So, you got your Step I score back, and it’s not what you were hoping for… What’s there to do next? As an MD/PhD student, there are few experiences as difficult as completing your USMLE Step I exam, waiting the excruciatingly long wait period for your score, opening your results, and finding a number… Read More Advice: Navigating the Post-USMLE Step 1 Period and Score Disappointment
Congratulations!! If you’re reading this post, you may have applied to some MD/PhD programs and been placed on the waitlist. This is a position in which a school simply requests more time to make a decision about your application – you are not accepted or rejected, but the school is interested enough to continue deliberating… Read More Waitlists and Expressing Interest in Programs
In addition to your AMCAS and secondary applications, one of the major components of MD and MD/PhD admissions are letters of recommendation. This can often be a confusing topic, as each college might have different formats for letters (individual, committee, packet, etc) and then each medical program might have different expectations as well. Thus, we… Read More Letters of Recommendation
After you submit your primary application through AMCAS (read more about that here), you will begin to receive secondary applications! While there is only one centralized AMCAS application, almost every school you add to AMCAS will have their own supplementary (secondary) application. These secondary applications will include more essays and sometimes a little bit more… Read More Secondary Applications
Congratulations!! If you’re reading this post, you might have just finished interviewing for MD/PhD programs. This alone is a huge accomplishment. Be very proud of yourself! In this post, we outline a few things about what to expect after you’ve interviewed for an MD/PhD program. We’ll give a general timeline of when schools tend to… Read More Acceptances and the Post-Interview Period
On Saturday, April 8th, the Anatomical Donor Program at UAB held a memorial service to honor those who have selflessly donated their bodies to medical education. In life, these compassionate individuals made the decision to donate the most precious gift they had so that they could be the “first patient” of many future healthcare professionals.… Read More Anatomical Donor Program: A Beautiful Memorial Service
As the end of the admissions season approaches for 2016-2017, we asked a few of our current students why they chose the UAB MSTP. Here’s what they told us! (Responses compiled by Emily Hayward, MS-1) “I chose UAB because they not only support interdisciplinary collaboration but also push for it… an important quality for… Read More Why UAB MSTP?
Before starting my journey at UAB this year, I was really curious about what a typical week looks like for a medical student. I knew there would be lots of studying ahead, but I wondered how much time students spent in class, what types of classes there were, and more. Thus, to help future generations be… Read More A Week in the Life of an MS-1: How do classes work?
*See the bottom of this post to learn more about EAB!* Cover image obtained from the Birmingham Times. Article link at bottom. Written by: Emily Hayward, MS-1 When I first stepped foot into Equal Access Birmingham (EAB), UAB’s medical student-run free clinic for the underserved, I was nervous. I had only been a medical student for… Read More Unique Pre-Clinical Opportunities: EAB
Hi all! This year, UAB had the pleasure of hosting the Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) and ROCKED it, if I do say so myself. The 7th annual conference hosted between UAB, Emory, and Vanderbilt MSTPs was partnered for the first time with UAB’s new Physician Scientist Development Office (PSDO) and attracted a slew of… Read More SEMSS 2016