Category Archives: Undergrad

The Life Changing Benefits of Reading

I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm. However, the benefits of reading didn’t really hit me until university. I went to a relatively average university. Although I enjoyed the new experience of college, I often found my courses intellectually dead. Classes I thought I would like ended up being

A Minimalist Life

A month ago, I came upon a collection of articles that challenged my ideas about time management. Being in medical school, there’ s often an endless list of activities to do – clinical duties, studying, research, volunteering, student groups. You get comfortable juggling multiple tasks, ambitious to do more. You

Why Being Rejected from McMaster Health Sciences is Good for You

If you’re never heard of McMaster University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, you should know it is one of the “elite” undergraduate programs in Canada. With an applicant pool of over 2000 students for 150 spots, getting into McMaster’s Health Sci program is as competitive as getting into medical school.

Would You Still Be a Doctor if You Didn’t Get Paid as Much

Would you still pursue medicine if the pay was much less? What if it paid nothing at all? If money wasn’t an issue, would you still be doing what you are doing today? This is a question I came across today and had me thinking. Right now as a medical

The Medical Hamsterwheel

Choosing a career of medicine is very much like running in a hamster wheel, except it’s not that easy to get off. The process of training to become a doctor is quite long. Usually 4 years in an undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical school, 2 to 5 years of

When I Knew I Wanted to Do Medicine

When did you know you wanted to become a doctor? Physician Family I was born into a physician family. My dad is a medical doctor, and grandfather was a doctor, and my maternal great-grandfather also happened to be a medical doctor. My earliest impression of doctors was they “helped” people

What should you do the Summer Before Starting Medical School

Dear Medaholic, I am starting medical school this fall and was wondering what advice you could give me on how to best prepare for medical school? Sincerely, Medical Student (Year 0, Class of 20XX) How Can You Best Prepare for Medical School? I have previously written that Nothing Can Prepare

Use Dropbox – No more USB Keys Needed!

If you are not already using dropbox, I will try to convince you that you should get this program/service today! I’ve been using it in the last year and it has totally changed how I store files on the “cloud”. Plus if you sign up using my referral link, both

5 Reasons Why Studying for the MCAT on your own is Better than taking a Course

Ever feel like Kaplan’s and Princeton Review’s MCAT courses are a rip-offs? Did you ever found your MCAT teachers/tutors/classroom experience not helpful at all or a waste of time? Every summer, thousands of keen pre-med students will sign up for these MCAT courses in hopes that it will help them

Premed Exploitation

Inspired by the incredible amount of students lining up outside the science library this morning (A Sunday!) as they waited for the library doors to open. It’s been a while since I have been a pre-med, almost three years to the date. It’s strange how fast you forget sometimes. Looking