White Coats For Black Lives is an organization that seeks to do away with racism in the medical industry. The main vision of the group is to ensure maximum care of patients by eliminating racism. The organization is run by medical students. They draw their motivation from the National White Coat Die-In demonstrations of December 10, 2014. The demonstrations happened after the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both were persons of color killed by police officers. Medical students took to the streets to demonstrate against the injustices that led up to their deaths. This move by the medical students raised questions. People wondered whether or not doing away with [...]
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Mental illness among medical students is not something that can be ignored. Med students suffer a lot of stress due to all the work they have to get done. This is a very demanding career path. Med students spend a lot of time away from their family and friends. And they have pressure to always be on top of their game. To ensure that med students become the best physicians it is important to keep tabs on their well being. Most importantly monitor their mental health. Mental Health Conference A National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being was held for 2 days by Weill Cornell Medicine. More than [...]
Did you rack up an unimaginable amount of debt attending medical school? Well, there are national and federal programs that help wipe out med school debt once and for all. They are known as medical school repayment assistance and loan forgiveness programs. And guess what? You’re probably eligible! 8 Loan Forgiveness Programs That Help Wipe Out Med School Debt Medical School Loan Forgiveness: 8 Repayment Programs for Doctors If your time in college and medical school drove your private of federal student loan debt through the roof, these eight medical school repayment assistance programs may be able to help: 1. Income-Driven Repayment Plan (IDR) Income-driven repayment plans (IDR) help those with [...]
Heavy workloads given to residents and interns have been proven to affect work and cause medical negligence. What's the answer for residents and interns? There have been concerns as to whether the heavy workload given to residents and interns affects their work. Many cases have been reported of patients dying due to medical negligence. This negligence is caused by the residents and interns. Changes have been made over the years in regards to how many hours interns and residents can work. What caused this change? Many say it’s related to the death of New York patient Libby Zion. Read on… Death of Libby Zion: Changing the Shifts of Healthcare Workers Forever [...]
Medical school can be expensive. Many can’t imagine how they’ll afford to achieve their dreams of becoming doctors. Sometimes, scholarships are the key. Public medical school’s median tuition during the academic year 2018-2019 was $38,119. That’s more than many Americans make in a year. And according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, that’s actually the lower end of the cost spectrum. When it comes to private med schools during that same academic year, the median health insurance, fees and tuition costs were over $60,000. This leaves many aspiring physicians wondering how they’ll ever afford to achieve their dreams. Medical School Scholarships: Fund Your Dreams of Becoming [...]
There are many myths about how failing USMLE exams will affect your residency program application. The main myth being that if you fail, you may not land a good residency. It’s not the end of the road for you if you get a low score on a USMLE. There are many things you can do to remedy yourself. Found out what here… USMLE Failure Myths: Can You Still Land a Good Residency? Myth Vs. Truth: Residencies & the USMLEs Here are two common myths about the USMLEs: USMLE Attempts Myth: You will not get interviews from residencies if you take a USMLE exam many times. Truth: Many residency programs are [...]
Medical schools look closely at your MCAT score when evaluating your application package. However, they also consider other things that show them that you’re passionate about being a doctor. They want to be sure that you can handle all the work that’s coming your way. So, they examine: GPA and Prerequisites Volunteer Work Personal Statement Background MCAT Score Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Image Source: YouTube What It Takes to Get into Medical School Let’s examine each of these in-depth, so you can continue your dream of becoming a doctor in the US: GPA & Prerequisites GPA - A medical school will look into your college GPA. They specifically [...]
Are you finding it hard to fall asleep? As a med student, you have a lot of work during the day. And all you want to do when you get home is eat and sleep. Having a sleep conducive bedroom is the key. If your bedroom is not well organized for optimum sleep, you will find yourself getting little or no sleep at all. How you treat your bedroom is very important to the quality of sleep you get overall. You need a sleep conducive bedroom to get the job done. Photo by Ivan Oboleninov from Pexels 9 Ways to Fix Your Environment for a Sleep Conducive Bedroom The [...]
As a med student, you will always have a lot of work to do. There will be so many assignments and upcoming tests that you may feel overwhelmed. All of which will scream for your attention, requiring good time management skills. It’s important to develop these skills early on to keep you on track. They will help you complete tasks and assignments in good time avoiding the last-minute rush. Why Time Management Skills Are So Important When you adopt these time management skills, you will always know what works you have to do. And at what time you should have completed them. You will know what you need to do to accomplish [...]
While in college, pre-med students need to take certain classes that will help them in med school. Many of these classes are required. They give you basic science knowledge that you will need as a medical student. You must also take the MCAT exam to determine whether you understood the content of the classes. But which classes are required? And what other courses should you take to improve your chances of getting into medical school? We have the answers right here! What Does Pre-Med Mean? Pre-med is the term used to refer to college students taking sciences and other courses for the purpose of getting into med school. You can choose non-science majors [...]