To D.O. or Not to D.O.?

By Michael Alvarez Family care doctors, emergency physicians, hospitalists, and surgeons: we entrust our well-being to these health care professionals, finding comfort in their credentials.  Medical school, residency, and numerous board and licensing exams are accreditations that all physicians have in common. However, confusion often arises in understanding the subtle differences between the initials M.D. Continue Reading

Medical School: Public vs. Private

By Alexander Straughan While sifting through the large pool of medical schools that I was considering applying to, I found that most resources classify medical schools into two large categories: public schools and private schools. Many application materials acknowledge that differences exist between the two types of medical schools. However, what the differences are and Continue Reading

Out with the Old, In With the New…MCAT

By Lukasz Jaros For most prospective medical students, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) brings with it a shudder of anguish. The comprehensive exam is a grueling test of general science knowledge and critical thinking skills that can make or break a medical school application. Proper preparation takes months of intensive studying before the test Continue Reading

Holistic Review: Preparing a New Generation

By Sarah Smith Ask any pre-med undergraduate student what the two most important defining factors in the medical school application process are, and their answer will likely be GPA and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score. This assessment holds some validity. Admissions committees at medical schools have focused heavily on these hard and fast numbers Continue Reading

Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia: Unassailable Terror or Treatable Concern?

By Stephanie Lo A research participant enters a room and takes a seat in a reclined chair. She gazes nervously at the computer screen in front of her. She is about to begin a standard, decades-old procedure for ameliorating fears associated with blood, injection, and injury, referred to as BII phobia. The researcher displays photos Continue Reading

Exploring the Physician Assistant Profession

By Cynthia Stamelos Since the beginning of my college career, I knew I wanted to explore the realm of medicine, but I was not interested in following the traditional doctor route: going from college to medical school and then onto a residency. The physican-route requires a rather independent individual, and after some soul-searching, I realized Continue Reading

Medicine as a Career, Philanthropy for a Lifetime

By Varsha Venkatakrishna This past winter break, I had the opportunity to go to India through All India Movement for Seva, a charity designed to provide education and health care to people in rural India. On the trip, I toured villages in northern India and observed mobile dental clinics, women’s health clinics, and residences for Continue Reading