Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad MCAT?

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Jon Medved And OurCrowd: The Remarkable Story Of An Entrepreneur

Listen to our conversation with Jon Medved!Time flies. The Admissions Straight Talk podcast has hit the 100-episode mark! And in honor of our big milestone we invited a  most exciting guest yet.

Want to know what one of the most prominent entrepreneurs of our times has to say about leadership, graduate education, and bodysurfing?

For all this and more, listen to the recording of our interview with Jon Medved – CEO and founder of Our Crowd, venture capitalist, and serial entrepreneur.

00:03:43 – Jon’s solution to having too many shoeboxes: The world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform.

00:08:14 – What really matters to a VC when choosing a company to invest in.

00:10:17 – How a history major made it to the top of the business world with no formal business education.

00:14:09 – Qualities that young professionals need to cultivate. (Is luck quality?)

00:21:08 – Graduate education vs. common sense.

00:22:33 – Exciting new partnership between Wharton’s Social Impact Initiative and OurCrowd.

00:24:02 – A preview of the future of business and the world.

00:27:11 – Why Jon loves his job. (Who helps more people, Jon or Linda? Linda says “Jon.”)

00:28:28 – Entrepreneurs: Here is the best piece of advice you are going to get!

Want to leave us a Happy 100th message? We’d love to hear from you!

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Must-Read Books for Pre-Meds

Read more about Joshua's med school journey.Journeys with Joshua: Joshua Wienczkowski walks us through med school at East Tennessee’s College of Medicine with his monthly blog updates. Get an inside look into med school down South and life as a student adcom member through the eyes of a former professional songwriter with a whole lot of clinical experience — thanks Joshua for sharing this journey with us!

I’m in my second year of medical school now, about to take my boards in June, and start in the clinics in July. Needless to say, I’ve survived thus far! In the process leading up to applying to medical school, and also while I’ve been in it the past 2 years, I’ve read a lot of medically-related books for personal and professional development. I’ve come up with a list of must-reads because they’ll not only expose you to more aspects of medicine, but many will help reaffirm your motivations for medicine. They’ll also help you be introspective to figure out if becoming a physician really is for you, and in the process, will help write your essays and application with depth and character.

1. Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon’s First Years is my absolute number one read. Dr. Michael Collins grew up in a big Catholic family in Chicago, played hockey at Notre Dame, then broke concrete and worked with his back for a few years before he found medicine was his calling. An honest, raw, and real look into residency training, Collins does an amazing job writing with passion and humanity about what it’s like to be an Orthopedic Surgery resident at one of the best institutions in the world, The Mayo Clinic.

2. Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab by Dr. Christine Montross is an incredibly insightful read on the humanities learned from spending a semester with “Eve.” As a former English and poetry professor, Montross has a gift of placing you in her grimy gloves as she discovers more about Eve, but even more about herself in the process. This book did a great job preparing me mentally for maneuvering the complex emotions that come with intimately learning your donor and first patient.

3. Atul Gawande is one of my favorite authors, and has penned some amazing reads that span from what goes wrong in the operating room with Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science to how our healthcare system got to its current state and some potential solutions for success as practicing medicine in the future with Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. Also, look at how he improved outcomes in surgical practice in The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, and more recently, his in-depth thoughts on death and dying with Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Dr. Gawande has always brought fresh perspective on how I view myself and my role in the future of medicine.

4. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder has definitely been an influence on my desire to serve those with less than myself. Dr. Farmer is an interesting character who splits his time between teaching at Harvard, and working to build and maintain a healthcare system in Haiti and many other third world countries. Kidder follows Farmer and spends an inordinate amount of time traipsing the globe together, documenting what it means to be selfless in all one does, and shows unabashedly how one physician can impact the lives of thousands upon thousands. Kidder also wrote an incredibly compelling book, Strength in What Remains, where he tells the story of Deo, a medical student forced to flee his own country during the civil war between the Hutus and Tutsis in Burundi, eventually finding himself impoverished in America. Both are must-read biographies that will help you define if and why medicine is right for you.

5. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddharth Mukherjee is exactly what it sounds like – a documented history of where cancer began, how treatment was discovered, and the leaps and bounds we’ve made in the past century. This book was such a fascinating read, because it helped paint the melded picture of medicine that is truly an amalgam of healing, teaching, politics, science, and pure chance that sometimes, we simply cannot control.

Some other notable reads I would strongly recommend:

Genius on the Edge by Dr. Gerald Imber shows the foundation of surgery and residency training as we know it, yet was created by a man who was profoundly addicted to morphine, cocaine, and an insatiable drive for perfection. Really cool history read.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a cool dichotomy between the impoverished family of the former Henrietta Lacks and the profound empire that her immortal cervical cancer cells, HeLa cells, have created. Bound to stir ethical debate and discussion, you’ll learn more about your own beliefs you didn’t know you had in the process.

The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America by Norman Gevitz is a really cool read if you’re potentially interested in pursuing Osteopathic instead of Allopathic Medicine. It documents how Osteopathic Medicine began in the Civil War from a field surgeon, and how this facet of medicine has evolved over the years into a prominent philosophy.

If you’re getting ready to apply this year, reading will help immensely with both the introspection needed to write a successful application, but also shift your mind away from all the sciences and towards proper sentence structure – something I’m sure you haven’t thought about in a long time! Even if you’re not applying this year, these books will show you that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel! Keep working hard, and as always, feel free to reach out with any questions.  Good luck!

Joshua A. Wienczkowski
MD Candidate 2017

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Record Year For Residency Match

What should you do if you didn't match? This year’s Residency Match was once again the largest ever, according to NRMP data.

Here are the highlights:

• In the 2015 Match, 41,334 total registrants competed for 30,212 spots. Both the number of applicants and the number of available residencies were up this year, to new all-time highs.

• US allopathic seniors achieved a match rate of 93.9%, and 51% matched at their top choice program.

• 18,025 US allopathic seniors applied, an all-time high.

• US osteopathic students and graduates applied at a higher rate this year– 2,949 applicants, an increase of more than 200 over last year. They achieved their highest match rate ever, 79.3%.

• Match rates were virtually unchanged for IMGs, while the rate fell slightly for previous graduates of US allopathic schools.

• An all-time high of 1,035 couples participated in the Match, 110 more than last year, with a 94.8 percent match rate.

• Half of the 600-plus new first-year positions were in the primary care specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics.

For more information, see the NRMP Press Release.

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Writer, Designer, And MS1 At The Icahn School Of Medicine

Click here to read more Medical School Student InterviewsThis interview is the latest in an Accepted.com blog series featuring interviews with medical school applicants and students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top medical schools and the med school application process. And now, introducing Amy Yao…

Accepted: We’d like to get to know you! Where are you from? Where and what did you study as an undergrad? Can you share 3 fun facts about yourself?

Amy: I grew up in California and upstate New York, and was a biology major at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Three fun facts about me: (1) I backpacked alone through Europe for six weeks the summer before med school, (2) I ran my first half marathon (the NYC Half) last weekend, and (3) I can eat two Chipotle burritos in one sitting.

Accepted: Where are you in med school? What year?

Amy: I’m currently an MS1 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC.

Accepted: What is your favorite thing about Icahn School of Med so far? If you could change one thing about the program, what would it be?

Amy: The word most used to describe Sinai students is happy – and honestly, I’ve never been happier in my life. Sinai has an incredible community feeling to it that makes everyone feel immediately at home. The school has a very progressive approach to medical education, and we’re able to tailor our learning any way we like. Our first two years are all pass/fail, all lectures are recorded, and Sinai’s location is absolutely unmatched – we sit on the border of the Upper East Side and East Harlem, home to two of the most distinct patient populations in New York City.

It’s hard to think of anything I’d like to change! Structures (what we call Anatomy) is the first class we take, and it’s this wonderful, crazy nine-week whirlwind of the whole class trying to drink from the same fire hose. If I could, I’d add an extra few days of Anatomy lab to the end of first year, just to see how far we’ve come since our first day with a scalpel.

Accepted: Can you share some advice to incoming first year students, to help make their adjustment to med school easier?

Amy: I wish someone had told me this when I started: it’s best to take all advice (even this!) with a large grain of salt. Everyone is going to offer you tips on studying, work-life balance, how early you should start prepping for Step 1, which interest groups to join, etc. Give yourself time to take it all in, try out different learning styles, and discover what motivates and helps you. Even within the same institution, everyone has a different experience with med school. Take advantage of the freedom of first year and learn more about yourself.

Accepted: Can you tell us about all of your writing and graphic design experience?

Amy: I write for the Huffington Post and the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Aspiring Docs feature, and was the resident interior design blogger for College Fashion during undergrad. I’m still a little amazed that people read my work – mostly I treat it as productive procrastination. I’ve also contributed to a few creative nonfiction journals and was Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper.

Design-wise, I started a small business in late high school called Amy Yao Design that I’ve managed to keep up through college and med school so far, designing for academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. My main focus is publication design, and it’s my favorite way to de-stress – making something beautiful is the best way to begin or end a day.

Accepted: With all of that talent and experience, why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine rather than in writing or design?

Amy: Writing and design are both tough and creative jobs, but a career in either of them translates into spending a lot of time alone. I chose medicine because I love the daily challenge and the focus on people – on really being able to leave a lasting impact on someone and to learn every day from them.

Accepted: Looking back, what was the most challenging aspect of the med school admissions process? How did you approach that challenge and overcome it?

Amy: I decided to graduate a year early from college, so I took the MCAT and submitted my application the summer after my second year while I was on campus working on my senior thesis. Condensing everything into a few months was difficult, but the hardest part was realizing how much more there was to do. Researching each school and writing what seemed like endless secondaries (while working in the lab all day!) was way more work than I had anticipated, and I initially didn’t budget my time well.

Eventually I buckled down and outlined each week with a list of realistic goals, which solved the logistical mess, helped with writer’s block, and even gave me time to take impromptu road trips with friends.

Accepted: Do you have any other advice for our med school applicant readers?

Amy: Recruit as many trusted friends as you can to proofread your application. If you think a part of your personal statement sounds pretentious or silly, it probably is. Avoid getting sucked into paranoid SDN threads. Eat your vegetables. It’s a long road, but it’s a wonderful one – be fully present for every moment of it.

You can read Amy’s writing at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-yao/ and check out her projects at http://amyyaodesign.com/. Thank you Amy for sharing your story with us—we wish you the best of luck!
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