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February 1, 2021
What Are the Top Medical Schools Looking For?

Introduction You’ve earned competitive grades and scored well on your MCAT. Is that enough? Well…… Yes and No! According to Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He meant that without self-discovery, self-reflection and self-assessment, how can you envision the perfect future; and thus plan for it. There are approximately 200 medical schools in[…]

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January 1, 2021
You Got Rejected From Medical School

Introduction You poured your ‘heart and soul’ into your medical school applications. Yet, they sent you a polite yet terse ‘denial’ letters. You felt shocked; or perhaps you said, “it’s okay. I knew it would be tough.” The questions now are, what next? Do you give up, regroup and plow ahead with Plan B? Outline[…]

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November 1, 2020
Stanford University School of Medicine: Discover the new ‘Discovery Curriculum’

Mission Statement: Our mission at Stanford is to educate and inspire leaders in medicine and science who will improve the human health condition through discovery, innovation, scholarship, education, and the delivery of outstanding patient-centered care.   Following the aftermath of a report from the National Institutions of Health (NIH) that described major obstacles facing the[...]

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October 1, 2020
Health Care Disparities: Why Does it Matter?

  Health care disparities in America effects every American either directly or indirectly. It certainly impacts the poor, the underserved and the disenfranchised disproportionately. But, it also effects the affluent either personally or to the extent that it influences society as a whole. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), health care disparities[…]

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September 1, 2020
Measure What Matters to Get into Medical School: Engaging Your ‘A’ Game

    Adapted from John Doerr’s book entitled ‘Measure What Matters’   There are several ways to keep you on track toward accomplishing  your goals. Some simply develop goals. Others define their mission of today and vision of tomorrow. A more comprehensive approach is to add an annual strategic plan, quarterly objectives and key results[…]

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August 1, 2020
Medical School and Social Media: The Internet Doesn’t Forget

  Introduction If not already, soon you will soon be applying to medical school in earnest. There are a few things that can sink your ambitious medical school plans faster than an inappropriate post from one of your social media accounts. Whether you frequent Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, “Big Brother” is watching and the “hammer[…]

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August 1, 2020
The Art of Resilience: Thriving in Adversity

“Excellence withers without an adversary. It is not what you endure that matters, but how you endure it.” Seneca According to the Academy of Ideas, “in life there is a constant onslaught of obstacles and adversaries, competitive classmates, stressful advanced courses and unsympathetic teachers. You might think that the passage of time would teach most[…]

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July 1, 2020
The 5 Disciplines of Execution needed in the Medical School & Residency Application Process

  Adapted from the New York Times Bestselling Authors Sean Covey, Chris McChesney and Jim Huling, from their book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” (Please note, I added a discipline).   The authors set to ask the question, “why do most people’s best ideas rarely come to reality?” Two things you can do to influence[…]

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July 1, 2020
7 Steps to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb

Was Leonardo da Vinci an artist who excelled in science? Or was he a scientist who excelled in art? That is a matter of debate. What is absolutely known is that he was kind and generous. Michael Gelb describes below 7 features that epitomize “the Master.”   In this blog, we will discuss the characteristics,[…]

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June 1, 2020
How to Win Friends and Influence People     by Dale Carnegie

  If your goal is to make friends easily, get people to agree with your way of thinking and get more things done, then this is the book for you. Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, this book still stands the test of time; and is as relevant as ever. The book highlights the following[…]

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