Learning to Mentor

  "What do you do that we can't?" That's the question an academic adviser asked me when hearing about my program in Maine. Honestly, there isn't anything I can do that a college academic adviser can't in the way of looking at prerequisites, mapping out a course plan, providing feedback for experience, research, GPA, MCAT,…

Always Early. Never Late!

Good Morning! This is a tentative checklist I recommend printing out to stay organized. The dates are my recommendations to complete pre-medical prerequisites. Every year students scramble to get their letters of recommendation done at the end of the application window. Inevitably, they wind up submitting late. Then, the application committee gets their application packet…

Déjà Vu: Re-Applying

If you didn't get into medical school, I'm going to ask you a question: Have you ever failed in life, before this?  It is always discouraging to work hard for a dream, just to be let down without an acceptance or accomplishment of your goal. If you've applied to medical school and not been accepted…

The Socioeconomic Leap

You're working full-time in your undergraduate degree and you're showing up to organic chemistry tired, maybe a coffee in-hand. You're going to be a doctor someday, right? You will, but right now all you want is to take a long nap and have someone buy you a week's worth of groceries. First, let me congratulate…

Professionalism 101

I've written this blog as a short list of protocols you must follow when working with medical professionals, especially as a pre-medical student. It's just common sense stuff. Show up early. A wise doctor once said, "don't be late unless you're dead." When people are spending their time trying to help you, you need to…

The Interview

Once your application is complete, and you meet the basic needs of an applicant for a school, the next step is having them grant you an interview. This interview is an opportunity for the medical school to see you, speak to you, and get a feel for who you are as a person. At the…