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Which macbook to purchase for med school? [Nov. 29th, 2011|08:12 pm]
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I'm aiming for medical school.

The only problem is I'm not in medical school, so I'm not sure exactly what kind of laptop (macbook I've decided) I'll need.

I'm looking for efficiency above everything else. Which of these options is most efficient? 

There's different versions of the macbook pro: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro?aid=AIC-WWW-NAUS-K2-BUYNOW-MACBOOKPRO-INDEX&cp=BUYNOW-MACBOOKPRO

There's also different versions of the macbook air: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_air/select

What serves you most efficiently, if you have a macbook? And since I have a couple more years as an undergrad student to go, should I wait for newer models? 

I appreciate your help,
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Premed, opted out, now premed again? [Oct. 18th, 2008|12:36 pm]
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When I started college, I was a bio/premed major. During freshman and sophomore years, I took a number of med school required classes, but did VERY poorly on them (as in, Cs would be my highest grades) - I wasn't disciplined, didn't know what I wanted out of life, etc. I was highly discouraged (by others and mainly myself) and by the beginning of junior year, I had switched to a different major as I decided to follow a different career track (I've done better in my courses since I switched, but  my overall GPA is about a 2.2). Outside of academics, I know I'm pretty solid (I don't have much experience in the health field but I do volunteer in general -have an interest in social justice issues- and should be able to get some supportive letters of recommendation).

Lately, as a college senior, I've been thinking of giving myself another chance at being a doctor. I don't think I could get into med school now (which is fine) - while being efficient, I want to take my time and make sure I'm doing things properly (ie: I don't want to rush into taking the MCAT just to wildly apply to X amount of schools by Dec 1).  I'm no longer afraid of hard work and am willing to do what I feel is necessary to improve my chances to get into a good medical program when the time is right.However,  I'm not sure what steps/path to take  now:

I thought about applying for postbac programs, but the majority say it's for people who haven't taken any of the prereqs OR for people who took the prereqs but have strong academic history  (and like I've said before, I've done the majority but have done badly in them).

Should I graduate college and then retake the required courses at another school while volunteering somewhere? Or are there any postbac programs for people who are in the same boat as me? Or is it more of a should I start all over (finish at my current school, then transfer elsewhere and take said classes over again)?

What would med schools want to see from me, following a semi non traditional path? Up until a little while ago, I was perfectly okay leaving my science gpa as it was because I was planning to go into a field where it didn't really matter).

Please advise if you can (anything else -that's constructive- you'd want to share would be much appreciated). Thanks!


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It would be really nice to know what I want to do with my life right about now. [Apr. 23rd, 2008|10:52 pm]
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I know the urge is there, but I'm not sure if I'm willing to pursue medicine. As of now, I have interests in other areas of study, but like most undergrads entering college, I'm very hesitant on my career choices/major options. I just hope that I don't waste the first 2 or 3 years of my college experience on something other than my "dream career"; I have a feeling that medicine will sneak up on me when it's too late in my college days to study it. When did you realize medicine was your calling?

Oh yea, I forgot to mention that I am planning to volunteer at a children's hospital his summer to get a broader perspective in the 'shoes of a doctor".
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Another Step 1 Question [May. 25th, 2007|09:50 am]
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What did everyone use to study pharm?

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Something totally what the hell?! [May. 23rd, 2007|10:34 am]
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[Current Location |Aussie]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

We had a pretty animated discussion regarding this article during one of our tutorials. It was kind of outrageous.

Basically this doctor was the supposed family doctor of a couple. He helped delivered their first child. Then the husband comes in for consultations regarding his sexual problems.

And what happens??

The poor husband discovers that the doctor was screwing his wife behind his back (talk about radical treatments!), and had also been conveying his sexual problems (every single bit!) to the wife. On one occasion, hours before the husband came in for one of his appointments, he found out that his wife had sex with the doctor on the very same desk they were having the consultation.

It is highly ridiculous, i tell ya. This doctor was brilliant in waltzing through every rule in the medical profession and leaving them broken - patient confidentiality, not having a professional relationship, patient maleficence etc etc.

And guess what?

The Medical Board merely de-registered him for 5 years, after which he can apply to practice again. Also, he was not present at the time of the hearing because he was out on a holiday gallivanting with his lover. (More here)

I believe he probably will welcome the short 5 year break, and deliver more babies from his lover, and hopefully the kids are his.

*Rolls eyes*

Really, i am not sure how the husband can cope with all the upheaval in his life. Mistrust in family, mistrust in medical professionals...

P/S: Cross-posted in Med School Hell
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Step 1 [May. 16th, 2007|03:24 pm]
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what resources did you useto prep for step 1 of the boards?

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(no subject) [Apr. 16th, 2007|09:50 pm]
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Hey guys. Just a really quick and simple question. I'm being random and all, but I am very curious. When studying medicine... you don't kill animals and study them, right? I mean like... you study humans, not animals, right? Doing that would just be so wrong to me, so I was wondering if that happens. I think medicine must be one of the greatest careers out there, but that ONE thing could change my whole perspective, so... do you?
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Docs out there! [Sep. 3rd, 2006|01:12 am]
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Why a doc? and not a psychologist? Do you enjoy your job? Was med school worth it? Or would you go back and study something else? Whats the best and worst parts?
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should i become a doc? [Sep. 1st, 2006|06:50 pm]
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hey guys,

just a few questions-

1)I want to become a doctor, because i feel i am a healer. But i also want to have a family. I just finished my first degree and want to apply to be a doc for next year, however do you think its possible to be a house officer or a first year resident and also raise a child? Or do you think i'd have to wait until after consultancy? I'd be nearly 38 then and i dont want to wait that long!

2)Also how easy it to become a consultant? After you pass the exams as a senior registrar are you automatically a consultant?

3)Does anyone know which fields in medicine are better for those who want a family? i.e more stable?
4) anyone whos raised a child while doing their med degree? how was it?

thanks for your replies!
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(no subject) [Aug. 16th, 2006|05:23 pm]
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I started a new community called dead_classmates.

In addition to providing a memorial for those who died before graduation, it also provides future doctors with real life cases of emergency situations you might find yourselves dealing with at some point.

Everyone here is welcome at my new community. Check it out and join.
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