What prospective medical students can expect before, during, and after medical school. Each year more and more people are entering medical school, yet many have little or no idea on how to get the most out of the programs offered. Students can now turn to Med School Rx, which will take them inside the minds of the admissions personnel, professors, examiners, and educators whom they will meet along their medical school journey. Written by Walter Carl Hartwig, a professional medical educator, Med School Rx is the essential reference guide for a comprehensive view of the medical school experience. Written from an insider's perspective, Med School Rx teaches prospective students how to navigate medical school. Through Hartwig's advice, students will discover how to improve their chances of gaining admission, how to be more successful as medical students, how to demystify the intense learning curve of medical science, and how to successfully transition from student to resident.
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About the Author
Walter C. Hartwig, PhD, a professional medical educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, has advised thousands of prospective and current medical students on the road into, through and beyond medical school. He has authored numerous research publications and a recent textbook, Fundamental Anatomy.
Hartwig graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri then completed a PhD at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a full Professor and Department Chair of Anatomy at Touro University in California.
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Chapter 1: Is Medicine Right for You?
Everyone struggles with career decisions. But you may be surprised to hear that sometimes identifying what is not right for you is easier than knowing exactly what is right for you. Some of the most compelling applicants for medical school are older professionals who realize later in life that medicine is their true calling, and some of the least appealing applicants are zealous younger students who seem blind to the possibility of doing anything else in their lives. Two considerations may help you satisfy this question for yourself—knowing exactly what medicine requires and knowing how to separate motivation from inspiration.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition vii
Part I Becoming a Doctor-What Does it Mean?
Chapter 1 Is Medicine Right for You? 3
Chapter 2 The State of Medicine in the United States 9
Part II Getting In
Chapter 3 Starting Your Path to Medical School 39
Chapter 4 The MCAT 55
Chapter 5 Premed FAQs 69
Chapter 6 Choosing Schools 79
Chapter 7 Building the Right Application 99
Chapter 8 Writing the Right Personal Essay 117
Chapter 9 The Interview 125
Chapter 10 Advice for the Older Applicant 135
Chapter 11 Allopathic, Osteopathic, or Both? 139
Chapter 12 Admissions from the Medical School Perspective 145
Chapter 13 Making Your Final Decision 153
Part III Getting Through
Chapter 14 Preparing for Medical School 163
Chapter 15 Understanding the Curriculum 187
Chapter 16 Transferring Medical Schools 223
Chapter 17 Board Exams 233
Chapter 18 Clinical Clerkships 247
Part IV Getting On
Chapter 19 The Path to Internship and Residency 277
About the Author 323