Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.
That is not a typo.
Q:I'm applying to med school and I'm struggling to answer these supplemental apps w/o sounding like I'm repeating my personal essay. I wrote my essay about being a resident assistant and an ER volunteer, which helped me to develop interpersonal/ communication skills which will help with patient interactions etc. Some apps asked what is something that admissions should pay attention to and I want to say my RA experience because it helps with communication but idk if it's too repetitive. Any advice?
I would try to emphasize another skill since that is in some way, repeating what you already said. Check out the core competencies for that school and see if any of your previous experiences relate to one of those areas. Successfully practicing medicine requires much more than simply good communication skills (although very important), so make sure to show the AdComs that you are versatile and well-suited for the many different situations physicians find themselves in on a daily basis.
Medicine requires leadership ability and organization, so maybe you can relate your RA experience to those qualities?
Best of luck!
Q:are you taking in applications for being co-writers?
Yes indeed! Since medical school began I haven’t had near as much time as I’d hoped for answering asks. If you are interested, please come off anon and send me a message with your stage of medical education and how you would prefer to contribute to the blog (i.e. do you have certain areas of expertise in regards to post-bacc education, applying to med schools outside the U.S., involved in a scribe program, etc.).
Q:Hey! I like your blog!! I was just wondering...you a girl or a boy? And, is medical school consisted of mainly girls or boys in your opinion?
I’m a girl (TNQD “L” aka just TNQD now), but the previous TNQD was male and DO Diaries, who also used to contribute, was also female. We also have guest writers of many genders!
Each medical school has a different (biological) gender distribution, but I would say the majority are slightly tilted towards the male side of the AAMC pie charts, at least in my area of the U.S. My particular class is somewhere around 46% female and 54% male.
From the Archives: Dr. Trix and the Under-Medicated Toddler
- Mom of a developmentally-delayed 3-year old: He keeps getting out of bed at night and getting into MY bed. I need a medicine or something to make him stay in his bed.
- Trix: This is normal behavior for any 3-year old.
- (Physical exam performed, shots given, mom leaves with child to get some Tylenol for the needle-poke pain -- then she returns. It's never good when they come back that quickly.)
- Mom: You didn't give me any medicine to make him stay in his own bed at night!
- (Trix: Why don't we start with something with less drastic? May I suggest 4-point restraints on his bed, a moat of crocodiles across his doorway, and a chest of drawers shoved up against the inside of the parents' bedroom door?)