Episode 000: Welcome!
April 20, 2019
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Episode 1: Medical School Admissions Lingo & Application Timeline (don't skip this)
April 27, 2019
- AAMC - Association of American Medical Colleges Bookmark this site now!
- MSAR - Medical School Admissions Requirements
- AMCAS - American Medical College Application Service
- MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
- Choose DO Explorer – online search tool created for prospective students interested in osteopathic medicine
- Aspiring Docs - Provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine.
- General application timeline
- AACOM - American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
- AACOMAS – American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service
- Pathways to Medicine
Episode 2: Dr. Flavia Nobay and the University of Rochester School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Gap Years
May 31, 2019
Dr. Nobay is the Associate Dean of Admissions at Rochester and a physician in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Nobay hits the first full episode out of the park! We talk all about the University of Rochester with some excellent tips sprinkled throughout the interview. The show wraps up with us answering listener questions about gap years.
Dr. Nobay's Interests & Recommendations:
- How Doctors Think, Dr. Jerome Groopman
- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
- Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Tennis Partner, Dr. Abraham Verghese
Podcasts & Blogs:
Episode 3: Dr. Joel Maurer and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Listener Questions about Activities & Life Experiences
May 31, 2019
Dr. Maurer is the Assistant Dean of Admissions at MSU CHM and an OB/GYN physician. Dr. Maurer gives us an entertaining and informative discussion about the curricular highlights at MSU and their admissions process. We conclude the show answering listener questions about activities and life experiences.
- The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
- CASPer situational judgement test
- Multiple Mini Interviews
Episode 4: Jenn Steffen-Kimble and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Interview Days
May 31, 2019
Jenn Steffen-Kimble is the Director of Admissions at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She brings a unique perspective to the admissions world as a former pre-health advisor at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Mrs. Steffen-Kimble gives us a comprehensive view of their admissions process and unique aspects of their curriculum. We spend the final part of the show answering listener questions about medical school interview days, what to expect, and how to prepare for them.
Guest on The Undifferentiated Medical Student Podcast
June 3, 2019
Graduating CWRU medical student and host of "The Undifferentiated Medical Student" podcast, Dr. Ian Drummond, was kind enough to invite me to be on his show for a brief episode in conjunction with the launch of my podcast. Have a listen and be sure to check out Ian's podcast to learn about the myriad of specialties in medicine!
The Undifferentiated Medical Student - Episode "Calling All Pre-Meds"
Episode 5: Bonus! Podcast Update & Thank You!
June 10, 2019
Episode 6: Paul White and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Personal Statement Tips
June 17, 2019
In this episode we have a wonderful conversation with Paul White, JD, Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mr. White has a long career in admissions with roles in several undergraduate institutions to medical schools. Mr. White provides us with interesting insight into the JHU admissions process and highlights of the Genes to Society curriculum. Since Mr. White and I have read literally thousands of personal statements, we wrap up our conversation with some do's and don'ts of personal statements.
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Genes to Society Curriculum
- AAMC: Crafting Your Personal Statement
- Section 8 of the AMCAS Application: Essays
Episode 7: Dr. David Neumeyer and the Tufts University School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Shadowing & Medically-related Experiences
July 3, 2019
Dr. Neumeyer is the Dean for Admissions at Tufts and a Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Specialist. Tufts is unveiling a new curriculum with the entering class of 2019 which we talk about along with the usual tips and advice that are sprinkled throughout these interviews. The show wraps up with us answering listener questions about how to go about finding opportunities to shadow physicians, what to expect when you are shadowing, types of medically-related experiences, and why they are important!
Dr. Neumeyer's Interests & Recommendations:
- Hardcore History, Dan Carlin
Guest on The PREMED Years Podcast
July 11, 2019
Dr. Ryan Gray, host of the well-known podcast "The PREMED Years," invited me to be a guest on his show. Dr. Gray and I have a lively conversation regarding a variety of topics about the medical school admissions process. Have a listen here!
Episode 8: Joel Daboub and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; TMDSAS Explained
July 15, 2019
Mr. Joel Daboub is the Director of Admissions and Records at the Dell Medical School. Dell Medical School is a relatively new medical school coming on the scene in Austin, Texas. Mr. Daboub provides listeners with an interesting history of how the Dell Medical School was established and how it has influenced their mission. Not only does Mr. Daboub give us some detailed insight into their admissions process, including some innovative approaches, but he also provides an easy to understand breakdown of the TMDSAS application process. While they accept primarily residents from Texas, much of the material discussed in this episode about the application process can be applicable to any medical school applicant.
Texas JAMP - Joint Admission Medical Program
Mr. Daboub's Interests & Recommendations:
- Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek
- The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean
- The Myth of Achievement Tests, John Eric Humphries, Tim Kautz, James Heckman
Episode 9: Kathi Muhlenbruck and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Listener Questions about Reapplying to Medical School
July 26, 2019
In this episode we talk with Kathi Muhlenbruck, Director of Admissions at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Since Kathi has been in admissions for nearly 22 years and was also a pre-health advisor, she is able to give us a 360 view of the admissions process. She hits us with some "Pre-Med Gold" tips during our discussion that everyone should here. She walks listeners through their curriculum and, most importantly, their admissions and interview process. Kathi and I spend time at the end of the interview to answer listener questions from applicants with concerns about reapplying to medical school. This is a must-listen if you may be in a similar situation.
You can't go wrong with the MSAR!
Episode 10: Dr. Christina Grabkowski and the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Choosing Medical Schools
August 2, 2019
All Access takes you down south for incredibly informative conversation with Dr. Christina Grabkowski, the Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management, and Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Grabkowski's entire career has been in admissions - from undergraduate, graduate, and now professional school admissions. She is also active at the national level in helping to shape admissions policies and developing new initiatives. We conclude this episode answering listener questions around the topic of things to consider when choosing medical schools in which to apply. Dr. Grabkowski's experience should sound like ear candy to you the listener. Sit back, sip some sweet tea, and get informed with Dr. Grabkowski.
Dr. Grabkowski's Recommendations:
All of the wonderfully curated resources found on the AAMC's Aspiring Docs site. Aspiring Docs provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine.
Episode 11: Dr. Steven Gay and the University of Michigan Medical School; Listener Questions about Non-traditional Applicants
August 8, 2019
All Access is taking you back to the state of Michigan to get you inside the Office of Admissions at the University of Michigan Medical School with their Assistant Dean of Admissions, Dr. Steven Gay. Among the many topics we discuss, you will get the insight into what they are looking for (and not looking for) in their applicants. Dr. Gay and I also spend time answering listener questions from non-traditional applicants.
Episode 12: Dr. Lina Mehta and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Interview Day Advice
August 15, 2019
All Access takes you inside the home of this podcast - The Office of Admissions at the CWRU School of Medicine with our Associate Dean for Admissions. As with other episodes, we discuss some of the unique curricular features and, most importantly, some of the things we value in our applicants. Since we're on the cusp of another interview season, Dr. Mehta provides you with some of her tips for interviews and interview days.
Dr. Mehta's Recommendations:
Read and understand what Imposter Syndrome is. Here is a research article from 2016 about Imposter Syndrome and burnout in medical students. The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article provides some advice for overcoming this topic.
Mindfulness and Meditation - Insight Timer
Medication Techniques - Calm.com
Fitness - Sydney Cummings Workouts (get ready to sweat!)
Episode 13: Melissa Friedman and Harvard Medical School; Listener Questions about Personal Statements & Interview Day Tips
August 29, 2019
All Access is taking you back to Boston to get you inside Harvard Medical School. That's right - the Office of Admissions at Harvard Medical School with their Director of Admissions, Melissa Friedman. We take you through some of the unique aspects of their curriculum and, most importantly, what their screening and interview process is like. Melissa Friedman and I end the show answering listener questions about personal statements and interview day tips.
Pathways Curriculum Video by Dr. Hundert
If you don't have a pre-health advisor, you may request one from the members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).
Episode 14: Back to School with Joni Krapec, Pre-Med Advisor and former Med School Director of Admissions
September 9, 2019
All Access is deviating from our regular show style and med school guests and taking you "Back to School" with a Pre-Med Advisor from the University of Chicago, Joni Krapec. Joni has a unique career background as a former Director of Admissions at a top medical school. Dr. Mehta, CaseMed Dean of Admissions, also joins me on this episode where Joni provides us helpful insight for pre-meds and how advisors can help them through this process.
Very much like Melissa Friedman's recommendation, Joni would recommend the "Find an Advisor" resource through the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). This site can help you identify the pre-health advisor on your campus (if you don't know who they are) or find a volunteer advisor if you do not have one at our school.
Episode 15: Dr. Keme Carter, Emily Sharp-Kellar, & Balaji Jothishankar and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
September 23, 2019
I'm bringing you multiple guests - the Admissions Team from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine! The Dean AND Director of Admissions get in on the conversation along with a current medical student. You will hear the student perspective about Pritzker along with some insight into the value that medical students bring to the admissions process.
Dr. Carter's: Read books about the patients they are serving in their communities!
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
Emily's: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer.
Balaji's: Educated by Tara Westover
Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties.
Podcast: Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell.
Episode 16: Mr. Darrell Nabers and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Listener Questions about Masters vs. Post-bacc Programs
October 3, 2019
All Access is talking with another med school in Chicago and is bringing you the Assistant Dean for Admissions from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. We go pretty deep into everything Loyola offers and what they are looking for in their applicants within a Jesuit value-based institution. We wrap up the show answering listener questions about masters vs. post-bacc programs which is a popular topic.
ASPIRE Program - Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence
STAR Program - The Student Training in Approaches to Research Program
Episode 17: Preparing for Interviews & Tips from a Med Student
October 17, 2019
All Access is deviating slightly from our regular show format and are bringing you a bonus episode! Since we are in the thick of interview season, I thought you'd like to hear some insight from a current medical student, Megan Cavataio, about how she prepared for interviews, reflections/lessons learned, & some travel tips. So, if you have interviews coming up or you just want to hear what the interview process entails, then listen up!
Episode 18: Dr. Leila Harrison and the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine; A Discussion on how Holistic Review works in Admissions
October 24, 2019
This episode finally gets us to a medical school out West, in particular, the Pacific Northwest with Dr. Leila Harrison, the Interim Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Admissions, and Recruitment. She has an extensive background in admissions and education which really comes through in our conversation. WSU Elson S. Floyd is a relatively new medical school (2015) which is exciting to hear how they have created a unique mission-based and community-based medical school as the second allopathic medical school in the State of Washington. We conclude our conversation discussing how Holistic Review works in Admissions.
Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (LIC) - link to the CLIC Consortium for more information.
WSU ESF Applicant Eligibility Requirements (see Requirements to Receive a Secondary Application section)
WSU ESF Applicant MCAT/GPA combinations to receive a secondary applications (see Academic Requirements section)
WSU ESF - What are we looking for? (see Holistic Review section)
AAMC Minority Student Medical Career Fair, Phoenix, AZ, 11/9/19
Dr. Harrison's Recommendations
Carol Dweck and Growth Mindset
Wellness & Coping with Stress (a nice resource found on Purdue’s website)
Episode 19: Stella Yee and the University of Washington School of Medicine
November 18, 2019
We stay in the state of Washington to bring you the University of Washington School of Medicine with their Director of Admisions, Stella Yee. Since they are the medical school for five, yes five, states, we discuss not only how they train students throughout these states but also how their unique admissions process works.
“What Patients Taught Me: A Medical Student’s Journey” by Dr. Audrey Young
“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
Episode 20: Your Host! Mr. Christian Essman, Holiday Homework & Personal Statement Tips
December 6, 2019
Bonus Episode! Christian Essman does a solo episode discussing "homework" to do over the holidays for those that are planning to apply to medical school next spring. There are also a few embedded pieces of advice for current applicants with acceptances to med schools (FAFSA & Choose Your Medical School Tool). Finally, Mr. Essman provides you with his tips on writing personal statements along with an excerpted portion of his conversation with Mr. Paul White from Johns Hopkins discussing personal statements (episode #6).
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- AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair: Thursday, February, 22, 2020 - Registration details forthcoming and it's FREE!
- The Cost of Applying To Medical School
- Personal Statement Tips from highly regarded pre-med advisors
- AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool for those currently accepted to a medical school(s)
Coming Soon: The University of California - Irvine School of Medicine!
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