“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou This quote is what drives me to get out of bed each morning and make the world a little brighter each day. As the title above implies, volunteer work, even outside of medicine, is very important in one’s application to PA school (and medical … More The Importance of Volunteer Work (and Giving Yourself Credit)
A few years ago when I was taking a Zoology class, I had to do a report on adaptations of a unique animal. My partner and I choose the mimic octopus. We had such a thorough and interesting lecture, we were invited to be a guest lecturer at our junior college’s Science Colloquium lecture series. … More My Time as a Guest Lecturer
It’s officially 48 hours since a finished my interview at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV! That means I’ve replayed all the minute details in my head about 96 times and while I think the interview and situational assessments went well, I keep thinking about how I could have done better. However, … More Adventures at WVSOM: Medical School Interview Edition!
It has been a few weeks since I’ve completed my secondary applications. That’s a total of 15 secondaries each with an average of 5-8 essays each. When discussing my writing with my pre-med advisors and others who helped proofread, each of them kept reminding me that, though I can explain each activity I did beautifully … More Surviving the Wait for Interviews #lifeintheinterviewgap
Applying to medical school is like a roller coaster. You start by doing all the work going up the first big hill filling out your primary applications. Then when you hit send and drain your bank account, there’s a rush and wind in your hair as you throw your hands up letting the admissions teams … More The Secondary Application Roller Coaster
May 1st the application opened as it does every year and finally, I can see what it all looks like. I’m applying to both MD and DO programs this cycle and praying that I get offered an interview. I don’t feel my strengths present well on paper, I’m much more than a list of numbers … More Starting the Medical School Application: DO vs MD
Happy National Doctor Day! If you haven’t realized by now, the path toward medicine is especially stressful and it leads to a stressful career. However, don’t let that drag you down! It is VERY VERY VEEEEERY important to find a way to destress every day. Even if you are the tiniest medically inclined, it … More Ways to Destress as a Pre-Med – Happy National Doctor Day
The MCAT is the Medical School Admissions Test for those just starting out. It is a lovely 7 hour test that you should set aside 3 solid months with endless nights studying, stressing, and worrying. It’s the test every doctor I’ve shadowed has had some piece of advice about. With so many physicians out there … More Studying for the MCAT: Part 1
There are 3 Main branches of medical schools to think about before applying to medschool and the consideration of going to PA school. Traditionally, most people tend to only think about allopathic med schools where they would get a degree as an MD or Medical Doctor. However, Osteopathic and podiatric school offer the same training … More MD, DO, DPM, PA… What to choose?