Thinking about a career in medicine? Are you working towards the daunting path of premed courses and MCAT review? This is the podcast for you. On this episode, we had the opportunity to sit down with Brennon Barajas (MSIII) and Angela Guerra (MSII) for a breakdown into the world of applying, getting in and surviving medical school. Both Brennon and Angela will be the first physicians in their family and describe their hard work and efforts that paid off with acceptance to medical school. Brennon is a third year medical student at UT Health San Antonio and Angela is a second year at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Texas Tech Health Science Center, El Paso. Angela and Brennon discuss their undergrad days and strategies that help them succeed then and now with the course load and stress of a continuum of standardized tests, clinical rotations and the balance of keeping both feet on the ground. From their days working as scribes, an invaluable experience for anyone interested in medicine, to their latest stage of preparing to apply for residency, Angela and Brennon share a down to earth approach to “drinking from a fire hydrant.” What makes you a great candidate for medical school? Thinking about residency, do the challenges ever end? Whether you are in High School or undergraduate school, Angela and Brennon offer their advice of how to approach the process, taking the MCAT, programs and opportunities and the steps to take to streamline your process. You will come away with a great Closeup about the different personalities, the different degrees and the actual fun one can have traversing your four years in medical school. That is right – medical school can be fun!
03:51.87 Adjustments from undergraduate school to medical school
07:18.80 Traditional vs. non-Traditional students and differing backgrounds of applicants
11:04.77 Other Requirements in medical school, Volunteer work, Community Service
13:49.00 Teaming up medical students, student wellness
17:21.49 Medical school, curriculum and USMLE
23:11.07 Medicine as a career, preparing for medical school, recommendations for
someone who wants to go to medical school
27:52.91 PreMed, Early Acceptance and Double T program
31:43.85 The MCAT, studying for the MCAT and the best time to take it.
35:22.99 What Makes you stand out as an applicant for Medical School?
37:54.62 Scribing and what is a Medical scribe
47:13.49 Deciding on a specialty
50:08.09 Applying for residency
51:45.50 Research in medical school
55:53.91 How do you deal with stress?
57:47.97 Residency, what are competitive fields? What makes you competitive? What is the actual
process for applying?
1:00:45.31 Downtime? Other interests? Time for family and relationships?
1:02:12.11 Do you have time to work in medical school? Family and relationships?
1:03:57.41 Summarize biggest challenges in going to medical school, anything you would do
1:06:55.49 Angela and Brennon discuss their plans to apply for Emergency Medicine and why?
1:09:29.95 What advise do you have for someone who has taken the MCAT and maybe didn’t do as well
or didn’t get an interview? Post Baccalaureate Programs
LINKS OF INTEREST:
What is a Medical Scribe?
American Association of Medical Colleges – AAMC.org
AAMC – Aspiring Doctors
Direct Med Programs – BS+MD or BA+MD in 6, 7 or 8 years