Q&A with Dr. Suzi Schweikert, Ob-Gyn and Medical School Admissions Expert

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As a physician, I have worked in private practice, academic medicine, research medicine, and community health. I currently work in a non-profit community clinic, where I treat patients, supervise nurse midwives, and train providers on electronic health records. At Accepted, I advise students applying to medical school, residencies, fellowships, PA, NP, MPH, nursing, midwifery, and other healthcare-affiliated programs. I enjoy working with traditional and nontraditional applicants alike and believe that healthcare is at its best when providers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Continue reading “Q&A with Dr. Suzi Schweikert, Ob-Gyn and Medical School Admissions Expert”

How to Maximize Your Pre-Interview Research

One of the most exciting and nerve-wracking stages of the application process can be your medical school interview. On the one hand, receiving an invitation for an interview can be a huge confidence booster because it proves that you’ve impressed the admissions committee enough that they want to meet you. On the other hand, because medical schools invite significantly more students to interview than they have room for in the class, going to an interview can make the competition feel even more fierce. Continue reading “How to Maximize Your Pre-Interview Research”

Preparing For Your Interview: A Master Class

This interview season, SDN has partnered with the admissions team at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to bring you an interview master class, exploring the dos and don’ts of medical school interviews. This video includes several vignettes depicting scenarios an interviewing student may face. Watch how one student performs in his interview, and listen to feedback on the student’s performance from Dr. Kelli Braun, MCG’s Associate Dean of Admissions. Continue reading “Preparing For Your Interview: A Master Class”

Q&A with Dr. Nikki Stamp, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr Nikki Stamp is a cardiothoracic surgeon in Sydney, Australia. As one of only nine cardiothoracic surgeons in Australia, she is also a strong advocate for women in surgery and other professional positions traditionally occupied by men, and for doctors’ well-being and prevention and management of mental health issues amongst doctors. Dr Stamp is also a mentor and teacher to young doctors and other hospital staff.
Dr Stamp obtained her medical degree and graduate diploma in surgical anatomy from the University of Western Australia and has completed training in cardiothoracic surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She has a particular interest in cardiology and women’s heart health, and promotes evidence-based healthy living. Continue reading “Q&A with Dr. Nikki Stamp, Cardiothoracic Surgeon”

Top 8 Strategies to Prepare For and Ace Your Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The Multiple Mini Interview, commonly abbreviated to “MMI”, is one of the most dreaded interview formats.
Applicants fear the MMI so much that some students literally freeze during their interview! This is because the actual questions are less predictable compared to traditional or panel-type interviews. Each mini interview has a different question type, and applicants find it hard to prepare for them. Continue reading “Top 8 Strategies to Prepare For and Ace Your Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)”

How The Timing of your Doctor Job Search Could Lead to a Financial Windfall

You most likely believe the best time to start your medical job search is late autumn of the final year of training. That’s the standard advice, but it may not be the best for you. First, you will be just one of many job-applicants fighting for limited openings. Secondly, you will not have adequate time for preparation—you need your market value report and negotiation skills training completed before you start the process. In the rush to prepare for board exams, move, find a place to live, and find a job all at the same time you may have to skip the prep work and might not be able to bargain for the best deal. Continue reading “How The Timing of your Doctor Job Search Could Lead to a Financial Windfall”

Osmosis Co-Founders Ryan Haynes and Shiv Gaglani

 
Ryan Haynes, PhD and Shiv Gaglani, MBA discuss how they went from anatomy partners to the founders of Osmosis, an advanced learning platform that helps medical & other health professional students succeed in classes, on board exams, and in the clinic.
Tell us about yourself
Ryan: I’ve had a longstanding interest in how the brain works. Before attending Hopkins for med school I did a PhD in neuroscience at Cambridge studying decision making. I now live in Charlottesville, Virginia where my wife is a resident in neurology at UVA.
Shiv: I am passionate about developing scalable solutions in the fields of healthcare and education. I attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine between 2011-2013 and then took a leave of absence to co-found Osmosis as well as complete an MBA at Harvard Business School. I’m now based back in Baltimore where my fiance, Malorie, is an OB/GYN resident at Johns Hopkins. Continue reading “Osmosis Co-Founders Ryan Haynes and Shiv Gaglani”

Q&A with Dr. Abeyna Jones, Occupational Physician and Entrepreneur

Dr. Abeyna Jones is an occupational medicine registrar at King’s College Hospital and the Medical Director of Medic Footprints, a social enterprise for doctors and medical students promoting alternative careers and wellbeing. She is also a Fellow with the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellowship, devised to support UK doctors develop their enterprises whilst in clinical training and practice.
Dr. Jones received her medical degree from the University of Nottingham (2006) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Edinburgh (2011). Continue reading “Q&A with Dr. Abeyna Jones, Occupational Physician and Entrepreneur”

CASPer® for Medical School Admissions: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Introduction & Background
The CASPer® (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test is a 90-minute online situational judgment test (SJT) created by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. This computer-based test is taken in a non-proctored environment, raising criticism about its validity. Continue reading “CASPer® for Medical School Admissions: What to Expect and How to Prepare”

The Changing Landscape of the Multiple Mini Interview

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) was first adopted by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada at the Michael G. DeGroote, School of Medicine back in the early 2000s. Initially, MMIs were used strictly during the admissions process for medical school.
For starters, depending on the specific program where you interview, your MMI circuit will likely consist of 6 to 12 stations and may include rest stations. There will be as many participants in your interview circuit as there are stations. The instructions for each station are typically posted directly outside of each room and you are given up to two minutes to carefully read the prompt prior to entering the room. At the end of the two minutes, a bell will sound and this is your cue to enter the room. Typically, a bell ringer type method is used to keep track of the time and you will be allocated six to eight minutes for each station before moving on to the next station. Continue reading “The Changing Landscape of the Multiple Mini Interview”