Since starting this website in 2011, I’ve written nearly 150 posts, covering the trials of a premedical student all the way up to applying for residency. I’ve pulled together some of the most useful ones for students behind me or those aspiring to enter medical school. As always, these are very much tinged with bias, my attempts at humor, and poorly-written movie references. This post will be pinned and updated as the journey continues. Enjoy.
- July 2011: Step One, Get Organized. The first post.
- September 2011: Medicine Dress Code. The sometimes-ridiculous hierarchy in medicine, as explained by the length of the white coat.
- February 2012: The MCAT Begins To Loom. On (now-implemented) changes to the MCAT.
- May 2012: What It’s Like To Take a Practice MCAT. Self-explanatory, self-derogatory.
- June 2012: The Long Haul Begins. A detailed look at the lengthy application process for getting in to medical school.
- July 2012: A Whirlwind Week. Turning around secondary applications and interview offers.
- August 2012: Secondary Hell is Over. Finishing secondary applications… and waiting. Terrible waiting.
- August 2012: The First Interview. Self-explanatory, plus the first of many horrific travel mishaps.
- November 2012: Interview Season is Over. Takeaways from the field.
- January 2013: Show Me Something. Advice for next year’s applicants.
- March 2013: The Bullet Point Chronicles. A recap of the application cycle.
Medical School: Year One
- August 2013: The First Patient. Self-explanatory; medical school is hard.
- September 2013: We Know We Don’t Know. Ask a medical student for medical advice at your own peril.
- October 2013: No Pants Required. Med Student Demeanor makes its inaugural appearance.
- November 2013: My Heart Will Go On. Key parts of the physical exam.
- November 2013: Status Post. Stupid medical terminology.
- December 2013: Life in the Basement. How to read a chest X-ray, for simpletons like myself.
- January 2014: Impostor Syndrome. Something every medical student experiences for their entire training.
Medical School: Year Two (Rotations)
- September 2014: I Labored Thirteen Hours To Bring You Into The World…. OB/GYN.
- October 2014: Big Pimpin’. Rules for succeeding when you get “pimped.”
- November 2014: The Downhill Ritual. For those curious about medical hierarchy.
- December 2014: Just Say Yes. Surgery.
- January 2015: High Elopement Risk Today. Psychiatry.
- February 2015: Neurology is Hard. Neurology.
- April 2015: It’s Always Turner Syndrome. Pediatrics.
- June 2015: Round and Around We Go. Medicine (and why I chose not to go into it).
Medical School: Board Exams and Year Three (Emergency Medicine)
- July 2015: Rules for Step One. How to take the first part of the board exam.
- August 2015: Taking a Practice Step One Exam. Self-explanatory, self-derogatory.
- September 2015: Wharton’s Jelly. A bit more on pimping.
- October 2015: Bright Lights, Shiny Objects. An early ode to emergency medicine.
- December 2015: Rules for Step 2. How to take the second part of the board exam.
- March 2016: Up and Away. Applying for away rotations.
- April 2016: Nate Does Not Have a Career in Critical Care. How to present in the ICU.
Medical School: Year Four (Applying to Emergency Medicine)
- July 2016: Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants: Writing your personal statement.
- July 2016: Away Rotations. Pluses and minuses.
- July 2016: Impostor Syndrome XXVII. Comparing yourself to other students, out of your comfort zone.
- August 2016: Working with Stanley Goodspeed. Why toxicology is awesome.
- September 2016: PANIC! At the ERAS. The application process for residency.
- December 2016: How The Match Works. Self-explanatory… I think?