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 Meet Doctor Dan: The First Pre-Med Internet Adviser That Started In Residency | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 0:00:01

Episode 15: PreMed Video Blog - watch in "Video Podcasts" on your iPod. [ ?posts_id=2133240&dest=-1] Hi! I hope you enjoy the fact that I'm switching to video. You can still just listen on your iPod if you prefer, but I'll be showing you tons of on-screen tutorials. You can see the video version by looking in the Video Podcasts section of your iPod directory (scroll through the videos...). The MCAT questions, DVD course and FREE E-book are now available through the Medical Mastermind Community only. Ive launched a community website for all the fans that have built up around this movement in the past 2 years! Cheers, Dr Dan

 Time Sensitive Announcements | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:09:28

3rd Annual Medical School LIFE Conference will be May 29-30, 2010. The first one was a weekend series for the American Medical Student Association chapter at the University of Houston. Out of those conferences, the Pre-Med DVD Course was build as a sort of basic training. The following year charter members of the Medical Mastermind Community met for a weekend conference in which we led a Service Learning Project. The result was a grant proposal submitted to the National Institutes of Health to enrich students' medical education journey and encourage service to the medically underserved. All 200 of the peer-reviewed, scientific journal articles were posted inside the web site for members only. They outline every facet of the medical education journey and correspond to the 5 Phases in the Evolution of a Physician in Training, which is my Physician Wellness Initiative. The idea is to increase awareness, receive validation, and try suggestions from others to find relief. So, just read the articles as you face the different ups and downs along the way. All of the medical school exams were also uploaded to the website. Previously they were only available as part of the CD of the Month Club, but we found it was inconvenient not knowing which tests covered specific material. The web outline breaks down each block exam by the topics covered on each set of tests. You can check out the navigation without logging in. Facebook 30-day challenge. If you'll make a video about the Medical School Podcast or Speed Reading for Medical School course, I'll give you a free, 30-day account tot he Medical Mastermind Community online - a $27.99 value. This includes our biweekly conference calls, from which video archives are now all updated.

 How to find support as a PreMed and medical student. Have what it takes to be a lifelong learner? | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 0:00:01

Episode 16: New medical mastermind community starting. Also volunteering, premed clubs  and committees may help you. [ ?posts_id=2139067&dest=-1] Call me, Doctor Dan, in one of our Medical Mastermind Support Groups and discover how to stay true to yourself during rigors of the medical education marathon. Check the Medical Mastermind Group Schedule and login information. Hope to talk to you on the next call. The "medical education process" covers the whole gamut from thinking about becoming a doctor, through the prerequisites, MCAT, and application, and never really ends in residency, fellowship and with continuing medical education as a practicing physician. Do you have what it takes to be a lifelong learner? Better yet, how many people really encourage you to follow that dream? My guess is that you're like the hundreds of students I have coached, and that you've had some degree of discouragement along the way. While there are many reasons for this, the only thing that matters to the motivated pre-med and medical student is getting through it - sanely! Well, that my friend is exactly what the Medical Mastermind Community is all about. This video describes a hint of what the upcoming community is all about. If you want to learn more, sign up at on the Early Notification List and be included. In the meantime, seek out existing pre-med clubs, medical student organizations, Healer's Art courses or hospital volunteer offices for support. If someone brings you down, stresses you out, or discourages you from accomplishing your dreams - get away from them! Yes, this may mean friends and family. They'll come around later when you're successful, believe me. You need new friends. Just like the saying "you are what you eat", you think like those with which you spend your time. Hope this was an encouragement and sparks some self-care interest. The medical education process is a substantial percentage of your adult life - don't forget to live! Doctor Dan

 From medical school application to the first day of medical school: What’s in between? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:14:31

Episode 14: Life after the medical school application? How to preempt the unexpected with a surprising amount of foresight! ==================================================== The medical school application is only one phase of your life. In this podcast and blog, I put this event in to the context of the entire medical school application process, give you some things to look forward to and prepare for, as well as direct you to where you can find an entire archive of tips like these all in one place. By the time you submit your medical school application, you deserve a pat on the back. After all, you've completed the MCAT (in most cases), most of the medical school prerequisites and college, and overcome a large part of the mind game - talking yourself out of it. Many people change their mind and a growing trend is for ill informed pre-health advisers, with no qualification to speak on the subject, to discourage attending medical school. From the time you submit your medical school application to the time you start your first day of medical school, there are a lot of activities that take place. Interviews, ranking programs for the electronic match, match day, welcome parties, moving, and shopping. Oh yea, and preparing those closest to you that you're about the be besieged by books and to prepare for some distance. Let's take each of these in turn... Getting an interview is often the hardest part to getting into medical school. More specifically, getting an adequate number of interviews. How many medical school interviews is enough? Most people feel ten is a good number. Why so many? Because they interview 7-10 times more students than they have seats for. After you complete all of your interviews, you log in to the online ranking and matching service and rank the programs in order of your preference (only the ones you interviewed at). If there's a school you don't want to go to under any circumstances, you don't have to rank it in your list even if you interviewed there. An important step is to "certify your rank order list". You can rearrange the list as you decide for weeks, but once you certify it there's no turning back. (I certified mine the day before.) If you don't certify you're not in the match, so don't wait too long. I made a video tutorial on the match application and ranking system. It's the only behind-the-scenes look available and I'll tell you how to get your hands on it at the end of this podcast. In November of 2008, I released Episode 9 and we discussed drastic changes in the match system, primarily those in the Texas system. You can visit that episode in iTunes or Match day will be memorable no matter what happens. At a certain day and time, usually around February or March, thousands log in to the online ranking service to find out if they've matched and where. The match also occurs in the 4th year of med school and is very similar, but I thought I'd discuss the differences here. This is really similar to a 3-day process, so let's take the events in order: Day 1: Login to see if you matched or not. It tells you YES or NO, not where you matched. Day 2: Those that didn't match are able to view a list of all programs that have unfilled residency positions. Your medical school usually helps you find a program somewhere during a 48 hour period known as the scramble. Day 3: Two days later you meet at your school and usually have some sort of ceremony to find out where you matched. Included in my archives are a Video on residency considerations and an article on program results by specialty. Many medical schools have some sort of Welcome Weekend, or event before medical school that allows you to meet people, loosen up, and get psyched for medical school. In my school we did this the weekend right before it started. This is a very fun time and where you'll meet many lifelong friends. ====================================================

 Medical School Life Lessons: What I would different if I could. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00:01

Episode 13: Steps you can take NOW for balance in your medical career. You decide what's important and implement a plan to keep it that way... ==================================================== Announcements: Dropping a hint about my big a high speed internet connection? Also, for simplicity all CD's will be mailed out during the last week of the month. ==================================================== Podcast topic "If you had it to do all over again, what would you do different?" This is a question I get a lot, in different forms. In fact my new big project I'm coming out with in the next few months is exactly geared toward answering this question - in all it's detail. See, feedback from my podcasting has made me realize that my experience with the premed obstacles you face is fodder for you cannon! I get just as excited with you as I coach students and reawaken their dreams of becoming a physician. The biggest tips I can think of to answer this question with brevity are the following: 1. As an undergrad, write out what my life's priorities are. Establish from the beginning and keep the document handy for editing as time passes. 2. Identify what you are and are NOT willing to sacrifice in persuit of your goals. The "I'll do anything" mentality won't be reliable forever. 3. The first year of medical school and then test weeks will clearly have to be priority during medical school. It's four years, but many students schedule easier months during the last year. 4. Much further down the road, do the same thing when considering which residency specialty interests you. Many people change their minds about this over time so stay flexible as you learn new information. 5. Keep your "Life Priorities List" handy as you investigate your career options. Note: you really don't have to do this until the end of the third year of medical school, when you schedule your electives for the fourth year. Biggest tips for residency: 1. Choose something you are passionate about. 2. If possible, don't make any BIG life changes. Of course, who can really plan these things? There's never a "perfect" time to have a family.. 3. Outline reservations you'll have - that is, things you WON'T compromise clearly identified at the outset. As you progress through residency, which can be all-consuming, an indicator that you may need a career change is when you find yourself compromising your life's priorities. ==================================================== QUICK TIP: Sign up for the next Live Premed Advising Webinar when you enroll for the 7-day email course. Limited number of people available for the Tele-Clinic and I may offer this to you for a short while. QUICK REFERENCE: ==================================================== Charity of the Month for March 2009: Habitat for Humanity will receive all donations made in the upper left hand corner of Charity Mission Statement: Decent Housing For All "Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem – decent housing for all. Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses, sheltering more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide." "Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 300,000 houses with partner families, helping house more than 1.5 million people and becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing." ==================================================== Mission Statement: “Medical Mastery seeks to podcast meaning into medical education by combining faith, high-quality lectures, and charity.”

 Osteopathic Physician Training: What’s so special about it, anyway? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:22:06

Episode 12: Ostopathic Medicine Training: What's so special about it? ==================================================== There is more than one way to become a physician: Allopathic and Osteopathic. Today's discussion is about the pathway to doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) In addition to all of the traditional aspects of physician work that you're familiar with, osteopathic physicians theoretically have a few other tenants that they emphasize: 1. The human body systems need to be in correct relationship with one another (really just normal physiology) 2. The musculoskeletal system gets some special attention. I'd like to add a third: the osteopathic physician is taught to take care of the "whole patient". Holistic medicine refers to the taking care of the whole person, i.e., mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Really the only difference is that they can pop your back! They get all the same jobs, direct hospital departments, and go to all the same residency programs. So, why are we talking about them? Because some people don't apply to these programs as a first choice, leaving opportunities on the table for you. In 2007, the average allopathic applicant had a MCAT score of 28 and a GPA of 3.5. An average osteopathic applicant had a MCAT of 25 and a GPA of 3.5. Many residency programs accept the COMLEX exam, but some may also require the USMLE. ==================================================== MEDICAL SPECIALTY SPOTLIGHT: Infectious Disease 4 years of medical school 3 years of internal medicine residency 2-3 years of fellowship training in Infectious Disease Traditionally, Infectious Disease specialists operate as a consult service in the hospital. The main activity is in clinics. The approach is not that the ID doctor is there when someone has an infection, but they are there to help when the treating physician confronts a complicated patient outside his or her expertise. They also hold the purse strings for the hospital's pharmacy by serving on committees that decide which drugs can be dispensed and which ones the hospital will and will not provide. The newer, expensive antibiotics often need special approval from the committee on an individual basis. They're not being mean, their slowing down the evolutionary resistance mechanisms of the microorganisms trying to kill our patients. ==================================================== QUICK TIP: Apply to them first so that you don't forget to do it. Remember, there is nothing second rate about being a D.O. QUICK REFERENCE: National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners List of Osteopathic Medical Colleges:

 What are internships, residencies and fellowships? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:22:20

Episode 11: From MCAT to licensing - Overview of the entire medical education process. MCAT, First Year of Medical School, USMLE - and beyond... ==================================================== Announcements: Happy New Year! It's now been 9 months of podcasting and we have over 21,178 downloads. I'm very encouraged by your emails and support. In that short amount of time, hundreds of your questions have been answered and organized into a mindmap. With your help we put together a comprehensive, individualized PreMed coaching program. Visit for more information. The PreMed CD of the month club now has a link on the right of MedicalMastery. There is room for 11 more people right now. First come, first serve. That link will only be available intermittently when seats are available. Live Teleclinics now available. Sign up for the free PreMed eBook on and you'll also get email notification of upcoming teleclinics. Submit topics in the online survey "Grill the Guru". The Ebooks is 16 chapters emailed to you weekly with other, exclusive PreMed strategies and insider advice also. In total, you'll get over 3 months of PreMed email content that you can save, store, and search in your email service for years to come! DON'T DELETE the emails. ==================================================== Podcast topic The first teleclinic we did had a nice video slide that covered all the steps in the medical education process. The new website that will host the free teleclinics. After you've mapped out when you'll be finished with college and all of the prerequisites for medical school, the next available August would be your first potential entering month and year. Plan to take the Medical College Admissions Test the year before. You can successfully back-schedule from this date all of the necessary preparations so that you have time to do everything you need. The first year of medical school is perhaps the hardest of all. You will be forced to adopt different learning styles for different types of information on the fly. The focus is on how the body works normally. FIRST YEAR CLASSES: Biochemistry Cell development and tissue biology Community health Epidemiology / biostatistics Family medicine Gross anatomy Growth and development Health care policy Hematology Histology History of medicine Immunology Interviewing Introduction to clinical skills Medical ethics Molecular biology Physiology Preclinical electives Problem-based learning The second year is when you learn what goes wrong with human physiology. SECOND YEAR CLASSES: Addiction medicine General pathology Infectious disease Introduction to clinical medicine Microbiology Psychopathology Psychiatry Nutrition Neuroscience Pathophysiology Pharmacology Preclinical electives Problem-based learning Systemic pathology At the end of the second year, you take the United States Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1. This is the weightiest of the 4 USMLE exams as it affects which residency specialty you get into. The third year starts 2 years of clinical rotations. Often one month long, you spend time doing many of the specialties. THIRD YEAR ROTATIONS: Surgery Internal medicine Pediatrics Obstetrics and gynecology Psychiatry Primary Care The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge is taken before the end of medical school, as well as Step 3 Clinical Skills. The former is a computerized exam, the latter is an in-person, all day patient care simulation. The fourth year is the most relaxed of all. By this time, you already have the letters of recommendations you need for residency application and the 4th year elective grades don't matter as much as the USMLE Step 1 and basic science years' grades. Application for residency begins this year so some people have trouble choosing a specialty at this point because there isn't much time between 3rd year and ap

 What is medical school really like? Is it like the TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Scrubs? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00:01

Episode 10: Part 2 of the interview with the second year medical student Celeste Whisenant. She answers all your questions from the Grill The Guru survey. ==================================================== This is Part 2 of a telephone interview with Celeste Whisenant, a second year medical student. She answers all the tough questions about what each year of medical school is like (at least year 1 & 2 that she knows about) and compares them to TV shows in some surprising ways. This interview is part of the Grill the Guru series, in which I ask questions directly from the survey on Here is the rough outline of the questions I put together for this interview: ***Tell us about your self. "What school are you attending? How did you decide to attend that school over the other schools at which you were accepted?" (we'll have to explain the rank here) ***“What is med school really like? (as an ms1, ms2 etc.)” "What is the daily workload like? How much sleep do you get?" ***Is med school similar to what is shown on TV shows? (humor, the dating, drama, characters, hours, stress, family/home life) ***What do you know about D.O. schools, if anything? Enjoy and email me if you have any questions! ==================================================== Mission Statement “Medical Mastery seeks to podcast meaning into medical education by combining faith, high-quality lectures, and charity.”

 Drastic Changes In The Med School Matching Process | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00:01

Episode 9: Major changes to the way Texas medical schools accept their students. You have to know this or you could be missed! Interview with Celeste Whisenant, a second year medical student who almost learned this lesson the hard way! ==================================================== Topics in this podcast: Announcements Introduction of Celeste Whisenant - covered in the audio only The Dreaded Interviewer - covered in the audio only Current Strategy for the Medical School Match (Sign up for the Free eBook in the upper right and you will get access to photos of the ranking system online and learn exactly how to avoid the problem Celeste had.) ==================================================== Announcements: The CD of the Month Club now off the market. Live Webinar: get all your questions answered in one place - for FREE! December 2, 2008 at 6PM Central time. Sign up for the Free PreMed eBook on and you'll get an email with login instructions in the days leading up to the seminar. ==================================================== Current Strategy For The Medical School Match: In 2007, a major change occurred in the way Texas medical schools choose their students, more in line with what's been done in the rest of the country. Prior to this change, students applied to the recommended 20-30 medical schools and waited for an interview. After interviewing at hopefully several places, students ranked their favorite schools (only those they interviewed at) electronically on a secure website. Then, the student just waited for "match" day in early February. Well, the game has changed and I want to give you some strategic tips on you should approach this for your best advantage. You still apply to the 20-30 schools and need to get an interview, which I have always felt is the biggest cut-off in the process. However, now it really has become a race to get absolutely the earliest interviews possible, especially if you really have a favorite medical school you want. See, once the medical schools have met you at the interview they can send you an "Early Offer" giving you 2 weeks to go ahead and accept a position at that school. These offers are independent of any other interviews you may have scheduled. For example, if you have an interview in October (one of the very first of the season) and the rest of yours are in December, the first school could send you an Early Offer. You have 2 weeks to accept it - before you've even interviewed at the other schools! If you say no and want to interview at the other schools, then that first school will include you in the electronic match (discussed in my Free eBook -sign up in the upper right). The strategy I want you to realize is that as soon as interviews start in October, seats are filling up all over the country. Students are grabbing up the first opportunity to secure a position. You should too. Do absolutely EVERYTHING possible to go to the earliest interview date offered to you. My recommendation is that the majority of applicants should accept the first offer they are given. The electronic match is now for the leftovers, those people that didn't get any offers or refused them. The ones that refused offers are either completely stellar students that had other offers on the table or didn't listen to this podcast. Don't decline your last Early Offer. Take what you can get. You'll thank me later. ==================================================== QUICK TIP: So, what can you do about these changes? Here's a checklist for you to follow: __ Ask for letters of recommendation by February or March at the latest. __ Submit your application to medical school during the FIRST WEEK they start accepting them. __ Fill out and mail or electronically submit all secondary applications to medical schools that require them. (Check each medical school's admissions website to download or read

 I actualy convinced this guy to go to Medical School! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00:01

Episode 8: Interview with Tyler Relph, a former PreMed, covering the meat and potaoes of medical career decisions that all of us face. The interesting twist is that he chose to go to Chiropractic school. Explore your options and listen now! ==================================================== ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm almost finished with my complete, A-Z, PreMedical video tutorial course! If you're not already one of the hundreds in the exclusive email list receiving chapters of my FREE PreMed eBook, sign up in the upper right of now. Very soon, only people who have signed up will get the details on this video course! ==================================================== This episode is the first in an interview series that was suggested by you - our listeners! Use the Grill The Guru survey on to submit your questions for future medical students and doctors I will interview. Now, we'll get right to the interview with Tyler Relph - a former PreMed tells us why he changed his mind. To hear the rest of this interview, join the CD Club online today! Here is what he wrote and what we used as the outline for the interview. That is, until he turned the table at the end... “I grew up playing soccer competitively, so the sports emphasis has always drawn me. When I was considering medical school, I was planning on going into orthopedic surgery followed up with a sports medicine fellowship. I wasn't too concerned with the schooling I would go through, however the thing that made me call of my medical degree pursuit was the lengthy residency in conjunction with the 80 hour work week. 1. FAMILY - I'm married and have three children (3, 2, and a NB) If I were to go through medical school, I wouldn't be an MD for 6-7 years (one year to finish up my bachelors, one year to finish up my prerequisites/ apply for med school, and four years of medical school). At that point my children will be 9, 8 and 6...then I start into my 80 hour work week as I venture into 3-7 years of residency (surgical specialty of some sort). Therefore, I wouldn't be starting my practice until my oldest is 16. Through this possibly 13 year schooling journey, I believe I would miss out on my children's lives too much to the point that it would affect them in a negative manner. I also have to consider time to continue to build into my marriage - to achieve my educational goals at the cost of my family is no success at all! 2. PAST EXPERIENCE - I have benefited from chiropractors immensely as I previously twisted my sacrum bad enough that I could barely walk. After seeing a chiropractor for about a year, I was able to join the military (i.e. all of the physical demands put on the body through physical fitness) and have no problems with my sacrum. 3. LIFESTYLE - Once all boils down to family. I want to be able to be at home every night to ask the kids how their days were without the interruption of having to be called in. I can set my own hours - providing a two hour lunch break to be able to eat lunch with my wife and continue to build up that relationship. The money has very promising rewards - you work hard, the money will follow. Being my own boss and, if in a team practice, making the decisions with my fellow practicing chiropractors is "complete" freedom. 4. DURATION - The number of years of training - this brings me back to point one. By the time I am done with chiropractic school (with no residency of 80 hours a week), I will be thirty, at which point my oldest will be 8. This allows me to be entering into my practice when the children are still young, being able to nurture those relationships as the teen years begin to approach. I will be attending Palmer West where a sports emphasis is available, in which students get to practice on professional athletes (currently the sports council is attending the Ironman competitions in Kona, HI providing chiropractic assistance to the competi


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