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Anonymous asked: I'm not sure if you've been asked this yet but why did you decide to do a MD/MPH? I'm thinking about doing an MPH before going to med because of my own interests in health promotion but also as an application boost/backup plan. Thanks!

I answered this somewhere, but I’m too lazy to search and link it so I’ll just retype it.

I began to consider it after I was accepted. I was debating it for awhile, because I basically thought I might want the extra letters behind my name. I realized that was a terrible reason (and it is). I decided not to do it.

I was accepted pretty early last year so I said fuck it, yolo and decided to travel to Vietnam to volunteer in a center for kids with disabilities. While I was there, I realized that there wasn’t much a clinician could do at a place like that, and that there were a large number of social and behavioral determinants of health—as there are at home, but they played much more obvious roles in a setting where basic needs were barely being met. I decided that expertise in public health might give me a wider array of skills and allow me to help more people. So, I changed my mind and decided to do it. And it isn’t totally necessary (a lot of MDs go into public health roles without the MPH too), but I wanted the exposure. 

If you’re passionate about public health—go for it! It can also be a good backup plan for people who want to be MDs; it is one of many great ways to help people (and is a lot of people’s first choice!). As far as a boost to med school: it can also be that. A couple of my classmates already hold an MPH, many of whom received it from our university. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that grad school is pretty damn hard. I have a few friends from undergrad who tried masters’ programs as a boost to med school but ended up with them being the nail in the coffin. That’s not meant to scare you, I’m sure you would do great, but carefully consider your other options if it’s mostly intended as a boost—there are a lot of great things you can do besides grad school to improve yourself.

I hope that answers your question, anon!

Some are more equal than others

Surprised to find out that my school, which I thought graded the pre-clinical years purely as pass/fail, actually has an internal ranking system. Not sure how public the rankings are or what they might be used for, and I guess I don’t care all that much, but for all you pre-meds: if a school claims to be pass/fail, make sure to ask for more specifics about what that means. Not all pass/fails are equal.

The whole reason I wanted pass/fail was to ensure a collaborative atmosphere, which my school definitely has, so it’s not all that much of an issue. P/F might be a good indicator, but nothing beats interviewing. Vibes from the students (and to some extent the faculty) should definitely be paid attention to on interview day.

P.S. keep an eye out for the weirdo in the corner of the student lounge massaging his temples and ‘sha-na-na-na-na’ing you with positive vibes on interview day, that would be me.

The Decision To Not Vaccinate: A Diagram     OR The Hierarchy Of Evidence As Told By Peculiar American Solipsism

The Decision To Not Vaccinate: A Diagram
     OR The Hierarchy Of Evidence As Told By Peculiar American Solipsism

Anonymous asked: ;oijsdfhjkasd' how do you deal with all the waiting? when will i hear about interviews?

It’s hard to know, anon. The second year I applied I interviewed as early as September, but the first year I didn’t have my last interview until April. Unless you’re exceptionally lucky, you’re going to feel like you’re waiting for a loooong time. Even after you interview, a lot of schools leave you hanging until May to find out your status. In my opinion, this amaurotic limbo is the absolute worst part of the whole process and often leaves you feeling as though you’ve been meandering blind through a cave for the last 1,000 years.

A sharp, pointy cave. Where you get impaled a lot.

It’s red because of your blood.

The best thing you can do about the wait is to put it towards the back of your mind. You need to be working on something else. Get a job or pick up some more volunteer hours or get seriously into a hobby. If you are happy with what you are doing, then there is no wait. I know it’s hard to feel happy when you have so much tied up on getting into med school, but you just have to start doing something.

I know, anon, easier said than done.

Good luck. 10 year-old Martin Van Buren will be here to wait with you.

I realized I was a small fish in a pond full of whales

—humbling thing to hear from a 4th year who is going for derm

Anonymous asked: are you in allopathic or osteopathic school?

Im gonna be ona them mud doctors

lookingformyownwings asked: do you think someone can get into a good med school with a C on their transcript?



I did.

I had *gasp* a couple B’s too.


I totally had a C. It was in choir.

D- in a freshman bio lab. Can anyone beat that? *Ahem* plus a C- in econ.


Just got the schedule for anatomy, biochem, and foundations of medicine.

Bring me my brown scrubs.