Here are some highlights from my recent Ask Me Anything Post on the Reddit Pre-Med Community.
You can read the full thread Here
Q: What was the single piece of information you wish you'd known most heading into medical school?
Your first two years don't matter. All you have to do is learn enough to do fantastic on step 1. The "pre-clinical" information you learn, with a few exceptions, is almost completely useless as a practicing physician. Don't stress, and get pulled into all the drama of other pre-clinical students. Have fun, learn as much as you can, and get ready to focus during 3rd and 4th year when it really counts. Also take a badass vacation before med school because getting the time off to travel is going to be tough for the next like... 7 years.
Q: Why did you choose emergency?
EM is a very broad specialty which appeals to me. Specialty selection is a very personal choice. Also I hate being on call. I absolutely despise it. When I'm off, I can do WHATEVER I want with no fear of getting pulled back into the hospital. Also in terms of dollars per hour its fantastic.
Q: What are the dollars per hour like?
For a new grad you can expect 130-230/hr depending on the part of the country you are practicing, and how your reimbursement is structured.
Q: Is this hourly rate after malpractice? Can you generally pick up as many hours as you want? What's the average number of hours per week?
Malpractice is typically paid for by the contract management group. This is pretty standard for EM. In my current situation I could take as many hours as I wanted and people [...]