So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional

So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional

So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional

The journey to becoming a medical professional is laden with a variety of challenges, including acing your personal statement in the application and impressing medical school staff during the interview. So, You Want to Be a Physician offers first-hand examples from aspiring medical students the author has mentored, including actual interview questions, personal statements, and practical advice on how to master the art of the interview.

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  1. 11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Helped My Daughter Prepare for Med School, July 30, 2013
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    This review is from: So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional (Paperback)
    It’s not often that one finds a “manual” on how to get an edge on getting into Med school. But Mr. Goldberg has written a student guide that is as informative and practical as it is entertaining. A long time hospital administrator, Mr. Goldberg has his finger on the pulse when it comes to knowing what Med schools are looking for in a student and how to be better prepared for not just the Med school exams but also the grueling interview process. Using first hand knowledge garnered from doctors, hospitals, and Universitys, Mr. Goldberg offers the prospective student a blueprint of how to navigate the entire admissions process for getting into Med School.
    Mr. Goldberg’s book should be required reading for every high school or college student thinking about a medical career. And it should be on the desk of every career counselor at every undergraduate school in America.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    A Must-Read for Anyone Applying to Medical School, September 9, 2013
    This review is from: So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional (Paperback)
    Like the author, I first became pressed into service as an admissions coach involuntarily. In my case, my college roommate needed help with his personal statement for medical school. The outcome was positive and for the past several decades, I’ve been involved in admissions coaching, along a broad spectrum.

    On the basis of my 30-plus years of experience in admissions coaching, I recognize this book as a goldmine of information for applicants to medical school (as well as a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in the process of medical school admissions).

    What’s exemplary about this book is that it covers all the bases, offering ample “inside information” in a way that is insightful, straightforward and enjoyable to read. Simply stated, the author gives readers the inside scoop on what to do to increase chances of admission. There is information you might expect and there is also a good deal of information that you might not expect, such as these two insights about extracurricular activities:

    “[I]f [applicants] took all the time they spent on their extracurricular activities and channeled that time into either studying to get better grades or taking a Kaplan course or individual tutoring for a better MCAT score, they would be much better off” (chapter 3).

    “Although most parents feel that volunteering in a hospital is a meaningful experience, and will help their children get into medical school, I don’t believe that this is valid anymore. I believe the new gold standard for activities that will help applicants get into medical school is, first and foremost, research” (in chapter 6).

    The section on preparing for interviews is absolutely invaluable and not just for applicants to medical school, as illustrated by this brief excerpt: “I explain to students that when they say, ‘Well actually … To be honest with you … To tell you the truth,’ that actually means that everything they’ve said before that was a lie” (chapter 8).

    The book actually goes beyond the aspect of applying to medical school, also covering application to residency programs and alternatives to US medical schools (including other health-care tracks).

    I found the highly informative material on personal statements of particular interest, as that has been a focus of my own activities over the years. Mr. Goldberg gives examples of statements and, more importantly, sample critiques that show how these statements could be improved.

    In short, this book is so comprehensive and the material is of such high value that it is truly a must-read for anyone interested in applying to medical school. I will be recommending this book and referring to it myself for many years to come.

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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the…, August 9, 2013
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    This review is from: So, You Want to Be a Physician: Getting an Edge in your Pursuit of the Challenging Dream of Becoming a Medical Professional (Paperback)
    After reading the book, I clearly see the values of seeking assistance from Mr. Goldberg to prepare for the medical professional school interviewing process. However, if Mr. Goldberg is not available; the next best thing is reading the entire book over and over again until one has internalized the content and able to apply the techniques learned.

    This book clearly is a road map, written in an easy to understand format and is powerful in its contents. Although the title of this book addressed “getting the edge in the pursuit of becoming a physician or other medical professional”, it can also be adopted and expanded to be used for other career interviews.

    I also found examples listed in chapter 8 and the “Personal Statement example for Residency” application extremely valuable.

    Dominic Woo 8-9-2013

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