The Premed Years

By Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media

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If you're struggling on your premed journey, trying to figure out the best way to study for the MCAT, or trying to understand how to best apply to medical school, the award-nominated podcast, The Premed Years, has you covered. From interviews with Admissions Committee members and directors to inspirational stories from those who have gone before you, The Premed Years is like having a premed advisor in your pocket. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or anywhere else you listen to music or podcasts so you don't miss an episode. It's free. Every week. Don't forget to watch us on YouTube, or follow us on Instagram too! We're medicalschoolhq everywhere!

Episode Date
384: How Are TMDSAS & Texas Medical Schools Adapting to COVID-19?
34:37

Enrique Jasso, Associate Director, Texas Health Education Service, answers your questions about how TMDSAS and Texas medical schools are reacting to COVID-19.

Apr 01, 2020
383: How Will the Coronavirus Affect this Med School App Cycle?
36:47

How will med schools view online & pass/fail courses? Will the application timeline change in 2020? What about shadowing? NYU Grossman School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Rivera, answers!

Mar 25, 2020
382: How Will the Coronavirus Affect the Premed Process?
34:58

COVID-19 has had an undeniable impact on the world. What does it mean for you and the premed process? I answer all of your questions in this special podcast!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

IG @medicalschoolhq

If you're interviewing online, shoot us an email at team@medicalschoolhq.net. Get access to the platform for free so you can practice your interviews through a computer screen.

PearsonVue.com

CASPer test

Mar 18, 2020
381: Applying to Medical School & Writing Your Personal Statement
36:03

The med school application cycle is right around the corner! Here are 10 things you need to know before applying and 8 tips for writing your personal statement.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Premed.tv

AAMC Fee Assistance Program

AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program

Application Renovation Series

Ask Dr. Gray

SecondaryApps.com

The Premed Playbook series

AMCAS

AACOMAS

TMDSAS

Mar 11, 2020
380: How Does Understanding Cultural Values Improve Patient Care?
29:44

I'm joined today by Dr. Cheo Torres to learn more about traditional medicine, cultural competency and how understanding both will make you a better physician.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Check out our YouTube channel on premed.tv

Check out Cheo Torres on Coursera

If you want to connect with Cheo, email him at cheo@unm.edu.

Know more about Cheo’s Curanderismo class every summer.

Watch Cheo’s TedTalk Connecting Modern Medicine to Traditional Healing

YouTube video where I'm talking with Marichelle about the Atlantis Fellowship program.

PMY 318: The Pors and Cons of Global Healthcare

Mar 04, 2020
379: USMLE Step 1 Went Pass/Fail: What Does That Mean for Premeds?
35:31

What are residency program directors looking for and is the USMLE Step 1 the most important factor? We're looking at the data and the answer might surprise you!

Feb 26, 2020
378: The Interview Advice Every Premed Needs to Hear
36:53

Join me today for my November 2019 AMSA talk in Austin, TX. Find out what every premed should know before their medical school interview!

Feb 19, 2020
377: Stop Worrying About What Medical Schools Think
17:42

Today, you get to come along on a premed meetup I hosted in Chicago! I answered a bunch of questions about how to get into medical school and succeed on your path.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Here’s a YouTube video of what we talked about on the episode today.

Feb 12, 2020
376: Behind the scenes at TMDSAS
59:08

Inside Health Education Podcast host, Enrique Jasso, Jr., discusses everything you need to know about the TMDSAS and applying to medical schools in Texas.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Inside Health Education Podcast

APPLY Magazine

TexasHealth Education Service

TMDSAS

JAMP (Joint Admission Medical Program)

Feb 05, 2020
375: This 33-Year-Old Mom Was Just Accepted to Med School!
36:19

Kayla was just accepted to med school at 33! Find out how she balanced being a mom, taking prereqs, studying for the MCAT, and applying while working full-time.

Jan 29, 2020
374: How to Plan for MCAT Success with the Founder of MCAT Bros
43:28

Today I talk with Raj from MCAT Bros, a popular Instagram account offering guidance to premeds. We discuss MCAT books, study schedules, mindset, and more!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Reach out to Raj on Instagram MCAT Bros and their Facebook group MCAT Preparation Study Group

MSHQ Hangout Group

AAMC outline

Anki

Jan 22, 2020
373: From Art School to Med School With Dr. Mike Natter
51:13

Mike Natter didn't always think he was cut out for med school. Today, he is a physician, artist, Instagram presence, and my cohost on the Board Rounds podcast too!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Board Rounds podcast

Follow Mike on Instagram @mike.natter

Jan 15, 2020
372: On the Importance of Spanish for Providers and Premeds
45:33

Patrick Ridge, PhD is joining me to help launch a brand new podcast and help premeds become better advocates through Spanish language and cultural knowledge!

Jan 08, 2020
371: Medical School Acceptance as an International Student
33:44

This new med student will help Ryan cover the unique challenges faced by international applicants, as well as valuable healthcare experiences to include in apps!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

MSAR

PMY Episode 304: How to Choose a Medical School and Put Together a School List

Jan 01, 2020
370: Quitting Was Never an Option for This Premed
01:01:10

Today's guest fought an uphill battle, from supporting herself at a young age, to challenges on the MCAT, and more. What shifted, and what was her plan?

Dec 25, 2019
369: Wrestling and Bodybuilding on the Bumpy Road to Medicine
49:12

Today's guest started in community college and overcame academic obstacles. His background in wrestling and bodybuilding helped guide and motivate him.

Links:

Meded Media

Dec 18, 2019
368: The Scoop on University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
39:34

My guests are the Short Coat Podcast's David Etler and med students from Carver College of Medicine. We'll talk about their journeys to medicine and so much more.

Dec 11, 2019
367: How to Tell Your Story as an Applicant to Med School
39:10

Today's episode is a special one as I'm sharing with you a talk I gave at the University of Florida for their AMSA Premed Club Meeting. I touch on topics like crafting your personal story, medical school interview tips, and more!

Links:

Meded Media

Dec 04, 2019
366: Dr. Natalie Crawford Wants You to Determine Your Own Future
38:41

Dr. Crawford is passionate about empowering women in medicine. She is going to tell us all about resilience, balance, and sorting through the misinformation.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Follow Natalie on Instagram @NatalieCrawfordMD.

Check out Natalie’s podcast, As a Woman

NatalieCrawfordMD.com

Nov 27, 2019
365: Dr. Gray, Live at the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference!
53:16

" Today's episode features Ryan's address to a live audience at UC Davis! Couldn't make the conference? Tune in for a great conversation and Q&A session!"

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

UC Davis Pre-Health Conference

Premed.tv

@medicalschoolhq

Congressional Dish podcast

The Health Care Handbook

AppExpenses.com

Fee Assistance Program (FAP)

FindShadowing.com

Nov 20, 2019
364: The Inspiring Doctor Who Is Chasing His Own Cure
36:40

Dr. Fajgenbaum is both researcher and participant in the quest to cure his own devastating disease. How does this inspiring doctor stay motivated?

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Chasing My Cure by Dr. David Fajgenbaum

Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN)

Sirolimus in Previously Treated Idiopathic Multicentric Castleman Disease

Nov 13, 2019
363: Premed Dad's 1.8 GPA First Year to Paramedic and Acceptance
41:58

Nathan's story takes us through criminal justice, being a first responder, and a low GPA. His admission to medical school will motivate and inspire you.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Speak Up Podcast by Matthew Dicks

#respecttheMCAT

premed.tv

Nov 06, 2019
362: The @thecurlymed Shares Her Journey to Medical School
32:25

Sabina, better known as @thecurlymed on Instagram, shares her amazing journey to medical school. We'll also talk about advising, postbacs, and LGBTQ identity.

Links:

Full episode blog post

Meded Media

Follow Sabina on Instagram @thecurlymed

Oct 30, 2019
361: Three Applications Cycles, Two MCAT, One Success!
36:11

Will shares his story of failing to get into med school two times before finally earning his acceptance. He thinks it's grades, I wonder if it's something else.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Oct 23, 2019
360: How Does the Med School Waitlist Process Work?
25:32

So you've been put on the waitlist. What now? Here are some tips for continuing to stand out while respecting individual school policies.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

PremedScholarship.com

Application Renovation (Click here to apply.)

Oct 16, 2019
359: How Do Adcoms Look at Your Application?
26:28
Oct 09, 2019
358: Answering Your Burning Questions from Our Facebook Hangout!
28:17

Today's topics include disadvantaged status, the MD/PhD, MCAT stress, and more! Ryan takes on your questions from the Medical School HQ Facebook Hangout.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Medical School HQ Facebook Hangout

PremedShirts.com

The Premed Playbook: Gude to the Medical School Personal Statement

Episode 356 on the biggest mistake students make in their application

Episode 269 on Imposter’s Syndrome

ApplicationRenovation.com

FindShadowing.com

The MCAT Podcast

MCAT CARS Podcast

CU Wilderness Medicine Course

AppExpenses.com

Oct 02, 2019
357: Did You Know About These Amazing Premed Resources?
24:23
Sep 25, 2019
356: Why Aren't These Med School Applicants Getting Interviews?
21:30
Sep 18, 2019
355: Is Med School Hard? How Hard Can it Really Be?
36:06

Ryan and Allison discuss the very common question about medical school and how hard it is. Do you have to be really smart to get through? Hint: You Can Do It!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Med Diaries

FindShadowing.com

Episode 251: Dating in Medical School: What You Need to Know

Episode 07: 10 Traits You Need to Succeed in Medical School

Check out Allison’s upcoming podcast: HealMyConcussion.com

University of Colorado Wilderness Medicine Program

Text WILDMED to 44222 and get a link to the course and a $400 off coupon code.

Sep 11, 2019
354: What Is the LizzyM Score? Is It Accurate?
39:32

LizzyM is just an equation. How do you fit your history, experiences, struggles, triumphs, and trends into that equation? Spoiler: You can't. Tune in for more.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

LizzyM

PMY 342 with Dr. Sunny Nakae: Discussing the Application Cycle with an Admissions Expert

Sep 04, 2019
353: Insight into MCAT Study from a Test Prep Insider
41:38

How do you study for the MCAT, and how do you know your prep is working for you? Introducing Next Step's Rachel Grubbs, who is here to tell us more.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Need MCAT Prep? Save on tutoring, classes, and full-length practice tests by using promo code “MSHQ” for 10% off Next Step full-length practice tests or “MSHQTOC” for $50 off MCAT tutoring or the Next Step MCAT Course at Next Step Test Prep!

The MCAT Podcast Episode 158 with Rachel Grubbs

The Premed Years Podcast

Medical School HQ Facebook Group

AAMC Topic Outline

Longreads.com

Aug 28, 2019
352: How This Doctor Encourages and Mentors Minority Students
44:27

From a small HBCU to emergency medicine to organizing conferences, Alden joins me to talk about encouraging and supporting underrepresented minorities in medicine.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Tour for Diversity

Find out more about Tour for Diversity on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Reach out to Alden on Twitter @AMLandryMD and he can help you connect with people.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Aug 21, 2019
351: A Canadian Nursing Student's Quest for Medical School
48:57

When Annita moved to Canada, she realized she was ready for a new start. She takes us through her journey from nursing, to the MCAT, to a Canadian medical school.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Aug 14, 2019
350: What Matters Most to a Physician and Best-Selling Author
52:13

Dr. Makary is a world-renowned surgeon and author. He joins me to talk about the purpose of medicine, the medical establishment, and how to be consciously disruptive.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

The Price We Pay: What Broke American Healthcare – and How to Fix It by Dr. Marty Makary

Restoring Medicine

Iora Health

ChenMed

Oak Street Health

PubMed.org

Connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Aug 07, 2019
349: This Recruitment Director is Revamping Secondary Apps
45:57

Carle Illinois College of Medicine has no interview and a unique secondary application process. Heather Wright is the Director of Recruitment, and she's here to tell us why.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Carle Illinois Homepage

Carle Illinois Admissions

Carle Illinois Before You Apply (with admissions requirements)

PMY Episode 256: A Look at Carle Illinois College of Medicine with Dean Li

Am I Disadvantaged?

Meded Media

Check out the 2020 NAAHP Conference in New Orleans, where Carle Illinois will have a premed day at the event.

SecondaryApps.com

Jul 31, 2019
348: Navigating the Hows, Dos and Don'ts of Physician Shadowing
46:11

Dr. Reno is a professor of emergency medicine and mentor. Today we cover all things shadowing, from finding opportunities, to saying "thank you"!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

FindShadowing.com

Check out our previous episode with Dr. Elaine Reno on Episode 279

Wilderness Medicine Course (To know more about the Wilderness Medicine Program, text WILDMED to 44222 and get a link right on your phone.)

Jul 24, 2019
PMY 347: An Immigrant on His Entry to Medical School and a Full Ride
42:15

Santiago is a first generation immigrant. He joins me to talk about being inspired by global health, doing a postbac, and leveling the playing field for applicants.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

MCATSelfPrep.com

Jul 17, 2019
346: An Admissions Director on Putting Your Best Foot Forward
48:25

Christian Essman is Director of Admissions at Case Western Reserve Universtity SOM and podcaster. He joins me to talk admissions process, transparency, and more!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

All Access: Med School Admissions

Listen to All Access: Med School Admissions Podcast on iTunesSpotify, and Stitcher.

Lifebanc

The Undifferentiated Medical Student Podcast with Ian Drummond

Jul 10, 2019
345: A Super Nontrad Talks About His Path To Medical School
01:12:28

Robert made the decision to pursue medicine at the age of 40. He discusses his path to an acceptance, having children as a premed, mentors, support systems, and more!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Wilderness Medicine Program (promo code MSHQ)

Jul 03, 2019
344: A Conversation With @TheFemaleDoc About Being A Physician
42:18

Today Rosie joins me to discuss the difficult parts of her premed journey, mentorship, burnout, and why she chose to make the transition to academic medicine!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

@thefemaledoc

Meded Media

MedicalSchoolHQ YouTube Channel

Secondaryapps.com

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Jun 26, 2019
PMY 343: From Low Stats and Chronic Pain to Medical School Success
39:29

Mila went from majoring in politics to nursing to premed all while overcoming health issues that pushed her premed journey back. Take a listen to this inspiring episode!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Facebook Premed Hangout

The Premed Handbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

Jun 19, 2019
342: Discussing the Application Cycle With an Admissions Expert
37:32

Today Sunny joins me to discuss and give advice on mistakes applicants make, personal statements, premed advisors, and more! This is an episode you don't want to miss!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.findshadowing.com

Meded Media

Read Sunny’s blog: Tough Love for Your Personal Statement: Advice from a Medical School Dean

Read her other blogs on Reflective MedEd.

Follow Sunny on Twitter @DrNakae and find out more about Sunny here.

Jun 12, 2019
341: This International Student Is On Her Way To Med School
48:01

Noy is an international student from Israel who was accepted to medical school in the US. Today we talk about each step of her journey and how she prepared for it!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Jun 05, 2019
340: Battling Self Doubt and Obstacles On Her Path To Med School
46:01

One of Erica's biggest obstacles to overcome on her journey to medical school was her self doubt. Today we discuss the obstacles she faced and how she overcame them!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

May 29, 2019
339: Overcoming Organic Chemistry On Her Path To Medical School
47:28

Edleda struggled with organic chemistry and at times the class made her doubt if she could do this. Today she discusses overcoming ochem and finding balance as a premed.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

May 22, 2019
338: How to Start Thinking About Improving the Healthcare System
39:04

Today Anna joins me today to discuss the processes behind healthcare delivery. We talk about why process improvement matters and what you can do to learn about it!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Lehigh University

Meded Media

Book recommendations:

The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care by Clayton M. Christensen

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

PCAST Report 2014

May 15, 2019
337: How to Overcome Test Anxiety and Take Back Control
38:06

Dr. Puder is a psychiatrist who joins me today to discuss test anxiety and ways to combat test anxiety. Listen in to make sure you always test your best!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Meded Media

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast

Follow David on Instagram @dr.davidpuder

May 08, 2019
336: How to Ace the MCAT Psych/Soc Section & Improve Your Memory
46:54

Phil is a top tutor at Next Step Test Prep and has personally performed well on the old and new MCAT. Today he shares his strategies for studying for Psych/Soc.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep (Promo Code: MSHQ to save $50 off the MCAT course)

MCATCourseReview.com

May 01, 2019
335: Rebounding From Two Low MCAT Scores to Gain an Acceptance
38:21

Austin didn't have perfect grades, had two low MCAT scores, and gained an acceptance. I always say that you do not need to be perfect, Austin exemplifies that.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Episode 261: From a 2.7 Undergrad GPA to First Year Medical Student

Episode 254: MD vs PA! Let’s Talk About It with a PA to Help You Decide

Apr 24, 2019
334: What to Be Prepared to Discuss in the Med School Interview
21:40

When you walk into your medical school interview, if you're not prepared for specific types of questions, it may throw you off completely. Let's talk about them!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media

Apr 17, 2019
333: From Canada to the Caribbean to the US: This MD's Journey
46:56

Emma is Canadian, played D1 basketball in the US, and then went to Ross for medical school. She takes us through her journey and shares helpful tips for Canadian students!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

PMY Session 303: How Can I Prepare for the CASPer?

Emma on Instagram @d1todr

Checkout Emma’s YouTube Channel

OSAP

Apr 10, 2019
332: 5 Biggest Mistakes Students Make During an MMI Interview
23:49

The medical school multiple mini interview lessons subjectivity during the interview day, but make sure you don't make these mistakes during your MMI!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

PMY 152: The MMI: Everything You Need to Know About the Multiple Mini Interview

CASPer test

ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

Apr 03, 2019
331: 4 Things You Need to Do Now to Prepare For Your Applications
26:56

Whether you're applying to medical school this year, or later, we're going to discuss what you should be doing to help your medical school applications.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Next Step Test Prep’s Medical School Admissions Consulting

www.FindShadowing.com

Interfolio

ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

Check out Medical School HQ’s personal statement editing service

www.SecondaryApps.com

Mar 27, 2019
330: Getting into Med School after a Community College Postbac
32:53

David had to take do postbac at a community college to be able to work full-time. He was asked why, but he was still able to receive multiple acceptances.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Premed Hangout Group

Mar 20, 2019
329: Premed 101: Motivation Overload—My Talk from AMSA 2019
52:33
Mar 13, 2019
328: This Student Was Her Own Advocate and Earned Two Acceptances
43:34

Janet is a nurse who switched to the premed path a few years ago. Listen to how she overcame a 499 on the MCAT and advocated for herself during the app process!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Mar 06, 2019
327: From College Athlete to Accepted Medical Student
44:58

Jeff was an accomplished college athlete, but struggled to gain an acceptance to medical school his first two times. Listen to how he finally found success!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Feb 27, 2019
326: How Reapplying to Med School was Successful for this Student
37:46

Amanda had to apply to med school twice. We talk about her premed path, her first application, her struggles, and how she succeeded and received 3 acceptances.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements)

Medical Schools Applications Cost Estimator

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

Feb 20, 2019
325: How Do International Medical Graduates Practice in the US?
30:22

When you go to an international med school, including the Caribbean, there are many steps you must take to practice in the US, including going through ECFMG.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

ECFMG

Accreditation 2023 Initiative

World Directory of Medical Schools

ECFMG medical school selection guide

USMLE website

ECFMG requirements

NRMP match data

Feb 13, 2019
324: Free Summer Programs for Premed Students through SHPEP
34:15

SHPEP, or the Summer Health Professions Education Program, is a free summer program for underrepresented premed students at twelve locations throughout the US.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Summer Health Professions Education Program

shpep_alumni@aamc.org

AAMC

Feb 06, 2019
323: From Premed to Physical Therapy School—Back to Premed
38:02

Madeleine struggled early & got some bad advising which caused her to doubt her abilities to get to medical school. A pivot to physical therapy didn't work out.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Secondaryapps.com

Follow me on Instagram @medicalschoolhq

Next Step Test Prep

Interfolio

Jan 30, 2019
322: What to Write About In the Personal Statement and More Q&A
30:36

The personal statement is such an important part of the application, yet many students don't respect it enough. Today, I'm taking your questions about it.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

Personal Statement Course

Jan 23, 2019
321: Premed Q&A: All of Your Instagram Questions Answered!
39:19

We had a ton of questions come in from you on Instagram, covering letters of rec, shadowing, research, and so much more. Follow me on IG—I'm @medicalschoolhq.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

@medicalschoolhq

AAMC’s letter of recommendation writer’s guide

Need MCAT Prep? Save on tutoring, classes, and full-length practice tests by using promo code “MSHQ” for 10% off Next Step full-length practice tests or “MSHQTOC” for $50 off MCAT tutoring or the Next Step MCAT Course at Next Step Test Prep!

The MCAT Podcast

Interfolio

AAMC Traffic Rules

Jan 16, 2019
320: From Military Special Operations to Med School Acceptances
40:58

Justin is a former military special operations medic who grew a stronger fascination with taking care of patients. Now he has multiple acceptances to med school.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Medical School HQ Services

Need MCAT Prep? Save on tutoring, classes, and full-length practice tests by using promo code “MSHQ” for 10% off Next Step full-length practice tests or “MSHQTOC” for $50 off MCAT tutoring or the Next Step MCAT Course at Next Step Test Prep!

Jan 09, 2019
319: Disclosing a DUI Didn't Hold Him Back from Med School
34:31

Matt is a premed with multiple acceptances to med school, even with a big red flag on his application—a DUI. Learn what happened and how he talked about it.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Medical School Application Cost Estimator

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

Premed Hangout group

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Jan 02, 2019
318: The Pros and Cons of Global Healthcare Experiences
38:28

Lawson is the executive director at Atlantis, a leading global healthcare experience fellowship that gives you the chance to explore other healthcare systems.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Atlantis

MedEd Media Network

Dec 26, 2018
317: Building Better Study Skills for the Sciences and MCAT
45:24

Kathleen is an expert in helping premeds and medical students better prepare for their exams. With her evidenced-based practice, she'll help you too.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Study with Precision (Kathleen’s website)

Kathleen’s books:

MedEd Media Network

Clutch Prep

Khan Academy

Cheggs

Quizlet

Anki

Dec 19, 2018
316: Premed Q&A: Pregnancy, Canadian Students, and Much More
32:59

I reached out to our amazing premed community in the Premed Hangout Facebook group and got on the phone with several of them to answer their questions!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Premed Hangout Facebook Group

Join the scholarship essay contest!

Texas Academic Fresh Start Program

Next Step Test Prep

MSAR

Dec 12, 2018
315: When Should I Give Up On My Medical School Application?
27:32
Dec 05, 2018
314: Jackie Shares Her Path from Community College to Med School
58:29

Jackie is jackieplans on Instagram. She has a following watching her journey through medical school as she creates beautiful notes that you can buy.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Follow me on @medicalschoolhq

Follow Jackie @jackieplans on Instagram.

PMY 174: Academically Dismissed to Medical School Acceptance

Google Keep

AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program

The White Coat Investor

Join the Scholarship!

Nov 28, 2018
313: Army Vet, Mom of 3, Wanted to Quit During Her MD/PHD Journey
46:45

Adrienne is in her 3rd year of her MD/PhD program and things are getting easier. She's the mom of 3, a Vet, and an amazing example of striving for your dreams.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Follow Adrienne on Instagram @ssg.to.mdphd.

MedEd Media Network

The MCAT CARS Podcast

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Pat Tillman Foundation

Nov 21, 2018
312: He Got Into Medical School and Didn't Have to take the MCAT!
32:20

Dan, from FutureMDlife on Instagram, joined me to talk about his journey and struggles on his path to medical school as well as his Instagram journey.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Follow @medicalschoolhq on Instagram.

Follow Dan on Instagram @FutureMDlife.

Follow Steve on Instagram @premedmotivation.

MedEd Media Network

Nov 14, 2018
311: Common Misconceptions about the MCAT and a New Tool from EK
49:04

Examkrackers Janis Stott joined me to talk about the common misconceptions she sees from students about the MCAT. We also talk about EKs new MCAT Hotline.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Examkrackers

Examkrackers Hotline

Nov 07, 2018
310: Improve Your CARS Score with the MCAT CARS Podcast!
35:13

Jack Westin was featured in Session 259 almost one year ago. Now we've launched the MCAT CARS Podcast and it's going to change the way you prep for the MCAT.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MCAT CARS Podcast

Jack Westin

PMY Session 259: How Can I Improve My CARS Section Score on the MCAT?

MedEd Media Network

Jack Westin’s MCAT Question of the Day

Save $100 by going to the Jack Westin site for the coupon to be automatically activated. Or text CARSCOUPON to 44222.

Oct 31, 2018
309: 5 Medical School Interview Questions Premeds Struggle With
30:42
Oct 24, 2018
308: The One Thing You Need to do to Stand Out as a Premed!
21:22
Oct 17, 2018
307: Moving Forward with Student Doctor Network and It's Founder
01:00:57

Dr. Lee Burnett founded SDN to connect students. Little did he know how big it would get, and how negative the internet would turn. He's hoping to change that.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Student Doctor Network

StudySchedule

Scutwork

Review2.com

Interview Feedback

LizzyM Score Calculator

Medical Specialty Selector

SDN Experts

Application Cost Calculator

Oct 10, 2018
306: Introduction to Premed Diaries: Helping Premeds with Burnout
21:55

The very first episode of Premed Diaries, a podcast dedicated to you. With Dr. Allison Gray as the host, you are the featured guest by calling 833-MY-DIARY.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Call 1-833-MYDIARY and share your thoughts with us!

MedDiaries.com

OldPreMeds Podcast

MedEd Media Network

Oct 03, 2018
305: Instagram Q&A: Deferring, Nursing Majors, LORs and More!
16:28

I had so much fun the last time we did an Instagram Q&A, that I decided to bring it back! We had a ton of great questions, and hopefully some good answers!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

OldPreMeds Podcast

Ask Dr. Gray: Premed Q&A

Nontrad Premed Forum

The MCAT Podcast

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Specialty Stories

Follow me on Instagram @medicalschoolhq

Interfolio

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

Sep 26, 2018
304: How to Choose a Medical School & Put Together a School List
53:26

This will hopefully be the most in-depth look at what medical schools you should apply to. Putting together your school list is an important part of your app.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Medical School Application Cost Estimator

MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements)

Medical School Facebook Hangout

Here’s a video of how you can research medical schools!

MedSchoolReviews.com

Sep 19, 2018
303: How Can I Prepare for the CASPer, What is CASPer and More
48:57

Ryan is joined by Dr. Kelly Dore who is one of the brilliant minds who developed and researched CASPer. We talk about what it is, how it's scored and more.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

CASPer

MedEd Media Network

The MCAT Podcast

OldPreMeds Podcast

Specialty Stories

Short Coat Podcast

TMDSAS Podcast

Sep 12, 2018
302: Instagram Q&A: HPSP, Picking Med Schools, SMPs and Postbacs
26:13

I asked on Instagram (@medicalschoolhq - follow me!) for questions for this episode. You did not disappoint! Check out the episode for some great questions!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Follow us on Instagram @medicalschoolhq

Med Diaries (Call in 833-MYDIARY and you have 30 minutes to leave a voicemail.)

TMDSAS Podcast

Premed Coaching Services

Khan Academy

Organic Chemistry Tutorial Videos

The Premed Playbook Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

Interfolio

Sep 05, 2018
301: Near-death Experience Led This Physician to Help People Die
51:45

BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative care specialist at UCSF. A near-death experience as a teenager left him with a unique perspective on disability and death.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

BJ Miller’s TEDTalk

New York Times article about BJ Miller

UK’s Maggie’s Centres

Extremis

Aug 29, 2018
300: Burnout in Medicine and Our Newest Project to Help With It!
19:59

Ryan is joined by Allison who has previously shared her story of burnout. They discuss burnout and they talk about MedDiaries—their newest project to help.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Medscape National Physician Burnout & Depression Report 2018

Call 1-833-MYDIARY

Stay informed of the MedDiaries launch. Get notified!

Aug 22, 2018
299: High School Dropout to Highest Ranking Physician in the US
52:24

Dr. Richard Carmona served as the 17th Surgeon General of the US. After being a high school dropout and special forces medic, he found his calling for medicine.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Aug 15, 2018
298: Professor to Premed, How Indentifing as LGBT Affected Apps
41:02

Sarah is starting med school this fall and is excited to begin. Listen to her story and how identifying as LGBT affected her med school applications.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

If you need any help in your medical school application, maybe we can help. Find out all the services we offer and let us be a part of your journey to medical school.

MedEd Media Network

Aug 08, 2018
297: What If You've Applied and Your MCAT Score Is Not Good?
20:42

If you've not taken my advice and pushed your MCAT back until June or July, you may be in for a rude awakening when you see your score. What should you do?

Links and Other Resource

Aug 01, 2018
296: What are Med School Red Flags & How Do You Talk About Them?
37:38

Red flags seem to confuse a lot of students. They come up in applications and interviews and you need to be prepared to talk about them. Listen to this episode!

Links and Other Resources

Jul 25, 2018
295: Ignoring Advice, He Disclosed His Bipolar Disorder in Apps
46:37

Logan Noone is an MSII at PNWU. He became discouraged after listening to a previous Premed Years podcast about not disclosing big red flags. He ignored me!

Links and Other Resources

Jul 18, 2018
294: Premed Hangout Q&A: Interviews, Mistakes, and Much More!
23:15
Jul 11, 2018
293: Can You be an Alcoholic and Still Get Into Medical School?
44:59

Michael joined me to talk about his struggle with alcohol since middle school, his failed, first application cycle, and what he did to succeed the second time.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

If you’re struggling from alcoholism or addiction, please seek help by calling the Substance Abuse a

Jul 04, 2018
292: President of His Caribbean Med School Class to Failed Match
39:47

Dr. Yousuf is starting his Emergency Medicine residency after failing to match. Learn from his failures and triumphs and how you can avoid similar mistakes.

Links and Other Resources

Jun 27, 2018
291: Dr. Buck Parker: Academic Struggles to an 'A' Student
39:20

Dr. Buck Parker shares his journey of struggling during undergrad to success in medical school and his new course, Secret Study Hacks. Listen to his journey.

Links and Other Resource

Jun 20, 2018
290: How Do You Focus on Your Health While a Premed Student?
31:16

Caroline is a second-year med student who runs the @carolinecooksclean Instagram account. As a former athlete, she tries her best to stay on top of her health.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

@carolinecooksclean

MedEd Media

@medicalschoolhq

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

The MCAT Podcast

Hangout Group on Facebook

Jun 13, 2018
289: Stop Wasting Space in Your Personal Statement and ECs
33:42

After reading hundreds of personal statements and extracurriculars this application cycle, I'm seeing the same mistakes over and over again. Don't do it too!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

PMY 288: This is How UICOM Reviews Your Medical School Application

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

Connect with us on Instagram @medicalschoolHQ.

Jun 06, 2018
288: This is How UICOM Reviews Your Medical School Application
01:07:27

Leila Amiri is the Director of the Office of Medical College Admissions at UICOM. We go step by step through the admissions process at her medical school.

Links and Other Resources

May 30, 2018
287: This Student, and Dad, Overcame a Poor GPA to Get Accepted
38:16

Nick is a former premed student-athlete who didn't do well in school and went into business. Now he's accepted to medical school after fixing his GPA.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

May 23, 2018
286: Common Mistakes and More About Financing Medical School
33:29

Travis Hornsby went from trading bonds to figuring out how to pay off his wives med school loans as fast as possible. Now he makes it easy for every student.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT

HPSP

NHSC

NIH Scholarships

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

Grad PLUS program

May 16, 2018
285: Hear How This Immigrant Got An Acceptance to an Ivy League!
55:00

Fernando immigrated from Brazil and has been on the long, slow road to medical school. After some experiences in the LGBT community, he needed to be a physician.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT

Next Step Test Prep

May 09, 2018
284: What Do You Need to Do When Med School Applications Open?
29:39

When this podcast goes out, the medical school application cycle for students wanting to start medical school in 2019 is opening. What do you need to do now?

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service)

AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service)

AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)

PMY 245: Why Does Texas Have Its Own App and More TMDSAS Questions

Interfolio

Grammarly

Mock Interview Prep

The Hangout Group

May 02, 2018
283: Common Questions Premeds Have About Osteopathic Medicine
41:38
Apr 25, 2018
282: Premed Q&A Coaching Calls - HPSP, Clincal Experience & More
30:58

I decided to get on the phone with premed students and answer their questions about relationships, HPSP, secondary essays and so much more! Take a listen!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The MCAT Podcast

Next Step Test Prep

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT

The Premed Hangout

Premed Advising Services

MSAR

PMY 251: How to Protect Your Relationships as a Premed and Med Student

Apr 18, 2018
281: What Does the Med School Application Timeline Look Like?
24:21

When should you start writing your personal statement, your extracurriculars, taking the MCAT, asking for letters of rec and more application timelines?

Links and Other Resources:

Apr 11, 2018
280: Finishing Prereqs Early, Nursing as a Backup and More Q&A!
21:37

Session 280

This week we’re taking questions directly from the MSHQ Premed Forums. If you’re not familiar with the forums, check them out and join the conversation!

For The OldPreMeds Podcast, we have a sub forum called the Nontrad Premed Forum. We also have the General Premed Forum where traditional students (nontrads welcome too!) can ask questions.

In this episode, we have pulled out questions from the forums and discuss them here. Also, make sure to register there so you can join an amazing, collaborative community of students and feel free to throw in some questions there.

Meanwhile, here are some special announcements:

First, we have The MCAT Book coming out soon! Go to mcatbook.com and click on the "Let Me Know" button. Put in your name and email address so you can get notified.

Second, I'm currently working on The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement. Just go to the personalstatementbook.com and sign up to get notified once it comes out.

Back to today's episode:

[03:58] Nursing Major or Premed?

"I'm a freshman in college and I've been dealing with "which major problems" since high school. I'm indecisive once it comes to choosing a major. I want to choose nursing not because it's a shorter education route but because I plan on having it as a backup plan if medical school doesn't work out for me. Except, I want to go to medical school but I have lots of self-doubt about my ability mentally and physically to graduate from med school.

I also consider having my major be premed because I know if I don't get any prereqs done at the end of four years, I'll have to go back for another two and a half years of college to complete those prereqs before even applying to medical school."

You don't need to worry about your major. When it comes to applying to medical school, you don't need to worry about what major you have. It just doesn't matter. The thing that matters the most are the prereqs.

"A lot of schools are getting away from having prereqs but you still need those to prepare yourself, to give you that science foundation to do well on the MCAT."

Now, a lot of medical schools are getting rid of a lot of prereqs, but you still need to do well on the MCAT which means you still need to take the prereqs anyway And most of the prereqs are centered around doing well for the MCAT.

[05:30] The Backup Plan

This student has some self-doubt and that's normal. We all have self-doubt. But if you let that dictate having a backup plan, you definitely do as little as possible to succeed in your goal of becoming a physician. Being a nurse is a great career, but if you want to to be a physician, get rid of that backup plan and bite to the nail to achieve that goal.

At almost every point of the medical journey, there will always be that self-doubt - as soon as you start medical school, during clinical rotations, internships, or as soon as you becoming an attending. It doesn't end. It's called impostor's syndrome. So you have to let that go and fight through it. Know that if this is what you want, you would do whatever it takes to do it and not have a backup plan to fall back to.

On a side note, most schools don't have a "premed" major although there are a few schools that do. But most don't. You can just major in chemistry, biology, exercise physiology, history, Spanish. You can major in whatever you want as long as you get those prereqs.

[07:42] Taking Prereqs Classes Out of Order

"Some of the classes which I'm retaking were originally taking decades ago. And so, I've forgotten much of the material. Recently, I went to a premed admissions fair where several admissions advisors from some east coast medical schools told me to redo my course work to "prove" that I could still handle academically rigorous material.

For example, one advisor told me to retake physics. Because when I last took it decades ago, I got a B in the first part. I could never full understand forces on inclined planes. So to retake physics, I need calculus which I have forgotten. I originally took three semesters of Calculus back in the 80s and did well on all but the third part. That was for my first non-science degree. Then for my second degree, I had to retake these Calculus courses in 2006. I got a B in part 2. Although I realized that Calculus has not changed much, I found the material much harder to understand and comprehend during my second time through. I have been out of school for many years and this challenge to keep up with college students half my age.

Now I have the opportunity to retake Calculus I and III on the quarter system on a more rigorous school than the one at which I took the original Calculus courses. However, because of my work, Spring quarter which starts next month, I cannot take Calculus 1 before Calculus 2 and only Calculus 2 fits my schedule this spring quarter.

I could then take Calculus 1 during the summer. I've asked others in my program who have gone through the same sequence. Some took them simultaneously, some also took other measures of classes. For example, several students were taking Biochemistry and General Chemistry at the same time. Usually, General Chemistry comes before Biochemistry."

"You don't have to keep up with college students. Your only competition is yourself."

[09:39] Will It Hurt Your Application?

Can you take the out of order? Yes. Is it ideal? No. There's a reason there's a 1 and 2. Each class is supposed to build on each other. Of course, you can do it. You're going to have to teach yourself some of the concepts.

The biggest question is whether it will hurt an application? No. The admissions people are telling you to do it. It's only going to help your application assuming you do well in the classes.

This is common for nontraditional students. They take courses a long time ago. The go out and have their career and have their family. Then at one point, they wake up and realize they've always wanted to be a doctor. From that point forward, they seek out what they need to do to get into medical school. A lot of them will contact schools and a lot of them will advise to take more recent course work to "prove" that you can handle the coursework.

It's not wrong. Medical school is hard. Just because you were a good or decent student 20 years ago, doesn't mean that you have the same aptitude today or the same willingness to do it. Going to school and being a student are different than being an employee.

"Are you really that interested in being a student or is the idea of being a physician greater than the allure of retaking classes and being a student first?"

And this is where "prove it" comes from. You need to do well in the classes and succeed. You also need to get that upward trend going. At the end of the day, you have to show the admissions committee that you can still be a student and you have a semester or two of coursework to show them that. So this is not going to hurt your application (as long as you don't do poorly in those classes.)

[12:10] Clinical Experience in a Podiatry Clinic

This is another common question that comes up. What constitutes clinical experience for your application to prove to medical schools that this is what you want to do?

"I'm currently working as a medical assistant/scribe for a local podiatrist. I have lots of good experiences I don't think I would get a lot of other places especially because I don't have any special licensure (EMT, MA, CNA, etc.). I was recently in a discussion with my premed advisor who suggested to me that this experience might not be viewed as actual clinical experience by MD and DO admissions offices.

I was surprised by this due to the scope of my experiences. Is this true? Should I try finding a different opportunity to replace this one or will this be able to compare with other experiences in "actual" clinical settings?"

So is this clinical experience? Yes, 100%. But is it good clinical experience? No. But it doesn't mean you avoid talking about it in your applications. But it means you should go and try to get clinical experience with physicians (MD and DO). Podiatrists are physicians as well. They're allowed to call themselves physicians. They're as close to MDs and DOs as any other health professions. They just happen to specialize in a certain part of our body. They do surgeries, they operate. They go to medical schools. They have a long curriculum in medical school. They do clinical experiences.But it's still podiatry.

Medical school admissions committees are going to look at your experience and ask for the rest of it. Where's the time you spent being around non-podiatry patients? They want you to show them those experiences. Show them how those experiences have led you to want to be an MD or DO.

"There's a huge difference in how your actions are speaking to the admissions committee."

Scribing at a podiatry clinic, solely, can send a signal that you only want to be a podiatrist, not an MD or DO. Instead, you want to be a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. There's a difference in how your actions are speaking to the admissions committee. So while it is a good clinical experience, it's not the right clinical experience for your ultimate goal of becoming a physician. It's the same thing for any other clinical experience - dentist office, chiropractic office, naturopathic office, etc. If you want to go to medical school, then you need to get clinical experience around MDs and DOs.

[15:47] Graduating Early and Applying Early

"I'm a first year premed nutrition student but I came into college with nearly 45 AP credits so I can graduate a year early with only taking 12 to 13 credits per semester. everyone has told me that I should a minor or take extra classes and graduate in the Fall of 2020 instead of the Spring of 2020 and apply for admissions for Fall of 2021 instead of Fall of 2020. I would really like to go straight into medical school after I graduate though. So I'm thinking about applying next Spring for the Fall of 2020. I'm just concerned about my extracurriculars. I'm just concerned about my extracurriculars. I didn't realize I wanted to be a doctor until this past Fall. So I haven't gotten involved in any premed clubs or shadowing or research or volunteering. I plan on starting research and volunteering very soon.

But I'm worried that if I apply in about a year, I won't have extracurriculars on my application. I'm also worried about the MCAT. I am planning on taking it next spring and there's really no room for error if I don't do well on that attempt since I'm trying to send in my application as early as possible. I'm not sure how setting is going to go yet since I'll be taking OChem 2 and Biochem that semester as well. I guess I'm just wondering what do you all think? I really want to graduate on time without taking a gap year but are my extracurriculars going to be too weak. Will it be too hard to study for the MCAT while taking those difficult courses next Spring?"

Graduating early is great. There's less debt that you're going to incur being a student for an extra year. But I also don't agree on applying that early.

As mentioned, you haven't done any shadowing, research, or volunteering yet. How do you know you want to be a physician? How have you proven to yourself that this is what you want to do? I would challenge you that you have no clue yet. It may sound great. You may have this great idea of what's next but you don't know. You need to go out and get some clinical experience. You need to go out and shadow. Put yourself around patients. Put yourself around physicians. And then start confirming that this is what you want and then start going down the path of when to take the MCAT and when to apply and so on.

I don't think it's a good idea to take the MCAT while still taking Ochem 2 and Biochem. That is a lot! Those are some heavy-hitting courses that are well-involved in the MCAT. To take those courses and to be studying for the MCAT at the same time is going to be very hard. So on top of not being super prepared for the MCAT because you're still taking courses, you're also rushing everything else. And you're still not sure that this is what you want to do. You may think you know, but you don't. You haven't proven to yourself through your actions that this is what you want.

Go out and shadow. Go out and get the clinical experience. And prove to yourself that this is what you want. Then after getting that shadowing or clinical experience, you can concisely state in your application - personal statement, extracurrriculars, interviews - explain why it is that you want to be a physician.

"Why do you want to be a physician? That is a key question that you have to answer. And it is only through those experiences where you will be able to formulate a solid answer to that question."

So go out right now. Take that gap year. Prepare for the MCAT. Get those clinical experience and shadowing experiences. Prove to yourself that this is what you want. Continue those things consistently through the application process and into matriculating into medical school. Taking a gap year is not that big of a deal. Travel. Go out and get some life experiences.

Links:

Check out the mcatbook.com

MSHQ Premed Forums

The OldPreMeds Podcast

Nontrad Premed Forum

General Premed Forum

Apr 04, 2018
279: From a Cocktail Waitress to Physician and EM Doc
35:24

Dr. Elaine Reno is an Emergency Medicine physician. She joins us to talk about her journey to medicine and her role with the Wilderness Medicine program at CU.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Save 10% on Personal Statement and EC Editing

Episode 202 with Dr. Todd Miner on Wilderness Medicine Program

Wilderness Medicine Program at the University of Colorado

Specialty Stories

Mar 28, 2018
278: Your MCAT and GPA Don't Matter As Much as You Think They Do
25:30

You shouldn't be surprised to read online that a student with near perfect stats didn't get an interview invite or acceptance. You're more than your stats.

Links and Other Resources

Mar 21, 2018
277: This Student Didn't Let Her Fear Overcome Her
44:03

Holly initially didn't think she could become a physician and let her fears dictate her path. She then conquered her fears and has been successful.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media

The MCAT Podcast

MSAR

ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

Mar 14, 2018
276: Q&A From the Premed Hangout Facebook Group
27:57
Mar 07, 2018
275: From Nursing to Accepted Premed, A Story of Lost Confidence
37:07

Ayesha is a successful applicant to med school after she initially lost confidence due to poor grades and became a nurse instead. Her dream never left her.

Links and Other Resources

Feb 28, 2018
274: 5 Common Mistakes Premeds Make with Extracurriculars
26:40

From taking on too much, to not doing enough, we'll talk about what you can do to avoid the common mistakes premeds make with their extracurriculars.

Links:

Feb 21, 2018
273: Let's Talk About Osteopathic Docs and What You Need to Know
34:32

Dr. Daniel Clearfield is a Family and Sports Medicine trained OMT doc. We talked about his journey to DO school, some struggles that DOs have and much more.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Playbook Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

The Premed Playbook Guide to the Medical School Interview

Feb 14, 2018
272: How to Start Brainstorming Your Personal Statement Draft?
30:48
Feb 07, 2018
271: Don't Talk About How You Know What Being a Doctor is Like
25:03

Allison and Ryan talk about a subject that came up in the Premed Hangout Facebook Group about students talking about what it's like being a physician.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Premed Hangout Facebook Group

Jan 31, 2018
270: From the Oil Fields and Poor Grades to an SMP and Acceptance
46:29

Jonathan is a medical student who landed his dream school after struggling as a premed and working in the oil fields. Hear his journey on today's podcast.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement

PMY 256: Interview with Dr. King Li of Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Jan 24, 2018
269: This Physician Talks About Imposter Syndrome and Her Journey
37:14

Dr. Danielle Jones is @mamadoctorjones on Instagram. I read her blog post about imposter syndrome, something a lot of premeds struggle with, and wanted to talk.

Links and Other Resources

Jan 17, 2018
268: This Nurse Practitioner is on His Way to Medical School
34:01

Matt has been accepted to multiple med school after realizing that he wanted to do more with and for patients. After working as an NP, he's starting med school.

Links and Other Resources

Jan 10, 2018
267: First Year Med Student, med_kat28, Talks about Her Journey
41:09

Katherine is a first-year med student and popular premed Instagrammer. We talk about her struggles, social media for premeds and more. Take a listen & subscribe.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media Network

Specialty Stories

Jan 03, 2018
266: From the Military to Medical School with an Upward Trend
50:36

Dylan is a first-year med student after being an EOD tech in the Army for 8 years. After figuring out what he wanted to do, he made it happen with hard work.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media – The OldPreMeds PodcastThe MCAT PodcastSpecialty Stories, and Ask Dr. Gray: Premed Q&A

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview

MCATstudygroups.com

PMY 265: Learn How to Better Retain Information with a Memory Master

Dec 27, 2017
265: Learn How to Better Retain Information with a Memory Master
43:58

Luis Angel was a Memory Master Champion on FOX's Superhuman Show. We talk about how you can learn to retain more information to improve your grades!

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Better Memory Now by Luis Angel

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Black Belt Memory program by Ron White

Dec 20, 2017
264: Dean of MSUCOM Talks About Mission to Increase Canadian DOs
38:37

Dean Strampel from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine joined us to talk about his school and what they are doing for Canadian premeds.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedEd Media

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Love in the Time of Medical School by Sarah Epstein

Episode 251: How to Protect Your Relationships as a Premed and Med Student

Dec 13, 2017
263: He Figured Out How to Overcome His 2.75 Undergrad GPA
41:36

Michael struggled through his undergrad with a 2.75 GPA and realized afterward that he wanted to be a physician. Listen to his journey and what he learned.

Links and Other Resources

Dec 06, 2017
262: The Physician Behind #LifeofaMedStudent Shares His Journey
33:45

Charles is the founder of #LifeofaMedStudent. Take a listen to learn why he started it, and what you can learn from the med students talking about their life.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

#LifeofaMedStudent

#LifeofaMedStudent Twitter Twitter

#LifeofaMedStudent Instagram

Rural Health Program – IU Medical School

MedEd Media

when is the best time to have a baby

four pillars of great med school application

Nov 29, 2017
261: From a 2.7 Undergrad GPA to First Year Medical Student
47:05

Nneka is a 1st year med student who didn't think she had a chance. After a 2.7 UG GPA, poor MCAT scores and a failed application, learn what she did to succeed.

Links and Other Resources

Nov 22, 2017
260: This Doc Is Proving You Don't Have to Follow the Rules
28:37

Dr. McDermott is a psychiatrist in private practice who is doing things differently. Listen to her story and see what you can do differently on your journey.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.doctordenisemd.com

Mental Health and How to Thrive

www.MCATBook.com

Next Step Test Prep

The Dr. Denise Show

Nov 15, 2017
259: How Can I Improve My CARS Section Score on the MCAT?
43:08

CARS (Critical Analysis and Reasoning) on the MCAT seems to give students the most trouble. Jack from JackWestin.com is here to help you score higher!

Links and Other Resources

Nov 08, 2017
258: Director of Admissions Talks About the Admissions Process
56:44

Stephanie Petrosky, Director of Admissions at NSUDKCPCOM (formally referred to as Nova) joined me to talk about how her team reviews med school applications

Links and Other Resource

Nov 01, 2017
257: Author of Med School Uncensored Talks About his Journey
48:18

Dr. Richard Beddingfield is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and author of Med School Uncensored. We talk about his journey and what he learned along the way.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Posts

MedEd Media

Med School Uncensored: The Insider’s Guide to Surviving Admissions, Exams, Residency, and Sleepless Nights in the Call Room

Oct 25, 2017
256: A Look at Carle Illinois College of Medicine with Dean Li
48:11

Carle Illinois is hoping to change the way medicine is taught, focusing on engineering and medicine together. This is our discussion with the dean, Dr. King Li

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Specialty Stories Podcast Episode 43: Community-Based Interventional Cardiology

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Oct 18, 2017
255: Q&A With Premed Students at a Small Liberal Arts School
40:19

In this Q&A we talk HPSP, shadowing, clinical experiences, mistakes I made on my journey and so much more. Want me to talk with your club? Let me know!

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The Premed Years Podcast Episode 254: MD vs. PA! Let’s Talk About it with a PA to Help You Decide

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National Health Service Corps

Oct 12, 2017
254: MD vs PA! Let's Talk About it with a PA to Help You Decide
57:57

Savanna Perry is a PA who helps pre-PA students get into PA school? Sound familiar? We chat to discuss the differences in the career field to help you decide!

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Oct 04, 2017
253: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Postbac Programs
44:54

Dr. Glenn Cummings is the Director of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Bryn Mawr. We discuss mistakes students make and so much more about postbacs.

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Sep 27, 2017
252: Navigating the Premed and Med School Path with ADHD
35:03

David is a former member of the military and current med student. We discuss his journey with ADHD, PTSD and what made him successful getting into med school.

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Sep 20, 2017
251: How to Protect Your Relationships as a Premed and Med Student
46:31

Sarah Epstein is a Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Love in the Time of Medical School. We talk about how you can keep your relationships strong.

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Sep 13, 2017
250: The Extreme Burden of Being a Physician (It's worth it)
46:03

With Houston still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Irma gunning towards Florida, how can we help and learn from those on the ground?

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Sep 06, 2017
249: This Physician Wants to Change The Narrative Around Death
45:50

Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider is a Hospitalist turned evangelist for Palliative Care. Learn what you can be doing now to help patients in their most critical times.

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Specialty Stories Podcast Episode 7: What is a Hospitalist? An Academic Doc Talks with Us

Aug 30, 2017
248: From Premed to Attending Physician - Showing You the Path
38:08

Have you ever wondered what the whole path to becoming a doc looks like? Ryan breaks down every step of the premed & med student journey to give you an idea!

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Aug 23, 2017
247: Do You Need an MD(DO)/PhD to do Research as a Physician?
49:42

Dr. Maureen Leonard discusses her journey to medicine and her life as a physician scientist, working 70-80% of her time doing research with "just" an MD.

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Aug 16, 2017
246: Ask Dr. Gray, Premed Q&A - Lots of Great Questions Answered
41:16
Aug 09, 2017
245: Why Does Texas Have It's Own App and More TMDSAS Questions
44:47

This week Dr. Gray got the chance to speak to the executive director of the TMDSAS, Dr. Scott Wright. We got behind the scenes at the TMDSAS for you!

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Aug 02, 2017
244: Entrepreneurial Premed Stands Out For the Ivys
37:23

Prerak is a premed student who is about to start medical school at Yale after a successful undergrad at Berkeley. Listen to his story and check out his YouTube.

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Jul 26, 2017
243: A Burnout Story and What You Can Do to Avoid It
21:31

Allison joins us to talk about her experience with burnout during residency and we talk about how you can hopefully cope during a stressful time.

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Jul 19, 2017
242: Secondary Essay Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
15:16

Once you submit your primary application, the work isn't over, secondary essays are still a huge part of your medical school application. Listen to the show!

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Jul 12, 2017
241: Third Application Cycle was a Charm for this Premed!
51:08

Many students would have given up, but Natalie didn't. She took each obstacle and learned from it, ultimately gaining acceptance to six medical schools.

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Jul 05, 2017
240: Premed Q&A: MCAT Timing, Shadowing, ECs and More!
45:08

Ryan jumped on a Facebook Live and answered your questions live. Check out the great questions that came in. Join us at http://medicalschoolhq.net/group.

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The Premed Years Podcast Session 171: Reapplying to Medical School – What You Need to Know to Improve

Specialty Stories Episode 29: What is OB/GYN?

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Jun 28, 2017
239: Chasing After People in Scrubs to Get the Info You Need!
41:22

Dr. Andrea Tooley shares her journey from premed to current Optho resident. She didn't know a lot about the premed journey, but fought to inform herself.

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Jun 21, 2017
238: Is the Role of Your Premed Advisor to Tell You No?
27:00

Ryan and Allison discuss something that came up with one of the students Ryan is helping. Should your premed advisor tell you that you can't or shouldn't apply?

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Jun 14, 2017
237: AMCAS, AACOMAS, MCAT Motivation and Other Premed Q&A
30:25

Allison and Ryan tackle several questions from the Hangout, our private Facebook group. We cover everything from motivation to residency status. Check it out!

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Jun 07, 2017
236: What Do The First Two Years of Medical School Look Like?
35:36

Allison is back! It's double Dr. Gray for today's episode about medical school. We talked about our experiences during the first two years of medical school.

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May 31, 2017
235: Interview Prep: What is Happening in Our Healthcare System?
42:52

Session 235

Jen Briney is host of the Congressional Dish podcast and joins me today to talk about our current healthcare system and where it may be headed.

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Today's guest is very interesting as it's someone who wouldn't normally be here on the podcast but with the changing landscape of our U.S. healthcare system, I thought of bringing an expert in this field. Jen Briney's Congressional Dish podcast is devoted to talking about bills that go through Congress. She has read the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Current TBAC, the new AHCA, and has discussed what's in there or not. She comes on the podcast today to talk about these things so you can come prepared for your medical school interviews. This is going to be a good primer for our healthcare system even if you listen to this in 2018 or 2019, assuming there are no dramatic changes.

[03:15] The Congressional Dish Podcast

Being a Congress-watcher, Jen watches Congressional hearing and reads bills and laws being created so that taxpayers, like her, would know what's going with their money. What led her to become so familiar with healthcare was the government shutdown in 2013 when the Republicans were trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She did not like the system as a whole because it's an insurance system, not a healthcare system. But Jen believes it's better than we had before because rules have been put in on the insurance industry. Currently, the Republicans have control of all of government. They're trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act but instead of repealing it, they're putting together bills very quickly with no hearings and no overall plan.

What Jen does now is she's reading all the different versions. She has read the first one that failed. But now the house just passed another version of the American Health Care Act, which she's reading for her next episode.

[05:22] An Insurance Policy, Not a Healthcare Policy

Jen explains there are different ways you can give people healthcare. A lot of other countries do "single payer" where you pay taxes and the government pays for healthcare. It's one of those essential government functions.

Conversely, the United States buys health insurance which is supposed to cover the big catastrophes. Before the ACA, these are for profit companies so what they would do is only cover healthy people because it would cost them the least. What health insurance does is you give them $100 a month and as long as you're healthy, they just put that in their pockets. That's profit. But as soon as you get sick, that's when they have to start to pay for stuff and they really don't like this part.

In order to have this system that still had private insurance at the center of it, the Affordable Care Act put rules in place. Before the ACA, there would be lifetime limits. You'd sign up for a plan. You get cancer and then you look in the fine print of your insurance and they would say, "Once we hit $1 million, we're not paying for anything for you ever again." And you would go bankrupt.

Another common practice with health insurance where once someone would get sick, they would just drop their plan. They would no longer cover you because they don't have to. Basically, they were doing all kinds of shady things to make money.

Why Jen thinks the ACA is better is because there are certain rules. For instance, there are now 10 essential health benefits that if you buy health insurance, they have to cover it such as preventive care. Jen shares her experience that when she went to get a physical exam and all the little bills came in, it cost her over $400. Now, that's illegal. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act. They also have to cover things like ambulances, hospital stays, maternity, prescription drugs, etc. There are things now that when you buy insurance, you know you're going to get. It's better than it was was before but it's still based on private insurance.

What you see now is these insurance companies liked the old days where they could profit by making up all the rules. Now the people in Congress working on behalf of the insurance industry are trying to make those rules go away. These are the people writing legislation designed to help the insurance industry to be more profitable. They're eliminating these rules so these essential health benefits are going to be flexible in certain states, if states wanted to, so they won't have to cover those essential health benefits anymore. This is not something that's good for the people, but it's good for the businesses.

[08:50] Congress Working for Businesses, Not for the People

Jen mentions the website OpenSecrets.org where you can look and see these people who are voting for this elimination of rules and you can see where they're getting their campaign funding from and in almost every case, you can see the health insurance industry and health professionals. Then you can see these companies get invited to help write these bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In fact, these insurance companies were in the room to write the Affordable Care Act, as well as the pharmaceutical companies.  These health insurance companies want to exist so they use their lobbying power to stay in existence and that is the basis of the Affordable Care Act. Jen says a lot of people call it the "poison pill" and no one right now in Congress is talking about the "single payer" system, the tax-funded system that works in so many other countries.

Jen explains why she says these people are working for businesses and not for us is because when you look at what they're doing, that's who benefits. Jen always looks at who benefits financially. With the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), it's the businesses that benefit from it.

[10:21] The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

In Episode 48 of the Congressional Dish podcast, Jen read the Obamacare and shares some big takeaways.

First, it puts rules on the private insurance industry. It allows the private insurance industry to remain the main way that people get their healthcare in the United States. As opposed to now, if you wanted to get a government plan, you have to get Medicaid, a program for poor people that gives them their health insurance. The federal government picks up all of the Medicaid funding for the states that accepted it. It basically expanded the program beyond what it used to be. So it allows poor people to get government-funded health insurance. Medicare, on the other hand, is for people over the age of 65 and for the most part, they also get government-sponsored healthcare. Everybody else is in the middle. If you make more than 133% of the poverty line or under the age of 65, you have to get health insurance in order to get healthcare for the most part.

This is the basis of the Affordable Care Act. It's a very complicated system that tries to put rules in the private insurance companies so that they will not go bankrupt but still have to cover people with pre-existing conditions. This is expensive because these as your healthcare provider, these insurance companies would have to pay for those benefits for your entire life and they don't want to do that. Hence, ACA forces them to cover you and it forces healthy people to get health insurance to outweigh those costs. Jen thinks it's a very delicate system with a lot of moving parts that have to work together in order to make this private insurance system work.

However, this is currently being actively dismantled. Jen admits she doesn't know what to study when it comes to ACA because we really don't know how much of this is going to survive.

[13:15] Different Ways to Get Health Insurance

One way to get health insurance today is the individual market which didn't exist before. For instance, Jen as a podcaster doesn't have a big corporation paying for her health insurance so if she were single and needed health insurance, she would have to go to each individual company and try to figure out what they cover which can be very confusing. Jen basically ended up with a $400 physical since she had no idea what she was buying.

One of the basics of the ACA is that it has created this individual insurance market where people could go on a website and pick a plan from a selection of companies offering it and compare them based on the premium, coverage, percentages - all of which are being explained, which didn't exist before.

Through the ACA, it separated your healthcare from your employer so you could quit your job and still have health insurance. Apparently, there are so many people in this country that are clinging onto jobs they don't like because of their health insurance.

Other ways of getting health insurance include the small group market and the large employers, where most people in the country are still getting their insurance from. Moreover, the ACA also requires that employers buy plans that cover those ten essential benefits and have minimum of what needs to be provided in return for premiums.

Jen ultimately stresses that the Affordable Care Act keeps the private insurance company at the center of our healthcare and try to make it so they can be profitable and yet we get coverage with fewer medical bankruptcies. Jen adds that this did not eliminate medical bankruptcies in the U.S. nor did it cover everybody but it is better than it was before. Basically, it's a stepping stone.

[15:25] Medical Bankruptcy and Hospitals Covering healthcare

Even if you don't have insurance, you're going to get care anyway, right? You show up to a hospital and you're going to get the care you need. Is this how it works?

Jen thinks it's anecdotal but that's not how it works. Before the ACA, Jen's friend got cancer at 15 years old. She went into remission. They had one awesome summer and then the cancer came back. She was told she was going to need a bone marrow transplant. That's what was submitted to her health insurance company but someone behind the desk decided it was too expensive and said no. Because her parents were not millionaires, she died.

So you can't really separate medical bankruptcy from getting care. If you got hit by a car and you get brought to a hospital, you're going to get the basics so you can get out of there. But what about the follow-up care? What about cancer treatments? You can't get that in emergency rooms.

Jen firmly says this is inaccurate to say that hospitals have to cover you. They do cover the minimums like emergency care but the maintenance and the preventive stuff, that's what keeps you alive long term and that is not covered in the emergency room, especially not on a systemic level when there 325 million people in the U.S.

[17:14] Democrats versus Republicans

Jen has observed that there is so much corporate influence in our Congress right now on both sides. You have the Republican party that wants the insurance industry to write the rules. So they get to call the shots and they decide who gets covered and who doesn't because they believe in an economic theory. They believe in it so strongly that Jen is convinced they're not really looking at it from the people's perspective. They want people to have access to healthcare but access is different from "actually" having healthcare. So the Republicans are really working on behalf of businesses in a way that I think clouds their judgment.

As with the Democrats, they're also corporate in a certain way so they're the ones who created the Affordable Care Act. Instead of nationalizing the healthcare industry like it is in so many other countries, they are also creating the system and doing the middle of the road thing. They can keep the private health insurance in control as long as there are rules. But the people who just want to get healthcare as part of being American citizens are vastly outnumbered in our Congress right now.

[19:00] Healthcare as a Business

Unfortunately, there is no side that is saying that access to doctors and getting healthcare is just an essential that everybody needs. Jen thinks there is an ideological battle happening and it seems to her that government should be covering the things that we all need but we don't know when.

The problem with treating healthcare like any other business is you can't opt out of it. It's not a restaurant, you can't choose to not go there and cook at home. You need the doctors when you need them. And the Republican party, specifically, sees healthcare as a business.

Jen adds it's not necessarily a left versus right thing. Instead, is this a business and should it be for profit or should be a part of the government? This is the real battle going on right now and business is winning big time.

Let's say, you got bitten by a dog and you're bleeding. Are you supposed to go to Yelp for doctors and figure out which one is the cheapest? And then go to the cheapest one questioning where this doctor actually got their degree. Jen doesn't think this makes sense on so many levels. When you're sick the only thing you're thinking of is how do you get better. You're afraid for you actual life.

This is why health insurance companies are an amazing profitable business because it's something we all need and will pay anything for. We don't question our doctors and for most of us, doctors are gods.

Again, it's not a business; at least, it's not supposed to be a business. It's not like buying a shirt and choose from different stores. But it matters when it's your health because you only have one body and if you screw it up, game over.

[23:45] It’s Going to Get More Expensive!

Jen bluntly admits that she is horrified with what the current administration is trying to do by making it all for profit again. It's not a normal business and so a lot of people are going to get hurt by this. With the new American Health Care Act, if it becomes a law, people with pre-existing conditions still have to be covered technically but there are so many loopholes that they've now written into the system.

The The MacArthur Amendment got passed in the house. It's basically a waiver that lets states waive the essential health benefits and states can create the essential health benefits, state by state. This implies that not only will states be able to define the categories of benefits but they also get to decide what's in those categories. For example, a state may decide to only cover three prescription drugs instead of a lot of them which were supposed to be covered or a state may decide they won't cover ambulances anymore.

Moreover, when you get sick, the ACA puts a limit that you only have to pay a certain amount out-of-pocket. Those are all tied tied to the essential health benefits. With the MacArthur Amendment, each state is allowed to determine what essential health benefits mean and it's also going to determine your lifetime and annual limits and what your out-of-pocket expenses are.

Jen thinks this is just going to be much more expensive for customers on so many different levels that people are going to skip care because they can't afford it. Additionally, they say it's designed to reduce premiums. By eliminating the rules on the insurance companies, it's true that premiums might go down because the plans do not cover anything. Jen had one of those. She got her plan for $80 a month but when she went to get a physical, it was $400. Imagine if she actually got sick! That's what they're going back to.

Jen says they promise this is only the first step. The main goal is to allow the private insurance companies to do what they will. This is Jen's biggest concern (and ours too!) because they exist not to provide the best healthcare but to make as much money as they can and divvy it up to their shareholders. This is what for profit corporations do. Jen explains it's not necessarily evil but it is when you do it with healthcare. Again, you're talking about desperate people that will pay anything for their own health. So she doesn't see anything good about it.

[27:35] The Car Insurance Analogy

To better understand what Jen has just discussed, it's like car insurance. When you're looking for a car insurance from a premium standpoint, you're typically looking for the cheapest thing possible and you're not digging around aspects like towing service, accident coverage, or parts replacement. All you want is the cheapest premium because you're a poor college student.

Allowing patients to choose the cheapest premium without understanding that back-end of what they're actually buying. They're basically betting on the American population to not be smart. Jen thinks it's not even smart because what they do is deceptive and put it in the fine prints. Those are tricky things insurance companies do so you're not aware. They don't want you to be aware because they want to get out of covering you when you actually do get sick.

Jen got a cheaper plan for her car and when her battery died and called her insurance asking for roadside assistance, she found out she's not covered for it anymore. She ended up asking for help from someone. Good thing it wasn't a big deal, but what if it was?

However, the problem with comparing health insurance and car insurance, is that you actually don't need a car. So if you don't want to pay premiums, you may choose not to have a car. But you don't have the option to not have a body. You basically don't have any choice. So even if you compare it to other insurances, it doesn't make sense because you don't have to own a car or a home and even life insurance.

[30:40] Where to Read and Understand the Bills

For those who want to know more about these policies, Jen recommends you go straight to the bill. It can be super painful to read legislation but Jen has seen so many conflicting information from sources written by other people. Hence, the best way to truly understand it is to go to Congressional sources and read what they're reading. Jen says it's not that intimidating. She's outlining the stuff on Congressional Dish and she links to all the individual provisions.

Jen uses GovTrack.us to look at the status of bills as well as those that have already been enacted. Jen considers reading the Affordable Care Act was the most miserable experience for her and found it so difficult. It has ten sections. She actually ready the first nine and found out that the tenth edits the first nine. But if you truly want to understand what the system is, you have to go to the bills and the U.S. code and read it. The codes can be confusing to read because of all the numbers or codes written but the laws are written in plain English. So you can go to the sections of the law itself and just read it to understand. It's not as hard as reading bills because you don't have to jump back and forth.

[33:20] What Happens to AHCA Now?

AHCA has passed the House and now it's in the Senate. Jen explains that what happens from here is that it may be changed because the Senators are not happy with it as it is. The people on the committees don't give Jen hope that it's going to be changed in a way that protects people more. There are certain Republican senators that are uncomfortable with people losing their insurance and having it be more expensive. But there's also a group that are ideologically opposed to the idea that the government puts any kind of restraints on private business and they see healthcare as a business. Two of these people, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, are going to be involved in the shaping of the Senate's version and jen says they just don't believe in government.

The best we can hope for in this Congress is that the whole thing just stops. Jen hopes we can make enough noise that the Senate doesn't vote on it or it fails in the Senate. Timing-wise. Jen heard they want to have this vote in the Senate done by August. This means we have a couple of months to make a fuss in the Senate particularly. The House's rule is done for now (May 2017). So you have to focus from now until August of 2017 unless it's passed sooner.

[35:40] Jen's Message to Doctors

Jen wants to emphasize to doctors that private insurance is based on a lot of paperwork. There are a lot of receptionists hired to fight with the private insurance industry and a lot of times, the doctors care more about the patient. Jen says what happens to many doctors is they end up having to be insurance experts to help their patients get better and not go bankrupt. So doctors are involved in this and if you like to minimize your cost, minimizing the role of insurance would be good. Insurance companies don't want to pay because that's their business model and you want to get paid. So it's important for doctors to really pay attention to what's going on right now. Having read the bill, Jen encourages doctors in all of their interest to fight it as she thinks there is no good going on here.

Jen's friend has Crohn's disease and she's working on moving to New Zealand so that if this becomes a law, she's out. Jen stresses this is how serious this is for your patients. It sounds extreme but it is extreme! This is what keeps Jen awake at night and she thinks this should keep us awake at night too.

[39:05] Not a Carefully Crafted Bill

Lastly, Jen mentions how fast this is being crafted. It's not something the Republican have been working on for the last eight years since the Affordable Care Act. This bill they passed in the House was not available to read the night before the vote. It was not on the internet. The Congressional Budget Office does the really in-depth analysis of the financials but they were not done with this until the week of May 22, which is in the future of when this bill was actually passed. They simply just wanted to get something passed and so they passed it. Jen thinks this is so reckless. It's not a carefully crafted bill but something that has been thrown together last minute and the effects be damned.

This is the same as a doctor not evaluating a patient, giving them some antibiotics and if something doesn't work, another doctor will fix them.

[40:30] Be Informed

Jen outlined the Affordable Care Act on the Congressional Dish podcast episode 048 and linked them to specific provisions. Episode 151 is Jen's next episode where she will be linking to all these provisions she's talking about when she outlines the American Health Care Act. You may also get a free app so you can get the show notes on your phone as you listen.

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May 24, 2017
234: ICU Nurse Turned Medical Student Discusses Her Journey
47:17

Sarah is a current 3rd-year medical student and former CTICU nurse who now wants to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon! Listen to her journey and how others reacted.

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May 17, 2017
233 : 5 Common Med School Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
26:00

The medical school interview process is filled with fear and doubt. Take a listen to hear 5 common questions and learn how to answer them so you're prepared.

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May 10, 2017
232: Struggling to Choose a Specialty, He Started Podcasting
42:49

Ian is a 4th year med student who didn't know what he wanted to do when he grew up, so he created a podcast to help him and others with the same struggles.

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May 03, 2017
231: How to Prepare For Your Medical School Interview
28:44

There are many ways to prepare for the medical school interview. Unfortunately, many students don't do any of these. Take a listen and go in ahead of the game!

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Apr 26, 2017
230: Rejected From the Caribbean! Now with a US Acceptance!
46:46

Chad shares his story about struggling with undergrad as he needed to work, being rejected from Caribbean medical school and his recent application success.

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Apr 19, 2017
229: 54-year-old Med Student Overcame 5 MCATs, Rejection and More
41:38

Renee is a former Nurse Educator turned medical student. Always wanting to be a physician, she battled through poor MCAT scores, a failed application and more.

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Apr 12, 2017
228 : Maintaining Confidence Through the Grueling App Process
01:00:25

Mariah has spent years on the Hill helping lobby for those without a voice. Now, she wants to be a physician. Hear her story of self-doubt and how she overcame!

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Apr 05, 2017
227: Time Management for a NASCAR Driving Medical Student
34:36

Patrick Staropoli is a fourth-year medical student who happens to drive 200 mph on certain weekends racing in NASCAR. We chatted about how he manages it all.

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Mar 29, 2017
226: Why You Should Still Consider a Career in Medicine
45:18

Dr. Shikha Jain joins us to discuss the powerful piece she wrote on KevinMD about why she would still encourage her daughter to go into medicine.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The MCAT Podcast

The OldPreMed Podcast

Specialty Stories Podcast

Specialty Stories Podcast Session 08 with Dr. Shikha Jain

Dr. Jain’s article on KevinMD – Why I Would Still Encourage My Daughter to Go Into Medicine

AMSA

Mar 22, 2017
225: Common Questions for Premeds About Osteopathic Medicine
52:04

Rachel, the Junior National Pre-Soma Director shares her journey to medical school and answers common questions she receives from premeds about DO school.

Links and Other Resources

Mar 15, 2017
224: Teen Mom to Physician, Starting Med School with 3 Children
33:48

Dr. Lopez shares her journey from rough childhood to becoming a physician. Starting her premed path after having 3 children, she has fulfilled her dream.

Links and Other Resources:

Mar 08, 2017
223: Setting Yourself Up for Financial Success, Starting Now
43:39

Dr. Dahle is an EM physician and publisher of WhiteCoatInvestor.com. He has taken on the task of improving the financial literacy of those entering medicine.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The White Coat Investor

Check out Jim’s book, The White Coat Investor

Bigger Pockets investment forum

Bogleheads.org for mutual fund investing

HPSP Program

The Short Coat Podcast

MedEd Media Network

Mar 01, 2017
222: Working Full-time and Taking Many Years to Finish Premed
43:30

Zane shares her story of taking some gap years before college to fulfill her dream of being a flying trapeze artist. Her unique path led to her application success.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Years Podcast Session 168:10 Acceptances to Medical School! This Nontrad Did It!

University of Central Florida –  College of Medicine

MedEd Media Network

The OldPreMeds Podcast

The MCAT Podcast

Specialty Stories

Feb 22, 2017
221: Leaving West Africa to Fulfill a Dream of Being a Physician
43:20

Akosua is starting medical school soon after successfully reapplying. Her dreams started in Ghana and she shares her journey with us on the podcast.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep

Feb 15, 2017
220: From Caribbean Med School to a US Dermatology Residency
54:51

Dr. Hure is a Caribbean medical school grad who went on to complete a Derm residency in the US. Here her advice for those thinking about offshore med schools.

Links:

Full Episode Blog Post

Specialty Stories podcast episode 1

PMY episode 51: The Journey to a Caribbean School

Feb 08, 2017
219: How to Improve the Path for Women in Medicine
01:02:46

Dr. Jean Robey is passionate about women in medicine. As a practicing nephrologist, she is now very involved with Physician Moms Group. We celebrate #NWPD.

Links and Other Resources:

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama

(Dr. Robey was on episode 6 discussing about being a private practice nephrologist).

  • National Women Physician Day (use the hashtag #NWPD on February 3rd to get the latest updates)
  • Elizabeth Blackwell (use the hashtag #iamblackwell to celebrate the first female doctor)
Feb 01, 2017
218: This Nontrad Overcame More Obstacles Than Anyone I Know
01:18:32

Ana Jimenez is a medical student at KU with an extraordinary path to med school. As a nontraditional student she overcame many obstacles to realize her dream.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

@jimenezana

Specialty Stories Podcast

California State University

Medical School HQ Facebook Group: www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

University of Central Florida Medical School Admissions Symposium

Jan 25, 2017
217: How are Med Schools Looking At Your New MCAT Score?
46:46

Kaplan Executive Director of Pre-Health Programs joined me to talk about Kaplan's new survey and so much more about the new MCAT and what they have to offer.

Links and Other Resources:

Jan 18, 2017
216: What You Need to Know About AACOM Killing Grade Replacement
29:33

Starting May 1st, 2017 AACOM has announced that the grade replacement policy will no longer exist. All grades will count towards your GPA. Listen to hear more.

Links and Other Resources:

Jan 11, 2017
215: Why Do You Want to be a Doctor? You Need to Know This!
27:11

I work with many students for mock interview prep and too many of them can't clearly answer why they want to be a physician. You need to know your story.

Links and Other Resources:

Jan 04, 2017
214: 5 Things Premed Need to Think About for the New Year
28:18

Whether you are just starting out on your journey, or ready to apply this coming year, there are things that you should keep in mind for the new year.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Years podcast session 11: Interview with a 56-Year Old Medical Student

ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

www.medicalschoolhq.net/premedcalendar

www.OldPreMeds.org

Dec 28, 2016
213: Stop Looking For a Backup Plan, It's Hurting Your Chances
29:41

Prompted from a post in our Facebook group, I wanted to tell you why I think having a backup plan for medical school is a bad idea. Backed by science of course!

Links and Other Resources

Dec 21, 2016
212: The Specialty Stories Podcast is Live!
40:22

Dr. Hure is a Caribbean medical school grad who went on to complete a Dermatology residency and Dermatopathology fellowship. Hear her specialty story.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.mededmedia.com

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

Specialist Stories Podcast

The OldPreMeds Podcast

The MCAT Podcast

Dec 14, 2016
211: Medical School For International Students and More Q&A
26:41

A voicemail was sent in asking a question about international students getting accepted to medical school. I answer that and other premed questions.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

MSAR

College Information Book

www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

Ryan is working with students for the 2017 application (for acceptance in 2018) and his prices are going up in January. If you’re interested in working with Ryan one-on-one to hep you get ready for your applications, go to www.medicalschoolhq.net/coaching.

If you want to invite Ryan to talk at your club meetings, reach out to Ryan through email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net.

Dec 07, 2016
210: Start Your Medical School Application Prep Now!
26:32

There are so many moving pieces to the medical school application. The most common mistake is waiting too long to start it. Don't be the one who misses out!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

TMDSAS

AACOMAS

AMCAS

MSAR

College Information Book

www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

www.medicalschoolhq.net/coaching

Nov 30, 2016
209: Taking a Gap Year Before Medical School? Should You Do It?
27:08

Ryan answers two emails that came in on the same day about gap years and decided to dig into what it is and the pros and cons of taking one. Check it out!

Links and Other Resources:

Nov 23, 2016
208: What is The Future of Medicine and Should it Matter to You?
39:14

Allison and Ryan discuss the recent election results and whether or not it should affect your decision to apply to medical school. Oh, and we celebrate 4 years!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Book Mentions:

The Spirit Catches You When You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Atul Gawande’s books

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer

Nov 16, 2016
207: This Med Student Took a Leave of Absense and started Osmosis
40:08

Shiv Gaglani started medical school knowing he was interested in business. Two years later, he co-founded Osmosis and is now making an impact in the world.

Links and Other Resources

Nov 09, 2016
206: What Kind of Physician Do You Want to be? Recorded Live!
37:13

Recorded live at the AMSA PremedFest conference at USF and the UC Davis Pre-Health conference, listen to what students are thinking about for a specialty.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out the AMSA Convention – February 2017 and use the code: MSHQ17 to save some money on this big event happening in DC.

UC Davis Pre-Health Conference

Texture app

www.mededmedia.com

Nov 02, 2016
205: Why She Left the Premed Track, Became an NP and is now an M1
36:21

Ryan talked to Hanaan about why her lack of mentorship as a premed, switching to an NP program and then figuring out that she truly wants to be a physician.

Links and Other Resources

Oct 26, 2016
204: What I Wish Every Premed Student Would Know
31:24

Ryan talked about some of the most common questions that he answers for premed students, as well as common mistakes premed students make. Hear them now!

Links and Other Resources

Oct 19, 2016
203: Premed Q&A - Maximizing Gap Years, Residency Merger and More
23:26

Ryan answers questions that have come in through our Facebook group, and email. We cover a lot of different topics, so there will be something for you.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.mededmedia.com

OldPreMeds.org

AMCAS

AACOMAS

ACGME

AOA

Oct 12, 2016
202: Gain Experience Through Premed Wilderness Medicine Programs
35:45

Todd Miner joins Ryan to talk about how the Wilderness Medicine program at the University of Colorado SoM is helping premeds get exposure to medicine.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.coloradowm.org

Visit AMSA Conference to check out upcoming conferences near you. Save money when you register and use the code: MSHQ17.

Wilderness Medicine program at the University of Colorado SoM

Oct 05, 2016
201: How The Founder of PMG, Dr. Sabry, is Changing the World
48:55

Dr. Sabry started Physician Moms Group to help herself through tough times. What came out of it is something special. With 60+k members, PMG is making waves.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Physician Mother Group

PMG Facebook group

Connect with Hala through email at hala_sabry@yahoo.com

www.mededmedia.com

Elite Medical Scribes www.medicalschoolhq.net/ems

Sep 28, 2016
200: What is coming next for the Medical School Headquarters
22:23

200 Episodes and almost 1,000,000 downloads. You've been there for us, and I hope that we've been there for you on your journey to medical school.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Send Ryan an email at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net

www.MedEdMedia.com

www.OldPreMeds.org

www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

Next Step Test Prep

OldPreMeds Podcast

The Premed Playbook

The MCAT Podcast

modern version of the Hippocratic Oath

Sep 21, 2016
199: The Short Coat Podcast Visits the Premed Years
48:35

The Short Coat Podcast is from the students at Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. After talking to them, I think every med school should have a podcast!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.mededmedia.com

The Short Coat Podcast

University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview on Kindle

www.medschoolinterviewbook.com

Sep 14, 2016
198: Finding a Masters Program Postbac to Fix Early Mistakes
38:41

Anje'le is a current medical student who used an often overlooked aspect of postbac programs - linkage. She used the linkage to earn her a spot in medical school.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.mededmedia.com

Next Step Test Prep – Check out their first MCAT course. Use the Coupon Code: MSHQ to get some discounts.

Sign up for a free audio book at www.audibletrial.com/mshq

www.medicalschoolhq.net/10books for a list of good books to read including the amazing books from Atul Gawande.

Sep 07, 2016
197: Can You Become a Doctor If You've Been Arrested?
42:20

Larry Cohen is a lawyer who works a lot with healthcare workers who find themselves fighting to get or keep their licenses. If you have questions, listen now.

Links and Other Resources:

Aug 31, 2016
196: 2 Applications, an MBA and more. This doc is Outside the Box
42:53

Dr. Nii Darko took the long road to medicine. Growing up a first gen student left him learning about medicine from The Cosby Show. Learn how it influenced him.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Nii’s podcast, Docs Outside the Box

Nii’s blog, Keeping Up with the Darkos

Join the AMSA Premed Fest on October 1-2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida and get the chance to hang out with other premed students, medical student, and doctors and learn about the reality of what becoming a physician looks like. Learn about emerging issues like physician-assisted suicide, how to ace your interview, and participate in suturing clinics. Every activity is focused on helping you get into medical school. Use this Coupon Code: MSHQ17  and get a discounted registration cost of $49 for AMSA members and $69 for non-AMSA members.

Take this opportunity to meet and greet Dr. Ryan Gray at the event. He will be one of the speakers specifically talking about how to ace your medical school interview.

www.mededmedia.com

www.medschoolinterviewbook.com

Aug 24, 2016
195: How Cram Fighter is Changing the Way You Study for the MCAT
28:11

Cramfighters came from Amit watching his wife struggle coming up with a plan to study for the boards. What was born is a new way to create a study schedule.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.cramfighter.com

www.mededmedia.com

www.medschoolinterviewbook.com

Aug 17, 2016
194: Overcoming Disability and Biases
34:14

Jeff Gazzara wasn't going to let his vision stop him from becoming a physician. Learn how he overcome obstacles and some possible biases on his journey.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.themcatpodcast.com

www.medschoolinterviewbook.com

Aug 10, 2016
193: Introduction to The MCAT Podcast
22:19

The MCAT Podcast is a collaboration between Next Step Test Prep and the Medical School Headquarters. This is a must listen to for those prepping for the MCAT.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Go to www.medicalschoolhq.net/mcatclass and use the coupon code: MCATPOD to save money off their tutoring and 10% off their products

www.mcatpodcast.com/subscribe

Aug 03, 2016
192: The Medical School Interview - How to Talk About You
24:22

Ryan discusses some key facets of the medical school interview. Being prepared to talk about yourself is one of hardest parts. Ryan breaks it down for you.

Links and Other Resources

Jul 27, 2016
191: Medical School Interview Q&A
33:57

Ryan takes questions asked in the Hangout and answers them here. If you have questions about the interview, check out http://www.medschoolinterviewbook.com!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.medschoolinterviewbook.com

www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

Jul 20, 2016
190: Premed Q&A - What Are My Chances and More
19:43

Ryan answers some questions that were called and emailed in. One wanted to know about flight medic training, another about her chances and many other questions.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.medschoolinterviewbook.com

AAMC website

Table A-23  of the AAMC data

AMCAS application

Texas application

AACOMAS application

Jul 13, 2016
189: Failed MCAT Prep to Successful Applicant After Two Gap Years
33:43

Jake always knew he was premed in undergrad, but poor MCAT prep made him take a couple gap years to reset his plan of attack. He did that and is now at LECOM.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Years Episode 100: Your Amazing Premed Stories!

Jul 06, 2016
188: How to Easily Improve Your Test Scores and Learning Skills
41:04

Dr. Saundra McGuire teaches students around the country how to better utilize their time studying so they learn the material and score higher on tests!

Links and Other Resources:

Jun 29, 2016
187: Two Canadian Medical School Acceptances for this Premed
46:19

Rachel is a Canadian premed and recently received two acceptances to medical school in Canada. Check out her story and how she did it!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep www.medicalschoolhq.net/nextstep – Get $50 off their tutoring services

Jun 22, 2016
186: This Author Thinks Our Premed Curriculum Needs Overhauled
42:11

In Session 182, I picked apart Ned's piece on retiring the premed curriculum. This week he joins me to defend his article. Listen and decide for yourself.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Ned’s article It’s Time to Retire Premed on the Scientific American Blog Network PMY PMY Session 182

PMY Session 16 about FlexMed

FlexMed at Mt. Sinai

www.mededmedia.com

www.medicalschoolinterviewbook.com

Jun 15, 2016
185: A Medical Emergency Turned Former Teacher into a Premed
38:21

Brian shares his nontraditional path to medicine, which included teaching for 9 years before realizing that medicine was truly his calling.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.medicalschoolhq.net/mockinterviews

Jun 08, 2016
184: From Hating Anatomy to Finding His Path to an Acceptance
51:21

Ryan talks with Jimmy about his path to medicine, which started out as pre-nursing student and not liking studying the minutiae. He now has an acceptance!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.MedEdMedia.com

AmeriCorps

Princeton Review

Khan Academy mcat books

www.MedSchoolInterviewbook.com

MSHQ Episode 19

Jun 01, 2016
183: Why Did She Get Fired From Her Residency?
34:58

Ryan and Allison discuss why a Neurology resident was fired from her residency after a video of her during a not so flattering night. Listen to hear our take.

Links and Other Resources

May 25, 2016
182: Should the Premed Path Be Reworked?
30:51

Ryan discusses an article that was published, written by a Harvard medical student, about retiring the traditional premed path. Hint - Ryan doesn't agree!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

FlexMed program at ICAHN School of Medicine

MSHQ Session 16

Scientific American Blog article, It’s Time to Retire Premed

Gap Medics

May 18, 2016
181: Gap Years, Healthcare Teamwork and more Premed Q&A
42:34

Ryan and Allison answer questions submitted through the MSHQ Hangout on Facebook. We talk about taking a Gap Year, teamwork and more. Check it out now!

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

www.medicalschoolhq.net/group

Elite Medical Scribes –  Learn more from them on The Premed Years Session 171

May 11, 2016
180: 10 Common MCAT Myths
01:01:58

Dr. Brett Ferdinand is a physician and creator of Gold-Standard.com and MCAT-Prep.com. He joins Ryan to share his thoughts on the 10 most common MCAT Myths.

Links and Other Resources

May 04, 2016
179: Why this Nontrad Helped Make a new MCAT Course
40:52

Elizabeth's experience with the MCAT test prep companies left her wanting more, so she joined forces with medQuest to start an MCAT course!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

MedQuest FastPass video course

MedQuest FastPass book on Amazon

Save 50% off the course through the month of May 2016 by using the coupon code: medschoolhq

(After May 2016, save 20% off the course using the same code.)

AAMC’s website

Kaplan MCAT prep course

Try listening to this podcast on Google Play Music at medicalschoolhq.net/gpm

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Apr 25, 2016
178: The MCAT Podcast and More on GPAs and Masters Degrees
15:39

Ryan clarifies an answer he gave on last weeks podcast to help drive home his message. Also an exciting announcement about The MCAT Podcast!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Session 177

Session 12 OldPreMeds podcast

Go to theMCATpodcast.com and sign up to be notified once we launch the newest addition to MedEdMedia here at Medical School Headquarters.

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website. Check out their 10-full length practice tests that you can take.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Apr 15, 2016
177: When to Take the MCAT and More Premed Q&A
20:13

Ryan answers your questions! We talk about MCAT timing, GPA, picking an undergrad and much more! Take a listen and don't forget to subscribe!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Years Podcast Session 171: Reapplying to Med School – What You Need to Know to Improve

OldPreMeds podcast Session 12

Any questions? Drop them here www.medicalschoolhq.net/question

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website. Check out their 10-full length practice tests that you can take.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Apr 12, 2016
176: How to Maintain Your Health and Fitness as a Premed
42:53

Ryan is joined by Ryan from thewhitecoatfitness.com who shares what he has learned about maintaining health and fitness through medical school. Take a listen!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Whitecoat Fitness

Loyola University Chicago

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website. Check out their 10-full length practice tests that you can take.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Apr 04, 2016
175: 9 Things We Wished Medical School Taught Us
42:19

Ryan and Allison cover a different kind of topic. They look back at their training and discuss what they wished they would have learned about during med school.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Do you need help with your interviews? Go to medicalschoolhq.net/mockinterview and Ryan can help you prepare for it where he will take you through the interview process.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website. Check out their 10-full length practice tests that you can take.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Tweet Allison @allison_mshq or send her an email at allison@medicalschoolhq.net.

Mar 28, 2016
174: Academically Dismissed to Medical School Acceptance
38:37

Kain started off on the wrong foot, and was academical dismissed. Listen to his story as he made up his mind to go back and finish school and become a doctor!

Links and Other Resources

Mar 22, 2016
173: How This Nontrad Got the Motivation to Return to be a Premed
49:30

Kristina wasn't a great high school student, and didn't do well in community college. She gave up her dream until she finally pushed and will be a med student!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Missouri University MedPrep program

Listen to Session 113 to learn more about Gap Medics

Session 005 – Interview with OldPreMeds Publisher Richard Levy

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Mar 14, 2016
172: Common MCAT Prep Mistakes Premeds Make and How to Avoid Them
38:58

Ken Tao of the Princeton Review joins us to talk about common mistakes he sees premed students make as they prepare for the MCAT. Listen, learn, and avoid them!

Links and Other Resources

Mar 09, 2016
171: Reapplying to Med School - What You Need to Know to Improve
34:39

Christine is the former Dean of Admissions at UC Irvine and talks to us today about the biggest reason premeds get rejected and the steps to correct an app.

Links and Other Resources

Feb 29, 2016
170: PA Turned MD Talks About Why He Made the Switch
36:30

Brad is a former PA, who is now a first year medical student. Hear him talk about the difference between a PA and an MD and why he's changing careers now.

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Feb 24, 2016
169: What Impact Do You Want to Make? Live From AMSA PremedFest
17:39

This is a special episode, recorded live at the AMSA PremedFest outside of Tampa, FL on Jan 30th 2016. I asked students what impact they want to make as docs.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out the AMSA website at www.amsa.org

www.amsapremedfest.org

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

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Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Feb 17, 2016
168: 10 Acceptances to Medical School! This Nontrad Did it!
33:39

Jessica shares her nontraditional premed journey that started as an acting career. After a health scare with her dad, she rededicated herself to medicine.

Links and Other Resources

Feb 10, 2016
167: What is a Premed Postbac? How Danny Figured it Out!
39:32

Danny is a nontraditional premed who shares his story about living in China for several years before coming back to the states and starting a postbac.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Ryan offers one-on-one mock interviews so go to https://medicalschoolhq.net/mock-interview-prep and find out how Ryan can help you.

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows that produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

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Feb 03, 2016
166: Regional Medical Schools and Sidney's Premed Path
37:32

Sidney shares her premed story about going to school in Idaho, not being around many premed students and applying to schools that are part of the WWAMI program.

Jan 27, 2016
165: HPSP, Premed Major, Choosing an Undergrad and More Q&A
22:48

Ryan answers questions that have been emailed in and talks about his upcoming Medical School Interview book! Go to medschoointerviewbook.com for more info!

Links and Other Resources

Jan 20, 2016
164: Medical Ethics Questions You Can Expect In Your Interview
21:38

Ryan answers a question from the Facebook Hangout about how to answer medical ethics questions and resources to help.

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Jan 13, 2016
163: Introduction to the OldPreMeds Podcast
20:30

In this episode, Ryan introduces the OldPreMeds podcast, which you can find at OPMPodcast.com. Take a listen!

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

dopremedright.com – Buy a t-shirt while there are supplies!

OldPreMeds.org

Listen to our first episode at OPMPodcast.com/1 to find out more about who we are.

Find us on iTunes and go to opmpodcast.com/itunes and leave us a rating and review.

Check out MedEdMedia.com for all the shows that we produce including the Medical School Headquarters and the OldPreMeds Podcast. We will soon be launching a medical school podcast as well so stay tuned!

Email Dr. Ryan Gray at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq.

Jan 06, 2016
162: 2015 Year in Review
26:45

Ryan goes through the big changes in 2015 and talks about the top 7 podcast episodes of the year.

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out MedEdMedia.com for what’s to come in the future here at the Medical School Headquarters.

If you wish to contribute articles, you can have them posted on the Medical Headquarters School website by visiting www.medicalschoolhq.net/contribute to sign up on the list.

Session 121 – 7 Reasons Premeds Don’t Get Into Medical School

Session 127 – The Medical School Application Personal Statement

Session 161 – 5 Biggest Medical School Personal Statement Mistakes

Session 116 – How to Earn Awesome Grades with Thomas Frank

Session 120 – How This Non-Trad Beat a Bad MCAT Score and a Low GPA

Session 123 – Overcoming 12 Withdrawals and 5 F’s as a Premed

Session 128 – 9 Tips to Successfully Submit Your Med School Applications

Session 137- MCAT 2015 – A Review of All the Changes and New Tips

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get discount off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Dec 30, 2015
161: 5 Biggest Medical School Personal Statement Mistakes
25:44

Ryan discusses the 5 most common mistakes he sees when reviewing personal statements. One of the most common is not giving yourself enough time. Take a listen!

Links and Other Resources

Dec 23, 2015
160: How a Liberal Arts Degree as a Premed Might be the Best One
38:53

Ryan is joined by Dr. Adele Wolfson, a biochemistry professor at Wellesley College. They discuss the liberal arts and how beneficial they can be to everything!

Links and Other Resources

Dec 16, 2015
159: Premed Q&A - PA vs MD or DO, What are my Chances and More
26:49

Allison and Ryan answer questions sent in from listeners like you! We talk about the HPSP scholarship, "what are my chances?" and talk about our new projects!

Links and Other Resources

Dec 09, 2015
158: Why Physicians Are Struggling with Happiness with Dr. Barrett
31:26

Dr. Paddy Barrett is a physician and host of The Doctor Paradox podcast where he digs into why physicians are struggling staying happy in an amazing profession.

Links and Other Resources

Dec 01, 2015
157: From Not Knowing what a DO was, to now being a DO student!
40:28

Amanda shares her story of wanting to be a PA, to learning what a DO physicain is and her journey to now being a first year osteopathic medical student.

Links and Other Resources

  • Full Episode Blog Post
  • Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.
  • Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!
  • Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.
  • Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.
  • Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.
  • Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq
Nov 25, 2015
156: Securing your financial future starting now
34:56

Daniel Wrenne is a certified financial planner and works directly with medical students and residents to help them maximize their financial situations.

Links and Other Resources

  • Full Episode Blog Post
  • Know more about student loans and visit Daniel’s website at www.wrennefinancial.com and check out their blog.
  • Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.
  • Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.
  • Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.
  • Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.
  • Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!
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Nov 19, 2015
155: Interested in never taking the MCAT?! Hear this story!
24:23

Jayme is currently junior in undergrad and has an early acceptance to the ATSU Still Scholars Early Acceptance Program! That means no MCAT! Take a listen.

Links and Other Resources

Nov 10, 2015
154: Two Acceptances, MD vs DO, One Tough Choice
27:01

Saidat joins us to talk about her traditional journey to medical school which ended with her having two acceptances - one from a MD and one from a DO school.

Links and Other Resources

  • Full Episode Blog Post
  • Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.
  • Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!
  • Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.
  • Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.
  • Get us free on your device. Subscribe and listen to new episodes each week. Visit www.medicalschoolhq.net/listen
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  • Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq
Nov 04, 2015
153: Making the Tough Decision to be a Premed as a Non-Trad
31:49

Chris Thompson is currently a 4th year medical student and YouTuber helping others on their medical school journey. Listen to the show to hear the path he took!

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out Chris’ YouTube Channel: Student Doctor Thompson

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

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Get us free on your device. Subscribe and listen to new episodes each week. Visit www.medicalschoolhq.net/listen

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Oct 28, 2015
152: The MMI - Everything You Need to Know About the Interview
33:09

Dr. Rivera joins us once again, this time to talk about the Multiple Mini Interview - also known as the MMI. We discuss everything you need to know to maximize your MMI!

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Oct 22, 2015
151: 10 Things Every Premed Needs to Know with Dr. Strong
40:59

Dr. Strong has a very successful Youtube channel helping those in medicine understand some very difficult topics. He shares his top tips for premeds!

Links and Other Resources

Oct 14, 2015
150: Celebrating 150 Episodes! What We've Learned
17:39

Ryan and Allison talk about what the podcast has brought to us as physicians and how thankful we are for each and everyone of you for taking time to listen!

Links and Other Resources

Oct 07, 2015
149: So You Got into Medical School... Now What?
29:49

Dr. Daniel Paull is an authoer and current Ortho resident who chronicled his journey and the tips and tricks he learned along the way in his book!

Links and Other Resources

Oct 01, 2015
148: From the War Zone to Being Premed with Dr. Webb
25:50

Dr. Antonio Webb is a current Ortho resident and author of Overcoming the Odds. He shares his story of overcoming his odds and becoming what he is today.

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information, articles, and stories.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Know more about Dr. Antonio Webb and visit www.antoniowebbmd.com or get the book on Amazon.

Follow him on Instagram/overcomingtheoddsbook

Sep 23, 2015
147: Shadowing, Grades, Research and more Premed Q&A
22:56

Ryan digs through the emails and Facebook posts to find the questions that you need to hear the answers to. If you have questions, check out our group.

Links and Other Resources

Sep 16, 2015
146: Common Medical School Interview Mistakes and How to Fix Them
26:56

We discuss the common mistakes that he has seen during mock interviews with premed students. Learn from other's and be prepared for your med school interview!

Links and Other Resources

Sep 09, 2015
145: Premed Jobs, Gap Years, GPA, MCAT and More Q&A
01:06:43

Premed collaboration at it's finest. We jumped on Blab to talk with premeds about their questions and struggles. We talked about the MCAT, GPA and so much more!

Links and Other Resources

Sep 02, 2015
144: Premed's Journey Through 2 Masters and a Baby
57:53

Ashley joins Ryan to talk about her dedicated path to medical school. Now a medical student, she overcame 2 cycles of rejection, 2 masters, and a baby!

Links and Other Resources

Aug 26, 2015
143: Overcoming Obstacles on Her Way to Medical School
38:56

Ryan talk to Silvia about her LONG journey to medical school, including taking 11 years to complete her premed studies, battling depression and more! Listen now!

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a rating or review there!

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Aug 19, 2015
142: How Not to Select a Medical School as a Premed
24:54

Ryan talks about his frustrations with how some premed students rank what medical schools they are applying to. He breaks down one of the more popular lists.

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

U.S. News and World Report medical school rankings methodology 

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Visit our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information. Check out their May/June 2015 issue featuring Ryan.

http://www.premedlife.com/features.html

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Aug 12, 2015
141: Calculating Premed GPA and other Listener Questions
20:01

Ryan answers questions that were sent in by listeners like you! Calculating your premed GPA, raising your GPA after you have graduated, and MCAT prep are some.

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips and tricks to help you maximize your MCAT score and which also includes discount codes for MCAT prep.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information. New issue published every 2 months! 

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get discount off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out OldPreMeds.org if you have other more questions and get tons of great information from them.

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Aug 05, 2015
140: Major Changes at MSHQ and Some Premed Q&A
38:29

Ryan and Allison talk about some major changes in their lives which will affect the Medical School Headquarters. They also answer some premed questions!

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

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Jul 29, 2015
139: Learning From a Successful 5 Year Premed Postbac Journey
40:26

Ryan is joined by Frank, who spent the last five years working full-time as an engineer, and working on his premed postbac. He starts med school this year!

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Jul 22, 2015
138: From Yoga Instructor to Medical School Acceptance Letter
49:29

Melissa, a non-trad, shares her journey as a burnt out premed to yoga instructor and world traveler to gaining acceptance to medical school starting this year.

Links and Other Resources:

  • Full Episode Blog Post
  • Free MCAT Gift: Download our free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.
  • Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.
  • Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!
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Jul 15, 2015
137: MCAT 2015 - A Review of All the Changes and New Tips
43:12

Bryan from Next Step Test Prep joins us to talk about his experiences taking the new MCAT 2015. He received a 44 on the old one, and did just as well this time!

Links and Other Resources:

  • Full Episode Blog Post
  • Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.
  • Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.
  • Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.
  • Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.
  • Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!
  • Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq
Jul 08, 2015
136: What is a Scribe and How it Can Benefit the Premed
24:26

Bailey from Elite Medical Scribes joins the podcast to talk about what a medical scribe is and how you, the premed, can benefit immensely from the experience!

Links and Other Resources

Jul 01, 2015
135: Overcoming 4 Application Cycles and 9 MCAT Tests!
37:18

Brian talks about his long journey to medical school that includes 4 applications cycles and 9 MCAT tests! Listen to what he has learned on his path.

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Jun 24, 2015
134: The Mailbag - MCAT Prep, Premed Majors and Shadowing
20:27

Ryan answers questions that have come in through our Facebook group. Students ask questions about MCAT prep, shadowing and volunteering hours and much more!

Links and Other Resources

  • Full Episode Blog Post
  • Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.
  • Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.
  • Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.
  • Get us free on your device. Subscribe and listen to new episodes each week. Visit www.medicalschoolhq.net/listen
  • Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.
  • Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!
  • Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq
Jun 17, 2015
133: Maximizing Your Shadowing Experience With Bedside Manner
37:52

Ryan and Allison talk about bedside manner, and what you, as a premed, can do now to help you with your bedside manner for the future. Take a listen!

Links and Other Resources

Jun 10, 2015
132: There are Non-Traditional Medical Students and Residents Too
43:12

Ryan is joined by Dr. Topf, who blogs about his craft at pbfluids.com. They discuss a non-traditional path through the medical education system.

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get a good deal of their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Joel’s books:

Fluid Electrolyte and Acid-Base book

The Microbiology Companion

@kidney_boy and @DrSnit superhero avatars article

Burton Rose’s UpToDate

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Jun 03, 2015
131: Don't Give Up Just Because Someone Says It's "Different Now"
31:19

Ryan and Allison talk about a piece on KevinMD about a medical school dropout, who talks about her dream being crushed by the process.

Links and Other Resources

May 27, 2015
130: A Canadian Premed Talks about His Journey to Med School
40:07

Darby joins Ryan on the podcast to discuss what life was like as a non-traditional applicant to Canadian medical school, and life as a Canadian premed.

Links and Other Resources

May 21, 2015
129: IQ, Canadian Premed, Retaking Courses and More Q&A
43:35

We dig deep into their email boxes and pull questions that you, the premed, have asked. We answer a handful of great questions coving a lot of different topics.

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May 13, 2015
128: 9 Tips to Successfully Submit Your Med School Applications
43:01

Ryan and Allison are back together talking about the AMCAS and AACOMAS applications. These medical school applications are a difficult and you need to be prepared!

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May 06, 2015
127: The Medical School Application Personal Statement
01:13:24

Ryan and Allison give a sneak peak inside the Academy, the premiere premed advising community, and share a webinar given on the medical school personal statement.

Links and Other Resources

Apr 29, 2015
126: #AskMSHQ - Should I turn down a DO Acceptance?
14:12

Ryan discusses a question from a premed who only applied to DO schools, got accepted, and is now thinking about waiting a year and applying to MD schools.

Links and Other Resources

Apr 22, 2015
125: The High Stress World of the Residency Match
30:56

Ryan and Allison talk about the NRMP - National Resident Matching Program, the system that determines where you will be doing your residency training.

Links and Other Resources

Apr 15, 2015
124: Get Paid to Study for the MCAT with DrSmarts!
29:08

Dr. Rashid Taher from DrSmarts.com joins Ryan to talk about his path to becoming an Opthamalogist and founder of Dr. Smarts, a leading site for MCAT prep.

Links and Other Resources

Apr 08, 2015
123: Overcoming 12 Withdrawls and 5 F's as a Premed
34:53

Matt tells his story of a failed start as a premed undergrad career and how he turned it around. Now he has a med school acceptance. Listen to his whole story!

Links and Other Resources

Apr 01, 2015
122: Develop Your Patient Skills with an Incredible Gap Year
46:02

The Center for Patient Partnerships offers an amazing experience to premeds, medical students and physicians to together with patients, advocating for them.

Links and Other Resources

Mar 25, 2015
121: 7 Reasons Premeds Don't Get Into Medical School
25:11

Ryan is flying solo to talk about 7 top reasons premed students fail to gain acceptance to medical school. The third reason is the most inexcusable!

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Mar 18, 2015
120: How This Non-Trad Beat a Bad MCAT score and a low GPA
34:06

Listen to Ben share his story not doing well in undergrad, changing to premed, and finding out how to succeed, overcoming a low MCAT score to get an acceptance!

Links and Other Resources

Mar 16, 2015
119: Listern Q&A - How to Balance Being a Mom and an Attending
38:13

Allison and Ryan answer a question that was emailed in from Grace. She asked how Allison balanced being a new mom, and an attending. We discuss this in detail!

Links and Other Resources

Mar 04, 2015
118: Dr. Pho, of KevinMD, talks about his path and medicine today
30:19

Kevin Pho is most known for his blog, KevinMD, is still a practicing physician. We talk about healthcare today and what you should know about it as a premed.

Links and Other Resources

Feb 22, 2015
117: Dr. Tom Peteet shares his Non-traditional Premed Path
29:58

Tom Peteet in an internal medicine resident who take a roundabout way to get to medical school. He shares his premed path with us and his plans for the future.

Links and Other Resources

Feb 18, 2015
116: How to Earn Awesome Grades with Thomas Frank
55:29

Thomas Frank is the publisher of College Info Geek and host of the podcast by the same name - helping undergrads be awesome at college. He can help premeds too!

Links and Other Resources

Feb 11, 2015
115: OldPreMeds Executive Director and Non-Traditional Premed Expert
42:34

Rich Levy from OldPreMeds.org joins us for the second time to talk non-traditional premed news and his upcoming conference. If you're a non-trad, check it out!

Links and Other Resources

Feb 03, 2015
114: A Non-traditional Premed Turned Medical Spanish Podcaster!
31:20

Dr. Molly Martin didn't really know she wanted to be a physician until later in undergrad. Listen to her journey, which includes a love for the latino culture.

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Medical Spanish Podcast – www.medicalspanishpodcast.com

Reach out to Dr. Martin on Twitter @medspanishpod

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there! We are also on Android! Listen to us using your Android device clicking on the Android icon right on our homepage. https://medicalschoolhq.net/

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Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jan 27, 2015
113: Shadowing Abroad as a Premed with Gap Medics
24:34

Ricky from GapMedics.com stops by to discuss what shadowing abroad can do for the premed and what experiences are available. We discuss travel, safety and more.

Links and Other Resources

Jan 21, 2015
112: If Doctors Can't Be Doctors, Why Bother Being Premed?
37:58

Ryan and Allison discuss a very disturbing article on KevinMD from a physician who seems disgruntled with the healthcare system. We talk about why we disagree!

Links and Other Resources

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out our private Facebook group at www.medicalschoolhq.net/group and hang out with us.

KevinMD article on There Was a Time When Doctors Were Doctors

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Connect with us on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jan 14, 2015
111: 6 Tips For Improving Patient Communication (The 6th is Key!)
41:43

Improving patient communication, whether as a premed or medical student or beyond is the number one skill that you can start working on now with real benefits!

Links and Other Resources

Jan 07, 2015
110: Here Comes 2015 - Big Things to Come for All!
24:55

Ryan and Allison discuss what they are looking forward to in 2015 and what you can do as a premed and medical student to prepare yourself!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Know more about Next Step from our previous episodes:

Episode 59: MCAT Retakes – Change and Improve to Get the Score You Want

Episode 87: 5 Things You Need to Do to Start Preparing for MCAT 2015

Know more about the Academy: www.jointheacademy.net

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Dec 31, 2014
109: Medical School Headquaters 2014 Year in Review
17:47

Ryan talks about some of his favorite highlights from 2014, including some awesome download numbers from the podcast and visitors to the website.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Episode 23 – Interview with Dr. Polites of MedPrep at Wash. U.

Episode 62 – Allison’s Story – When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

Episode 64 – The Brain Science Podcast Host Ginger Campbell Shares Her Journey

Episode 76 – 5 Traits Patients Want Their Doctors to Have

Episode 79 – PreMedLife Magazine Partners with the Medical School HQ Podcast!

Episode 91 – Preparing for the Medical School Interview

Episode 92 – What an Attending Would Tell Her Premed & Medical School Self

Episode 96 – NYU’s 3 Year MD Program – a Discussion with Their Dean

Dec 23, 2014
108: Overcoming a DUI and More on His Way to Med School
34:59

Ryan now has an acceptance to medical school, but as a premed, that wasn't always a sure thing. With several alcohol related incidents, he needed to change!

Links and Other Resources:

Dec 17, 2014
107: How Premeds Aren't Prepared for Medical School and More!
47:17

As a premed, you think you are kind of the hill. Then medical school hits and you realize you are average! Then in practice you realize there is more to learn!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep: Maximize your MCAT score and get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Episode 69 – Palliative Care – There is Always Something You Can Provide

Episode 70 –7 Tips to Running a Successful Family Meeting

Dec 10, 2014
106: Osteopathic Medicine and the Path for one DO with 4 Kids!
39:37

Dr. Anita Showalter began her undergrad career as a nursing student. After some twists and turns, ultimatley decided that being a physician was what she wanted!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Student Doctor Network

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30-page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Connect with us on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Dec 03, 2014
105: The Intersection of Medicine, Social Media and Technology
30:24

Dr. Bryan Vartabedian from 33charts.com joins us to discuss how premeds, medical students and physicians need to take advantage of their online presence

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Next Step Test Prep: Maximize your MCAT score and get $100 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Episode 59 – MCAT Retakes – Change and Improve to Get the Score You Want

Episode 87 – 5 Things You Need to Do to Start Preparing for MCAT 2015

Dr. Bryan Vartabedian’s blog 33 charts

Get Dr. Vartabedian’s book The Public Physician.

Connect with Dr. Bryan Vartabedian on Twitter @doctor_v

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Nov 26, 2014
104: Physicians & Premeds Can Still be Thankful!
30:51

Session 104

Session 104

What a great two-year journey it has been for the Medical School HQ Podcast. Yup! This 104th episode actually marks the second year anniversary of our podcast.

Four episodes ago we played the 100th podcast, where we featured stories from our listeners. Today, let this episode be our opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for what amazing journey it has been for us as physicians as well as being able to help medical students walk through their medical school journey. Sure there are challenges and the future may seem bleak, but there is always light at the very end of the tunnel so let’s continue to hold on to each other.

There is so much negativity in the physician world today where physicians would discourage students to go to medical school and that’s sad. We started this podcast with the aim to show you everything you need to know about getting to medical school: all the triumphs, struggles, and what not. And as long as you’re doing it for the right reasons? It should all be worth it!

At at that time during the initial podcast, our website had over 50,000 page views. Fastforward to today, we’re over 600,000 page views and over 200,000 podcast downloads. Wow! We continue to grow everyday and that’s because of you listening right now who still continue to give us feedback . We have over 220 5-star ratings in iTunes. For all of you guys taking the time to go to medicalschoolhq.net/itunes, giving us reviews and sharing us to your friends, THANK YOU! We wouldn’t have grown as big as we are today without your help.

So in this episode, we are talking about the things we are thankful for in general.

Allison:

  • Given the opportunity everyday that she can make a difference, no matter how small it is, still it’s a difference!
  • The feeling of a patient telling you that you have helped them improve their quality of life.
  • When you’re seeing people who are dying and you’re trying to help the family ease through the suffering - it’s rewarding.
  • Working with a team especially in an inpatient setting
  • The way medical teaching structure works

Ryan:

  • His ability to reassure patients that everything’s going to be okay is a huge part of healing in of itself.
  • Being in a room, behind closed doors, and be one-on-one with a patient
  • Their podcast helping students get to medical school

If you just started listening to this podcast, go back to start and listen to Episode 1. We guarantee that the information you will get from the podcast will help you get into medical school. And congratulations to all the listeners who have made it to medical school and who have take the time to let us know how we have helped them in their journey. We are so honored to have been a part of your journey and thank you for letting us know.

Some pieces of advice for premed students:

  • Yes, you can be a physician and still be thankful for being a physician.
  • On a sad note, there was an article written on medical students who committed suicide. It’s not an easy road. But hold fiercely your dreams and desire to do this because it is worth it!
  • Do it for the right reasons. Get informed. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine. There are challenges definitely! But it’s all worth it if you do it for the right reasons.
  • Let’s continue to be supportive of one another. There are days you feel like quitting, so let’s all support each other. It’s collaboration that’s going to make us better.

Join the Academy, we’ve got 5 members who already got to medical school and that makes us proud to be able to help them in some ways. We will give you the support that you need. We will review your personal statements. We do mock reviews. We’ll meet once a month for office hours. And we would be happy if you too could jump on board and take us along your medical school journey.

Links and Other Resources:

Episode 1 - Welcome to the Medical School HQ Podcast

Episode 98 - Time to Get Touchy Feely - Let’s Talk Physical Exam

Episode 45 - 5 Reasons to Go to Medical School, and 5 to Not

Nov 19, 2014
103: She Made Every Mistake Possible, Yet is Still a Medical Student!
39:05

Shay is the author of the book Getting Into Medical School: The Ultimate Guide for the Anxious Premed. Listen to her journey and how she overcame mistakes.

Links and Other Resources

Nov 12, 2014
102: A 1st Year DO Student's Journey from Being Minister
44:12

Neal was a minister, but wanted something different when he was interaction with others in medical environments. Listen to his journey back into school & more!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes

iAnnotate app: www.branchfire.com/iannotate

Notability: www.gingerlabs.com/

SpeedUp TV: www.speedup.co.id/speeduptv.php

Inkling: www.inkling.com

Next Step Test Prep: Maximize your MCAT score and get $100 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through MSHQ

Nov 06, 2014
101: The Top Habits and Attitudes of Humanistic Physicians
43:59

The Academic Medicine journal had a great article about the habits and attitudes of physicians, things you can start doing now as a premed! We talk about them.

Links and Other Resources

Oct 29, 2014
100: Your Amazing Premed Stories!
01:14:07

Session 100!! Your premed stories are shared this week! 6 different listeners called/wrote in to share their premed journey to medical school. You must listen!

Links and Other Resources

Oct 22, 2014
99: Balancing Family Life with Premed and Medical School
01:01:21

Thomas, a listener of the podcast, emailed in a great question about balancing family life and being a physician. We give our thoughts on the subject and more!

Links and Other Resources

Oct 15, 2014
98: Time to Get Touchy Feely - Let's Talk Physical Exam
35:18

Dr. Danielle Ofri has a great piece in the New York Times titled "The Physical Exam as Refuge." Allison and I discuss this and give our thoughts for the premed.

Links and Other Resources:

Oct 08, 2014
97 : More Premed Q&A - Undergrads, Volunteering and More
39:47

In this episode, Allison and Ryan answer listener questions about choosing an undergrad, clinical volunteering, what to do before medical school and much more!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Any questions? Record a voice message, call us, or simply write an email over our “Ask Us a Question” page. www.medicalschoolhq.net/question

To download the 30+-page report with tricks and discount codes for MCAT Prep go to www.freemcatgift.com

Oct 01, 2014
96: NYU's 3 Year MD Program - a Discussion with Their Dean
45:57

Dr. Rivera, Director of Admissions at NYU, talks about their innovative 3 year MD program and what it means for the future of medicine. Hint - It sounds great!

Links and Other Resources

Sep 24, 2014
95 : Going From Community College, to Premed, to Med Student
44:25

In this episode we talk to Deandre, a 1st year BU Medical Student who was lost as a premed. He spent several years at community college before finding his way!

Links and Other Resources:

Sep 17, 2014
94: Securing Your Financial Future as Premed and Medical Student
47:19

In today’s episode, I talk with Ryan Michler, a financial advisor who specializes in working with physicians.

Links and Other Resources:

Sep 10, 2014
93: Ex-Army Dermatologist Talks About His Path through USUHS
41:38

In today's episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Chad Hendrickson, who recently got out of army as a dermatologist and is now working private practice.

Links and Other Resources:

Sep 03, 2014
92: What an Attending Would Tell Her Premed & Med Student Self
44:26

In this episode, Ryan is joined by Allison as they talk about Allison’s first work anniversary in private practice. This episode is framed for premed students and medical students or even residents as to what certain things need to be considered when thinking about work in private practice.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information. Read one of articles gleaned from this podcast, 8 Pieces of Information Every Premed Should Know

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Aug 27, 2014
91: Preparing for the Medical School Interview
53:47

Back again for the fourth time, Dr. Greg Polites graces today’s show.

Dr. Polites is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He serves as Chairman of the Central Subcommittee for Admissions to the School of Medicine and is the former coursemaster for the Practice of Medicine for the 1st and 3rd-year medical students there.

In today’s episode, Greg and I talk all about preparing for the medical school interview. Before we get started, I also want to mention my book all about the medical school interview. Check it out on Amazon: The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview.

Links and Other Resources

Aug 20, 2014
90: Study Habits and Tips for the Premed Student
42:38

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Lea, a premed student at Pitzer College in California. Today she shares with us tips for developing study habits, preparing for the MCAT, the 7-year BA/DO program that she’s currently attending, the tools and resources she used along the journey, and just a little bit of everything.

Links and Other Resources

Aug 13, 2014
89: How to Choose Which Medical Schools to Apply To
42:31

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison talk about choosing a medical school, the thought processes behind why they chose the schools they applied to, and things you need to consider as you’re going through the process of figuring out where to go to.

Links and Other Resources:

Aug 06, 2014
88: Writing Personal Statements for Medical School
29:07

In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Greg Polites. For his third time on the show, Greg talks about the dos and don’ts of writing personal statements and why students make mistakes on personal statements.

Links and Other Resources:

Jul 29, 2014
87: 5 Things You Need to Do to Start Preparing for MCAT 2015
46:41

In today’s episode, I talk with Bryan from Next Step Test Prep about the changes made to the MCAT for 2015.

Links and Other Resources

Jul 23, 2014
86: Premed Q&A, Volunteering, Personal Statements & Much More
47:23

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison answer some questions that have been emailed to us over the last couple of months. This week, we touch on topics involving taking prerequisites at a community college, personal statements, volunteering opportunities, finding a mentor, choosing an undergrad school, and more

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

MSHQ 019: Interview with a Medical School Interview and Admissions Expert

MSHQ 023 : Interview with Dr. Polites of MedPrep at Wash. U.

MSHQ 035 : How to Fix an App After Starting Premed Poorly

MSHQ 047 : Avoid Burnout as a Premed, Med Student and Beyond

MSHQ 068: The Changing Landscape of Medical School Admissions

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jul 15, 2014
85: Pros and Cons of the Liberal Arts for Premeds
47:12

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison tackle the article on KevinMD.com called “Why Premedical Students Need Liberal Arts” written by Armaan Rowther. Rowther wrote this article based on a commencement speech given by Fareed Zakaria at Sarah Lawrence College.

Links & Other Resources:

Jul 09, 2014
84: The Role of Residency Training For Physicians
36:32

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison talk about an article recently released in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch about some legislation being passed in Missouri where graduating medical students may be allowed to skip internship or residency and straightly go into practicing medicine.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Article about Assistant Physicians

Malcolm Gladwell‘s Outliers: The Story of Success

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jul 02, 2014
83: How One UF Premed Student is Changing Patient's Lives
35:05

In today’s episode, I talk with Alex Breslin, a premed student at the University of Florida studying biology. He started the UF Dream Team, a nonprofit organization run by students where they volunteer with pediatric patients in the cardiac care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Links and Other Resources:

Jun 25, 2014
82: 10 Premed Resources You Need to be Using
32:17

With so much information on the Internet, it can be challenging to sort out the best and most trusted sources of information you need in your journey to medical school. Today we cover the top 10 premed resources students need to be going to for information.

Links and Other Resources

Jun 18, 2014
81: Reviewing the 2014 Physician Compensation Report
49:31

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison review the 2014 Physician Compensation Report from Medscape. Every year, Medscape.com puts out a survey laying out various information including compensation based on different specialties, physician satisfaction, etc. with 24,000 physicians in 25 different specialties as respondents.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

2014 Medscape Physician Compensation Report

Check out ZDogg’s Turntable Health

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jun 11, 2014
80: 3 Application Cycles, and Now, Finally a Medical Student!
46:35

In today’s episode, I talk with Danielle Ward as she shares about her own share of successes and failures on the path to medical school. Danielle was rejected from medical school twice. She also took the MCAT 4 times over 5 years to finally get an acceptance at the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Links and Other Resources:

Jun 03, 2014
79: Premed Life Mag Partners with the Medical School HQ Podcast!
33:03

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Tasheema Prince, founder of Premed Life Magazine, as she shares about her decision to take a detour from medicine, how she went about with medical writing, the beginnings of PremedLife Magazine, and its partnership with the Premed Years Podcast.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

You may go to your premed advising office and suggest to get a magazine at the school by sending an email to info@premedlife.com.

Top schools producing medical school applicants

Most viewed posts in Premed Life Magazine:

The Best Cities for Med School

Highly Effective Habits of Premed Students

Session 07: 10 Traits You Need to Succeed in Medical School

Connect with Premed Life on Twitter @premedlife and Facebook.

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

May 28, 2014
78: The Dark Side of Medical Education: Premed Through Residency
47:30

Ryan and Allison talk about the dark side of medical education which starts in the premed world with “goners” as most people know them. Additionally, the Academic Medicine Journal published by the AAMC also released several articles talking about medical student mistreatment based on the responses to the medical school graduation questionnaire.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Academic Medicine Journal

Session 17: Step Up Your MCAT Prep With the Princeton Review

Why Failing Med Students Don’t Get Failing Grades – New York Times Article

The Princeton Review – Save 10% off of the MCAT Ultimate Classroom or Live Online Course – Promo Code 2 minutes in!

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq and email Allison allison@medicalschoolhq.net.

May 21, 2014
77: Starting the Journey to Med School at 38, Taking the First Steps
41:23

In today’s episode, I talk with Ben Abney, a true nontraditional medical student. Ben sent in a 4,000-word email titled “How a 38-Year Old Active Duty Applicant with a Family and Average Scores Got into Medical School.” His hope is to help other people who may find themselves in a similar situation.

Links and Other Resources

May 14, 2014
76: 5 Traits Patients Want Their Doctors to Have
37:02

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison share some lessons they’ve learned which they hope to pass on to you as you go through your premedical or medical education so you can hold on to them once you’re practicing.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Session 062: Allison’s Story – When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

Session 056: Taking Care of Patients in Today’s Electronic World

Session 050: 16 Golden Rules of Medicine

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

and email Allison at allison@medicalschoolhq.net.

May 07, 2014
75: What are My Chances of Getting into Med School?
21:03

In today’s episode, I have a heart-to-heart talk with you to hopefully put your mind at ease. “What are my chances of getting into medical school?” This is the question every premed student has. But this stressful question is ultimately a waste of your energy and time.

Links and Other Resources

Apr 30, 2014
74: 1st Year of Medical School For A Non-Trad Premed
42:16

In today’s episode, I talk with Carrie, who is 36 years old as she is finishing her 1st year in medical school. Carrie shares with us her very nontraditional path into medicine, coming from a corporate world and being married with three daughters. She also talks about the power of surrounding herself with like-minded individuals through OldPreMeds.

Links and Other Resources

Apr 23, 2014
73: A Non-Traditional Path Into Medical School
38:52

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Jordan, a member of the Academy and a nontraditional student starting medical school this Fall. In his undergrad years, he was a student athlete and started as a premed. He tried looking into other career fields yet he kept coming back to medicine. Today, Jordan shares his experiences, why he ultimately decided to pursue medicine, and getting sidetracked after o-Chem. Learn about the thought processes Jordan used which you can also apply to your own situation.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Also tweet Allison @allison_mshq.

Apr 08, 2014
72: A Look Into the Pharma Industry with a Chief Medical Officer
36:24

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Al Sandra, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Development Sciences at Biogen Idec where he oversees clinical development in neurological and immunological diseases, global regulatory affairs, global safety and benefit risk management, global clinical development operations and biometrics.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Apr 07, 2014
71: Crushing the Myths of TV Doctor Dramas
43:21

Ryan and Allison bust some myths and point out several inaccuracies in many TV doctor shows. They also paint some pictures of what real life is really like for a physician during residency and as an attending physician.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Tweet Allison @allison_mshq.

Apr 02, 2014
70: 7 Tips to Running a Successful Family Meeting
32:40

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison talk about family meetings, in line with last week’s podcast about end-of-life care, and specifically how you’re going to communicate that during a family meeting and how to best set up family meetings.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Session 69: Palliative Care – There is Always Something You Can Provide

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Tweet Allison @allison_mshq.

Mar 25, 2014
69: Palliative Care - There is Always Something You Can Provide
32:47

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison talk about end-of-life care, which can affect everybody in medicine, whichever point of the medical career path you’re in, especially as a resident and a practicing physician wherein you will be encountering patients who are moving forward or at their end-of-life that involves a lot of medical care that really needs to be addressed.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

New England Journal of Medicine 2010 article: Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq and Allison @allison_mshq.

Mar 19, 2014
68: The Changing Landscape of the MCAT and Med School Admissions
39:24

Dr. Benjamin Chan is the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah School of Medicine and currently works as an inpatient attending physician at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). He is also the host of the podcast Talking Admissions and Med Student Life.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Dr. Chan’s Bio

University of Utah School of Medicine

Check out Dr. Benjamin Chan’s podcast Talking Admissions and Med Student Life

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

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Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Mar 08, 2014
67: MD/PhD Medical School Program Director Shares What You Need!
48:33

In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Jose Cavazos, the Assistant Dean of the MD/PhD Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He is also the Program Director for clinical neurophysiology (a fellowship in neurology).

Links and Other Resources

Mar 05, 2014
66: Physician, Paralympic Athlete and So Much More
48:32

In this episode, Ryan talks with Cheri, an athlete in undergrad who went to Stanford Medical School and is currently in fellowship training at Harvard. Cheri is also an accomplished Paralympic wheelchair racer who has bagged a number of medals for our country.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Check out this YouTube video about Cheri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZrqIGxhFt8

Session 62: Allison’s Story – When the Doctor Becomes the Patient

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Feb 26, 2014
65: The 3 Most Common MCAT Questions M Prep Receives
41:01

In this episode, I talk with Alec Lee, a former premed and co-founder of M Prep. We discuss the most common MCAT questions they receive, including how many months and hours to study for the MCAT.

Links and Other Resources

Feb 19, 2014
64: Brain Science Podcast Host Doc Campbell Shares Her Journey
46:25

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Ginger Campbell, host of the Brain Science Podcast. Presently, Ginger is also an ER doctor in Alabama. Aside from talking about her awesome podcast, Ginger also shares her experiences relating to her path into medicine, some challenges, and her golden nuggets of wisdom for new and upcoming doctors.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

The Premed Years Podcast Session 063: PA to DO – What Route Should YOU Take and Questions to Ask

Brain Science Podcast episode mentions:

Episode 102: Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation with Dr. Allen Frances

Episode 8: How Neurons Communicate

Episode 32: A Brief Introduction to Brain Anatomy

Books and Ideas Podcast

Interviews with:

Paul Offit from the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia on Vaccine Safety

Robert Martensen

Follow Ginger on Twitter @docartemis

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Feb 12, 2014
63: PA to DO – What Route Should YOU Take and Questions to Ask
35:19

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Mark Kauffman, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), who was previously a PA.

Links and Other Resources:

Feb 05, 2014
62: Allison's Story - When the Doctor Becomes the Patient
49:05

In this episode, Ryan and Allison talk about what it’s like when the doctor becomes the patient. Specifically, Allison shares her personal story of being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease,  its impact on her practice and her family, and the most important lessons learned.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Session 047: Avoiding Burnout as a Premed, Med Student, and Beyond

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Team Challenge

Leah4Sci.com – Organic Chemistry Resources & Tutoring

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

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Jan 29, 2014
61: Medical School Mom - Prioritizing Family, School and More
41:27

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Rebekah Costello, a 4th-year medical student at Midwestern University Chicago – College of Osteopathic Medicine, and author of a blog at doctorandmom.blogspot.com. Rebekah shares with us her medical school experience as nontraditional student who went through seven different higher-education institutions before finally landing at the school she’s at.

Links and Other Resources:

Jan 22, 2014
60: Combined Degree Programs with Ajay & Aleena in-Training.org
43:21

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Ajay Major and Aleena Paul, both 2nd year medical students at Albany Medical College. They went to Union College for undergrad where the got accepted to the school’s Leadership in Medicine Program, which is a combined BS/MBA/MD program – Yes, 3 degrees in 8 years!

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

www.turntablehealth.com

www.zdoggmd.com

Session 29: Interview with ZDoggMD, Yes – He is a Real Doctor

Go say hi to Ajay and Aleena on Twitter and say thanks for taking their time to talk to us!

Twitter handle: @InTrainingDoc

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jan 15, 2014
59: MCAT Retakes - Change and Improve to Get the Score You Want
47:46

In this episode, Ryan talks with Bryan Schnedeker, the Academic Director at Next Step Test Prep and the National Director for their MCAT Programs. Today, we talk about MCAT retakes, what it exactly means to retake the MCAT, things to consider, and assessing what went wrong with the first MCAT you took.

Links and Other Resources:

Jan 08, 2014
58: The Best of 2013 at the Medical School HQ
40:40

In this episode, Ryan is joined by Allison. As the new year ushers in, they talk about the highlights of 2013, some things they’ve missed, and some exciting things to come moving forward.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

Episode mentions:

Session 19 – Interview with a Medical School Interview and Admissions Expert

Session 7 – 10 Traits You Need to Succeed in Medical School

Session 17 – Step Up Your MCAT Prep with The Princeton Review

Session 32 – Top 7 Things You Should Know as a Medical Student

Session 35 – How to Fix a Medical School Application After Starting Premed Poorly

Session 26 – 6 Myths of Osteopathic Medical School

Session 47 – Avoiding Burnout as a Premed, Med Student and Beyond

Session 10 – Interview with Columbia Postbac Premed Program

2008 Science Article about MCAT Test Format

A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine

Save $225 on the Princeton Review’s MCAT Ultimate or MCAT Self-Paced Prep Course through March 30th 2016 by going to www.princetonreview.com/podcast

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Jan 01, 2014
57: Top Resources & Tools for Premeds and Medical Students
45:35

In today’s episode, Ryan and Allison talk about a number of relevant resources for premeds, medical students, and residents, whether you’re looking for books to help you prepare for your medical school applications or you simply want to take a breather and read some fun yet insightful books. (Plus, some movie recommendations and what stethoscope to use!)

Links and Other Resources:

Dec 24, 2013
56: Taking Care of Patients in Today's Electronic World
30:31

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Dr. Regina Harrell, an Internal Medicine physician and an assistant professor in the College of Community Health Services at the University of Alabama. She plays a significant role in the geriatric rotation for family medicine residents at the Capstone Village, an awesome place to learn about geriatric care.

Links and Other Resources:

Full Episode Blog Post

NPR Article – Why A Patient’s Story Matters More Than A Computer Checklist

Regina Harrell, MD Bio

The Crimson White Article

Save $225 on the Princeton Review’s MCAT Ultimate or MCAT Self-Paced Prep Course through March 30th 2016 by going to www.princetonreview.com/podcast

If you need any help with the medical school interview, go to medschoolinterviewbook.com. Sign up and you will receive parts of the book so you can help shape the future of the book. This book will include over 500 questions that may be asked during interview day as well as real-life questions, answers, and feedback from all of the mock interviews Ryan has been doing with students.

Are you a nontraditional student? Go check out oldpremeds.org.

For more great content, check out www.mededmedia.com for more of the shows produced by the Medical School Headquarters including the OldPremeds Podcast and watch out for more shows in the future!

Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well.

Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we’ll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us.

Check out our partner magazine, www.premedlife.com to learn more about awesome premed information.

Next Step Test Prep: Get one-on-one tutoring for the MCAT and maximize your score. Get $50 off their tutoring program when you mention that you heard about this on the podcast or through the MSHQ website.

Listen to our podcast for free at iTunes: medicalschoolhq.net/itunes and leave us a review there!

Email Ryan at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with him on Twitter @medicalschoolhq

Dec 18, 2013
55: 5 Tips to Help You Choose a Medical Specialty
51:34

In today’s episode, we talk about how to pick a medical specialty. We cover 5 key things that are instrumental in forming your path and choosing your specialty at whichever point of your journey you may be right now.

Links and Other Resources

Dec 11, 2013
54: Dr. K, Author and Twitter Star Shares His Journey and Advice