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What Happens if I Fail Step 1 (Now That It’s Pass/Fail)?
What Happens if I Fail Step 1 (Now That It’s Pass/Fail)?

Dr. Tzvi Doron, Dr. Daniel Good, and Lauryn Falcone, MD, PhD also contributed to this post. A failed Step 1 score can be completely devastating. You spent two years learning as much medical knowledgeas possible and lots of valuable time and money preparing for this one big exam. Not surprisingly, many students who fail Step 1 feel

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What Does the Student Debt Relief Plan Mean for You?
What Does the Student Debt Relief Plan Mean for You?

10,000 dollars! 10K is a decent chunk of money, which is the exact amount that was recently announced for student loan forgiveness as part of the Student Debt Relief Plan. A little background, on August 24, 2022, the Department of Education announced that the pause on student loan payments is now extended until January 2023. 

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How to Introduce Yourself to Patients During Rotations
How to Introduce Yourself to Patients During Rotations

It’s your third year of medical school, and you are most excited to start rotations. Finally, Step 1 is behind you, the lectures and slides can take a back seat, and you can finally start seeing some patients. The light at the end of the medical school tunnel is beginning to materialize.  You walk into

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Elective Rotation
Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Elective Rotation

If you’ve made it to an outpatient clinic or elective rotation, that means you’ve probably completed a significant chunk of your inpatient core rotations. Congrats! Outpatient medicine and inpatient medicine can be a night and day difference. Generally, outpatient clinic and non-inpatient elective rotations have fewer hours when compared to inpatient rotations. However, they can

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Five Tips for Sub-Internship Success
Five Tips for Sub-Internship Success

What is a sub-internship? Sub-internships (sub-Is), audition rotations, and acting internships (AIs) are common names for the same thing: a required clinical rotation completed during your last stretch of medical school. Though difficult, the seasoned medical student is expected to function at an intern level under the supervision of senior residents and attending physicians. Depending

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Managing Your Finances Through Med School and Beyond
Managing Your Finances Through Med School and Beyond

The following article is an interview between Dr. David Delnegro, an Emergency Medicine Attending, and Anthony DiMeglio, a financial advisor. In this interview, the two discuss financial wellness practices for those pursuing medical education, at each stage from pre-med to a practicing physician. Dr. David Delnegro (DD): Hello there! My name is David Delnegro and

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What Really Matters in Medicine?
What Really Matters in Medicine?

The writing is on the wall. Though most things in this field happen slowly, there is a noticeable trend away from test scores and towards empathy and humanism in medicine. With burnout consuming the field in addition to a staffing crisis, it only makes sense that some of these “softer” skills become more important. When

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How to Introduce Yourself to Physicians During Rotations
How to Introduce Yourself to Physicians During Rotations

It’s 2 a.m., time to place another epidural. This is a day in the life of an anesthesiologist on call. I pull up a chair at the nearest computer and start to place orders.  “Hi, I’m Steve. I’m the medical student on OB, but I’m really interested in anesthesia. Can I observe you place the

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