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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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Episodes

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

Episode 108 – Antigone and Ira, successful couples match and recent graduates at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

6/27/2018
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“Am I really going to derail the path that I’m on right now to line up with somebody else?” Antigone and Ira have different versions of how they met, but it was the journey here to UUSOM that brought them together. We talk about what it meant to be a couple in med school and the big decision that Ira made to line his path up with Antigone’s. They share how it felt to spend a year apart, and finally, how their fourth year was “organized chaos”.

Duration:00:51:49

Episode 107 – Zach, spouse of recent graduate at the University of Utah School Of Medicine

6/13/2018
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“Try to put them first and reduce the stressors in their life.” Zach met his wife Tenley, while she had taken a year off to improve her application for medical school. We talk about what it was like to go through the process of transitioning from a regular job life to a medical student life, and how it was important to keep the lines of communication open when frustrations occurred. He shares the ways that made her a priority to help reduce her stress, and finally, the types of ideas he...

Duration:00:56:55

Episode 106 – Successful couples match and recent graduates here at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

5/30/2018
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“It’s really nice to come home to someone or to hang out with someone that gets it.” Madison and Noah met for the first time in the beginning of their first year of medical school and got to know each other well when they were grouped together in anatomy lab. We talk about what it was like to become the first “official couple” in their class and how long it took them before they started thinking about couples matching for residency. They share the most important aspect of couple matching and...

Duration:00:48:23

Episode 105 – Danielle, spouse of a medical student here at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine

5/16/2018
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“The first year was hardest for me just because I wasn’t sure if I need to help him balance his studying or if I just needed to support him studying nonstop.” Danielle met her husband while they were both student ambassadors at Weber State University pursuing medicine. In this episode, we talk about her experience embarking on the med school journey as a spouse. She shares how she was able to support her husband through endless amounts of studying with their “work hard, play hard” moto, and...

Duration:00:48:12

Episode 104 – Alex, MD/PhD Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

5/2/2018
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“Having an aspirational figure I could kind of see that this was a career that I wanted and then exploring other options and then and then ultimately deciding that both research and the physician track were what I wanted to do.” Alex grew up watching her mother work as a physician-scientist and knew she wanted to follow in her footsteps. We talk about the path she took to get there and why it’s important to have a broad perspective as an MD/PhD. She discusses the ways she found balance in...

Duration:00:24:55

Episode 103 – Jon, MD/PhD Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

4/4/2018
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“The big thing about PhD is learning how to express your ideas in a coherent manner and explain to people why it’s important, why we should research that.” Jon has spent more than a decade as a student on the University of Utah campus in pursuing his undergrad degree and now his MD/PhD. We talk about his time on the Men’s Basketball team and how he prepared for medical school while playing. He discusses his Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research and the new and upcoming announcement...

Duration:00:35:36

Episode 102 – Dallas, MD/PhD/MBA Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

3/21/2018
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"It’s never a bad idea to have goals and ambitions and to try to reach for them. I think the folly is when people set unrealistic expectations, or they set expectations and when they’re not able to meet them, they don’t have a back-up plan.” Dallas became involved with research during her undergrad years and felt that it was the frontier of medicine. That realization led her to apply to MD/PhD programs. We talk about her triple crown and the time involved in accomplishing that task. She...

Duration:00:30:39

Episode 101 – Jessie, Fourth Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

3/7/2018
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"I like that I can be kind of a calming force in someone's potentially worst day of their life." Jessie knew she wanted a career in medicine and explored several different avenues before deciding to apply to med school. We discuss how a talk given at her White Coat Ceremony inspired her to keep a journal during her first two years of school, and how an Emergency Medicine doctor is like a "jack of all trades." She shares her story of deciding to join the United States Air Force just a week...

Duration:00:44:04

Episode 100

2/21/2018
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"The most satisfying thing about my life right now in my profession, is that I have patients. Patients are different than friends; many are also friends, but your patients take you into their life, they trust you, they let you know things about themselves they wouldn't tell anyone else and you become a critical part of who they are, and in turn, they become a part of who you are and boy, that's the most satisfying thing about my life, I'd never give that up." —Dr. Wayne Samuelson, Interim...

Duration:00:25:17

Episode 99 – Candus, Fourth Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

2/7/2018
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"Time is going to pass anyways. What you want to do with that time is more important than how long it's going to take you." Candus was two classes away from receiving her bachelor's degree in physical education when she realized it wasn't what she wanted for a career. We talk about her journey through education that eventually led her to the path of medicine, and how she coped with feeling lost after discovering the specialty she had been pursuing as a medical student didn't match her...

Duration:00:41:41

Episode 98 – Doug, Fourth Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

1/24/2018
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“Kids are resilient, and they go through things that a lot of people don’t go through.” Doug entered into his third year of medical school with the thought that he would become a pediatrician. He shares how his first rotation exposed him to something that he would ultimately decide to pursue as a career specialty. We discuss the how to navigate experiences that may not be positive while in your third year. Finally, we talk about the golden phrase that all third year medical students benefit...

Duration:00:19:37

Episode 97 – Colin, First Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

1/10/2018
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“The U medical school was a great pathway to be the kind of doctor that I want to be.” Colin got accepted into two medical schools his first year of applying, but decided to defer one and turn down the other acceptance. We talk about what led him to make that decision and how he recognized the need for personal growth. He discusses his passion for helping others and the meaning of “urge surfing”. Finally, we talk about his decision to apply to the Early Decision Program (EDP) and some of the...

Duration:00:33:43

Episode 96 – Dan, First Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

12/27/2017
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“There was a sudden moment when I called the band together and said ‘guys, I’m quitting.’ And they said ‘no, you can’t quit! Just do what you can’.” With a passion for music, Dan started playing in local bands during his junior year of high school. At the age of 18 and just a senior, he and his band were signed to a record label and on their way to success. We talk about what that was like for him in the early stages of recording and touring, and how he made the decision to pursue medicine...

Duration:00:35:05

Episode 95 – Rebecca, Fourth Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

12/13/2017
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“You’re not alone and, if I did it, you can too.” Depression can be something students experience in medical school, but not many talk about it. MS4 Rebecca sat down with me to have a very candid conversation about her experience of struggling with depression. We talk about wellness and how it is different for everyone, and why it’s important to be able to recognize when it’s time to seek help. She shares the difficulties of being in medical school, and finally, we discuss the resources she...

Duration:00:32:57

Episode 94 – Madison, First Year Medical Student at University of Utah School of Medicine

11/29/2017
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“Really evaluate and keep re-evaluating yourself in how you manage your time.” Madison grew up in Utah and had the opportunity to attend an undergrad institution outside of her home state, but was passionate and confident in what the University of Utah could offer her as a student and future doctor. We talk about her experience as a Presidential Ambassador and how she learned early on in her studies the importance of time management. She shares what it was like to be deeply involved in...

Duration:00:34:37