The Important Considerations for Starting a Career in Medicine

You’ve finally finished all those years of training and now it’s time to make a decision second only to choosing a spouse—what you will do for the rest of your life. You’re probably thinking about salary and getting rid of debt, but those are secondary issues. First of all, your employment choice should fit with your long-term vision and plan for you and your family. Second, you should fit into the culture of your future practice or organization.
Long-term plan, what long-term plan? I’ve just been trying to make it through all these years of residency. Probably so, but now it’s crucial to think down the road at least ten years. Make sure that what you do next year gets you to your desired future. What do you want to be doing in ten years? Private practice? Hospital employee? Academics? Where? Does the proposed location meet the needs of your spouse and family?

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5 Steps to Preparing for Your Medical School Interviews

After obsessively checking your email every five minutes for weeks, the appearance of your first interview offer brings with it a flood of relief and excitement. All that studying, volunteering, and writing of countless secondary applications has earned you a coveted interview slot. Yet coming on the tail of such excitement is that sense of panic. What now?

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The Dual Path: What to consider when considering an MD-PhD

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
I was sitting in the back of a filled auditorium listening to a presentation about the medical school application process when I heard the question that would forever change my life’s trajectory. “What about MD-PhD programs?” a woman sitting somewhere down in front asked. That was the first time I had heard of the dual degree program. Having struggled to decide on my career path, this seemed like the best of all worlds: I could get an MD and a PhD.

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