Normally I don’t get charged for using the bathroom, but today was a different story.
So that’s it. The six weeks of the Avera Clinical First Steps has flown by. Was it worth it?
As I struggle to figure out what my true calling is in the field of medicine, I find that my rotation at the Children’s Specialty Clinic at Avera has thrown my perception of the Pediatrics field.
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Thanks to a very nice MS3, we know-nothing MS1/MS2 students received a little advice during a mentoring session in the First Steps Program.
The Avera healthcare system offers a nice 6-week summer course to the Sanford School of Medicine medical students between their first and second year called the “Clinical First Steps.” The program setup for two primary purposes.
Today, I had my preceptorship with a Family Medicine doctor at the McGreevy clinic on west 41st street in Sioux Falls. It was a good day, we saw a well rounded sample of patients from psych to a red toe.
So I skipped school today.
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45% applicants get into a medical school nationwide34% applicants who apply get into USD
- Ace that MCAT – but seriously though you want to shoot for at least a 30 (Note: Dean Perry in the video says that a 36 is the highest score one can get on the MCAT, but actually its a 45). But I am not saying you can’t get in with a 27 or even a little lower but you chances definitely go down.
- Do well in undergrad – may seem obvious, because it is. Shoot for the 4.0 but a 3.5 or higher should get you in.
- Be well rounded – get in and be involved with things that are not medically related.
- Volunteer/Job Shadow with something healthcare related – admissions people need to know that you actually know what the healthcare field is like. I mean how do you know you want to be a doctor and not a nurse or PA? I know too many people who applied to medical school with no medical or healthcare work in their background and I believe that is why they didn’t get in. Don’t get me wrong it’s possible to get into medical school without it, but I think it’s really important.
- Get involved with a research project – medical doctors are still doctors and are expected to contribute to the future of the medical field. Who knows you might think that research is fun and pursue a Physician Scientist program. This is not necessarily required.
- Lastly, I highly recommend searching around the StudentDoctorNetwork forums to learn more about the process.