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Profile and Perspective for Brian Dix                  Viewed 23752 times

General Information
Name:Brian Dix
School:College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Graduating:2011, DPM (Podiatry)
Marital Status:Single
Second career:No
Contact prefs:You may contact me.

Pre-Med Info
Pre-med:BS Biology, South Dakota State University
Number med schools applied to:2

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Why medicine? What is your story?I chose podiatry because I really enjoy the hours that will be associated with it. Also because it encorporates many aspects of medicine which includes, dermatology, neurology, and surgery. The reason I got interested into Podiatry was because as a child I had many feet problems and had to see the podiatrist on many occations. Then later in life one of my friends entered the field before I did and really got me interested in the profession.read other replies on this topic
Are you in any special circumstances? Anything unique?Only that I will be married when I start school in august of 2007.read other replies on this topic
What was the hardest part in preparing for med school?Staying dedicated when all of my friends were out partying.read other replies on this topic
How much did you work while going through pre-med?I did not work during the school year because school was my job. In the summer I worked in hospice and developed a very good bedside manner.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for MCAT preparation?I took a Kaplan prep course where I was living. It lasted about 3 months and really kept me on task.read other replies on this topic
How much did you shadow physicians?I shadowed 2 different podiatrist's in the area in two very different settings to get a total feel of what it was like to be a podiatrist.read other replies on this topic
How much did you volunteer?I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity many times at my college which was building a house.read other replies on this topic
What clinical exposure did you have?I worked at the Mayo Clinic as an intern and had the opportunity to experience many surgeries first hand.read other replies on this topic
What did you do for research?I did two different research projects. The first one I did involves chromosomes in maize. The second one was at the Mayo Clinic and involved radioactive assyaing for angiotensin II in identifying hypertension.read other replies on this topic
Do you have any leadership experience?I was president of Residence Hall, a delegate at a leadership conference for my university, and also President of Mortar Board of my school. I also taught anatomy lab.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the personal statement?Try to use one specific instance that really changed the way you thought about medicine and intertwine that throughout your whole paper.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the secondary applications?Did not have to fill any out.read other replies on this topic
What suggestions do you have for the interview?Review your personal statement and visit Student Doctor Network for interview feedback from the school you will be interviewing from.read other replies on this topic
Describe your pre-med schedule, typical day and weekHave class in the morning until noonish. Study in the afternoon and then have most nights free to hang out with friends.read other replies on this topic
Did you do any other extracurricular activities?Yes, I played intramural football, basketball and was involved in church group activities.read other replies on this topic
How did you choose your med school?I picked DMU because it has awesome first pass rate on boards, excellent residencies, the campus is really new, and the school is located in the midwest.read other replies on this topic
Did you take any extra coursework in preparation for med school?Nope just took the required courses.read other replies on this topic
Any open-ended advice?If you really want it stick with it and you can achieve it. This might mean retaking classes or the mcat and watching friends out in the work place making money, but if you really want it hardwork pays off and dreams do come true!read other replies on this topic

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