Improving Personal Statement

Pre Meds: 3 Ways to Improve Your Personal Statement

You’ve got a draft. You’ve been revising, editing and rewriting for weeks now. But you need to figure out how to take your personal statement to the next level. You need to be sure what you are submitting to medical schools will gain their attention (for the right reasons) and convince them to give you an interview invite and, of course, an acceptance. Grab Their Attention The personal statement for medical school is not a […]

Pre Meds: 5 Mistakes to Avoid while studying for the mcat

Pre Meds: 5 Mistakes to Avoid While Studying for the MCAT

1) Not Having a Solid Routine. Scoring in the top percentile on the MCAT requires a rigorous, but dependable routine. The studying involved is not something that occurs over night. You have to do your research well ahead of the test date and plan your studying across several months. This means avoiding the typical trap of boom-or-bust procrastination. Bad students put off studying until the last minute and attempt to make up time by cramming a […]

How to improve your mcat score

How to Improve Your MCAT Score: Three Techniques You Can Utilize Right Now

Start With Anki Compared to other tests, the MCAT requires little outright memorization to achieve a high score. Anyone can memorize facts and vocabulary, the makers of the MCAT want to test your ability to utilize critical thinking and acquired knowledge in problem solving. That being said, there are some subjects that provide the highest yield through rote memorization. Anything related to amino acids is a good example. You need to know the name, one […]

Patient Manifesto

Patient Centered Care: A Pledge to Do Better

To all those who work in healthcare: we have gone astray. There was a time when each and every one of us dreamed of our profession as a way to help others, a way to cure and save lives and bring some sense of order back to the chaos inherent in a world of disease and illness. Even the most benign form of medicine should still exist as a service to fully better the patient. But […]

Physics

Premeds: How to Ace Physics

I aced physics. Not just an A. But a perfect score. I’m confident you can do the same. At the undergrad I attended for my pre-medical post-bacc it was possible to score an A+. You had to make a 100 in the course, or above (if your teacher offered any “extra” points in the grading scale). However, this pretty much required having perfect scores on all of the assignments, especially the exams. When I went […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger

14 Lessons on Success from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, while controversial in recent years, has been an inspiration to thousands of people for the last several decades. Born to a poor Austrian family, he came from nothing to become a seven-time world champion in bodybuilding, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and governor of California. His commitment to hard work, subverting the system, and discovering how to win makes him a role model for just about anyone trying to find success […]

Worst Mistake Pre-Medical Student

The Three Worst Mistakes Pre-Medical Students Make

Being a pre-med student can be just about the worst time in the life of a young doctor. You spend four years filled with the anxiety and uncertainty of ever getting into medical school. While the rest of your friends are indulging in the freedom and wild times of college, you are tucked away in the library studying for your organic chemistry exam. When others are planning all-out senior year spring breaks, you’re busy with a prep course for the MCAT. […]

Momentum

Momentum: The Only Measure for Success

For some reason, most of us hold the mistaken belief that successful people must have been born that way. We find it hard to believe that they were ever just ordinary people before becoming astronomically wealthy, or world class in whatever field it is that we envy. Even if they did experience some kind of journey to that position in life, we assume they must have been born with the skills necessary to achieve what […]

Kathy Magliato M.D.

Dr. Kathy Magliato: Lessons from a Female Heart Surgeon

I stumbled across Dr. Kathy Magliato’s book Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon unexpectedly in a dusty corner of my local library. The cover was worn and wrinkled. There was a faded image of the sacred heart symbol, the author’s name and little more. But it would come to be one of the most insightful stories of the life and making of a surgeon that I’ve ever read. (I’ve since discovered that her […]

Apprenticeship

Robert Greene’s Mastery: The Lost Art of Apprenticeship

Robert Greene is the famous author of books that deal with power. His books, The Art of Seduction and The 48 Laws of Power, detail how we can accumulate stature for ourselves while simultaneously being wary of forces that would do us harm. In a modern age this can sound trivial. It’s not like we live the Machiavellian lives of courtiers and nobles. However, there’s a reason that some of the top business schools in America, including Harvard, still have Sun Tzu’s The Art of […]