shawnali:

The first time I held a human brain in Anatomy Lab I was completely speechless. I looked at my classmates expecting a similar reaction and they looked back at me confused like…”dude let’s start identifying the structures.” I had to take a step back and let it process…in my hands was someone’s entire life. From start to finish, every memory, every emotion, every bodily control…was right there in my hands. 

Which student are you? Do you stop and reflect or do you move on with dissection?
birth, MCAT, med school apps, med school, LIFE.
Are You Up-to-Date on Current Events in Medicine?
There are countless resources available to anyone interested in medicine. Although so much is readily available, there is a common theme of uncertainty. As future physicians (or clinical providers), it becomes our responsibility to be knowledgeable and aware of the changes in medicine…
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Applying to Medical School: Out-of-State? Out of Luck. (Full Post on Future M.D. - The Medblog)
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"This is medical school,” a classmate remarked. “It’s not about who you are. It’s about how well you do in science and the MCAT."
I had to make this after seeing this quote.
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I am working very hard at what I want in life to get away from where I don’t want to be.

10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for Medical School AdmissionsGuest Post By: Suzanne Miller, M.D. 
Will you be applying to medical school this cycle? Even though it’s only April and the AMCAS application (medical school’s primary application) does not open until June, there are many actions you can take right now to ensure timely submission of an outstanding application. (Read More at Future M.D.)
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thisfuturemd:

“Keep studying and get that M.D.”

Still relevant. 
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One of my most favorite moments in the world is when a patient asks you, ” I don’t understand this, can’t you just explain it to me?!” And then you read the orders—verbatim—and they say, “Ohhhhhh, okay it makes sense now.”

One of my most favorite moments in the world is when a patient asks you, ” I don’t understand this, can’t you just explain it to me?!” And then you read the orders—verbatim—and they say, “Ohhhhhh, okay it makes sense now.”

NYCHOS working in his studio and preparing for a soloshow in Turin, Italy. (photo via Street Anatomy)
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I am not one to give advice. I guess I just prefer to share a story and you take it with a grain of salt? I can tell you what makes applying to medical school easier:
Work hard from the very start. It does not matter when you decide to pursue medicine. Work towards your goals from the moment you know what it is that you want. 
Dedicate some part of yourself to something special and learn what “selfless work” means.
Take the time to self-reflect, often. It gives you the chance to figure out the extent of your ambition, challenges, habits, and inspiration. 
Ask for help. If you are ever confused and in need of guidance, look to those who are knowledgeable and can help you help yourself.
Aside from that, the speciality I am interested in is orthopaedic surgery. 
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Adventures in White Coat Culture: Who’s the Doctor?

There are numerous clinical practitioners and medical support staff in medical facilities: doctors, nurses, students, assistants, ecetera–-So, it is crucial that professionals identify who they are at all times. But when everyone is wearing a white coat, running around in groups, helping out wherever they can, and working as a team, there is opportunity for certain confusion. (Read More…)
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Colored x-ray of a full-term fetus in breech position.

(Source: Science Photo Library)