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Time to Get to Know Your Professors and Yourself
January 25, 2011
Timely Advice To Get You to Medical School
Premed Grand Rounds
Table of ContentsIn this issue...
1.) Know Your Professors -- Make sure you're not just a name with grade attached to your name, time to ask for that LOR...
2.) Premeds Weep Over This -- Have you thought about when you'll be taking the MCAT, time to begin...
3.) Reflection Journals -- Keeping a reflection journal, puts you ahead of the curve when writing your personal statement...
4.) Costs More to Be a Resident -- The Supreme Court finally ruled about whether medical residents are students or employees...
Get to Know Your ProfessorsTime to set outside of your shy box and get to know your professors. You know your professor's name, but do they know yours?
More importantly, a key part of your medical school application is submitting letters of recommendation. The purpose of these letters are for the medical schools to see how you compare against all of your peers, and who is the best judge?
Your professors because they have taught thousands of students and know the characteristics of premed students who will make good doctors and those who won't!
Now is the time to attend office hours, ask questions, and make yourself known to your professor because you need a strong letter of recommendation written on your behalf.
MCAT Registration BeginsAs a premed you should be aware that you'll have to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to get admitted to medical school.
February is fast approaching, which means it is time to register for the MCAT. This is a test you want to take once and only once, so only take the test when you are absolutely prepared for it.
Remember, it does take about 30 days to get your MCAT scores back, so keep this in mind when you schedule your MCAT knowing you want to get your score back by June.
My advice is to take the MCAT in March/April/May (early) allowing you enough time to receive your scores and if you do not score as high as you want, there is still time to retake the test and not put yourself behind when applying to medical school.
Reflection Journal to Write a Personal StatementKeeping a reflection journal is something that you should be doing if you haven't started already.
This is a journal/blog/notes on all of your experiences and thoughts as it relates to medicine and health care. You are going to use what you wrote here to help you write your medical school personal statement and complete your extracurricular activities on your medical school application.
Simply put, that experience which you had 8 months ago may seem vivid, something unforgettable, and all the details are easily recalled, but that will change over time.
When you are under the pressure of writing your medical school essay, the most basic memories and experiences will be forgotten if you don't have a reflection journal which backs up everything.
Take some time to collect your thoughts, mood, and experiences after you have exposure to something medically related because it will definitely help you in the long run.
Costly as a Medical ResidentThe U.S. Supreme Court has decided on whether Medical Residents are students or employees. With the ruling the government can now hold back earnings from residents which will now be taxed.
Supreme Court Rules Against Medical Residents
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