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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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Does Step 3 Matter?
Does Step 3 Matter?

As you adapt to being an intern, it’s easy to push Step 3 out of your mind. Some residencies don’t require you to take it until your third year, which can be tempting, but not the best idea! Your upper-level residents will tell you, “Don’t worry about it. No one cares about Step 3, and

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How to Retain Information in Medical School
How to Retain Information in Medical School

Ask anyone in medical school, and they’ll tell you that it isn’t the actual content that’s hard. “Then what’s hard?” you might ask. It’s the sheer amount of information that you are expected to retain. Luckily, we have three effective study strategies for medical school that you can start using immediately to help you retain

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

Surgery is not for everybody. I can say with certainty that it wasn’t my favorite rotation. Our introduction to surgery was the surgical clerkship director stating that we should only “go into surgery only if you can’t see yourself doing absolutely anything else.” That was sound advice.  Regardless of which field you enter, you must

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Clinicals
Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Clinicals

Congratulations on making it to clinicals! It’s been a challenging road thus far. You’ve endured hours of lectures, anatomy labs, and the colossal hurdle of Step 1. Now, you have the opportunity to take everything you’ve learned over the past two years and apply it to “the real world,” so to speak. I remember the

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Preclinicals
Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Preclinicals

So, you’re starting medical school preclinicals. Those were the days! This is one of the periods of training that I look back upon fondly. On the long road of medical training, you rarely have the type of freedom you’ll find as a preclinical medical student. The sheer amount of independent study time and flexibility to

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How to Pay for Medical School in the Real World
How to Pay for Medical School in the Real World

So, all of your hard work and medical school prep have paid off. Now you are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a medical school— congratulations! The path to becoming a physician is an incredible journey. However, this path is not without costs (literally!). Medical school is unbelievably costly. According to the Association

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