Monthly Archives: October 2014

90. Med School Admission Strategies – Don’t Get Eliminated

Excerpt from this young man’s post, why did I say young man? I have no idea how old he is, but I do know how old I am. I guess sooner or later everyone is young to me.

“Each year, I help review the hundreds of applications we receive at our medical school. Each year, I’m impressed by so many great applicants. It seems like each class just keeps getting better.  So in a pool of hundreds of applicants, many who I have no doubt would make  fine doctors, how do we differentiate each applicant and select a medical class?

Stand out, by NOT standing OUT in the wrong way

Conventional advice is that you should do well in everything. A perfect applicant is someone with a 4.0 GPA, 42T MCAT, tons of research, leadership positions, volunteering opportunities, stellar references and an outstanding interview. On top of all that, you must excel in one thing that makes you unique and memorable.

In reality, I don’t think that’s a realistic goal for most applicants. In fact, only a handful of those “perfect” candidates exist. Instead medical classes are made up of a more diverse group of people. Some medical students have taken time off before applying while others have had alternate careers. Many people have grades that are great but not perfect and MCAT scores that are good enough. They may be play the piano but are not anywhere near a concert pianist.

I think a much better strategy for getting into medical school is to NOT stand out in the wrong way.

For full post read here

89. Repost: Changes to McGill faculty of medicine admissions pay off

“Pity the would-be McGill University medical student.

History and tradition dictate that this person is probably white, well-moneyed and English-speaking. As such, he has had the run of McGill’s medical school for the quasi-entirety of the faculty’s existence. It is the stuff of cliché: One of the most exclusive degrees from one of the country’s best institutions has been the chattel of fathers and sons of rich anglophones, to the exclusion of nearly everyone else. It took a few brave female souls and nearly a century to chip away enough of that hardened privilege so as to allow women entrance into this rarefied club.”


While We're Paused...

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy Orson Scott Card Card’s book on genre writing, which I definitely recommend!

Hello again everyone! Last week I tap-danced around spoilers while attempting to give an explanation of what Orson Scott Card’s character Ender Wiggin is in Speaker for the Dead, but this week I’m not going to be able to keep that up. I want to get into what makes this book good writing, and to do that I need to actually talk about the writing in more detail. I want to talk about the design of Card’s alien race which introduced in this book and plays a role in the next book in the Ender Saga, Xenocide, but to do that I need to spoil a few important plot-related details. I could try to do this in another very round-about post, but I’ve decided not to hamstring myself. All that to say:


But even if you decide to read…

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