Road To Medicine

Not I nor anyone else can travel that road for you… Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.

– Walt Whitman

Road To Medicine is a page dedicated to highlighting true, real-life experiences in the medical field. We hope that by having this information, our viewers can improve their understanding of what it’s like to be in the medical field.

The Med Lifestyle is a journey.

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What You Need To Do To Get An Orthopedic Surgery Residency— From a Current Ortho Resident

Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try to answer as soon as I can. Regarding how to choose away/elective rotations: I have been asked multiple times about how to choose away rotations, especially regarding what strategy is best (regional vs. tiers). I rotated at 3 places that were all in the same geographic location, of 3 varying “tiers” if … Continue reading What You Need To Do To Get An Orthopedic Surgery Residency— From a Current Ortho Resident

Real Advice- What Does It Take To Be #1 In Your Medical School Class?

Authored by: Hussain W. I studied with a small group of students every night, each of whom was an A or A- student in most classes. We studied until after midnight most nights, and usually for a solid 8-10 hours at least one day out of the weekend. We were constantly ahead of the material, preparing for lectures 1-2 weeks in advance and repeatedly quizzing … Continue reading Real Advice- What Does It Take To Be #1 In Your Medical School Class?

Is Medical School As Stressful As They Say It is?

Authored by: Sabrina G. Before medical school, your frame of reference is coming from a point of really only knowing what it’s like going to class everyday, studying and taking exams. It’s important to realize that that is only the first half of medical school (depending on how your school works). I would argue that the clinical years of medical are significantly more important to … Continue reading Is Medical School As Stressful As They Say It is?

The Daily Schedule Of A Neurosurgeon

Authored by: Sherry R. 4:30am – Alarm 5:15am – Leave for work 5:30am – Arrive at work 5:30am – Start rounding 6:50am – Meet pre-op patient answer questions etc. 7:00am – M&M (or some other business meeting etc.) 7:45am – OR for first case 10:00am – Out of OR from first case, finish up any rounding, grab a quick bite, meet next pre-op patient 10:40am … Continue reading The Daily Schedule Of A Neurosurgeon

Is It Worth It To Be A Doctor?

Authored by: Anonymous Becoming a doctor costs a lot. I ran some numbers. Background: I’m 25. It’s not unlikely that I would be accepted into medical school. Top marks: 520 MCAT (98th Percentile), 3.8 GPA, Cornell undergrad (2016) Good research: 5 Publications, 18 Abstracts, 3 years in biomedical engineering lab at UPenn (2016-2019) I’m a snowflake: a disadvantaged applicant, family received welfare, cash assistance via … Continue reading Is It Worth It To Be A Doctor?

My Low MCAT Success Story

Authored by: Christina G. I was recently accepted to medical school by Western and good-waitlisted by Ottawa after my first cycle applying. I promised myself that when I got in, I would share my experiences and help others in any way that I could. So without further ado, here is my story: I began my first year of undergrad at UofT in the Life Sciences … Continue reading My Low MCAT Success Story

You Should Know The Name: Dr. Tom Catena

Born in Amsterdam, New York as the son of an Italian-American judge, Gene Catena, and his wife Nancy, Catena grew up with six brothers and a sister. His brother Paul is a Catholic priest. Catena graduated as the salutatorian from Amsterdam High School and later with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University in 1986. While at Brown, Catena played nose guard on … Continue reading You Should Know The Name: Dr. Tom Catena

Passion In Medicine, Is It A Necessity?

Authored by: Stephen D. Disclaimer, I’m in medicine, doing grunt work as a PGY-3, and signing up for a fellowship in critical care, so I’m a bit of a masochist for long hours and sick patients. I didn’t consider it my “calling,” but I certainly couldn’t imagine doing anything else as a premed. I didn’t get to truly love and appreciate medicine until my clinical … Continue reading Passion In Medicine, Is It A Necessity?

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