissions process. I know that decision emails were scheduled to be sent out on the tenth of January and since I never received an email saying I was either accepted or rejected I just wanted to follow up and make sure you’d received my application. If not, I have attached my personal statement and AMCAS application again. Thank you for your continued support in this application process. Rachel   1/15/17 3:12a Wow OK I just saw online that yuou have closed the interview process? Like you’re donee? Which...

6 Ways to Tell You Are/Should be a Pediatrician

There’s no doubt about it, there are certain personalities or habits that lend themselves to certain medical specialties [see Dr. Fizzy’s: The World’s Most Sophisticated Algorithm for Choosing a Med Speciality]. With the primary care shortage, pediatricians are in high demand. So how can you know that pediatrics is right for you? [Note: this article may be renamed “6 ways to tell you are simply a giant child”] 1. Over 50% of your Facebook profile pictures are you as a child. Because children > adults, obviously.   2. When at an ice cream store, the decision undoubtedly comes down to “BIRTHDAY CAKE” versus “COTTON CANDY.”  …whatever the final verdict, sprinkles are a must. Sprinkles are always a must.   3. Your daily protein intake consists of  Purdue “breaded chicken breasts,” aka: “chicken nuggets for grown-ups.”   4. When at a fancy restaurant, you go straight for the “adult mac n’ cheese” (and pick around the lobster/bacon/anything that normal people would find delicious but that you just see as contaminating the perfect simplicity of your fave childhood throwback)   5. When your case-based learning group directs you to speak as if you were going to present to a patient, you blow your cheeks out, widen your eyes and tap your friend’s nose saying “boop boop boop”   6. When AMCAS asks you what languages you speak you check “English,” and “Other”….then...

5 Tips for Your AMCAS Application From Someone Who Went Through It

1. Do it NOW. The AMCAS application opened for submission of June 3rd so the good news is it’s still pretty early. Really start focusing on getting your AMCAS in as soon as possible. Highly qualified applicants have been turned away simply because they waited too long to apply. When I interviewed at a school in October (what I thought was an early interview), there were applicants there who told me that this was their last interview and that they had been at several other schools already. Bottom line is, med school applicants are highly motivated and overly attentive – keep up with them!   2. Be honest. There is more to being a physician than being smart. Honesty, and the traits of integrity and morality that generally accompany it, is something you will need to practice for the rest of your career (and ideally, life). An admissions committee will readily overlook at 40 MCAT score and 3.9 GPA if it appears that you have lied on your application. It will also come back to bite you in the butt if you say you’ve done something but can’t talk about it in an interview. There is no need to lie – you’ve done amazing things!   3. Don’t feel like you need to use all of the space. Just because they give you 15 slots, doesn’t mean you have to fill them...

The Cast that will Make You Want to Break a Bone

Breaking a bone sucks. Not only can you never use that line, “Nope, never broken anything, not me, no sir” anymore but also…it hurts.   Picture the scene: you are dribbling down the basketball court. Defender on your left, defender on your right. “Nope, can’t catch me. Not with my lightening speed and agility,” you think. Then bam, you trip. Over your own two feet. No one is going to believe that there was an unpredictable branch sticking out of the shiny, waxed basketball court, by the way. Fall to the floor, wrist first. Ouch.   If you’re like me the story goes more like this: I’m getting in the shower, all pumped to use my brand new shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. It’s the little things in life that get me by. Ok, in the shower now…shampoo in hand. Shampoo in hair. Whew, things are getting serious – I’m rocking this shower. Then bam, I slip and fall…out of the shower. Fall to the floor, wrist first. Ouch.   So now not only are you stuck with this excruciatingly painful injury (and excruciatingly embarrassing story, at that) but you are also going to rock a circa-7th-grade green (neon pink if you’re a cool kid like me) cast for the next 6 weeks. No worries though, you have the choice of either plaster or fiberglass! Mmmm…I just love how...

An Explanation of Childhood Obesity: An Infographic

Your Brain Explained in Numbers

Do you know how many neurons comprise your brain? How about how long the longest axon on land is? What about in underwater life? This infographic gives you all the numerically based information you need. Now go impress your neuro instructor.  ...

10 Best Quotes to Describe Med School as Told By Reddit Users

Future doctors of America (or Internationally), we’re asking you – What is the best quote to describe your med school experience? To see this Reddit thread, click here.   1. Because obviously med students only think about sex: “Studying in med school is like having sex when you’re drunk. You never actually finish, you just keep going until it’s not worth it anymore.”   2. And food… “You really like pancakes, and you are super excited to eat a big fat stack of fluffy, buttery pancakes with high-end maple syrup made by Alton Brown. And they’re really good. But then you have to eat pancakes for lunch too. And dinner. And the next day you wake up, and there’s only one thing on the menu. You eat pancakes every day for 2 weeks, and you start to get really sick of pancakes. Then 2 weeks is up and you binge drink for 2 days. Then back to pancakes.”   3. Apparently med students really love themselves some pancakes “You have to eat 5 pancakes every day. If you skip a day, it’s no big deal, but you have to eat 10 the next day or 6/day over the next 5 days to make up for it. It’s never really horrible and you skip a day or two here and there. Until one day you realize that you have an exam tomorrow...

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