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The 5 Most Important Factors in Applying to U.S. Medical Schools
Posted by Justine Falcone

Applying to medical school is an exciting but stressful part of one’s academic career. In 2018-2019, there were 52,777 applicants to US medical schools, with 21,623 of these individuals matriculating. It is well known that gaining admission to medical school is a rigorous process. 

The 6 Best Habits to Form in Preparation for Med School
Posted by Justine Falcone

Most individuals considering a career in medicine are well aware of the dedication, focus, and commitment to academics that is necessary not only to gain admission to medical school but also to function as a competent physician.

Here are the top six habits to form in undergrad in preparation for success in medical school.

The Pros & Cons of Taking Step 2 CK Before ERAS
Posted by Justine Falcone

When planning for the fourth year of medical school, students must decide on the appropriate time to take the USMLE Step 2 CK examination. Here we weigh the pros and cons of taking Step 2 CK before ERAS.

How to Pay for Medical School in the Real World
Posted by Justine Falcone

If you are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a medical school- congratulations! The path to becoming a physician is an incredible journey. However, this path is not without costs (literally!). Medical school is unbelievably costly. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the average student loan debt for those graduating medical school in 2018 was nearly $200,000. Below are the top seven tips for minimizing student loan debt!

How to Choose the Right Electives During Your Clinical Years
Posted by Justine Falcone

The clinical years of medicine can be an exciting time when one finally gets to start experiencing the practice of medicine! Choosing electives during the clinical years can be very important and helpful to one's future career. While some medical students may have the opportunity to choose an elective or two during their third year of medical school, most will have several elective options during their fourth year. Here are five valuable tips when choosing electives as a medical student:

Four Reasons Why It's Okay to Make Mistakes as a Med Student or Resident (and How You Can Learn from Them)
Posted by Justine Falcone

A few weeks ago I was working with some fourth year medical students in the emergency department as they helped care for and follow patients. When it came time to disposition patients, I asked the students if they would like to call any consults or admitting services but, my request was met with some hesitation. I remember as a medical student, and even an intern, I too was nervous about calling consults for fear of being questioned or “pimped” about the patients or even receiving push back about an admission. However, as I explained to the medical students, it is okay, and sometimes even beneficial, to make mistakes while in training because these mistakes and experiences are what help us become stronger, more competent physicians.

Seven Tips for Getting the Most Out of Fourth Year in Prep for Residency
Posted by Justine Falcone
How Loved Ones Can Support You During Your Medical Training
Posted by Justine Falcone

The years of medical training, namely medical school and residency, while rewarding can also be incredibly intense, grueling years for doctors in training to endure. Unfortunately, rates of suicide among future doctors to be and doctors in training have been on the rise. These unfortunate events may be related to intense training schedules, long hours/call schedules, rigorous course loads, lack of time for personal hobbies/activities, increased pressure to perform well on high stakes exams/boards, and more. Having a strong support network of friends and family is essential for maintaining health, happiness, and sanity in medical school and residency.

Your Post-Residency Interview Follow-Up Plan
Posted by Justine Falcone

You’ve recently interviewed at a program you loved. The residents were friendly and helpful, the program director was motivating, the facilities are beautiful, and the program seems to offer nearly everything you could want. The question many students find themselves asking at this point is whether or not to send a thank you note, email, or engage in follow-up communication after leaving the interview. Here are a few rules of thumb for following up with programs after interviewing:

Six (Other) Ways to Stand Out in Med School
Posted by Justine Falcone

Did you manage to make honors in your undergraduate years, win top academic accolades, or make AOA in med school? If so, congratulations for this accomplishment! If not, don’t stress! There are many other components to the medical school or residency application process that admissions committees consider. In fact, here are the top ways to stand out on a medical school or residency application without honors or awards: 

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