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The ultimate resource to guide you on your journey to and through medical school. Get the inside scoop from pre-med advisors, physicians, faculty, alumni, and current medical students about all areas of medical school. Topics will range from tips to getting admitted (and having your application stand out), to familiarizing yourself with the culture of medical student life, and finally how to prepare for a residency and the Match. Hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, 'Talking Admissions and Med Student Life' brings valuable information to anyone thinking about a career in medicine whether you're in high school, pre-med or already a medical student. The views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are solely those of the participants, and in no way reflects those of the UUSOM.

The ultimate resource to guide you on your journey to and through medical school. Get the inside scoop from pre-med advisors, physicians, faculty, alumni, and current medical students about all areas of medical school. Topics will range from tips to getting admitted (and having your application stand out), to familiarizing yourself with the culture of medical student life, and finally how to prepare for a residency and the Match. Hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, 'Talking Admissions and Med Student Life' brings valuable information to anyone thinking about a career in medicine whether you're in high school, pre-med or already a medical student. The views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are solely those of the participants, and in no way reflects those of the UUSOM.
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The ultimate resource to guide you on your journey to and through medical school. Get the inside scoop from pre-med advisors, physicians, faculty, alumni, and current medical students about all areas of medical school. Topics will range from tips to getting admitted (and having your application stand out), to familiarizing yourself with the culture of medical student life, and finally how to prepare for a residency and the Match. Hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan, Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, 'Talking Admissions and Med Student Life' brings valuable information to anyone thinking about a career in medicine whether you're in high school, pre-med or already a medical student. The views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are solely those of the participants, and in no way reflects those of the UUSOM.

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English


Episodes

Episode 128 – Jessica, third year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

7/10/2019
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“I had to ask myself some serious questions. One of them was: If you get to the end of your life and this is what you did, you stayed in real estate, would you feel like you had done enough? The answer for me was no, so I knew I had to make a change.” In the back of her mind, Jessica had always wanted to be a doctor. As a single mother of three, she prioritized taking care of her family by building a successful career in real estate. Jessica remarried, and with the support of her family, the...

Duration:00:29:56

Episode 127 – Troy, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

6/26/2019
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"The theme of my application was my Spanish. I did some volunteer work at elementary schools, where I would translate at parent teacher conference. I got involved with the American Red Cross where I taught CPR and emergency preparedness in Spanish. I kind of wove Spanish into all of my activities." During his undergrad, Troy was sure he wanted to teach Spanish. After volunteering for the American Red Cross and taking an anatomy class, his heart turned to medicine. Fortunately, Troy has been...

Duration:00:48:35

Episode 126 – Keti, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

6/12/2019
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“I really like puzzles. I felt like internal medicine had puzzles & mysteries, but I think Neuro has more.” Keti has known she wanted to be a doctor since kindergarten. Having a mom in medicine and a passion for science only solidified her direction. It wasn’t until her third year that Keti found herself having to choose between the love of internal medicine and neurology. We discuss the struggle of choosing between two passions, the transition from undergrad to medical school, study habits,...

Duration:00:36:50

Episode 125 – Guinn, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

5/29/2019
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“I ended up getting involved with Planned Parenthood and volunteered at the county jail where I taught sex ED. I also volunteered with the Rape Recovery Center and worked on the crisis line. Those are the main community things I did, it changed a lot of how I ended up thinking about my career and what I wanted to do.” Guinn did not get accepted her first application cycle. After taking her post-cycle feedback to heart, she was able to really strengthen her application and in the process gain...

Duration:00:48:39

Episode 124 – Chelsey and Marcus, fourth year medical students at University of Utah School of Medicine

5/15/2019
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"We always re-emphasized again and again, our number one priority was each other and we couldn't let the match come between that." Chelsey was a T.A. in Marcus's undergraduate anatomy class. Needless to say, it was love at first G.I. lesson. After going through pre-med and medical school together, Chelsey and Marcus have finally matched and are ready for the next adventure. We discuss Chelsey's Hesitation to go to medical school after getting married, Marcus's difficulty choosing a...

Duration:00:49:23

Episode 123 – James and Laura, fourth year medical students at University of Utah School of Medicine

5/1/2019
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"One of the things we were really interested in was matching at programs that were collegial with really friendly cultures." James and Laura met during undergrad at Utah State University. Initially James was the only one who had plans for medical school. When Laura discovered her love of medicine, they both hoped they would be accepted at the same school. We discuss Laura's jump from pre-pharmacy to medical school, winning funds from Bench to Bedside, what it's like attending medical school...

Duration:00:58:56

Episode 122 – Kyle, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

4/17/2019
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"It wasn't just me trying to be a doctor, my whole family, my wife and my kids, they just loved the idea and were supportive and kind." Kyle started medical school at 34 with full support from his wife and kids. It wasn’t until his psychiatry rotation that he realized where he wanted to be. With a background in social work, Kyle came to understand that the experiences from his past were an important part of his future. We discuss how that journey transpired, what makes medical school a...

Duration:00:49:35

Episode 121 – Natalie, third year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

4/3/2019
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“It’s no secret that I love surgery, I’ve loved surgery since before medical school.” Natalie comes from a family of surgeons but wasn’t sure that she would take the same path. It wasn’t until after withdrawing from an acceptance to law school, and moving to Utah for art and snowboarding that she realized her true passion was to become a trauma surgeon. We discuss how that journey transpired, the similarities between surgery and art, and finally how Natalie plans to use her social media as a...

Duration:00:37:04

Episode 120 – Jordan, third year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

3/20/2019
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“I have met some of the best people of my entire life and made some of the best friendships I think I ever will make among my classmates.” It was her physician mother who inspired Jordan to pursue a life in medicine. Much of her childhood was spent watching her mom touch patients’ lives and build meaningful relationships with peers. Now it’s her turn to do the same. In this episode, we talk about that journey. Jordan shares her experience preparing for medical school, how customer service...

Duration:00:43:03

Episode 119 – Ian, third year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

3/6/2019
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“The Uber of Ophthalmology.” As a child of a Foreign Service member, Ian grew up in Beijing, China. We talk about his experiences there, and what it was like to move to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University. We discuss how the Foreign Service application compares to medical school applications, and his innovative ways of making money as a med student. Finally, Ian voices his thoughts on how ophthalmology makes a big impact in a short amount of time and why he’s interested in...

Duration:00:45:31

Episode 118 – Nick, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

2/20/2019
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“The best thing about Anki is that you study every day; if forces you, you’ve got to do your reviews every day.” It was during Second Look Day that Nick heard about the Anki app from a second year student here at UUSOM. Having previously used the app in undergrad, he wasn’t a big fan but decided to take a look at how it could help him in medical school. We talk about what the program is and how it’s become a powerful study tool for him. He shares what makes a good or bad flashcard and...

Duration:00:26:14

Episode 117 – Kristen, second year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

2/6/2019
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“I want to do more; I want to know what those numbers mean, I want to have that impact on people.” Kristen had always wanted to be a doctor, but fell in love with systems biology engineering in undergrad and later landed a job as a Technical Program Manager. While presenting at a conference, she was asked if she understood what the numbers she was presenting meant in terms of how they relate to treating a patient, and it was then that she realized she wanted to do more. We talk about her...

Duration:00:31:46

Episode 116 – Will, The Road Less Traveled

1/23/2019
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“I started studying for the MCAT and kept coming to the fact of why am I doing this?” Will was on the path to medical school, studying for the MCAT and volunteering, when he realized it wasn’t the path he wanted to take. He talks about how this realization came to be and what the shift towards pursuing dentistry instead was like. We discuss the differences in the MCAT and DAT, and finally, the similarities between applying to medical school and dental school.

Duration:00:31:18

Episode 115 – Cecelia, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

1/9/2019
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“It never felt quite right; it always felt very close to right but not quite there.” Cecelia, having grown up in Utah, became interested in science while she was dancing for a company in San Francisco. We talk about her decision to go back to school, why she initially chose physical therapy and how she realized it wasn’t the right fit for her. Finally, she shares what it was like to fit in returning to school to complete additional pre-requisites, having a baby and preparing to apply for...

Duration:00:32:23

Episode 114 – Brett, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

12/26/2018
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“It’s all about the deep breath.” At 15-years-old, Brett had spinal fusion surgery that he received permission to record. Seeing the footage confirmed his desire to become a doctor. He talks about his surgery experience and what it was like to go back to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a year later to spend time in the OR with his surgeon and see the same surgery he had been through. He shares what his connection is to Kevin Costner and what it was like to be the youngest “jacketed member”...

Duration:00:27:33

Episode 113 – Sam, first year medical student at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

11/28/2018
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“I feel very lucky in the sense that being older, being non-traditional; once I actually determined that’s what I was going to do, I didn’t doubt it.” It was during a senior film project in Africa that Sam started to think about what other possibilities were out there for him to experience. We talk about that trip and how it began to steer him in a different path from where he was going. He discusses balancing a career in digital media while preparing to apply for medical school and why he...

Duration:00:26:22

Episode 112 – Alejandro, first year medical student at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

11/14/2018
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“I wasn’t so much scared of the work or the work ethic of going into medicine, I was more timid if it was what I really wanted to do and if I could withstand it emotionally.” Alejandro had always been interested in biology and science, but it wasn’t until he started volunteering at the VA that he found his passion for helping others. We talk about how that impacted his journey and solidified his path to medical school. He reveals his thoughts on the strategy behind applying to the Early...

Duration:00:48:22

Episode 111 – Taylor and Doug, successful couples match and recent graduates at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

10/31/2018
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“It was the single most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life and I never would have gotten through it if it wasn’t what I wanted.” Taylor and Doug knew of each other in undergrad, but it wasn’t until their first year of medical school that a friendship formed and finally, a relationship. We talk about the pact Doug made with several of his classmates in anatomy lab and how it was eventually broken. They both discuss the study habits they developed while in their first year and why it...

Duration:00:45:38

Episode 110 – Parvathi and Anish, successful couples match and recent graduates of University Of Utah School Of Medicine

10/17/2018
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“Nobody will understand what it’s like to go through medical school other than the people going through it with you; to have someone in a relationship with you whose going through the same thing, it’s unbelievable.” Parvathi and Anish met during their first week of medical school, but were only friends as both were in other relationships at the time. We talk about what it was like to move from friends to dating during their second year of school and why it was nice to be in a relationship...

Duration:00:47:49

Episode 109 – Annie, spouse of a recent graduate at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine

7/11/2018
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“Just as you’re figuring out something, it changes on you.” Peter and Annie met in junior high school, but didn’t start dating until a few years later. When Peter decided to apply for med school, Annie knew that she would stand by his side and support him throughout the journey. We discuss how applying for med school compared to applying for residency, and how it was important to be flexible with constant changes. She explains how setting low expectations as a spouse created less...

Duration:00:47:21