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White Coats for Black Lives: Can You Help Make a Difference?


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 [...]

White Coats for Black Lives: Can You Help Make a Difference?2020-06-08T10:23:12-04:00

COVID-19 Update – March 28, 2020 County Order


An update concerning the response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): COVID-19 Update March 28, 2020 Dear All, Gwinnett County has issued a stay-at-home order for all non-essential businesses starting on March 28th and lasting until 11:59 PM on April 13th.  Though MedSmarter falls in the category of services NOT subject to closure, our number 1 priority is the health and well-being of our students and faculty.  Therefore, as a precaution, we will abide by the order and update how we operate.  This communication is to keep you informed of the changes that differ from my post on March 18, 2020. We are committed to delivering our programs and [...]

COVID-19 Update – March 28, 2020 County Order2020-03-28T12:25:48-04:00

COVID-19 Update


An important note around the recent developments concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19): The top priority at MedSmarter is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and visitors.  We also recognize and understand that there are concerns about the coronavirus; therefore, I personally want to update you on the steps we are taking to provide a safe learning environment for our students and team members. 1)  We are continuing to closely monitor the latest developments and following the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). 2)  We are taking several steps to help maintain confidence in your health and safety while in [...]

COVID-19 Update2020-03-18T16:25:29-04:00

Med Student Mental Health ‘Crisis’: Experts Urge Nationwide Action


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 [...]

Med Student Mental Health ‘Crisis’: Experts Urge Nationwide Action2020-02-24T12:33:35-05:00

A Message from the CEO


To our prospective and current students, alumni, and partners: On behalf of the entire team at MedSmarter, I would like to sincerely and humbly thank you for an amazingly beautiful 2019.  Welcome to 2020! Incredibly, we have accomplished so much in just a short period.  It was only five years ago that Dr. Untara and I shared our vision of "A Smarter Approach to a Career in Medicine" with many of you for the first time; a student-centric premise based on three pillars: Personalized approach to impactful learning A deep partnership with our internal team and external partners to put student needs front and center Working together to [...]

A Message from the CEO2020-01-16T16:16:48-05:00

The Importance of Sleep for Medical Students


The Importance of Sleep for Medical Students It’s no secret that students are victim to sleep deprivation, and that couldn’t be truer for medical students. From years of medical school, and all-nighters before a big exam, to long rotation schedules– it’s easy to get caught up in a sleepless cycle.  Admittedly, many medical professionals condition students to accept sleeplessness as a way of life in their career, as 80-hour weeks are not unusual but can be expected during your residency. After all, sleep is a luxury that hardworking professionals can never afford, right? Wrong. In fact, research often supports the idea that more sleep can lead to more success and better [...]

The Importance of Sleep for Medical Students2019-11-15T12:50:31-05:00

Top Pre-Med, Med Student & Graduate Resources: November 2019 Edition


MedSmarter Blog Roundup November 2019 Hot Blog Topics You May Have Missed MedSmarter delivers valuable news, tips and resources to pre-meds, medical students, graduates and international doctors preparing to practice medicine in the US. We are a USMLE prep center operated by board-certified physician instructors. Our content creators are dedicated to giving you information that brings value to your life. Here are some valuable blog posts you should check out. Please leave your comments or questions in the comment section. We are here to help! 3 Med Schools with Unique Programs Creating Diversity in Medical Education What’s a good idea for creating a more diversity in medical education? Susan [...]

Top Pre-Med, Med Student & Graduate Resources: November 2019 Edition2019-11-01T15:33:27-04:00

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Its Effects on Medical Professionals


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also referred to as CBT, is a form of psychotherapy. It’s a short-term technique that goes beyond laying down on a sofa and talking about traumatic childhood memories. But can it help healthcare professionals perform better? Instead, the therapist and the client work together and create a plan that intends to help the patient overcome a myriad of psychological difficulties. With this approach, a person can become aware of and assume responsibility for their thoughts… the way they feel and their behavior. It’s the difference between waking up angrily to chirping birds and feeling good on a challenging day. Read on to learn more… Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? [...]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Its Effects on Medical Professionals2019-11-01T17:13:12-04:00

Work-Life Balance: Hobbies Matter When Applying to Med School


Many dedicated pre-med students take on the “work now, play later” philosophy. They assume it’s best to pay close attention studies and techniques and pay extra-curricular activities no mind. But the truth is… hobbies are key! Here’s why: When it comes to your medical school application, your hobbies are key to revealing your passions, communication skills and how you deal with stress. In other words, they show admissions committees that you appreciate and understand the value of work-life balance. This improves your chances of thriving in medical school. Work-Life Balance: Why Hobbies Are Key for Pre-Meds & Medical Students. Photo by Jopwell from Pexels. What Is Work-Life Balance? Essentially, work-life balance [...]

Work-Life Balance: Hobbies Matter When Applying to Med School2019-11-01T17:06:14-04:00

8 Loan Forgiveness Programs That Help Wipe Out Med School Debt


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 [...]

8 Loan Forgiveness Programs That Help Wipe Out Med School Debt2019-11-01T17:06:14-04:00
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