Parents 5 Tips to Help Your High School Physician Hopeful

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As parents we love to encourage our kids to pursue their dreams, but sometimes we’re uncertain of the best way to do that. If you’re a parent whose child dreams of a career in medicine you might be interested in these five tips to help your high school physician hopeful.

1.   6-Year College-Medical School Combo: If your child is absolutely positive that he or she …

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Medical School Admissions: Taking a Year Off After Your Under Graduate Degree? What to Do in That Year

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The energy required to complete an under graduate premed degree is significant and leaves many students yearning for just one year off. The question is what to do in that year? Below are a few ideas that might forward your goals while giving you a much needed respite.

ER Scribe: Being an ER scribe is a great way to spend the year between completing an under …

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Medical School Admissions: Tips to Follow for High School Students who want to become Physicians

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

If you’re a teen and thinking about applying for admission to medical school there are several tips you should follow for high school students who want to become physicians. Taking these steps do not guarantee that you will be admitted to med school, however they will prepare you to become a strong medical school applicant. If at some point you decide not to pursue a …

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Balancing Premed Studies and Volunteering for Medical School

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Balancing Premed Studies and Volunteering for Medical School

Balancing the demands of premed studies and volunteering for medical school will be the first of many challenges you will face in your medical career. Successfully completing the demanding premed coursework and recording a significant number of volunteer hours is required if you are to be selected for the nation’s increasingly competitive medical schools. It is the combination …

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Dr. Paul Toote: Helping and Healing Go Hand-in-Hand at National Premed Consulting

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Most people become doctors because they want to help people.  Dr. Paul Toote, an Emergency Medicine Physician and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, not only became a doctor to do just that, but he became CEO and President of National Premed Consulting to help others realize their dreams of becoming doctors too.

In 2001 as a resident doctor, he noticed the medical students he was working with …

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Medical Students: How to Stay Healthy

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Medical school is an incredibly challenge experience for every attendee. Students are expected to absorb and process massive amounts of information in a very short period of time. They are expected to spend countless hours each week reading and studying, in addition to time spent attending classes. As if that wasn’t enough, many medical students are attempting to retain some semblance of a social life—or …

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Relationships and Medical School: The Pros and Cons

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Medical school is an incredibly stressful time for every student. Between keeping up with reading assignments, preparing for tests, and staying on top of other requirements, there is little time left in the day to eat and sleep—let alone pursue any type of social life. Given this, the idea of maintaining a serious relationship during medical school may seem impossible. Of course, relationships aren’t something …

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Acing the MCAT: Relax!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

If you are like most aspiring medical students, you’ve devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to preparing for the MCAT.  As well you should—obviously, performing well on the MCAT is essential to gaining admittance to medical school.  However, over the years I have seen many students take their preparation too far—to the point that, by the time the big day rolls around, they …

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“I’m Over 30: Is it Too Late to Pursue a Medical Career?”

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

A common question I hear from many men and women is “I’m over thirty years old—is it too late for me to pursue a career in the medical field?”  The answer to that question is simply no—no, it’s not too late.  Whether you have realized that you don’t particularly enjoy your current degree, or if you have finally realized that your true ambition is to …

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The Day Before the Interview: What To Do

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

You’ve been preparing for (not to mention worrying about) your medical school admissions interview for months… and now the day is almost here.  What should you do the day before the interview?

1) Make sure you know where you are going and when to arrive. Oftentimes the logistics of actually making it to the interview can be lost in the chaos of your preparation.  But the …

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Your Medical Career: Bouncing Back from Bad Grades

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

You are a college student, dreaming of a career in the medical field.  For you, the next step is medical school.  Unfortunately, there is a problem: your grades have been subpar in the past and your GPA is lower than many medical schools are looking for.  While this is a definite disadvantage, do not throw in the towel yet!  The truth is that there are …

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Pre-Med Students: Choose The Right MCAT Study Program

Friday, August 12th, 2011

As pre-med students know, it is essential to perform well on the MCAT exam.  Your score on the MCAT is one of the most important factors considered by medical schools while they are evaluating your application.  Suffice it to say, it is important for every pre-med student to prepare properly for the exam.  Fortunately there are a variety of resources to help you get ready …

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School is Tough — Stay Healthy!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Life as a premed student can be hectic to say the least.  Between preparing for tests, trying to keep your GPA up, and meeting extra-curricular requirements, it can be hard to find time to sleep—let alone socialize.  Unfortunately, premed students often respond to the time crunch they face by sacrificing in the areas that they can least afford to sacrifice.  Specifically, many premed students are …

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The Benefits of Volunteering

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

As an aspiring medical school student, I am sure you have heard over and over that your resume should include substantial amounts of volunteer time in order to increase your chances of acceptance.  And while it is true that medical schools look very favorably at volunteer hours, there is more to volunteering than simply improving your resume.  Volunteering is an opportunity to gain real-world experience, …

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To Succeed In Med School, Strong Time Management Skills Are Essential

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I am often asked, by parents and students alike, to talk about the most important skills for success in medical school.  While there are a number of skills that are critical, nothing is more important than the ability to effectively manage your time.  Between academics, lab work, volunteer hours, and other requirements, medical school is guaranteed to have you wishing that there were thirty hours …

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Parents: How You Can Help Your Pre-Med Students

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

As a parent, you want the best for your children.  In my years working with pre-med students, I’ve had countless conversation with the parents of aspiring medical school applicants, and the vast majority of the time our conversation centers around one question: what can parents do to help their children achieve their dreams of a career in medicine?  Below are several important ways in which …

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High School Students: Prepare Today for Your Career as a Doctor

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Are you a high school student?  Do you dream of a career in the medical field?  If so, this article is for you.  Many high school students know that they’d like to be a doctor one day, but many of them don’t realize that the actions they take and the decisions they make right now will make a difference.  There is a misconception that medical …

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The Top Five Qualities of Successful Doctors

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Have you ever wondered what makes a successful doctor?  Obviously hard work and dedication are required just to get into medical school, let alone graduate.  But beyond an incredible work ethic, below are five qualities that most successful doctors share:

1) Communication skills. Doctors must be able to communicate effectively with nurses, staff members, and other doctors.  But most importantly, they must be able to communicate …

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Medical School Applications: Tips for Staying Motivated

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

As you probably know (or as you will soon find out!), the medical school application process is long and grueling.  Unlike applying for undergraduate admissions, the med school application process is not something that can be done in a couple of months.  The sheer number of requirements for admission to most medical schools mean that you will need to begin working well before your senior …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of the Medical School Admission Interview

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Possibly the most stressful part of the entire medical school application process the admissions interview.  Very few respected medical schools admit students without interviewing them first, so it’s something that every applicant needs to familiar with.  Today I’m going to cover some of the important do’s and don’ts relating to med school interviews.

1) DO confirm the date and time of the interview a couple of …

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Med School Admissions: Don’t Let Procrastination Bring You Down

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The process of applying to medical school is long and grueling.  Filling out application after application, writing essays, fulfilling countless requirements—the list can seem endless.  Even the most dedicated and disciplined student can expect to be working hard for many months— and unfortunately, procrastinating can put a prospective med student in a nearly impossible situation.  That’s why it’s critical for an applicant to not fall …

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Strengths of Minority Medical School Applicant

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Picture a “typical” doctor and what comes to mind?  For most people, the answer is a light-skinned male.  And while white males may still be in the majority when it comes to doctors, the field is becoming more diverse each and every day.  Still, to a minority medical school applicant, it may seem like the odds are stacked against you.  But I’m here to tell …

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Premed 101: To Work or Not to Work?

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I’m often asked by premed students whether it’s a good idea to work a job during the schooling process.  Though it does depend on the specifics of your situation, the answer is generally yes.  Not full time, of course, because there is simply not enough time in the week to handle your academic and extracurricular requirements in addition to working 40 hours at a job.  …

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Life as a Pre-Med Student: Balancing Your Schedule

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

As a pre-med student, you may feel that you have much more to worry about than your peers in different majors.  While most undergrad students concentrate on their classes and their social life, as a student with medical ambitions you are forced to think about much more.  That’s because, of course, medical schools expect more than just a strong GPA from their applicants.  Med schools …

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Medical School Admissions: The Power of Recommitment and Renewal

Monday, January 31st, 2011

A new year is upon us and 2011 brings with it the power to refocus on our goals and to renew our efforts.   At this point in the med school application cycle some of you that have applied to medical school have received your acceptance letter, and sadly for others it did not go as well.  If you are in the first group, congratulations are …

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Premed Insights 101: Communicate Your Strengths

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Talking about your own strengths is uncomfortable for many people.  On one hand, it sometimes feels like bragging and you’re tempted to be modest.  On the other hand, it’s common to feel nervous when you’re essentially giving a sales pitch about yourself.  But the truth is that being able to comfortably tell other about your strong point is a must during the medical school admissions …

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Medical School Admission and the Need for Good Grades

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Have you ever wondered why good grades are so important to get into a medical school?  I know some of you are tired of the constant focus on grades and scores as a part of the prerequisite requirements for your admission into medical school.  Wouldn’t it be nice, you may ask, if all you needed was desire and the drive to serve others to make …

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Study Habits The Premed Student Must Have To Guarantee Success In Medical School

Friday, January 7th, 2011

There is never enough time in the day for a medical school student. Between time spent in class, studying, and fulfilling other obligations, the typical med school student is always in a rush. Unfortunately, this often means that you can’t spend as much time studying as you know you should. What to do? If you hope to succeed academically with limited …

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Traits of Successful Med Students

Friday, December 17th, 2010

“What does it take to succeed in medical school?”  This is a question that I hear often.  There is no single answer to this question, of course, as there are many different personality types that thrive in medical school.  However, there are certain traits that nearly all successful med students share.  Below I’m going to cover some of the most important traits of successful medical …

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Every premed student knows the discouraging facts; less than half of all applicants to medical school are accepted, and there are only 159 medicals schools in the entire country.

Every premed student also knows that he or she needs to have an excellent GPA as an undergraduate and high test scores on the Medical College Admission Test (the MCAT) to get into medical school.  So virtually …

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