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  • Reflections from an LGBTQ Premedical Student

    AMSA and national partner Kaplan have teamed up for a blog series featuring AMSA leadership from across the country. We are calling this series The Premed Experience, and each week AMSA's On Call and Kaplan's Med School Pulse will post new articles from AMSA leaders on their premedical experience and journey to medical school.

    by Corey Hoch, LGBT Programming Coordinator- AMSA Gender & Sex Committee

    When I heard about the opportunity to write a blog post for AMSA, I was excited for this wonderful opportunity. After the initial excitement wore off a bit, I was left thinking to myself, “What am I going to even write about?” As premedical students, it’s as though we are constantly being told what we should be doing, what we shouldn’t be doing, and it seems as though we are never doing enough. So instead of becoming just another one of those to-do lists, I wanted to make this more personal, a post with which maybe somebody else out there can relate.


    The Dilemma

    It’s a scary world out there, especially as a premedical student. Sometimes I get caught up second-guessing myself and pondering all the what-ifs. I become my own worst enemy.

    Can ...

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  • The Importance of Shadowing as a Pre-med

    AMSA and national partner Kaplan have teamed up for a blog series featuring AMSA leadership from across the country. We are calling this series The Premed Experience, and each week AMSA's On Call and Kaplan's Med School Pulse will post new articles from AMSA leaders on their premedical experience and journey to medical school.

    Daniel Gomez

    Daniel Gomez - AMSA Premedical Regional Director
    Ohio State University

    Shadowing: Why and How

    An overlooked, but essential component of a pre-medical student’s curriculum vitae is shadowing (observing) a physician. After having the opportunity to shadow several physicians in different specialties, I can honestly say that it was an excellent way to gather additional information about the profession and definitely affirmed my decision on pursuing a career in medicine. Shadowing physicians can aid pre-medical students to understand the work that is performed by a physician in both a private practice and hospital setting in order to compare between the two. Shadowing is definitely an important aspect of a medical school application for the fact that it looks great, but only if it shows you have knowledge of the clinical or hospital setting as well as the line of work, if asked at during a medical school ...

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  • What Kind of Physician Will You Be? How Variation in Health Care Impacts Your Training

    By Anita Arora, MD Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s Class of 2012, and Alicia True, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s Class of 2015

    When fourth-year medical students choose which residency programs to rank highly in the Residency Match, various factors play an important role: a hospital’s reputation, the training curriculum, and the student’s own geographical and lifestyle preferences. But there’s something else America’s next wave of doctors should consider: the differences in care provided by even the most elite teaching hospitals, and how these differences affect the way we will practice medicine.

    During residency training, we learn by observing faculty who make decisions regarding how to treat chronically ill patients or whether to recommend elective surgeries. A new report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, which examined the care provided by 23 top academic medical centers, found considerable variation in both the intensity of care provided to chronically ill patients at the end of life as well as the frequency with which patients undergo surgery when other treatment options are available. It also showed that quality, safety, and patient experience ratings did not increase with increased intensity of care. These variations in the way care is delivered are not ...

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  • Patient Safety & Quality Symposium

    In the 1980’s, the Harvard Medical Practice Study found that 4% of hospitalized patients were injured and that two-thirds of those injuries were preventable. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine issued a report, To Err Is Human, which found that there were between 44,000 and 98,000 preventable deaths in the U.S. each year. Since these findings, health care has gone through major changes.

    With these changes, patient safety problems have become increasingly evident. According to the white paper, Unmet Needs, published by the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation, medical education and training institutions have found themselves struggling to keep up with the need to assure that student physicians are properly equipped with the skills, attitudes, knowledge and behaviors (i.e., patient safety competencies) that will make them capable of becoming part of the patient safety solution.

    The Patient Safety and Quality Symposium offered by the American Medical Student Association, in partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation with funding support through AHRQ, and being held September 7-8 at Jefferson School of Population Health, will address the critical steps needed to successfully position students and the institutions they attend to function safely and effectively in health care ...

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  • Personal Reflection: Research Elective

    Sajeet Sohi, M.D.

    This past fall I had the opportunity as a visiting fourth year medical student to complete a research elective in Pediatric Hematology within Johns Hopkins Medicine. I have been inspired by the dedication the residents, fellows, and attending physicians show towards patient care and advancing medical knowledge. Being exposed to the research process and clinical excellence offer a physician-in-training like myself a goal of what the ideal medical practitioner would be.

    I still remember my first day on the campus walking to the Registrar’s Office and awaiting my placement. I was impressed by the size of the campus and I tried to absorb the history I was surrounded with. Clinical clerks from medical schools in the U.S. and around the world participate in the program and I would recommend an elective in a large academic center to my fellow clinical clerks. I look forward to further clinical research opportunities in the future.

    It was a terrific learning experience and I gained a new appreciation for academic medicine. I will always remember my experiences as I progress through my career. As I reviewed the records of the patients; especially since it was a pediatric population I have realized the ...

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