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How Do I... Decide Where to Apply?

How Do I… Decide Where to Apply?

            There’s an old saying, “If you’ve seen one medical school, you’ve seen one medical school.” What is meant by that is that all medical schools are unique. They vary in mission, location, size, and countless other variables. Deciding which medical schools to apply to is a very personal decision […]

The importance of reading and writing English

Medical education in the United States, compared to that of other countries, is lengthier for various reasons.  Like so many of you, throughout high school I struggled with  English courses. My sentence construction was mediocre, in due part to lack of exposure to diverse texts and reading materials.  The following tips of knowledge are exercises […]

Bridging the gap between the worlds of Medicine and Law

Bridging the gap between the worlds of Medicine and Law

  As a third year medical student, I was excited to finally be seeing patients. I was out of the lecture hall and into the hospital and clinic, ready and willing to take on the world. I quickly realized however my lack of familiarity with many of the social ills that were impacting my patients’ […]

Practical advice for the parent of a pre-med

Practical advice for the parent of a pre-med

For over a decade, I have advised pre-meds on how to maximize their chances of getting into medical school. During this time, as I witnessed thousands of anxiety-ridden pre-meds wade doggedly through the murky waters of medical school admissions, I have noticed pre-med difficulties often pale in comparison to those of pre-meds parents. It’s often […]

Dr. Connie Mariano- Inspiring Stories

Dr. Connie Mariano- Inspiring Stories

  In June 1992, Dr. Mariano became the first military woman in American history to be appointed White House Physician. Dr. Mariano served nine years at the White House where she was physician to three sitting American Presidents. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? First I wanted to be […]

What's It Like to... Participate in a B.S./M.D. Program?

What’s It Like to… Participate in a B.S./M.D. Program?

  Why did you choose a B.S./M.D. program? I became interested in being a pediatrician when I was about 8 years old. In high school, through both school subjects and clinical shadowing, my interest in medicine was fortified, and I knew that applying to medical school was in my future. I attended a high school […]

Geographic Technology Helps Put Ethiopia on Map of Global Health Success

Geographic Technology Helps Put Ethiopia on Map of Global Health Success

In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa. DKT Ethiopia is an affiliate of DKT International, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide couples […]

Researcher Awarded $2.5 Million to Study Effects of Stress on Substance Abuse

Researcher Awarded $2.5 Million to Study Effects of Stress on Substance Abuse

Your body’s ability to effectively respond to stress may be an indicator of your vulnerability to use and abuse drugs. A five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) will support research from the University of Houston College of Education to investigate mechanisms that influence […]

Transgender health disparities still a problem

Transgender health disparities still a problem

Minorities’ path to good health is ridden with obstacles, but for some patients receiving the care they need is especially difficult since most physicians don’t know how to treat them. With low awareness and limited acceptance, transgender men and women face serious health problems rooted in the health system’s lack of knowledge and sensitivity toward […]

Health Disparities, Lack Of Exercise Not Connected, Vanderbilt University Study Finds

Health Disparities, Lack Of Exercise Not Connected, Vanderbilt University Study Finds

While closing the gap on health disparities in the U.S. has focused on both social and behavioral interventions, a new study out of Vanderbilt University suggeststhe latter may be futile. Examining the exercise habits of more than 80,000 residents enrolled in the long-term Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS), researchers concluded that health disparities between white and […]