- Put Your Premed Advisor to Work- US News provides a timeline for students that already know they want to go to medical school when they are just freshman. The article provides guidelines for when students should meet their premed advisors and how to best utilize their advisors to ensure that they are as prepared for applying to med school as possible. As the article states, “the more organized and proactive you are the better.”
- Social Media in the Operating Room?- US News reports that social media networks are beginning to enter med school classrooms. While some med schools are too traditional to rely on these forms of technology, others have made social networking part of the admission process by posting admissions updates and introducing different members of the incoming class to one another. Whether a med school is currently incorporating social media into its institution or not, it is clear that with the growing importance of Facebook and Twitter all schools will have to jump on the technology bandwagon.
- Happy Med Students? Is it Possible?- The New York Times reports on how Vanderbilt medical school in Nashville has become the most successful medical school when it comes to combating student depression. The answer: they asked the students for solutions. Vanderbilt’s Student Wellness program is run for students by students, with the university providing the funding. Students go to the yoga and cooking classes because they create them.
- Less Patients is More- Amednews.com reports that med schools are beginning to use longitudinal integrated clerkships—following a single patient around to all their medical appointments for a year—as a way of promoting “patient-centered care.” The idea is that disciplines don’t need to be taught in big chunks, but can be sprinkled throughout the year. Longitudinal integrated clerkships “break down the silos,” so “you see several specialties at one time, so you’re not learning medicine one organ system at a time.”
- An Oldie But a Goodie- US News offers three helpful tips to those applying to medical school later in life. If you are older and making the big leap, make sure you are committed to the process and ask yourself “why now?” It will also be useful to find out if you are academically prepared for the rigorous application process by taking a refresher course, or thinking about doing a postbaccalaureate.
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