Medical student conversations is your chance to hear from those who have successfully made the transition from premed to med student. You’ll get an inside glimpse as to what medical school is really about.
The conversations and discussions are not scripted, this is unparalleled access to the thoughts and views of med students.
What I did was speak with my peers in medical school and just asked them open-ended questions and let the conversation flow accordingly. Some of the students focus more on surviving medical school while others go into detail about the process of just getting there.
It is amazing to see the diversity of backgrounds and stories that everyone has about their experience in becoming a doctor. No one’s path to medical school is alike and each student has a different perspective on what medical school means to them.
Honestly, you are really going to enjoy the stories that follow and it may change your outlook on being a premed student. For some it may fuel your motivation to become a doctor, for others it may tell you that you need to be working much harder in your premed classes. While others may finally see what medical school is all about and have any myths dispelled.
I can guarantee you this though each medical conversation is unique and definitely an eye-open so this is a page you will want to bookmark and visit often as stories will be constantly added.
It goes without saying that med students are extremely busy and it is hard to get in touch with them for these conversations so I want to thank those who were generous of their time to speak openly about things which may seem very routine to them but are extremely unique for premed students.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of secrecy in medicine as you will find out…where names and identifying information is rarely provided. This is due to medical students having a fear of facing consequences if they speak openly about their institutions and also because of healthcare privacy laws like HIPPA. Therefore, do not be surprised if real names are not used and if the insitution the student attends is not provided.
These students will eventually be applying to medical residency programs and they do not want to give future program directors a bad impression of themselves.
Alright, enough chit-chat from me, let’s jump into the first medical student conversation.