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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
8:45 pm
Selling MCAT books, some for less than $10!
ExamKrackers 1,001 Questions in MCAT Physics, brand new- $10 + shipping,

Princeton Review HyperLearning Physical Sciences Review, brand new- $30 + shipping

Princeton Review Hyperlearning MCAT In-Class Compendium, brand new- $20 + shipping (it's an interesting array of passages with the answers in the back, I did it before test day and it helped me a lot)

Kaplan MCAT 45- These passages are hard but they're great to challenge yourself with directly after you study a certain section. For example, when I had Genetics down pat, I did all the Genetics problems. The hard questions cemented the material in my head. $15 + shipping

ExamKrackers Organic Chemistry, gently used- $12 + shipping

ExamKrackers Physics, new- $15 + shipping

and MCAT for physics, a thin volume with lots of passages, new- $2

I'm flexible on all the prices. Please do compare on Amazon if you have issues with any of them! No books have any writing in them whatsoever. You can comment here or e-mail me at chiofruchi@gmail.com if interested. Thanks, everyone, and good luck in your grad school journey!
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
10:16 am
Hey everyone - got a quick question for all of you today.

I'm working on AMCAS, and I have listed a group I am involved in as one of my most meaningful experiences (in the work/activities section). Now, this means that I have a lot of room to write about this experience... but, I wanted to reflect a bit on this experience in my personal statement as well (how it helped me to gain perspective & motivate me). Should I just reflect on the experience in the work/activities section & leave it completely out of my PS? Or should I just touch on it briefly in the PS?

Thank you!

EDIT: Does anyone have tips on how to title experiences? Or even better, examples?

EDIT2 (Sorry): Also, does anyone know whether or not we are supposed to include courses we will be taking in the upcoming year (I'm a Junior)? Or should we leave that out?
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
5:39 pm
I'm failing physics, how screwed am I?
I am starting my premed degree this summer; my first class is Physics 1. I thought it was going well, I did well on the homework and felt like I did really well on the first test last week...but today I got it back and I failed! I also had to BS the first lab because I didn't understand it even after help from my teachers and tonight's homework I spent 3 hours on before I gave up. I'm just not getting it at all. It's like the entire class is in another language.

I don't have long to pull up the grade because the class is just 8 weeks. I'm thinking this is a bad idea. I am good at biology and always did well in biology and chemistry but never in math and I've never had physics. I want to be a doctor more than anything but all I can think is that I won't get into school because I'll fail physics. I just don't see myself understanding anything in this class. What do you all think? Should I drop it and take it again when I have the full 16 weeks? Is there a certain book that's great for explaining concepts? Or am I just screwed if I don't get physics? Help! I feel horrible about myself and like I'm going to be forced to give up on my dream. :(
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
10:59 pm
Hey everyone! I'm a junior & am planning on applying for medical school this year. My college runs on a quarter system (4 in 1 year), with each student usually taking 3 (or 1/2 more) classes each quarter. I'm currently in the 3rd quarter of my Junior year and I have the possibility of getting into a spring internship, that may or may not span over the summer months as well.

But herein lies my problem - There's no way I can handle a spring internship as well as my studies for the last quarter of this year (approx. 7 weeks from now). I'm taking fairly heavy classes then - most especially, physics 4. I don't do well in the maths (especially if I don't have copious amounts of time to study for those kinds of classes). So, here's my question - I've taken Physics 1 + 2, and I need one more physics+lab class (physics 4) in order to fulfill requirements for medical school. Am I allowed to apply for medical school without taking ALL of the pre-reqs, with the stipulation that I will take the necessary classes my senior year (prior to med school). I have taken all of my other pre-req courses, and only need physics 4 to complete them.

I really would like the opportunity to participate in the internship, but am not sure if I would be forfeiting my chance at medical school by moving physics 4 to my senior year at college. Has anyone run across this situation before? Thanks in advance!
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
10:52 am
ATTN: students with a .edu email address
Amazon is offering a free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime (Which usually costs $79 a year. Perks include free 2 day shipping, and $3.99 overnight shipping): http://amzn.to/bSH8jP (url shortened with bit.ly)

This is being marketed towards college students but all you need is a valid .edu email address, so teachers and alumni might be able to benefit from this too (though the Terms of Service does say they have the right to ask for proof that you are a current student).

I apologize if you have already heard about this amazing deal. I just want to help spread the word on this before they stop offering it. I am not an employee of Amazon, nor do I gain anything from people signing up for this service.
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
3:11 pm
hey all! curious to know what you all think or have you all considered going to chiropractic school if getting into a med school does not work out. what are the pros and cons? it is a way to be called doctor! should one take this route or are there others that are better? thanks everyone!
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
3:34 pm
Interview Questions
One of my friends just asked me for a good way to prepare for interviews, specifically regarding the questions they ask. I found this list a couple of years ago on SDN, but I can't find it there anymore, so I figured I'd post it here so other people can access it.

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From personal experience, a good handful of these questions are pretty common. At my recent interview at UVa, I was asked numbers 4, 12, 14, 22, 32, and 41. All in the course of a half-hour interview.
Friday, September 11th, 2009
11:32 pm
math requirements for med school
what is the math requirement for medical school? i have done College Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry and Calculus 1 during my undergrad years and right now in grad school i have taken basic biostatistics for public health practice. Please...i hope i do not need anymore math. good luck to you all of you and your goals of med school and thanks!
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
8:16 pm
I wrote a how-to on getting into med school.
Getting into Medical School

Let me know what you think! Feel free to rate/comment on the article page or on this lj page.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
1:33 pm
Okay, so I'm about to go into my first year of premed and I'm already tired of school.

I've been thinking about going to India (I'm Indian) for school after my first year of undergrad. It takes about 5 years or so there. But I'm worried about how hard it might be to become a doctor there and then try to come back and get my license in the US.
Does anyone know of any other ways to get through undergrad and med school in less than 8 years?

I so desperately want to be done with school.
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
12:01 am
Hit the Wall
I'm currently applying to school, but just one. Not a great idea, I know, but it's what I can do at the moment. I'm also studying to retake the MCAT because my scores are starting to get a bit old and I'm working around 30 hours a week.

I've hit the wall and can't actually make myself do any of the above, despite knowing how important each one is. What do you all do when you get a to a point and you can't actually make yourself do something, even when you know it needs to be done?

Also, good luck to everyone else with their applications.
Monday, April 6th, 2009
3:34 am
What are My Chances?

So I've recently decided that medical school is something I want to pursue.  I did my undergrad in Psychobiology but I never really cared too much about my grades and did a lot of partying.  Considering all that, my grades are decent.  I had a 3.5 but my science GPA is like a 3.1/3.2.  However, I did graduate in 3.5 years (and its a top university in the state), was the Community Service VP of my Community Service frat (that I was in all 4 years in college) and I currently volunteer doing outreach for an AIDS service organization.  I have past research experience but it was in 2005 but the program was extremely competitve to get into.  I worked in the top Neuroendocrinology lab in the country (or so I'm told).  Also, I started my MPH this spring.  To get in to med school, I will need to take physics but I have all the other pre-reqs.  I should be able to knock out both semesters of physics this summer between the 2 sessions offered.  I generally do decently on standardized tests but have yet to take an MCAT so I have no idea.  In addition, I think it would be a good idea to start volunteering at a local hospital...unless I have enough volunteering already?

Now my question, How good are my chances of getting into medical school?  Also, how many med schools do people usually apply to?  Will I be able to apply for med school for next year if I'm taking physics over the summer?

Sorry if this is the most obnoxious post ever. I just never had any pre-med advising and so feel completely lost. 
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
5:21 pm
Question on Major
Hiya. I'm Ashley, and this is my first time posting. This question may sound confusing/juvenile/etc., but here it goes:

Is there a career that enables doctors to travel around the world, perhaps to observe, research, diagnose, or to treat patients? Not necessarily opening private practices as they go along, but... yeah, I don't know, exactly.

I'd appreciate all comments!
Also, this was x-posted.

Thank you!
Sunday, March 29th, 2009
12:47 am
Hi there everyone!

My name is Jenifer, and I've opened up a new community for students that are either currently pursuing a career in medicine, or at least have an interest in pre-medical studies.

The community is called Pre-Med Headaches, and can be found here: premedheadaches

Anyone can join and post their questions, comments, or general pre-med/med school information. Essentially, the same thing as this community. ....Admittedly, I feel a bit stupid; I made my community because this one didn't come up when I searched for "pre-med" on the community search. However! Having multiple places to talk about our united problems will help us all out, I'm sure of it!

Sorry if this post is spammy, but I'm sure there are some great pre-med students out there that this community would love to have! Thanks!
Monday, March 9th, 2009
10:43 pm

I was just wondering what everyone else is using to prep for the MCAT.  Which companies make the best exam guides?  And is there ever a too soon to be studying for the MCAT?
9:54 am
I know I'm selfish- rant
I just felt like sharing my feelings. I'm not sure if it's allowed in this community, if it isn't, please kindly remove this. Thank you.

I don't really feel the fever anymore but I do have a cold still. Sucks to be me. Drats.

You know, now that I'm in university, my future seems so much more important. It feels like every decision I make could possibly just change the entire course of my life. Not studying for a test in high school was no big deal as it was easily made-up for on the following test. However, missing a test in university is a big deal. It's a big portion of your mark gone, a big portion of your GPA gone, and possibly a big portion of your opportunities in life just gone. Like that. In a snap.

Continue Reading...
Monday, February 9th, 2009
8:37 pm
DO schools
thanks for the response to my previous post. that helped. i will look into DO schools, my only question is why are they looked down upon...if that is still the case to alopathic MD schools? what is the difference/similarities? thanks!
Sunday, February 8th, 2009
10:53 pm
Ross University or other Carrebian Schools
what do you all think about Ross University and/or other carribean med schools? i know my chances are little to none in being able to get into med school in the states. just want some advice. thanks and have a great week!
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
1:17 am
typical application turn-around time
I applied to 13 medical schools this year (the maximum low-income folks like me get free). I sent in my applications pretty early, but once recommendations and fee waivers were all cleared, the majority of my applications probably didn't register as completed until mid to late October. So far I've had two invitations to interview, but no word from the other schools. Thoughts? Should I be worried yet? I've found some sites online that suggest that I shouldn't expect to hear more until after New Year - does anyone have anything to share about their experience?
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
8:38 pm
Senior year grades?
Hey all,

I was recently talking to an adviser about the general timeline for applying, and she said it is expected, if you intend to start the semester after graduation, to apply the summer before senior year. Does this mean that your the grades from your senior don't affect the BCPM or overall GPA medical schools see? Or will they take these into account? And if they don't, is it better to wait a year and apply late if your senior grades will bring your GPA up higher? 

If any of you encountered this while applying, I'd super appreciate the input and what you end up deciding.

Thanks so much for everyone!

x-posted to med_school 
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