The Pre-Med Podcast
Summary: A Medical Mastermind Community member
Episode 40: Learn how to manage your time more efficiently by developing a study SYSTEM that will allow you to really relax when you're away from the books. This episode is the first in a multi-part series of Frequently Asked Questions. Based on a recent survey, Dr. Dan groups students' answers by theme. Discover very high yield tips for managing your time, mastering the Clinical Years, getting a better MCAT score and more. If you listen to the podcast, you'll have a better understanding of the appropriate use of memorization techniques and why so many students spend most of their time studying the wrong way for the MCAT. Enjoy!
Episode 39: Short of getting a literature degree, find out Dr. Dan's expanded resource and study tips that can help you overcome the MCAT if you have been plagued by repeated, unsatisfactory scores. MCAT Statistics Two-thirds of entering medical students have a science undergraduate background and often struggle with the MCAT Verbal Reasoning section. Despite repeated attempts to increase a sub-par MCAT score, a substantial percentage of students that take the MCAT again and again are unable to increase their MCAT score impressively. Having doubts about the MCAT? I know I did. After 2 months and $2,000 paying for a “professional” MCAT Prep Course, my MCAT score did not go up. Are you in that situation too? If not, try to avoid it – take it from me! The MCAT is the most unusual test you’ll ever take. It goes into painstaking detail about topics that you’ve never heard about, unlike ‘most’ final exams. J If this sounds like you, then pay attention. Top 7 MCAT Tips – When All Other Efforts Have Failed Do these in order, like a checklist: Watch this video on how to Master the MCAT. Study the Silver Bullet MCAT book by Dr. Brett Ferdinand. Take real AAMC – released, old MCAT tests only. As you study, determine the patterns of mistakes that you are making on the old MCAT tests. (use #1 and #2 above to help you figure this out) Immerse yourself in the “language” of Verbal Reasoning if that section is troubling you. Read passages DAILY until you take the MCAT from Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, and similarly cerebral sources. Then, do the following with each passage: AA Determine what the author’s opinion is about the topic. B) Determine what an opposing view might be. C) Become a critic of every passage you read, whether you agree or not, and construct arguments that would go against the author’s opinion. Begin thinking of your MCAT troubles in a positive way using the Success Story Format. Attend regular, live Medical Mastermind Community Teleconferences and use the private, members-only My Blog to track your progress and continue learning. Here’s the link to the Google Calendar that can be “added to your Google Calendar” at the bottom for automatic reminders of the upcoming Medical Mastermind Community Teleconference Series.
Episode 38: In this episode, you'll learn the statistics of the first-ever peer-reviewed data on a revolutionary approach to an age-old problem - increasing MCAT and GPA scores! How to Increase Your MCAT Score Use a Mastermind approach. Instead of trying to figure out what works through trial and error, why not rely on people with experience to help give you ideas for how to KNOW you'll reach your goals. Study how you study. In the Medical Mastermind Community, you'll learn how to design a custom system for yourself so that you'll know how well you're doing weeks before your actual exam. Watch this video on how to Master The MCAT. Beginning A Medical Career Who knew that 5 years ago when I started podcasting that it would turn into the first peer-reviewed PreMed prep course! Notice that you wouldn't balk at spending $1000-$2000 on a professional MCAT course such as Kaplan but they don't even publish data on if it works. In the past year, I've written and published a record-breaking amount of scientific literature as an intern: 4 papers: one case report accepted for publication, one systematic review on treatments for burnout in medical students, and 2 for increasing GPA, MCAT scores and acceptance into medical school 3 poster presentations: one already presented (discussed in this podcast episode; click audio link above), one pending acceptance at the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities conference, and one I that was accepted but that I had to turn down because I was too busy! 3 research projects: two completed and the third is pending approval from the institutional review board Five more papers/projects are in the hopper! Astounding, eh? No, it's the Mastermind concept at work, and it can work for YOU TOO! How to increase your GPA There is no escaping it - you HAVE TO watch all 9 videos of our Study Techniques Course. Once you pay and login to this website, click on EXAM PREP in the upper-right hand corner. The Study Techniques Course is found on the first 3 tabs of that pull-down menu. It will change your life or your money back. Read the Medical Mastermind Community Review Dear Doctor Dan, About a year and a half ago, I joined your Medical Mastermind Community. I wrote to you unsure as to whether I should attend the Caribbean medical schools I had been accepted to and start then, or study for the MCAT and apply to US medical schools. I opted to attend the Carib school, and here I am 14 out of 16 months later, 60 days away from completing the last courses of Basic Sciences. I am currently taking Pathology II, Pharmacology, Medical Ethics and Behavioral Science. The study techniques I have learned by being a member have been fantastic. I record every lecture, I listen to them evenings and weekends sped up on faster play speeds, and repeatedly approaching block exam time. This has proven to be a great technique for me, because I can listen harder during the in-person lecture, instead of trying to listen AND write voraciously. I save most of the writing until that evening with my printed power point notes and text book. I never imagined how much information one can miss the first time you hear a lecture in class. I end up adding so much more on the power point printed copy, in addition to text book notes. Hearing the instructor tell "the whole story" again and again made a huge difference in my performance, even on "hyper-speed." Additionally, I do make a checklist of "testable items" for each topic. I actually print out the table of contents from my PDF versions of my text book, highlight the lecture topics, the date it was taught, and check off each concept every time I go through it (4-5 times). Next semester, we (and most Carib med schools) have a mandatory 5th semester review for the USMLE, which takes place back in the U.S. I will be in touch with you prior to then, for direction from your "community." Sincerely, Lisa Lamar - Success
Episode 37: This is the second in our Master the MCAT Core Sciences content from studentdoctorpodcast.com. The first edition on DNA was a success and I'm happy to be publishing number 2 of 50 MCAT MP3's here on the Premed Podcast. At the time of this podcast release (March 3, 2012), I'm offering a free 30 days' access to the Master The MCAT program, and all of the Study Techniques and Dr. Dan's personal MCAT notes for positive reviews in iTunes, YouTube, and Facebook. You can get 10 days' access for a positive review in each place, for a total of 30. Even if you're just now finding this podcast months or years from the release date, you should still write the positive review! You'd be surprised how often only grumpy people fill out reviews so it will take a lot more positive ones than I ever thought to balance that out. Once you write your positive reviews in Facebook, iTunes, and YouTube, click on the Contact page above and shoot me a personal email. I look forward to your participation in the Medical Mastermind Community from that point forward! Best, Dr. Dan
Episode 36: This is the first MP3 out of 50 that covers the core MCAT science content you NEED to know for the MCAT. Get all 50 MP3s instantly at studentdoctorpodcast.com. How much would you pay for someone to write all of your MCAT notecards for you? Now you don't have to! Check out the Medical Mastermind Community to get Doctor Dan's notes. These are the pertinent MCAT questions that appear in the undergraduate, Pre-Med curriculum. Use them as a supplement to undergraduate courses and you’ll discover the secret to using your time wisely - HIGH YIELD return! BENEFITS: Know that your method works! Hey, I used these and aced these classes!!! Quickly find the section that relates to your upcoming exam! Save tons of time learning medical material now, while it correlates with your UnderGrad courses Figure out why you have to take all those prerequisite courses in the first place! Spend more time with family and friends Organize yourself to ace all of your board exams from the very beginning of your PreMedical and Medical education! FEATURES: DVD-ROM format, compatible with Windows Explorer and Macintosh Finder SEARCHES Over 2,500 of my favorite MCAT questions, also reviewed AFTER medical school The Q & A’s are nicely organized with the question on the left side of the page and the answer on the right. Fold the page in half, down the middle and use it as an inexpensive notecard - thousands of questions! Never before have Pre-Med and medical student notes been so intimately intwined. This is a must own! Topics include: Physical sciences: General Chemistry Physics Biological sciences: Pathophysiology Biochemistry Biology And several useful charts and notes. The Q & A’s are nicely organized with the question on the left side of the page and the answer on the right. Fold the page in half, down the middle and use it as an inexpensive notecard - thousands of questions! Start using them in Undergrad and learn the board material from the start! Why wait until medical school to learn how important your undergraduate education is?
Episode 35: Did you know there will be sociology, psychology and an increased emphasis on critical thinking and reasoning skills on the new MCAT? Well, some of the changes are already in effect and have been for a few years! In this episode, Dr. Dan explains the why, what and when of the new 2015 MCAT changes that are coming. Why change the new 2015 MCAT? The AAMC cites that increasing population diversity and new medical science have spurred their changes. Read their full recommendations here: The New 2015 MCAT Changes What will the MCAT changes be? A new psychological, sociological and biological foundations of behavior sections will be included, according the above report. Also, an increased emphasis on Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills will be placed. Of course, these have been tested for many years in various ways. Interestingly, in 2009, the AAMC released a book that revealed the 4 cognitive skills being used to test every MCAT passage. The 4 cognitive skills ALWAYS being tested in any MCAT passage are: Evaluation Application Comprehension Incorporation Strikingly, only 25% of these questions types (1/4) require any previous knowledge to answer the question; no wonder the literature majors do so well on Verbal Reasoning! Can you name the three cognitive skills that require NO OUTSIDE INFORMATION? If not, you're apparently like most students who take the MCAT. No MCAT prep company really uses these cognitive skills, published by the AAMC itself - who writes the MCAT, to teach people about the MCAT. It's time you learn about the Master The MCAT program, brought to you exclusively from the Medical Mastermind Community. Check it out...
Episode 34: Learn new tips on MCAT prep classes, study techniques, the mindmap CD, personal essays for DO applications, and a recommended flashcard tool. In this episode, Dr. Dan breaks his usual format in order to answer listener questions. Premed Questions and Answers You have to listen to the podacst to get the answers, but here are the questions that he addresses: Do you have any new tips and tricks regarding MCAT prep classes? I got a 24 on the AAMC MCAT test #3 and have one month to study for the MCAT. Shall I go for it? I received an F in Physics in undergrad, but then got an A later in grad school. Do you think it will seriously affect my chances of getting into medical school? If I upgrade my subscription in the Medical Mastermind Community, what CD's will I receive? Where is the CD shipping schedule? I'm overwhelmed by the amount of material inside the Mastermind Community and on the Mindmap CD. Do I have to read it all? Thank you for giving me feedback on my personal statement. Should I comment on the philosophy of osteopathic medicine in my DO application? Here is the Flashcard Program that was mentioned on the show: ANKI srs
Episode 33: Listen to this science content review and learn its format for your own audio notes. Hematopoietic Agents Notice how these show notes are arranged: a list review of hematopoietic agents (that cause red blood cell production), core text review, and an audio version. This fits into the Mastermind Study System after you have attended lecture, read the material once, and are reviewing your notes and organizing them for the first time: MCAT Study Notes: 1. Growth Factors 2. Erythropoietin 3. GCSF - granulocyte colony stimulating factor 4. GMCSF - granulocyte/macrophage colony stimulating factor 5. Thrombopoietin 6. Folic Acid 7. Iron 8. Ferrous Sulfate 9. Iron Dextran 10. Desferoxamine 11. Cobalamin - Vit B12 Growth Factors General Initiation - Stem cell factor, IL-3, and GMCSF stimulate marrow stem cells to proliferate and form burst forming units and colony-forming units Differentiation - stimulated by growth factors for each of the major cell lines 1. RBCs - Erythropoietin 2. Platelets - Thrombopoietin 3. Granulocytes - Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) 4. Monocytes/Macrophages - Monocyte/Macrophage stimulating factor (CSF-1 or M-CSF) Erythropoietin glycoprotein produced in the kidney acts synergistically with IL-3 and GMCSF Hypoxia - stimulates the synthesis and secretion of erythropoietin (adenosine A2-receptor, cAMP) Causes 1. increase in the rate of mitosis of BFU-E and CFU-E 2. increase in release of reticulocytes from the marrow 3. induces hemoglobin formation requires adequate supply of iron Therapeutic uses 1) progressive or chronic renal failure 2) anemia of patients with AIDS being treated with AZT 3) Anemia caused by cancer chemo 4) Preoperatively to permit storage of larger volumes of bloods 5) Anemia in myelodysplasia Side Effects 1) hypertension and seizures Myeloid Growth Factors GMCSF, GCSF, IL-3, CSF-1, M-CSF Clinical investigations ongoing for: 1) nonneoplastic diseases or malignancies that interfere with marrow production 2) neutropenia caused by chemo 3) augmentation of host defenses against infection 4) harvesting of peripheral blood stem cells Thrombopoietin preliminary clinical studies now improves the platelet count following chemo induced thrombocytopenia IRON General absence of iron - microcytic, hypochromic anemia essential forms of iron - hemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes, and nonheme iron-dependent enzymes Absorption - almost exclusively in the duodenum and jejunum Ø enterocyte regulates the absorption based on need Ø DCT-1 (divalent cation transporter-1) involved in transport of iron from the gut lumen to the enterocyte increased in iron deficiency Ø HFE control enterocyte iron and DCP-1 levels defective in hereditary hemochromatosis Ø Normal absorption - 1 mg/day in male, 1.4 mg/day in female Transport - bound in blood to transferrin Excess storage Ø RE system and hepatocytes as ferritin or hemosiderin Body store of iron is highly conserved - no active excretion of iron Pharmacology Oral Ferrous Sulfate - treatment of choice for iron deficiency Ø remember dosage based on amount of elemental iron content Ascorbic Acid - increases the absorption of iron by reducing the iron from ferric to the ferrous form. Optimal absorption occurs when dosage occurs in a fasting state Side Effects Ø GI distress, heartburn, nausea, upper abdominal pain Iron poisoning rare in adults - due to "mucosal block" children do not have mucosal block 4 distinct phases of acute iron t
Episode 32: A different dentist weighs in this month, but wait - he's applying to medical school! What? You've never heard a podcast like this before... A Dentist Turned Pre-Med Seriously? You judge for yourself, but I think that the same decision factors that the last dentist we interviewed used to decide TO CHOOSE dentistry as a career, this dentist looks at them totally differently and CHOOSES NOT to stay in dentistry.
Episode 31: The content dentist. Next month will be a discontented dentist turned pre-med! Learn why they made their choice and how to make your own. Pre-Dentistry I've had numerous questions about other health fields besides pre-medicine. So, in this 2-part podcast series we will hear from two dentists: Five Reasons To Become A Dentist Listen to the podcast and discover the top reasons why Dr. John made his career choice to become a dentist. What I've always found fascinating is that these same decision factors can be used to justify the opposite - listen to next month's podcast to see exactly how that can happen...
Episode 30: Doctor Dan explains the average MCAT for allopathic matriculates in the United States. The Average MCAT In 2010, the Association of American Medical Colleges (no affiliation) reported the following numbers from the entering class of allopathic medical students: Mean Total MCAT Score = 31.1, with a standard deviation of 4.1 Reviewing our MCAT average graph, this means that 15.9% of the 2010 entering class scored at or under 27. MCAT Verbal Reasoning Scores 2010 average was 9.9 MCAT Biology Scores 2010 average was 10.8 MCAT Physics Scores 2010 average was 10.4 MCAT Writing Sample Scores In 2010, a score of R was in the 75th percentile, Q was median, and a score of N was in the 25th percentile.
Episode 29: Harvard advice on the medical school personal statement. 6 Don'ts & 6 Do's Personal Essay Help www.InsiderMedicalAdmissions.com 6 Don'ts of Writing Personal Essays: Don't be generic. Don't use personal medical experiences. Don't be vague. Don't write more than one page. Don't use flowery language. Don't use quotations. 6 Do's of Writing Personal Essays: Do start early, say during the winter before your application cycle. Do make an outline. Do show, don't tell. Do start with a zinger and end with a clencher. Do be proud. Do address severe deficiencies in the essay. (learn how to do this yourself here)
Episode 28: This is where I ask him the big question - you don't want to miss his answer and the reason he gives for it! Caribbean Medical Schools This is the final reveal! Take a listen and see exactly why people complain about the quality of medical students coming from "some" Caribbean medical schools. In summary, this two-part series on "Do Caribbean Medical Schools Suck" has addressed the following points: The quality of medical training is on par with US Medical Schools The standard of care is often not based on American culture The content for licensing in the US is often outdated What do YOU think? Do they suck? The opinions expressed in this interview are solely those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Premedical Solutions, LLC or The Medical Mastermind Community and its members.
Episode 27: You have NEVER heard this stuff before - I promise or your money back... The opinions expressed in this interview are solely those of the interviewee and do not reflect the opinions of Premedical Solutions, LLC. yada yada yada
Episode 26: Learn the "Master Key" to taking notes and converting them for the Free Recall Study Method. Dr. Dan discovered it independently and, years later, found that he was not alone. In this episode, I'm going to tell you exactly how to prepare your notes from class and employ the free recall method. Something like one or two weeks before your exams to give you a serious boost to your exams scores. Now this is no BS, this is no hype. I'm just excited about it. Apollo audio books actually uses this exact same format which I discovered on my own as a pre med in all of their professional medical school audio courses. And right now, I'm in negotiations with Princeton review for you guys, to get them to create a full blown MCAT version. Highlight only notes or passages that you DON"T ALREADY KNOW Record these high yield notes in a Question-Pause-Answer format Listen to them throughout the day But you do not have to wait one or two years. By then you may already be in medical school. I truly hope you are. I'm going to teach you right now, exactly how to use the wisdom behind this study method in your daily operations of undergrad courses. And for your MCAT review. You do not have to wait. Let's get started now. I want to start of explaining this format by exactly what kind of pressures and needs triggered me to discover this secret on my own. Going back to the time when I got out of the army and took on a job as a phlebotomist, for two years straight, as a full time student in pre med I worked from Friday afternoon at five until Sunday at midnight on call to be a phlebotomist and drive around a tri-state area covering hundreds of miles and drawing blood in nursing homes usually stat orders that didn't necessarily qualify these elderly people to go to the hospital but couldn't wait until Monday. I sort of cover these places on the weekend. Which meant I drove hundreds of miles every weekend, the troll truck I was in used to hurt my back, the whole story, you get the idea. MCAT STUDY TECHNIQUE The challenge as a pre med though, was I really needed study time. That was a problem because starting Friday afternoon, my pager would start going off and I couldn't sit in front of the book. So that was a big pressure situation. I made decent money back then, and this was around 2000 when I got out and was a pre med and for the next two years before medical school. And while I was actually driving, I got paid mileage too on top of $9 an hour. It worked out to something like $17 an hour if I was on the road. It wasn't bad money at all. And with my military benefits, I could afford to live on my own in an apartment and things like that, you know. So I was kind of strived for cash, totally strived for time, yet I need to ace my courses. And I did pretty much ace my courses. I did graduate with 3.85 magna cum laude at MI University in Biology. So that was pretty good. I figured out a way, to study without sitting in front of books. It did require some preparation during the week. But let me go through that process of the things I tried and what worked and what didn't. First of all, the funny thing, and fun thing about this is, my portable recording device was a cassette tape recorder. This was only 11 years ago from the time of this recording. Now I'm using a – several hundred dollar digital device with a microphone and a podcasting studio at my home. Things have changed a lot. And there are some specific advantages to the digital voice recorders that are out there in Wall Mart and Best Buy and everything right now. MCAT MP3s Okay. So when I first decided that, "Hey, recording my notes and reading them on to a recorder and then hitting the road and driving around, and doing the blood draws that I had to do was a great idea. That's exactly what I did. I first started by just taking my notes that I had written in class from Monday through Thursday an