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MCAT

Things You Need to Know about the 2015 New MCAT?

For the first time in recent history, the MCAT is being overhauled. The most recent change was in 2013 when the writing section was removed and according to the AAMC, there will be many more changes in 2015. The new MCAT will be implemented for the first time this year. In this post, I will breakdown […]

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Admissions Application Interview

Perspective on Applying to Medical School as a Third Year Applicant

Introduction: this post was co-written with one of my long time readers, Spencer, who recently applied to medical school as a third year applicant. He is applying again this year as a fourth year applicant. I have added in some of my own commentary to his hope, and I hope you find this perspective useful. […]

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Apps

Figure 1 App Review

It’s been a long time since I reviewed an app, but the one that I have been meaning to for the last year has been called Figure 1. (Free) To sum it up succinctly, it’s Instagram for medical doctors. Created by Dr. Joshua Landy, a critical care doctor, it’s a mobile platform that allows medical images to be […]

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CaRMS Fellowship Interview

How to Pack a Suit for CaRMS Part 2

I’m on the interview trail for my MSM (Medicine Subspecialty Match) for CaRMS. I’m starting to realize… the interviews never end. You just get more specialized and specific with each one. Medical school, residency, fellowship…. then jobs… Nevertheless, I would like to think I got better at packing and travelling over the years, even though […]

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Thoughts

The Shortlist – Respirology vs Critical Care

I’ve been busy these last few months, and what’s currently pre-occupying me is applying for fellowships. I remember putting together a shortlist of specialties that I wanted to do in 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year medical school, as well as subspecialties of internal medicine in first and second year residency. I finally narrowed it […]

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Residency

Under Pressure

The weight of residency has been hitting hard lately. It’s akin to Atlas trying to hold up the world with his might but struggling. Struggling to find the time and energy to keep my life balanced. CaRMS fellowship applications are starting. There has been a flurry of activity in my personal life. Only thing I can do is keep my head up and […]

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Thoughts

When to Stop Resuscitation

Another amazing talk from Cliff Reid (resus.me) – inspirational and powerful. Cliff Reid – When Should Resuscitation Stop from Social Media and Critical Care on Vimeo.

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Residency Thoughts

The Hundred Hour Week

During residency, there are ebbs and flows to each work week. In a typical 1 in 4 call schedule, you may find yourself working fifty to a hundred hours a week – based on a 8-10 hour workday, and 24-26 hour call shift. A light week would be doing a call on a Wednesday or […]

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Thoughts

And then there was One

I have good and bad news. The good news is Lizzy (co-blogger) had a fruitful year with her medical school applications. She applied broadly, interviewed at over a dozen schools and she received acceptances at multiple medical schools. I couldn’t be happier for her! Regrettably, with her medical career just beginning and new responsibilities and […]

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Thoughts

Medaholic Turns Five

Last week, this blog turned five years old. Apart from the 48 hours of downtime I had while migrating servers, there was not much fanfare – no celebration, no new theme, not even a post. Now on my first free Sunday in a month, I have a chance to reflect about it. In many ways, […]