Ask Me Anything Highlights

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 [...]

By |March 22nd, 2015|Medical School, Pre-Med|0 Comments
  • How to Match

5 Ways Not To Match

5 Ways to Minimize Your Chances of Obtaining a Desirable Residency

Let’s face it, medical students drink. Each year a few will take it too far and end up with a DUI, public intoxication, or other less desirable charges. Many residency program directors carefully evaluate the "Risk/Reward" ratio when accepting residents, and any hint of pre-existing substance abuse is a big red flag. Whether it was a one-time slip up, or a pattern of reckless behavior, any criminal charges can make it difficult to get into your desired residency program or even specialty of choice.

Dishonesty is not one of the key personality traits residencies are looking for in their applicants. Even the larger specialties tend to have a very small circle of program directors. Word gets around. Be very careful about how much "elaboration" you decide to include on your application.

Not everyone has the charisma to interview well, but all residency applicants should have the social skills to not completely blow it. Make sure you spend some time on the programs website and talking to residents at the dinner. Think of at least 1 intelligent question to ask in order to sound interested. Under no circumstances be rude, condensing, or abrasive to the program coordinator, secretary, or any other ancillary staff. Your interview begins with the e-mail you send the program accepting the interview. At most programs the residency coordinator holds the power to get your application thrown out if you are disrespectful!

Contrary to popular belief, couples matching, when done in a smart and reasonable way does not decrease your chance of a successful match. However, attempting to couples match into two extremely competitive specialties can sometimes be quite difficult. In order to couples match successfully [...]

By |April 28th, 2013|Medical School|0 Comments