The ultimate resource to guide you on your journey to and through medical school

Get the inside scoop from pre-med advisors, physicians, faculty, alumni, and current medical students about all areas of medical school. Hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan, Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, Talking U & Med Student Life brings valuable information to anyone thinking about a career in medicine whether you're in high school, pre-med, or already a medical student.

Latest Episodes

Episode 131 – Laurel, First year MD/PhD student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Sep 25, 2019

"I realized that there was a lot more I could do at the intersection of research and medicine and people than being a materials engineer." Laurel has always had a love of science fiction books. Initially, they even teased that they were pursuing a PhD so that they could author sci-fi novels. After ...

Episode 130 – Eoin, First year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Sep 11, 2019

"I've spent a lot of time with Physical Therapists and I think that did definitely contribute to my interest in medicine. While it always sucked to be injured, I was always interested in what was going on there and the mechanics." Eoin’s professional career in ballet was at its peak when he found ...

Episode 129 – Fadi, First year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Aug 28, 2019

"As I started growing up and learning a little more about life, I understood that a job is going to be something you are doing for somewhere around half of your life so if you’re surviving that rather than enjoying it you pretty much wasted your life." Fadi’s journey towards medicine began in ...

Episode 128 – Jessica, third year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Jul 10, 2019

“I had to ask myself some serious questions. One of them was: If you get to the end of your life and this is what you did, you stayed in real estate, would you feel like you had done enough? The answer for me was no, so I knew I had to make a change.” In the back of her mind, Jessica had always ...

Episode 127 – Troy, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Jun 26, 2019

"The theme of my application was my Spanish. I did some volunteer work at elementary schools, where I would translate at parent teacher conference. I got involved with the American Red Cross where I taught CPR and emergency preparedness in Spanish. I kind of wove Spanish into all of my activities." ...

Episode 126 – Keti, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Jun 12, 2019

"I really like puzzles. I felt like internal medicine had puzzles and mysteries, but I think Neuro has more." Keti has known she wanted to be a doctor since kindergarten. Having a mom in medicine and a passion for science only solidified her direction. It wasn't until her third year that Keti found ...

Episode 125 – Guinn, fourth year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

May 29, 2019

“I ended up getting involved with Planned Parenthood and volunteered at the county jail where I taught sex ED. I also volunteered with the Rape Recovery Center and worked on the crisis line. Those are the main community things I did, it changed a lot of how I ended up thinking about my career and ...