Profile Questions and Answers
|Why medicine? What is your story?||I decided to go into medicine because I believe it to be one the most rewarding roles that a person can hold. A physician is a confidant, a friend, ally, teacher, and learner. Perhaps no other calling allows someone to have the opportunity and responsibility to help people in such a broad spectrum of mental, physical, and emotional difficulties encountered in life. Over the years I have found myself having and gaining the qualities that I believe all physicians should maintain and utilize; those of empathy, sympathy, care, compassion, perseverance, confidence, and an endless desire to help others and to learn...and let's face it, the ever-changing fields of medicine provide some of the most interesting and difficult intellectual challenges we can face today.||read other replies on this topic|
|Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?||I am engaged to be married in August of 2006.||read other replies on this topic|
|What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?||Figuring out who you are and whether or not you have the true desire to take on this profession that will have a major part in defining you as a person.
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|How much did you work while going through pre-med?||I tutored approximately 20 hours per week as a group and individual tutor in various subjects such as physiology, chemistry, psychology, and general biology. I also worked every summer in addition to taking classes.||read other replies on this topic|
|What did you do for MCAT preparation?||I bought the Kaplan MCAT book the August prior to the test and went through it once in total. I only had time for about an hour per week during the school year and some extended studying over that spring break. I also took a practice test in the book and online.||read other replies on this topic|
|How much did you shadow physicians?||I had the unique opportunity to be involved in two preceptorships at Marshfield Hospitals and Clinics during the winter breaks in my junior and senior year. In total I was with 19 specialists in 20 days. This was a very helpful factor in my realization that I love medicine.||read other replies on this topic|
|How much did you volunteer?||I volunteered between 3 and 6 hours per week my senior year at the local hospital. My duties ranged from escorting patients to various locations in the hospital to delivering medical records to their respective departments.||read other replies on this topic|
|What clinical exposure did you have?||See shadowing above.||read other replies on this topic|
|What did you do for research?||I did not do research.||read other replies on this topic|
|Do you have any leadership experience?||I was a captain of my hockey team in high school, an athlete in college, and a tutor for individuals and groups of up to 30 people in my undergrad.||read other replies on this topic|
|What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?||Be honest to yourself and to those who will read it.||read other replies on this topic|
|What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?||Prepare to do quite a few essays.||read other replies on this topic|
|What suggestions do you have for the interview?||Be relaxed and confident. Honesty and tact is the best policy. Don't be discouraged if one interview doesn't go as well as you would have hoped. Remember that the short duration of the interview can not give a true perspective of who you are but rather how you present yourself. Oh...and smile. Interviewing is the most fun of the whole process.||read other replies on this topic|
|Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and week||I took the required courses for medical school and others that I was interested in or that I thought might help me in the future.
Abbreviated list of courses taken:
zoology, physiology, anatomy, genetics, microbiology, cell biology, cancer biology, general chem., organic chem., quantitative chem., biochem., philosophy of science, psych., physiological psych., mythology in literature, speech, computing, sociolgy, medical terminolgy, clinical lab science, stats., calculus, all the general courses (GDR's), etc.||read other replies on this topic|
|Did you do any other extracurricular activities?||I exercised, went to sporting events, watched a lot of movies and sports on t.v., went out on the town with buddies, met and spent time with my fiancee, read, slept, etc.
Remember to live a well-rounded lifestyle no matter what educational undertaking you may be in.||read other replies on this topic|
|How did you choose your med school?||I went on my gut instinct. I got the best feeling at MCW and was most impressed with the people and opportunities here. This was my first choice and I was accepted here one week after interviewing. Surprisingly, MCW handily defeated UW-Madison on my list and I am from Madison.||read other replies on this topic|
|Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?||Just undergrad.||read other replies on this topic|
|Any open-ended advice?||Work and play hard, always have a goal to work towards, be happy, honest, thoughtful and enjoy the ride.||read other replies on this topic|