I cannot stress this enough- Build a routine. Build Habits. Wake up every day and get used to being productive, one day at a time. Do this for long enough and eventually you’ll be at your goal without even realising it.
you don’t have to study all the time to get good grades and be content in life. hanging out with friends, going outside, or reading for fun is okay too! you deserve it, and more importantly, you need it.
Staying healthy during the academic year is VERY important!! I’m on the quarter system at UCLA which leaves NO time for students to get sick and miss class. Thankfully I haven’t had any medical issues that have kept me from missing weeks of class, but prevention is key!
Here are some tips I followed last year to feel my best for schoooooool.
school is hard. it’s kind of a fact. hate to break it to you, but it only gets harder. sure, academics are important, but your mental health is even more so. taking a break and having some fun is crucial to preventing burn out, but sometimes it gets a little harder to do so on a tight budget. hopefully these tips will help you out. xoxo, m
the semester starts in two weeks and I’m as un-motivated as can be, so I decided to browse through studyblr posts to get in the Mood, but instead it made me disappointed.
there are tons of “STUDY HABITS/UNI ORGANISATION TIPS MASTERPOSTS” kind of posts with “studyhacks” like: rise early in the morning, always be positive, take the front seat, rewrite notes, make flashcards, talk to teachers, never skip, and blablabla.
when in reality you NEED those 5 min of sleep instead of constant revising.
you MAY have bad days and NOT be positive.
you do NOT have to take seat if it’s intimidating or irritating or making you uncomfortable. or you just want to sleep or do nothing on this exact lesson at this precise day.
you do NOT have to rewrite all your notes to make them “aesthetic” for f’s sake. do this if it helps you and ONLY if it works for YOU and helps YOU memorise information.
more than that. you do NOT even have to write notes for EVERY SINGLE LECTURE.
there ARE teachers who dgaf about your notes as long as you answer their questions and know their subject; it’s up to you HOW you learned it. I had this kind of teachers both at school (and I’ve been to four different schools) and university (same, but only two).
and there ARE subjects that you’re naturally gifted in or those you’re a quick-learner in. so why bother with unnecessary time-wasting by writing cute notes and flashcards if you’re not going to profit from them?
what you REALLY NEED in the first place is to TAKE CARE of yourself.
if you want to sleep - DO IT.
wanna skip - DO IT.
you’ll make up to it latter when in the Mood, twice as fast because you won’t feel bad doing it.
always remember that good grades are just numbers/letters on a paper and you are so much more than that.
at some point, the vast majority of us will use public transport. It takes time to go from A to B, and that time can be used more productively than scrolling social media endlessly, believe it or not! Try these:
• revise notes
• work on assignments
• map out weekly timetable
• read emails / announcements
• review deadlines + make sure you’re tracking okay
• research anything you’re struggling with
• find out about new / uncommon study techniques
• write a to-do list
• arrange a study date with friend(s)
• order any existing to-do lists in terms of priority
• listen to motivational music / speeches
• make a list of readings to do / books to pick up
• write out everything that you’re working so hard for
• meditate / work on mindfulness
• plan a physical activity for the near future
• think about healthy foods you can grab / make
• reflect on all of your achievements to date: you’re doing so well!
• make a list like this to share with study buddies
• organise folders / backpack
• research a new study space (eg library / cafe / park you haven’t visited yet)
• think about / research all the ways that you can improve your study space at home (eg organisation, lighting, minimising distractions, plants & candles?)
• close your eyes and spend a few minutes thinking of things / people to be grateful for
• break down the mountain you’re trying to pass in your head: can you turn it back into a molehill / smaller tasks to conquer ?
• think about your finances: can you increase your savings and still get by? How much can you spend this week on self care / treats?
• what NEEDS to be done FIRST as soon as you arrive where you’re going? (eg homework, submissions, messages, chores)
• is there anyone you need / want to check in on?
• is anything that you can change stressing you out / upsetting you? Is it costing you more than it’s worth?
• look up a funny comedian / find a picture that makes you giggle. It’s good to detox with laughter!
• are you eating 3 serves of fruit and 5 serves of veg per day? Can you change this if not?
• are there any clothes that you NEED to get? are there any clothes / items that you can donate?
How Single-Payer Healthcare Kills: The Charlie Gard Case Study
If you haven’t heard, Charlie Gard’s parents announced they will no longer fight to have him treated for his illness. They have surrendered because so much time has passed, and in that time his condition has deteriorated. Had they been allowed to take him to the United States for treatment when they first wanted to, or even any time during the months that followed, he would have had a great chance. Many doctors who specialize in Charlie’s condition, including leaders in that field, wanted to treat him and said his case was promising. However, because the courts and the hospital refused to let him go, he is now past the point of no return. Time was of the essence, and the courts wasted time until it was gone.
What does this have to do with single-payer healthcare? That’s the system the U.K. has. Some would like us to follow their lead. Here is how that system has effectively killed Charlie Gard (barring a completely miraculous recovery):
Doctors earn less. Under single-payer healthcare, the government takes over. In order to make the costs manageable, doctors are paid lower salaries. Now, most doctors in America make a lot of money. This isn’t about whether they get paid “enough” to meet their expenses. It’s about whether they are paid enough to keep them in the country.
Doctors leave. The highest-skilled doctors, the leaders of the various fields, the experts. They will leave. Other countries will offer them higher salaries, better conditions. Others may leave the system, choosing to work in private practices and accept only out-of-pocket fees from wealthy patients. Others may leave the profession for something that is less demanding or better paying. Still others may never enter at all, realizing the government-regulated salaries will not make their years of school and massive debt worth it in the long run.
The system overloads. With more patients than ever and fewer doctors, plus the inefficiency of any government-run program, we encounter a shortage of medical care. This results in long wait times for routine procedures, or even just for a check-up. Patients like Charlie with time-sensitive conditions may not see the right specialist until it is too late. Just like we saw with the poor management of the VA hospitals, patients may die waiting for care.
Innovation grinds to a halt. With the leaders of medical innovation moving to countries that offer better working conditions and salaries, and with remaining doctor prioritizing efficiency and standardization in order to see as many patients as possible, medical progress will become stagnant. Hospitals in a country with single-payer healthcare cease to be state-of-the-art. They fall behind on new treatments and procedures.
Patients leave. Or they try to. Those with complex conditions requiring skilled specialists, who can afford it, will head to other countries to find those specialists. They’re not in the local hospitals. They were driven out by bureaucracy and stagnation.
This is where Charlie Gard comes in. His parents knew that doctors in America had treated similar conditions and were willing to treat Charlie. All they asked was for permission to try. They were denied, first by the hospital, then by the courts. Why?
The hospital first said the treatment was futile. Charlie was too far gone. We know this to be false based on the reports of other doctors who examined Charlie and his scans. The treatment had a reasonable chance of working. Then they said he wouldn’t be able to survive the trip. Both of these arguments make no sense, as the alternative was to let him die. Even when doctors in America offered to send the treatment and protocol to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie was, they still refused. They went back to claiming it was futile, and was only prolonging Charlie’s suffering. Only all medical evidence said he wasn’t in any pain or suffering in his current condition.
Why, then, did they refuse? A few reasons:
Single-payer systems offer no incentives to save lives. Lengthy hospital stays and complicated treatments are a drain on the system. To the bureaucrats, a patient with a severe condition and a low chance of recovery looks like a waste of resources. Better to say the condition is irreversible and untreatable.
Single-payer systems offer no incentives for patient-centered care. In order to keep up with demand for care with a shortage of doctors, single-payer systems turn to a maximum-efficiency model. Patients receive standardized, one-size-fits-all care, whether or not it’s what they need. Giving Charlie Gard an experimental treatment doesn’t fit in that model.
Losing patients to other countries makes the system look bad. When patients start leaving the country to seek high-quality care, the international community is forced to recognize that the system has failed, and that other systems with less government involvement are leading medical progress. This can exacerbate the problems mentioned earlier, especially the problem of doctors leaving the system. If you are specializing in your field, and you realize that patients in your field are leaving to go elsewhere for care, where will you go? As doctors leave or lower their standards to keep up with demand, wait times increase and patient care suffers.
Once again, patients find themselves in a system where anyone outside the very wealthy receives either substandard care or no care at all. Except now, their incomes have been slashed to pay for this poor or nonexistent care, and they are no longer given the choice to leave. Now, bureaucrats are deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who dies while waiting to see a specialist. Courts drag out appeals until time runs out.
Your rights are gone. The government now controls your life: your income, your health, your freedom.
Charlie Gard is a victim of government-controlled health care. Let him be the last.
“I used to think that was the gold standard,” she said afterward. “Transgender patients could just go [to these clinics] and get everything they need. I think it’s wonderful in theory, but … it lets everyone else off the hook. It makes it this special ‘other’ thing that you have to go to a special center for.”
Transgender care should be primary care, she thinks. It should require no special center, and unless a procedure is needed, no specialists.
“Any doctor should be able to do this,” she said.
Yes! When people email me asking what type of specialized physician they need to see to get hormones, they’re surprised when I answer: your regular doctor can do that.
I get a ton of messages basically asking the same question: How do I make myself the best applicant to medical school I can be?
1. Most imporantly: Do everything in your power to be a well rounded applicant - Pick a major your interested, does NOT have to be a science major!
– Just because you want to be a doctor or work in healthcare doesn’t mean only science topics interest you! You can be an art major and still take all the courses required for premed. Ex. I did anthropology and Psychology, I have premed friend who were engineering and music majors.
- Volunteer in the community with organizations that you are passionate
about, NOT just ones that look good on an application
– These should be diverse but should be things you are passionate about, if you get more out of planting trees than volunteering in a hospital gift shop, thats okay! Volunteer in different groups and organizations, some should be medically related but they don’t all have to be! Showing a commitment to life long service doesn’t just mean in medicine.
- Shadow: different fields of medicine and not just doctors, look into
dentistry, nursing, psychology, social work –> figure out what type of healthcare provider you want to be. Contacting people may seem scary but it never hurts to ask, look for positions available, write them an email talking about the strengths and skills you have, maybe you don’t have a lot of experience but you can still be a fast learner and hard worker!
- Research: if this seems boring to you, find someone researching
something you’re interested in so you will actually enjoy it! I appreciated the results of research but always thought working in it would be boring and it was just another thing I had to do to put on my application. I was very WRONG! I found something lab researching a topic I was interested and it consumed me, I now have a greater understanding research and how fun it can be exploring a hypothesis!
- Extracurricular: again do what your are passionate about, everything
does not have to be about medicine, different life experiences teach you
different life lessons. I learned different things from being VP of my Doctor Who club vs. in my medical internship vs. being a ski instructor!
- Study hard: create study groups, find tutors or be a tutor! If you are struggling in a class, study groups are shown to be a very effective way of studying, or spend the money on getting a tutor because it will be worth it in the end. When you are struggling in a class, especially a premed class, it can be a good time to reflect on whether this is a career for you. Being a doctor means a lifetime of learning, school, and tests. Seriously look into other career you might be interested in, its okay to change your mind about medical school, there are other careers in medicine, or other professions you might enjoy more. Everything in life takes hard work, its finding what you can endlessly work hard for. General Chemistry made me seriously look at whether of not this was the right path for me. After some serious self reflection, there was nothing else I could work this hard for.
- Time management: Managing work, school, social life and everything else
can be hard, don’t take on too much, figure out your limits, remember to ask
for help when you need it and to take care of yourself. If you push yourself too hard you will break, we are not invincible. Its okay to say no, to take time for yourself!
Keep a detailed resume of all your actives, exact dates of when they started and ended, who to contact about them and a detailed summary of what you did and what you learned form your experiences! This will help you immensely when filling out your AMCAS
If your application isn’t perfect or not very well rounded (lacking in areas), I highly recommend taking time off to fill those gaps. The biggest reason people who apply straight out of college don’t get in, even with great applications is maturity level. You may think, I am adult, I am mature! But just because you can act professionally doesn’t mean you are mature. The maturity they are looking for is achieved through life experiences. Many college kids really haven’t had much life experiences other that college, what adversities have you overcome, do you even really know who you are yet outside of your college experience.
I have take two years off, even though I had a pretty good application before, it has only become stronger and I have lived life, I thought I knew who I was before but I really had explored that until I was out of college on my own.
time off before applying (Recommended) - Gaining more life experiences: Maybe
move to a new place or Travel
- Get a
Masters Degree: this can help boost your GPA if it is not competitive
- Work: doesn’t have to be in medicine but if you lack hand-on patient experiences than this is great opportunity to chance that! If you have never worked a job, than I highly recommend taking time off and working for a living to experience what its like to pay your own bills
about who you are: this will help you appear more mature when interviewing and make you more confident
Process of Applying
MCAT Score: you don’t have to pay for a course, do what works best for you. I believe the examkracker books were most helpful, Kaplan tend to have the hardest BS and PS practice test but Examkrackers is the best for VR. If you don’t do well the first time, figure out what went wrong and retake it! Learn from this experience because your future in medicine will require many more standardized tests so figuring out how to best prepare for them now will help you in the future!
Medical Schools: pick 15 schools, have a few reach schools and a few back up school and then the rest ones you can reasonably get into. Take into account their curriculums, locations and if you are thinking about a competitive speciality look at the what residencies their students are matching! If you are interested in research, or rural care, looks at schools that over special programs for these paths.
of Rec/Committee Letter: hopefully in college you made meaningful relationships with professors you had (you should definitely do this!), you will need a science class professor letter of rec, if you did research you will need one from your PI, if you worked with a doctor for an extended period ask them to write you one or if you worked with a volunteer organization for a long period. Write them a nice letter in why you are asking them, provide them with your resume and all the information they need to know as well as where to send it to. Its okay to send emails reminding them to write it, they are busy people and reminding them shows it is important to you. Also figure out if your school offers a committee letter and be diligent about keeping up on every thing you need to do for it.
statement- make it personal, talk about experiences that have lead you hear today, but most importantly what you learned from them. This is about you, WHY YOU? vs. everybody else who is applying. This is a Persuasive essay!
Record- make sure to request you transcripts to be sent as soon as possible so AMCAS can verify them quickly
Activities - out of everything you have done you have to pick the 15 most important activities you have done and briefly talk about them. Then you get to pick three that were most important
Essays- These are your chance to show again why you!? highlight your strengths when you can, make sure they are concise and well written free of grammatical errors. Ask friends to read them over for you.
- Resume - Remember that detailed resume I told you to about keeping! Many schools allow you to upload addition documents like a resume! Now beyond your 15 they have a list of all the actives you have ever done and what you have learned from them!
- Headshot- passport photo size, 2 x 2 inches. Dress profession, SMILE, only should show show just below the shoulder and up. Remember this is their first glimpse of you, putting the face together with your application!
abstract - if you did research, make sure to have a document with just your abstract to upload if the offer additional documents area.
1. Practice - Practice answering interview questions, use examples, highlight your strengths! Try limiting your answer to two to 3 minute: look up “Elevator Speech” - pitch to the ceo a great idea on an elevator ride of only 4 floors!
2. Reading - the more you read the smarter you are! Reads books about doctors and their experiences, how to apply to medical school, affordable healthcare act, current events, current events in medicine, NIH, read papers on tough ethical topics, read papers published by people from that school, read everything you can on their schools website! Schedule a mock interview, video record yourself answering questions.
to wear - Females - professional fitted pants suit or suit with skirt no more than an inch about knees with skin tone matching stockings. flats or heels no more than 2 inches high, make sure you can walk all day in them. simple jewelry, studs and a necklace, no more than one ring on each hang. nothing big and distracting. suite should be black, navy, or gray. Blouse or profession top not showing cleavage. If you hair is long wear it back. Make up, light. You don’t want anything distracting from what you’re saying! Males- Well fitted suit, tie (safer) or bow-tie, pick a professional one that is not busy looking or distracting. Suit color: black, navy or gray. business professional shoes. Belt and shoe color must match.
Don’t wear fragrances (but wear deodorant!), bring a briefcase or similar size professional purse or professional folder (just need something to hold business cards and papers). Look well manicured make sure nails are trimmed and neutral colors only.
Remember to be professional, have a firm handshake, ask them for their business card at the end to write them a handwritten thank you letter. Sit up straight, smile, be you, and don’t forget its a conversation so don’t be over rehearse your answers. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say “I honestly don’t know the answer to that”. Come up with a list of your 3 strengths and weakness and examples of each as well as what you are doing to work on your weaknesses.
Good luck! One day your hard work will pay off, there will be bumps along the way but each one will teach you something and bring you closer to your dream of going to medical school!
Let’s keep this short and concise. You are NEVER, and i swear to god, EVER going to get where you want without the right attitude. You want those top grades? Great, amazing; you will get them but not without some serious sweating and re-evaluating your life (ok that’s perhaps a lil too dramatic)
1) YOU ARE NOT A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE
Some parents tend to think their child is a precious gold nugget descended from the gods themselves. And boy do they show it, taking it upon themselves to remind others and the child this repeatedly. This is not healthy. I repeat THIS IS NOT HEALTHY. After being told how extraordinary you are your entire life, the real world comes as a shock that there are people that are better at something than you. You find yourself struggling as you see yourself falling down the grade ladder down into the depths of despair and confusion as to why this is happening. I’ve seen this happen countless times, both in real life and on tumblr. And it hurts.
This is not your fault. It’s how you were raised. It’s hard to accept- heck i still get jealous when i see other people doing better than me. But that’s the way the world works. There will always be people better than you and me. And you know what? It’s ok. This is about you and your story of success.
remember that you are still valid
it’s ok to slip up sometimes, you can learn from your mistakes and become even more powerful
create a new mentality: “I’m may not be the best now, but i’ll try damn hard to become better than i am now”
work your butt off. You’ll have to sacrifice things such as a few social activities
remember it’s worth it. you will succeed
2) YOU ARE NOT WORTHLESS
On the other end of the spectrum, we have kids who’ve spent their entire life being told they’re “not enough” or they’ll “never amount to anything” and of course the favourite “you’re stupid” when they don’t achieve the things others wanted them to. Quite often it’s the parents instigating this.This is even more prominent in cultures where a child’s worth is almost solely based on what grades and what career they pursue.
remember that you are still valid
it’s not ok to be treated like this. you are worth more than what parents/others say. however you will likely have to put up with this until you move out
create a new mentality: “I’ll show them” or “I’m gonna do this for myself”
work your butt off. You’ll have to sacrifice things such as a few social activities
remember it’s worth it. you will succeed
3) YOUR OPINION MATTERS
whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right so get yourself in check and create a healthy mentality that serves to fulfill you instead of one that demonises you