rachel-greenberg

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.

The Passover Seder’s 4 Questions Interpreted by a Med Student

Ah, Passover, that one time of year where being a Sephardic Jew seems like the most compelling thing in the world. If your in Jew-town like me, you are currently living a cold and empty life without bread, or all grains for that matter. Despite all of the archaic and seemingly pointless rituals of Passover, there is one that stands strong, the reciting of the four questions at the Seder. One person, traditionally the youngest child, recites one question, “Why does this night differ from all other nights?” followed by 4 answers. As an aspiring doc, I was never quite content with the answers given to these questions. They’re questionable either from the standpoint of a medical student or from a pure medical standpoint. Here’s why: 1. On all other nights we eat bread or matza, while on this night we eat only matza. I’m not sure about you, but my fam and I don’t sit around nomming on matza, “on all other nights.” Bread is our go-to. Also, last time I checked Passover is 8 days, meaning it’s not only that on this night we’re gonna choke on dry, disgusting matzah, but I will also have a whole 192 hours to risk my life eating the choking-inducing food. Thanks a lot, Pharoah. A closer look at those nutrition facts suggests that maybe we should switch over to matzah-instead-of-bread diet....

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.  ...

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