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20 Questions: Lindsay Stokes, Emergency Medicine

Lindsay Stokes, MD, attended medical school and residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY where she still lives with her husband and daughter. She is currently an attending in the Emergency Department at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA.
When did you first decide to become a physician? Why?
I got a Fisher-Price stethoscope for my fourth birthday and after spending my whole party listening to the heartbeat of anyone who would let me, I decided that being a doctor was the coolest possible job. I have always been fascinated by the human body and as I got older, the social aspect of being meaningfully involved in other people’s lives became appealing to me as well.
How/why did you choose the medical school you attended?
I am a proud member of the It-Was-The-Only-One-I-Got-Into Club, and while we are not the most vocal group, we are (statistically) the most populous.
What surprised you the most about your medical studies?
I was always shocked at just how much there was to learn. In first and second year I’d spend two weeks memorizing a 4-inch stack of notes on a body-system and thinking I had a pretty good grasp on every cell and protein that made it work. Then I realized that each of those cells and proteins had their own 4-inch stack of notes!

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Q & A: Pharmacy Admissions Insider

Applying to professional school can be one of the most daunting challenges of a student’s career. The pharmacy admissions process is no exception, and students may find it overwhelming at times. The Student Doctor Network recently sat down with Jeff, a member of a pharmacy school admissions committee, who shared his perspective on the process and some advice for students.

SDN: What advice would you give an undergraduate student just starting to explore the field of pharmacy? How can they tell whether pharmacy is right for them?

Jeff: The two things that someone who is interested in pharmacy should do are to make sure that they have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist in a variety of settings, and that the degree they are seeking is aligned with their career objectives. Many individuals are drawn to pharmacy school based upon nothing more than their perception of what a pharmacist does, with the perception based upon their visits to community pharmacies as customers or the television commercials produced by the national drugstore chains to promote their pharmacists. As you would suspect, their perception of what a community pharmacist does on a daily basis is usually wrong. Others make it to their admissions interview day and tell their interviewers that they want to work as a hospital pharmacist so they can work with patients to discover the cure for breast cancer or diabetes; a noble goal to be sure, but one better suited for a doctoral degree in pharmacology or medicinal chemistry.

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