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.


Latest Shows

Episode 63: Katie - fourth year medical student at UUSOM

Feb 10, 2016

“It is important to keep an open mind and go into each rotation feeling like you’re going to give it your all.”The final year of medical school is one filled with transitioning, mentoring, interviewing for residency and getting a refresher on how to be an intern in residency. Katie and I talk ...

Episode 62: Dr. Chuck Norlin - Pediatrician and Medical Educator here at UUSOM

Jan 27, 2016

“How do we implement things safely but quickly once we know how it ought to be done and how do we build systems to enable us humans to do it better all the time?”Dr. Norlin’s passion for the ever changing field of pediatrics keeps him engaged in searching for methods of improvement and ways to ...

Episode 61: Michael - former Nuclear Engineer and current first year student here at UUSOM

Jan 13, 2016

“I felt like what I was doing was very likely to never be used and it made it very hard for me to get engaged in what I was doing.” After receiving a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from #MIT and five years into his career at an Idaho National Lab, Michael felt he had more to offer and knew medicine ...

Episode 60: Kyle - first year medical here at UUSOM

Dec 16, 2015

“If I can overcome these obstacles, maybe I can actually help others do the same. And it became a test almost, can I do this? But the desire to be a doctor was always there.”Kyle secretly always had the desire to become a doctor. But life and obstacles led him instead to find his passion in ...

Episode 59: Dean - former Naval Officer and first year medical student here are UUSOM

Dec 2, 2015

“You concentrate on things you can control and you don’t worry about the other stuff.”At age 31 and after more than a decade in the Navy as an Explosive Ordinance Device Technician, Dean befriended a physician that opened his eyes to the world of medicine and made him take a step back and ...

Episode 58: Russell - first year medical student here at UUSOM

Nov 11, 2015

“There was a point where I seriously considered other things, even just six months before applying to medical school. I thought I have to be one hundred percent onboard.”For Russell, the journey into medical school was one that went from just “ticking the boxes” to eventually becoming a ...

Episode 57: Wendy - former firefighter and paramedic for Salt Lake County and first year med student at UUSOM

Nov 4, 2015

“I felt like a band aid; I felt like I’d see these traumatic things happen, I’d see horrible things happen to people and I’d be with them for under an hour. I’d bond with them, I’d help them and then I’d drop them off for someone else to do the definitive care, and that began to feel ...

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