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The Importance of Sleep for Medical Students

By |2019-11-15T12:50:31-05:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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

By |2019-11-01T15:33:27-04:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog Post Roundups|Tags: |

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 [...]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Its Effects on Medical Professionals

By |2019-11-01T17:13:12-04:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health in Medicine|Tags: , , , |

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)? [...]

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

By |2019-11-01T17:06:14-04:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

8 Loan Forgiveness Programs That Help Wipe Out Med School Debt

By |2019-11-01T17:06:14-04:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Medical News, Medical Student Resources, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

5 Steps to Prepping for Your New Residency Match

By |2019-11-01T17:06:14-04:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: , , , |

Yaaayyyy… you’ve been matched to a residency! But now, instead of taking a deep breath and enjoying the fruits of your med school labor, you’re worried about your next move. So, now what? Your residency match is the next phase in your medical student career. And just like everything else so far, there are tasks you must complete to prep for your new residency. Let’s discuss the top five… one by one. 5 Steps to Prepping for Your New Residency Match 5 Tips to Effective Residency Prep for Future Doctors Looking for effective ways to ensure you’re ready to start your new residency like a pro? Check out these top five [...]

Death of Libby Zion: Changing the Shifts of Healthcare Workers Forever

By |2019-11-01T17:06:15-04:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Medical News, Residency Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

What Other Institutions Should Learn from Morehouse School of Medicine

By |2019-11-01T17:06:15-04:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Diversity In Medicine|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the first woman to serve as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine. She’s also the first to successfully grow the freshman class to 100 students in almost 20 years, increasing diversity in medical education. But how? The Board of Trustees spoke about increasing the Atlanta med school’s number of freshman students entering the program. But leadership changes became a cycle, causing the number to continuously stall at only 56 students. Just three years after accepting the honorable roles of the School of Medicine’s president and deans, she did what those before her couldn’t. The medical school was finally celebrating its “first class of 100 aspiring [...]

Medical School Scholarships: Fund Your Dreams of Becoming a Doctor

By |2019-11-01T17:06:15-04:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Doctors Without Debt: Tuition-Free Medical Schools Lead the Cause

By |2019-11-01T17:06:15-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Medical News|Tags: , , , |

Doctors Without Borders has been working toward changing the pattern of doctors starting their new careers in debt. This cause, known as ‘Doctors Without Debt’, may be the answer. As the costs of medical care soar, thankfully medical tuition costs aren’t. In some cases, America’s med schools offer tuition-free programs. Such programs are making med school education history. Here’s how… Why Most New Doctors Start Off in Debt Attending medical school can be very expensive for most. This has caused many new physicians to begin their medical careers deep in debt. Because of this, many US med schools now use various means, including large donations, to offer free tuition to aspiring doctors. [...]

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