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Medical School: Applying as an International Applicant

By Huyen Nguyen To many American students, applying to medical schools is a tedious and endless process. Taking hard science courses, volunteering, shadowing, doing research and studying for the MCAT are the most fundamental things a typical applicant must do throughout their four years in college. People may think that earning a spot in medical schools cannot get any harder, but in fact, there are even higher standards and more complicated requirements which must be fulfilled by a special group of students: international applicants. My friend Ha Nguyen, a senior majoring in Genetics and Philosophy, is one of those. Ha came to the US by himself when he was only 13 years old. He knew nothing at the time, not even English. When his flight was delayed for three hours, he tried to get something to eat, picking Burger King because “burger” was the only word he understood. Ha then attended a military boarding high school in Texas, and after graduation, he came to UGA as he once joked, “because Athens’ food is way too good.” …

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A Day in the Pre-Med Life: California State University

A Day in the Life of a CSUF Pre-Med by Christopher Corral My name is Christopher Corral and I am a third-year biology major at California State University-Fullerton. I want to be a physician because I believe it is the most fulfilling work I could ever do in my lifetime. To be an engineer of the human body is an amazing thing. I work towards becoming a physician by sticking to a schedule of continual progress. I feel that repeatedly getting out of my comfort zone to move forward will shape me as a doctor. “My day typically starts in a rush to get out of the house. It takes me exactly 45 minutes to leave the house groomed and well-fed. After fighting slow AM traffic, I manage to get to school. By the time I park my car, I’m usually already late for my first class. A couple of science and lab classes later, I am mentally clocked out. I don’t sleep much, as I am constantly on the verge of falling behind. Luckily, …

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Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine By: Charyse Magdangal 1. What is your name, your professional title, and your relationship to the university? My name is Richard Barnette, and I am the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Morehouse School of Medicine. 2. What are some essential problems in the healthcare field and how is your school working to change that? We are working to change the problem of disparities in health. We want to make equal access for everybody. We have the “haves” and the “have-nots”. Morehouse School of Medicine wants to make health accessible to everyone. I think that’s one of the key things we have to do. That disparity we want to destroy it. And how do we do that? Through our curriculum and implementing how important it is for primary care physicians. 3. What is a brief description of the application process? Students have to go through AMCAAS of course, making sure all their information is through. Once we get it, what’s going to happen is upfront a group will analyze everything. …

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Georgia Regents University (MCG) Medical School Interview

Georgia Regents University (MCG) By: Charyse Magdangal 1. What is your name, your professional title, and your relationship to the university? I am Jacquelyn Dogan. I am the Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University. We do have two four-year campuses, but there is one admissions office. I represent both the Augusta and Athens campus. 2. What are some essential problems in the healthcare field, and how is the university working to change that? One of the interesting things that many of our students are facing is that they are going through the four years of medical school and having issues being placed in residency. We are working to expand our class size to accommodate the need for additional physicians in the workforce. Currently, we have 230 students that we accept every year. We are working to increase to 300. Something we strive to do is adjust our curriculum every so often. Our curriculum committee meets to review the different things that make our students most competitive so …

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Interview with American University of Antigua

By: Charyse Magdangal 1. What is your name, your professional title, and your relationship to University? I am Katherine MacDonald, and I am the Associate Director of Admissions. I have worked at the university for four years. 2. What are some essential problems in the healthcare field (clinically or policy- wise) and how is your university working to change that?

UGA Alumni Interview: Minh Do

By Lisa Dinh What is your name, your status in Medical School, and where are you from? Minh Do, MS3, Emory University School of Medicine, Evans, GA What motivated you to become a doctor? I started of being interested in medicine due to personal life experiences. My younger brother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when I was four while we were on a family vacation. I had no idea what that meant, but it really did change my family’s life. It was a scary time for my family, and seeing how much of an impact medical professionals had on my family’s well being left had a key part in my decision to pursue a career in medicine. What are some UGA-specific activities/events/etc that all students should try? All premed students? Do something abroad, whether it is studying abroad, volunteering abroad. You make memorable life experience when you put yourself in a situation you have never been on. When you travel to a new culture, you gain a better appreciation for yours and also where you …