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2402, 2020

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

By |February 24th, 2020|Categories: Medical Student Resources, Mental Health in Medicine, News & Events, USMLE Step 1|

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 [...]

1511, 2019

The Importance of Sleep for Medical Students

By |November 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 [...]

1410, 2019

8 Loan Forgiveness Programs That Help Wipe Out Med School Debt

By |October 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 [...]

1110, 2019

5 Steps to Prepping for Your New Residency Match

By |October 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 [...]

2709, 2019

USMLE Failure Myths: Can You Still Land a Good Residency?

By |September 27th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

2509, 2019

What Does It Take to Get into Medical School?

By |September 25th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

2309, 2019

The Basic Guide to Becoming a Doctor in the US

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School, Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

Becoming a doctor is an exciting journey – that’s why you chose this career path. You don’t just become a doctor overnight…there are some steps you have to follow to reach the top of your career. Each one is essential and has been designed specifically for the well-being of the patients and to make sure the United States attains the highest standards of medical care. Now that you are looking [...]

2009, 2019

9 Tips for Creating a Sleep Conducive Bedroom for a Good Night’s Rest

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

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 [...]

1809, 2019

Good Time Management Skills: What, Why & How?

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

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. [...]

1609, 2019

Classes All Pre-Meds Should Take to Get into Medical School

By |September 16th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

1309, 2019

10 Common Reasons YOU Might Fail the USMLE Step 1

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , |

Why do so many students fail the USMLE Step 1? Well, most fail to prepare properly. This exam is extremely important if you want to become a doctor someday. We have 10 tips to help you recognize common test prep mistakes. 10 Reasons Medical Students Fail the USMLE Step 1 Worried about failing Step 1? Well, here are 10 things you could do to ensure you fail the test. [...]

409, 2019

What’s the Deal with the USMLE Step 2 CK?

By |September 4th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , , |

The USMLE Step 2 CK exam comes after taking the USMLE Step 1 exam. You are tested on your ability to apply science knowledge related to patient care. We have tips to help you get a good score! Step 2 CK takes place in a supervised clinical practice setting. It's taken by med students in their 4th year of medical school. This is the time when knowledge from your clinical [...]

209, 2019

What Is the USMLE Step 1? Purpose, Benefits & Resources

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources, Videos|Tags: , , , |

What is the USMLE Step 1? It’s a computerized exam taken by medical students after completing the second year of medical school. Passing allows you to begin practicing medicine while supervised. What’s the point? The main purpose of the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 is to test your general understanding of important science concepts. They also measure whether you can apply those concepts in different medical situations. [...]

2808, 2019

What Are the the USMLEs… Plain & Simple?

By |August 28th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , , |

USMLE is short for United States Medical Licensing Examination. It’s a series of tests medical students begin taking after completing their second year in med school. The USMLEs are also taken by international medical graduates that wish to practice medicine in the United States. What’s the purpose of the USMLEs? They help determine whether your ability to apply your acquired medical skills and values to real-life patient-related situations. These tests [...]

2808, 2019

Millennial Residents: Quality Training & the Fear of Physician Burnout

By |August 28th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: , , , , |

Physician burnout is a very troubling issue in the medical industry. Many of today's doctors and millennial residents suffer from mental health problems that lead to troubled marriages, depression and suicides. What's the key? For Millennial Residents: The key is identifying the signs and keeping your eyes open for mental health issues. Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash. READ: 3 Types of Residents You’ll Grow to Love (or Hate) [...]

2608, 2019

How to Make Studying Med School Stuff Less Boring

By |August 26th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |

One thing every medical student can agree on is that studying med school stuff can be boring at times. However, you must do it to succeed in medical school. Let’s discuss various ways to take the boredom out of studying. 9 Tips to Kill Boredom When Studying Med School Stuff Follow these nine tips to make your study sessions more effective. Let us help you make studying med school stuff [...]

2308, 2019

11 Tips to Help You Not Get Bored with Studying Med School Stuff

By |August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |

Studying for medical school can be one of the hardest things to endure when you first start your journey toward becoming a doctor. As exciting as medicine is, med students get bored with studying sometimes. We have tips to help fix that. With lots of terms and facts to memorize and cases to research, some content may be very interesting while others may put you to sleep. There are times [...]

2108, 2019

10 Tips to Combat Insomnia So You Rock in Medical School

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

It's easy to succumb to the pressure of medical school and quickly become an insomniac. Lifestyle changes help combat insomnia so you get a good night's sleep. Even if you're a resident or doing clinical rotations on the night shift, you can sleep well during the day. Just follow these tips to combating insomnia so you're at your best every day. 10 Tips to Combat Insomnia So You [...]

1908, 2019

8 Tips to Make You a Valuable Team Player During Clinical Rotations

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , , |

Your clinical placement is one of the biggest steps of your medical career so far. It’s very important that you bring value to your team to maximize your worth during clinical rotations. Want to know how? Keep reading… 8 Tips to Make You a Valuable Team Player During Clinical Rotations 8 Ways to Maximize Your Value During Clinical Placements Want to succeed and maximize your value within [...]

1608, 2019

Low GPA? You Can Still Get into Medical School with These 4 Tips

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , |

Your GPA (grade point average) is a huge factor for getting accepted into medical school. It’s the biggest way for medical schools to see how well you perform academically. But you can get into med school with a low GPA by following these four valuable tips. Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay What Is a Low GPA? A low GPA is typically 0.3 or more lower than your [...]

1408, 2019

How to Fight Fatigue While Attending Medical School

By |August 14th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

A medical student’s life involves taking long hard courses and experiencing new things every day. At the end of each day, you’re expected to take in a bulk of information. We have tips for you to avoid suffering from fatigue. There’s also pressure to prove that you’ll make a really good doctor. All this can leave you drained. With all that going on in your life, it’s possible to end [...]

1208, 2019

5 Tips for Staying Mentally Healthy While Applying to Medical School

By |August 12th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: |

Applying to medical school can be tedious and stressful. We have 5 tips to help you keep your sanity while maintaining mental health during the process. Anyone applying to medical school knows that it can be a lengthy, complex and arguably painstaking task. For premed students, most focus on the time and money that has been spent getting ready for med school. While going through the application process, you [...]

908, 2019

3 Tasks You Should Complete 1 Week Before Starting Med School

By |August 9th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , |

Summer is almost over. It’s one week before starting med school, and you’re wondering what else you can do to prepare. We have three tips to help you prep, so your transition into this phase of your life is as simple as possible. Complete them the week before medical school starts. Photo by energepic.com from Pexels. 3 Things to Do 1 Week Before Starting Med School One [...]

3107, 2019

3 Things That Matter About the Easiest Medical Schools to Get Into

By |July 31st, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: |

You’ve dreamed of becoming a doctor for as long as you can remember. But maybe you lack confidence and find yourself looking for the easiest medical schools to get into. But is this realistic? Do these types of med schools exist? And if so, will you get the quality training you need to become a good physician someday? Here’s more… Some people worry so much about getting accepted that they [...]

2607, 2019

3 Tips for Maintaining a Fulfilling Social Life While in Medical School

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

Your journey toward becoming a doctor has been both fulfilling and draining. Yet, you’ve heard horror stories about relationships going south because of the rigorous med school life. And you’re worried. So, how can you maintain a healthy social life that fulfills your emotional needs… and still thrive as a medical student? You can you know… Image Source: Image by StockSnap from Pixabay 3 Tips for Medical [...]

2207, 2019

Med Students Learn to Prescribe ‘Culinary Medicine’ Healthy Recipes to Patients

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Medical News, News & Events|Tags: , , , |

LSU Health launched a pilot 'culinary medicine' course for its medical students. It includes dietitian lectures and field trips to help students learn how to eat healthy. The goal is to soon include dietary modifications in future medical exams. In other words... someday, healthy recipes may be prescribed by physicians along with medicines. Sounds interesting? Nicholls culinary department head Chef John Kozar and assistant professor Chef Don Kasten [...]

1907, 2019

Typical Costs of Applying to Medical School: MCAT, App Fees, Interviews

By |July 19th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , |

If you dream of becoming a doctor, attending medical school is an investment you must make. But the costs of getting into med school can be overwhelming for some. Let’s discuss some of the costs of applying to medical school. You won’t want to miss this… Image Source: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Costs of Taking the MCAT Most US medical schools require that all applicants submit [...]

1707, 2019

Is Your Med School Success Directly Affected by Your MCAT Scores?

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , |

The MCAT is just one of the principal elements used when considering whether a person should be admitted into medical school. However, getting a high score doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on your way to becoming a great doctor. So, what are the factors that show how well a potential medical student may do as a medical student? Here are some stats. MedSmarter Instructor & Student Advisor Dr. Marc Cray [...]

1207, 2019

Akrit Pran Jaswal: Transforming a 7-Year-Old Boy into a Successful Surgeon

By |July 12th, 2019|Categories: Medical News|Tags: , , , , |

At the early age of just seven years old, Akrit Pran Jaswal proved to the world that he was indeed a medical genius. Even as a toddler, people who knew him understood he was destined for something great. By 10 months old, Akrit was already talking and walking. And he was already reading and writing like an adult by the age of just two. Akrit Pran Jaswal performed [...]

1007, 2019

Studies Show Future Doctors Should Start Prepping as Early as Age 7

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School|

Have you always dreamed of raising children that grow up to become doctors? Well, experts say you should start encouraging them to learn about the world of medicine at the age of seven. As a parent, there are things you can do to start encouraging your child to practice medicine early on in life. Allow them to meet medical professionals and encourage conversations with their own pediatricians and other [...]

807, 2019

How Parents Can Help Prepare Their Children for Medical School Now

By |July 8th, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School, Getting Into Medical School|

As a parent, you see the potential in your children. You know early on when one has the skills, ability and determination to become a doctor someday. So, we’re offering some tips to help you help your child get into medical school. There are certain skills you can help your child foster, such as persistence, balance and resilience. You need to be prepared to help your offspring choose the right [...]

507, 2019

5 Common Questions Asked After Landing a Residency

By |July 5th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: , , |

As you continue your journey of becoming a doctor in the US, you need to know the best ways to prepare for your residency. Here are some very common questions medical students have about upcoming residency programs: Where to live? Government loan forgiveness Studying tips Prepping for tests 1. How do I find housing in the city of my residency? Residents can’t afford to take time off for reasons [...]

307, 2019

How to Make Yourself Marketable Among Residents Competing for Physician Jobs

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

You need an outstanding med school education and high-quality clinical skills to become a successful physician. These days, all job markets are tight, including those within the medical industry. That means you have some stiff competition when it comes to qualifying and winning a job that helps develop your career. It takes a competitive edge to receive good employment offers. But what does it take to build that competitive [...]

107, 2019

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

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog Post Roundups|Tags: , , , , |

MedSmarter Blog Roundup June 2019 Hot Blog Topics You May Have Missed We've spent the past month producing some high-quality YouTube videos and blog posts for both pre-med and med school students. These are some of the hot topics that our readers and subscribers made popular throughout June.Visit the MedSmarter YouTube Channel. 2019 Summer Medical Internships for High School Students Who Want to Become Doctors [...]

2806, 2019

How to Have a Successful Residency Interview That Gets the Job Done

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: |

Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to the residency interview process. All your years of hard work and dedication are finally paying off. Now it’s time to show the residency interviewer that you’re the right candidate for the job. But residency interviews are much more intense than job interviews in other industries. You must prove your interest and skills in a particular specialty match the program needs. So, here are [...]

2606, 2019

8 Tips for Choosing a Medical School That Meets Your Residency Goals

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School, Residency Resources|Tags: , |

If you want to become a doctor in America, you must attend medical school. Each school has its own amenities and special programs to help you succeed as a future physician. The med school you choose could directly affect your chances of landing the residency of your choice. 8 Residency Tips for Med School Applicants So, how do you know which medical program is right for your future? What [...]

2106, 2019

Medical Student Specialties: How Can You Specialize in Diabetes?

By |June 21st, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources, Residency Resources, Videos|Tags: , , , |

Are you a medical student interested in specializing in diabetes? Do you dream of helping people reverse Type 2 or take control of Type 1? Let’s examine three fields of study that specialize in helping patients manage this blood sugar disease. Valuable Tips & Resources to Help You Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK 3 Types of Doctors That Specialize in Treating Diabetes What [...]

706, 2019

USMLE Step 2 CS: How to Write Notes for Standardized Patient Encounters

By |June 7th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

Writing patients notes is an essential part of passing the USMLE Step 2 CS. You must include notes that effectively educates the physician reviewing them with accurate information about standardized patient encounters. The reviewing physician has no idea what you and the patient discussed in the exam room. It’s up to you to relay the information using notes within 10 minutes, before moving on to the next standardized patient [...]

506, 2019

USMLE Step 2 CS: Tips for Providing Patient Care in a Clinical Setting

By |June 5th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

If you dream of becoming a doctor, taking the USMLE Step 2 CS is your chance to show off your clinical skills. This 8-hour assessment tests your ability to provide patient care in a clinical setting. Unlike the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK, this US medical licensing exam is not taken on a computer. Instead, you perform real-world tasks while providing care to standardized patients (SPs) during [...]

306, 2019

USMLE Step 2 CS: How to Provide Awesome SP Care & Nail Your Exam

By |June 3rd, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

When it comes to the USMLE Step 2 CS, time and points are the two most important factors. To get the highest score possible on this timed exam, you need to know what’s expected and what not to do. We have tips for working with standardized patients (SPs), so you nail your exam. This US medical licensing exam tests medical students and graduates on the ability to perform standardized patient [...]

3105, 2019

Valuable Tips & Resources to Help You Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

As a medical student, you know how important it is to pass the USMLEs if you want to practice medicine professionally in the United States. USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) assesses your ability to work within a clinical setting while applying science knowledge. To some, this sounds complicated. But you completed pre-med courses and graduated college. You’ve also been in med school for some time now. So, you [...]

2905, 2019

How to Ace the USMLE Step 2 CK Like an Expert

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Syed N. Kamal, MD is a recent med school graduate. He’s also an instructor at MedSmarter in Suwanee, GA. Students enjoy his energetic, bubbly teaching style while learning how to ace the USMLE Step 2 CK. I asked Dr. Kamal, other instructors and some of our students for tips to pass Step 2 CK. They provided me with some valuable resources for anyone studying for the US medical licensing [...]

2705, 2019

What Should Premeds Do in the Summer to Enhance Med School Applications?

By |May 27th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , , |

Summer is quickly approaching. You spent all semester listening to lectures, studying and cramming for exams. But there should be no idle time if you want to become a doctor someday. So, what should premeds do in the summer to keep the momentum going? Becoming licensed to practice medicine takes hard work and dedication. This means you must Prepare While Others Dream. For premeds, that means while others are enjoying [...]

2405, 2019

5 Tips to Help You Score High on the USMLE Step 1

By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , |

According to most medical students and graduates, the USMLE Step 1 is the hardest, most stressful exam you’ll ever take in med school. How you perform on this US medical licensing exam could essentially affect the clinical rotations and residency you land in the future. Why You Need to Score High on the USMLE Step 1 You’ll take multiple USMLEs and other exams during your time as a medical student. [...]

2205, 2019

Medical Student Tips: Prepare to Ace Your USMLE Step 1 Exam

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: USMLE Resources|Tags: , |

The US Medical Boards is said to be one of the most challenging exams you’ll take as a med school student. You need effective prep if you want to ace your USMLE Step 1 exam, which covers topics related to basic sciences. What Are The Boards? Also known as The Boards, the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 is the first of a series of tests required to practice [...]

2005, 2019

8 Awesome Study & Review Tips to Help You Pass the ACLS Exam

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: Certifications Resources|Tags: , |

You must get ACLS certification to provide healthcare in the US. If you want to practice medicine, it’s imperative that you study hard, so you pass the ACLS exam. The American Heart Association (ACH) requires certification to practice medicine in the US. Most healthcare workers must obtain certifications as well. 8 Tips for Reviewing and Studying to Pass the ACLS Exam Some busy medical students find it hard putting aside [...]

1705, 2019

10 Tips for Passing Your ACLS Certification Exam

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: Certifications Resources|Tags: , |

Are you preparing to get certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support? We have 10 tips to help you study so you’re well prepared to pass the ACLS certification exam. Whether you’re a pre-med, medical student, graduate or practicing physician, you’re required to be ACLS certified. You must also get recertified or renew your provider card regularly. These tips will help you pass this US certification exam so you can become [...]

1605, 2019

Why Would a Medical Student Want to Live in Suwanee, Georgia?

By |May 16th, 2019|Categories: Local Suwanee Resources|Tags: , , , |

Money magazine voted Suwanee, Georgia one of America's Top 10 Best Places to Live. This is awesome news for medical students attending Emory, Morehouse, Augusta or Mercer University. Not everyone wants to live in the Big City of Atlanta. About Suwanee, Georgia Located in Gwinnett County, Suwanee is just 30 miles north of the Atlanta melting pot. The city houses about 18,000 residents and has been named one of the [...]

1505, 2019

Top 3 Things to Remember from Your BLS Training Course

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Certifications Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you a pre-med or medical student studying to become a doctor? Well, you will need BLS certification throughout your career. But there are three things you may forget from your BLS training that could stop you in your path. The American Heart Association (AHA) requires that all lay rescuers and trained medical professionals are certified. So, you need to pass the test when the time comes. Here are some BLS [...]

1305, 2019

BLS Certification: American Heart Association CPR Study Guide

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: Certifications Resources|Tags: , , , |

Are you preparing for the Basic Life Support Certification Exam? We created this study guide to help you with your BLS test prep. These are the CPR guidelines set by the American Heart Association (AHA). Learn CPR. Get MedSmarter BLS Certification Training. Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels AHA CPR Guidelines Use these guidelines to help you perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on someone who’s breathing abnormally or is not [...]

1005, 2019

Is There a Wrong and a Right Way to Prep for the MCAT Exam?

By |May 10th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , |

The closer you it gets to your planned MCAT test date, the more daunting the idea becomes. You’ve been Googling “how to study for the MCAT” and “the best way to prep for the MCAT” to no avail. But the truth is, there is no set wrong and right way to prep for the MCAT exam. Resources to Help You Prep for the MCAT Exam There are numerous resources, practice [...]

805, 2019

10 Tips to Help You Score 525+ on Your MCAT Exam

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , |

One pre-med student we came across aced the MCAT with a score of 525 out of 528. This equates to a 99.9% score! He shares some tips with us on how to study for the MCAT. Our goal is to help you score 525+ on your exam. 10 Pre-Med Tips to Help You Score 525+ on the MCAT What is the lowest MCAT score accepted into med school? Well, that [...]

605, 2019

The 4 Medical Schools in Georgia: Degree Programs, Tuition & Requirements

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , |

There are currently only four medical schools in Georgia. One is public, while the other three are private universities. Knowing what types of degree programs each one offers helps you decide which one is best for you. This article also provides information on their tuition and degree requirements. Photo by Pranidchakan Boonrom from Pexels Essential Information About Medical Schools in Georgia Each of Georgia’s four medical schools offers [...]

305, 2019

How Can Foreign Medical Graduates and Doctors Practice in the US?

By |May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Foreign Graduates & Doctors|Tags: , |

Finding work abroad is a major trend these days, thanks to globalization. Many professions offer these awesome opportunities to travel and make money at the same time. However, the medical field is not necessarily one of them. For foreign medical graduates and doctors, the road is not always simple. But it's worth it! How Can Foreign Doctors and Medical Graduates Practice in the US? Image Source: The Migration Place [...]

2604, 2019

Learn How to Get the Best Out of Your Clinical Rotations

By |April 26th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

After all the hours you’ve put into attending med school, it’s finally time to explore medicine outside the classroom. You’re ready to explore the adventures of working in healthcare environments. But how do you get the best out of your clinical rotations, so you become an awesome doctor someday? Using Clinical Placements to Land a Prime Residency Interacting with real patients is something all medical students dream of doing. Also [...]

2504, 2019

10 Steps to Creating a Medical School Admissions Resume That Woos Them

By |April 25th, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , |

Do you plan on applying to med school someday? Then, you need a medical school admissions resume that’s absolutely flawless. It needs to dazzle administrators responsible for reading countless applications from aspiring doctors. An Association of American Colleges report shows that the number of people who applied to medical schools increased at record pace in 2014. And the numbers have continued to rise over the last five years. That means [...]

2404, 2019

3 Types of Residents You’ll Grow to Love (or Hate) During Med School

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|

As a medical student, there’s a bit of nervousness that comes over you when you know you’re about to be assigned a new resident. There are different types of residents, and you never know which one you’ll get. You wonder if it’s a man or a woman. Will the person be nice or mean? Is the person known for assigning nothing but grunt work to med school students? Can you [...]

2304, 2019

The Hospital Medical Hierarchy Every Pre-Med Should Understand

By |April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School, Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , |

As a child, you dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. You watch Grey’s Anatomy and Chicago Hope mesmerized by the power and intrigue that come with titles like resident, attending or medical director. Every pre-med should understand the medical hierarchy of a hospital, so you know just how high to dream. The Hospital Medical Hierarchy Every Pre-Med Should Understand. Image by Halcyon Marine Healthcare Systems from Pixabay Every [...]

2104, 2019

Working in Silos: 5 Lessons Nurses Can Teach Med School Students

By |April 21st, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , |

'Working in silos' is a phrase often used in the healthcare industry. The Silo Mentality refers to the mindset that leads certain departments to withhold information from others involved in the care of a patient or medical study. This leads to a reduction in efficiency and morale, which contributes to a demise in the clinical structure and culture as a whole. As a medical student, you need to understand the value [...]

2104, 2019

Doctor-Nurse Communication: Learn to Work Together Now in Med School

By |April 21st, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

Doctor-nurse communication and relationships play important roles in quality healthcare. As a future doctor, it's important to understand that you and the nurses around you will need each other. Together, you are a team! When doctors become commanding and controlling, the team becomes dysfunctional. So, you need to learn to communicate with nurses now, as a med student, before you start practicing medicine. Doctor-Nurse Communication Helps Drive High-Quality Patient [...]

1904, 2019

7 Signs You Need to Get Your Ego in Check Before You Ruin Your Medical Career

By |April 19th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

It’s hard for some people to stay humble knowing what they do is important in the world. That’s why doctors, lawyers and politicians are known for either being really nice, or being really cocky. As a med student, you must get your ego in check before you become a practicing physician. If not, you'll create a negative environment around you for the people you work for, with and around, as [...]

1804, 2019

5 Tips for Future Physicians: Taming Your Ego for Ultimate Success

By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

Every individual has an ego. Some egos are larger than others. And some are downright unrealistic. Are you a high-achiever dreaming of becoming doctor? Then, taming your ego is vital to your success as a med student an aspiring physician. None of us are born with an ego. It tends to develop quite quickly during childhood and matures during teen years. As adults, especially those in the business of helping [...]

1704, 2019

The Art of Quality Patient Care: Listen While Others Talk

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

Listening is a very important skill for anyone planning to become a doctor. This skill will help you establish rapport with your patients. It's also the most effective way to come up with accurate patient diagnosis. To know what's really going on with your patients, you need to listen while others talk. Having great listening skills helps avoid potential lawsuits from patients. You'll also establish a good reputation with the [...]

1604, 2019

Surviving Med School: 10 Diet Tips for Busy Medical Students – Part 2

By |April 16th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

Health & Wellness Tips for Busy Med School Students This is a 2-part series. Please click the link below to read part 1. Read Part 1 Surviving Med School: 10 Diet Tips for Busy Medical Students - Part 2. Photo by Trang Doan from Pexels Surviving Med School: 10 Diet Tips for Busy Medical Students - Part 2 6. Be Wary of Caffeine and Sugar Caffeinated and [...]

1504, 2019

Surviving Med School: 10 Diet Tips for Busy Medical Students – Part 1

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

With long hours and inconsistent schedules, it’s no wonder med students have poor eating habits and constantly skip meals. Without proper diet, health and wellness decline dramatically. If you're looking for ways to eat better, we have 10 diet tips for busy medical students that are true recipes for success. Surviving Med School: 10 Diet Tips for Busy Medical Students. Photo by Elle Hughes from Pexels 10 Healthy [...]

1404, 2019

10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations – Part 2

By |April 14th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

How to Succeed in Clinical Rotations for Medical Students This is a 2-part series. Please click the link below to read part 1. Read Part 1 How to Succeed in Clinical Rotations for Medical Students. Photo by Pranidchakan Boonrom from Pexels 10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations - Part 2 6. Disrespecting Nurses One of the biggest mistakes many med school students make during clinical [...]

1304, 2019

10 Mistakes Med Students Make During Clinical Rotations – Part 1

By |April 13th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources|Tags: , , |

No matter the profession, mistakes are bound to happen. We all make them. However, as a professional, you must try your hardest to avoid them. Even during clinical rotations for medical students, there are common mistakes you can avoid altogether. People look up to you because they expect you to be flawless. During your training as a medical student, there are occasions when mistakes inevitably happen. Mishaps may happen during [...]

1204, 2019

Proceed While Others Stand Still: 6 Tips for Becoming a Morning Person

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

It can be difficult getting out of bed in the mornings after a long night of studying. Being a med student means getting up early to do work and taking care of late-night work, all in the same day. Because in the medical industry, you must proceed while others stand still. Despite the difficulties, it's possible to start a long day on a positive note. This makes it easier to [...]

1104, 2019

Persist While Others Quit: Stay Out of the Burnout Zone

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , |

During your time as a medical student, you may find yourself suffering from extreme anxiety. Your deal with difficulties that can become so overwhelming that you feel like just giving up. But if you want to achieve your goals of becoming a doctor, you must persist while others quit. Your life consists of countless hours of studying and demanding tasks you must accomplish. Learning how to become a [...]

1004, 2019

Clinical Residency Interview Tips & Tricks for Future Doctors

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: Residency Resources|Tags: , , |

As an aspiring doctor, you dream of someday getting into the residency of your choice. Well, no one can really guarantee that. But we do have clinical residency interview tips to help improve your chances. Every future physician has a dream residency in mind. You need to make sure your application shines on the long list of qualified applicants eyeing your favorite residency programs in the USA. Clinical Residency [...]

904, 2019

Achieve Your Medical Career Goals: Prepare While Others Dream

By |April 9th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , |

What are your goals? We all have them. As a medical student, one of your biggest career goals is to become a doctor. This takes years of hard work and dedication to learning medicine and the art of patient care. That means setting goals and creating plans of action to help you achieve them. You need to prepare while others dream to stay ahead of the pack. The actions you plan can [...]

804, 2019

7 Steps to Become a Doctor After High School

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Becoming a Doctor After High School|Tags: , |

Medicine is one of the most awesome paths to choose as a career goal. You've probably been dreaming of becoming a doctor since early childhood. If your wise, you'll start taking steps early on to become a doctor after high school. Become a Doctor After High School: These teens are members of the Macomb Future DOcs pre-college program. Image Source: Michigan State University Different Types of Physicians in [...]

704, 2019

Getting Through Med School: Focus While Others Don’t

By |April 7th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |

Staying focused while learning how to be a doctor is vital. As a med school student, your mind moves in too many directions to count. But you have dreams of becoming a physician. So, you have to push through. That means keeping your focus while others don't. With all sorts of classes and US medical exams on your plate, there’s always a lot to keep up with in your daily [...]

604, 2019

Keep Your Stress Down: 6 Tips to Decide While Others Delay

By |April 6th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: , |

Every day you make decisions, right? Whether they're on what to have for breakfast or what you might do to accomplish your medical career goals, these decisions matter. Each one shapes your life. So, to stay ahead of the game and accomplish your goals as a med student, you need to decide while others delay. When you put off decisions, they bring on stress that leaves you distracted. This overwhelming [...]

504, 2019

The Life of a Medical Student: 10 Things Only You Understand

By |April 5th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |

Many things medical students go through can't be understood by other people. Only future doctors find joy in sitting in a lab full of cadavers and handling organs. They also enjoy the complex medical terms used in class that only medical professionals understand. This is the life a medical student. One of the funny facts about medical students is that they can steal quick power naps just about anywhere. [...]

404, 2019

Plan While Others Play: How Badly Do You Want to Become a Doctor?

By |April 4th, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |

Everything you do in life costs you something. Whether it's time away from family, spending money or even missing your favorite TV show, there are costs. How badly do you really want to become a doctor? If it's bad enough, you need to plan while others play. Each big dream requires dedication and hardships. Studying to become a doctor as a med student usually comes from the dream of helping [...]

204, 2019

Become a Doctor, Not a Dreamer: Study While Others Sleep

By |April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Medical Student Resources|Tags: |

Studying while others are asleep is no joke. But it’s a major part of being in medical school and your way of life as a med student. Staying awake is just an additional struggle you face, along with making sense of the case study in front of you. We have six tips to help medical students stay awake while cracking those textbooks open. You need to pass USMLEs and other [...]

104, 2019

It’s Time to Put These Top 5 MCAT Score Myths to Rest

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|

The MCAT, or Medical College Admission Test, is a standardized exam you must pass to get into most medical schools. This article identifies misconceptions about getting high scores on this US medical exam. Learn the truth behind these MCAT score myths. Busting the Top 5 MCAT Score Myths Because it is such an important test, people often go online looking for tips or other information. The problem with [...]

2103, 2019

Premeds Must Develop These 3 Skills Before Applying to Medical School

By |March 21st, 2019|Categories: Getting Into Medical School|Tags: , , |

Every premed student knows there’s a lot of planning to do before applying to medical school. Oftentimes, you're so caught up with requirements that you neglect other aspects of your life. There are challenges you face during premed related to your attitude toward others and life in general. Developing certain skills now helps you overcome them before moving on to the next phase of your future medical career. [...]

1903, 2019

10 Tips for Developing Good Bedside Manner as a Med School Student

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Clinical Rotations Resources, Medical Student Resources|Tags: , , , |

Becoming a doctor requires attending medical school, passing USMLEs, gaining clinical experience, and landing a residency in your field.  Being a good doctor means learning how to respect the nurses you work with and providing patients with good bedside manner. Once your clinical rotations begin, you’ll need to learn how to thoroughly assess patients quickly. Starting intravenous lines and inserting gastric tubes will become regularly tasks. These and other [...]

1402, 2019

Couples Who Study Together, Succeed Together

By |February 14th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CS|

A Valentine's Day Match “Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you." – Walter Winchell Organic Match. We, at MedSmarter, are passionate about matching students to high USMLE exam scores and opportunities that enhance their education. Our hearts fill (we don't mean Cardiac Tamponade) with joy to see our students succeed. Match-day is one of the most critical and stressful days in the career of [...]

701, 2019

Hope is a Powerful Thing

By |January 7th, 2019|Categories: USMLE Step 2 CK|

The Power of Hope. I had taken the USMLE Step 2 CK exam and failed it twice, which ultimately left me feeling depressed. Failing this exam for the second time was difficult to deal with - It was a feeling that can be best described as being in despair. I felt like I was in a deep pit and when I looked up I could see the light, [...]

2808, 2018

Announcing the Launch of the Newly Redesigned MedSmarter Website

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

It's here! The Launch of the Newly Redesigned MedSmarter website. It's not really news, but it is our job to keep you informed.  We are announcing the launch of the newly redesigned MedSmarter website! After several months of hard work, we are delighted to announce this launch.  The main objectives of our site re-design efforts were focused on aesthetics, simplifying the content, and increasing the visibility of courses [...]




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