Journal of a Bird-dogger

June 5, 2015 A hotel parking lot somewhere outside Chicago It is 1:30AM when we finally roll up to the parking lot of the hotel where we pick up the final member of our bird-dog crew.  Our final destination is Des Moines, Iowa, the site of our first event of the weekend, a meet and greet […]

Fast Track–Threatening Access to Medicines Around the World

  By: Alison Case, M.D. AMSA Education & Advocacy Fellow Health and trade are not traditionally clumped together.  At least, I never had a course in medical school on free trade agreements and intellectual property rights.  It might be expected that one impacts the other only in so far as any other major industry might be […]

Integrated Sciences on the MCAT 2015 Exam

By: Petros Minasi The new MCAT will present many changes, including the additions of biochemistry, psychology, and sociology, a longer test day, and a fourth section. There is one change that is subtler, but nonetheless substantial: the integration of the sciences on the exam. Integrated sciences on the MCAT 2015 In taking prerequisite courses in your […]

Why You Should Attend the Kaplan Medical School Insider Event

by Owen Farcy Join us on Monday, May 4th at 8PM ET for this year’s Medical School Insider event. Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions […]

The Challenges of an Out-of-State Medical School

by Emily Hause  Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, […]

Building, Maintaining, and Using Your Network

Petros Minasi, Jr. At the end of this month, AMSA will once again host its annual national convention, this year in Washington, D.C.. The convention presents a great opportunity for pre-medical and medical students, deans and program directors, and health care leaders to come together and share ideas, thoughts, and discuss the future of medicine. […]

Healthy exercises to start the year

Tracy Lee, OMS II A.T. Still University-SOMA Wellness Coordinator AMSA Trainee Wellness and Professionalism Committee As promised in my last post, I will give a variety of easy exercises to start off your day and your year on the right foot. First, I will give some yoga exercises to start off breathing right and then […]

New Year, New You!

Tracy Lee, OMS II A.T. Still University-SOMA Wellness Coordinator AMSA Trainee Wellness and Professionalism Committee Welcome to the New Year! This means a new you, right? I know many have New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, stay fit, or be healthy. How about we start off the New Year on a good foot? One thing […]

The Pre-Med Plan in a Nutshell

With the New Year, comes a fresh start. Last month we discussed shaping your personal statement, but in the New Year, let’s shift the focus onto your overall plan. Depending on where you are in your pre-med studies, you are going to need to do different things, but at minimum, you want to make sure […]