Talking Admissions and Med Student Life

with Dr. Benjamin Chan

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. Topics will range from tips to getting admitted (and having your application stand out), to familiarizing yourself with the culture of medical student life, and finally how to prepare for a residency and the Match. Hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan, Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Utah's School of Medicine, 'Talking Admissions and 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. The views and opinions expressed in these podcasts are solely those of the participants, and in no way reflects those of the UUSOM.

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Episode 118 – Nick, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Feb 20, 2019

“The best thing about Anki is that you study every day; if forces you, you’ve got to do your reviews every day.” It was during Second Look Day that Nick heard about the Anki app from a second year student here at UUSOM. Having previously used the app in undergrad, he wasn’t a big fan but dec ...

Episode 117 – Kristen, second year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Feb 6, 2019

“I want to do more; I want to know what those numbers mean, I want to have that impact on people.” Kristen had always wanted to be a doctor, but fell in love with systems biology engineering in undergrad and later landed a job as a Technical Program Manager. While presenting at a conference, she ...

Episode 116 – Will, The Road Less Traveled

Jan 23, 2019

“I started studying for the MCAT and kept coming to the fact of why am I doing this?” Will was on the path to medical school, studying for the MCAT and volunteering, when he realized it wasn’t the path he wanted to take. He talks about how this realization came to be and what the shift towards ...

Episode 115 – Cecelia, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Jan 9, 2019

“It never felt quite right; it always felt very close to right but not quite there.” Cecelia, having grown up in Utah, became interested in science while she was dancing for a company in San Francisco. We talk about her decision to go back to school, why she initially chose physical therapy and ...

Episode 114 – Brett, first year medical student at University of Utah School of Medicine

Dec 26, 2018

“It’s all about the deep breath.” At 15-years-old, Brett had spinal fusion surgery that he received permission to record. Seeing the footage confirmed his desire to become a doctor. He talks about his surgery experience and what it was like to go back to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a yea ...

Episode 113 – Sam, first year medical student at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

Nov 28, 2018

“I feel very lucky in the sense that being older, being non-traditional; once I actually determined that’s what I was going to do, I didn’t doubt it.” It was during a senior film project in Africa that Sam started to think about what other possibilities were out there for him to experience. ...

Episode 112 – Alejandro, first year medical student at University Of Utah School Of Medicine

Nov 14, 2018

“I wasn’t so much scared of the work or the work ethic of going into medicine, I was more timid if it was what I really wanted to do and if I could withstand it emotionally.” Alejandro had always been interested in biology and science, but it wasn’t until he started volunteering at the VA th ...

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