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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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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.

    Episode 138 – Siale

    Episode 138 – Siale

    “It comes in waves, where everything feels really good and then there’s those moments you’re like, ‘Why did I do this to myself? Trying to remember, why am I here?’ It’s really been a dream and an opportunity to be here and to do something where you feel you’re supposed to be.” Siale grew up in Utah county and was a dedicated activity throughout the majority of her academic career. At a young age, she had a fiery determination to pursue a career as a doctor that was further cultivated by watching her mother interact and connect with her patients as a hospice nurse. A series of health setbacks during a two-year period in the Philippines motivated her desire to be a doctor and tackle the health discrepancies that people from various backgrounds face. Today, we discuss the ebb and flow journey of getting into medical school, always “shooting your shot” in the application cycle, and the importance of finding a mentor and giving back to your community.

    • 36 min
    Episode 137 – Ludovica

    Episode 137 – Ludovica

    "My mentor early on, the Italian doctor, he showed me how to be truly a compassionate physician. I remember he used to spend so much time with the patients talking to them, not only about their disease, but just getting to know them." Ludovica grew up in Italy until the time she was 12 years old. She recalls her uncle, a traveling doctor who would go to small villages to visit patients in their homes. She says that it was his influence that began her love of medicine. Today we discuss moving to the U.S. before learning English, the difference between Italian medicine and America medicine, research experiences, the power of mentorship, and finally, preparing to apply to medical school.

    • 25 min
    Episode 136 – Ha

    Episode 136 – Ha

    "I thought wow, what is it about medicine that can take something that can be so raw and so hurtful and transform it into something that makes people somewhat excited and hopeful and that kind of launched me into medicine." Ha grew up with her grandparents close. It was their respect for doctors and appreciation for health care that sparked Ha’s interest in becoming a doctor. Years later, after achieving her undergraduate degree from Harvard, Ha will be attending medical school at the same place her grandparents received treatment. Today we discuss what it’s like to leave your family and home state to study in Boston, how important it is to find community, choosing the right activities that align with your goals and passion, and finally, applying to medical school with hopes to land your first choice.

    • 38 min
    Episode 135 – Kaitlyn

    Episode 135 – Kaitlyn

    "I ended up shadowing another female physician who had a family and kids and was balancing other things. That’s when I knew I could do it. It points to the importance of representation in medicine because your mind is so moldable when you’re younger. You can really be effected by the role models you see around you." Kaitlyn grew up in northern Idaho with a love of science and an affinity for sports. Even after receiving a lot of discouraging feedback surrounding women in medicine, Kaitlyn pushed to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Today we talk about how to balance life and prepare for medical school while participating in time consuming sports related obligations, perseverance through three application cycles, how to improve your application after feedback, and finally, what it’s like to apply to 25 different schools with 13 interviews.

    • 43 min
    Episode 134 – Michael

    Episode 134 – Michael

    "I grew up with humble means. My dad was a meat cutter at Smith's, a lot of my childhood we were living in trailer parks, and we had a couple bankruptcies, so I kind of got here on a winding road." Michael grew up with a very humble background in Cedar City Utah. To pay for his college education, he decided to join the Army National Guard. During his undergrad, Michael fell in love with the sciences and considered going into the heath care industry. It wasn't until he was almost finished with nursing school that he knew he wanted to be a doctor. Today we discuss the winding journey that led to medical school, best practices for interview day, and finally, what it's like to be the first medical student in the family.

    • 29 min
    Episode 133 – Annabah

    Episode 133 – Annabah

    "It was really fulfilling being able to create products that I knew were going to better people’s lives, but it didn’t feel as real without seeing their actual impact and seeing the people it was helping day to day." Annabah's family experienced a lot of health related issues during her teen years. Spending time in and out of the clinics allowed her to grow respect and appreciation for doctors and the health care industry. It wasn't until after achieving her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and working in the field that she realized she wanted to practice medicine. Today we talk about the pivot in career choice, what it is like to move away from Utah for the first time to attend Stanford university, volunteer time in "street medicine and how that led to a term with Americorps, and finally, preparing to apply to medical school.

    • 39 min

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