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Why I Started This Blog

Semper pertinax. It’s Latin for “always persistent” — a quality that everyone needs regardless of what profession you choose. It’s a quality that will get students through the drudgrey of undergraduate studies, through medical school, through residency and into a rewarding career as a physician.

As I begin this blog I am in the third quarter of my junior year of college. My summer won’t be a pleasant one. It’ll be spent studying/cramming for the August MCAT.

And so as I sit here at my desk thinking ahead to the summer that will pretty much decide my destiny I wondered about what resources are out there for students who are thinking about choosing to become a physician.

I got the idea of putting up my own personal blog, to chronicle my journey as I try to get into medical school. And hopefully, assuming I get in, the blog will evolve into a journal of what to expect once in medical school.

I got on blogger.com and started filling out the form when I noticed that my first choice for a URL was taken. It was started by a student in 2002. It had one entry and looked like the author had the same idea I have now. But only one post. This happened two more times. I guess the idea is an old one…

Well lets just wait and see. Maybe this one will stop after this first post. Maybe I will become one of the thousands of students who don’t get into medical school. But hopefully not. And hopefully this site will be able to help others thinking of starting down the path towards a career as a physician.

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  • Dee

    Hi Jeff,

    Great blog. I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for having the courage to put your experience on display for the rest of us to learn from. I’m hoping to attend Loma Linda School of Medicine this Fall, and I was wondering if you would provide some interviewing tips. I’ll be visiting at the end of this month for an interview. I would appreciate any advice you could provide (you can respond via e-mail, if you’d like)!

    Thanks!!
    –Dee.

  • Dee

    Hi Jeff,

    Great blog. I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for having the courage to put your experience on display for the rest of us to learn from. I’m hoping to attend Loma Linda School of Medicine this Fall, and I was wondering if you would provide some interviewing tips. I’ll be visiting at the end of this month for an interview. I would appreciate any advice you could provide (you can respond via e-mail, if you’d like)!

    Thanks!!
    –Dee.

  • Naomi Quinonez

    It was not just a one post blog… :)

  • http://www.jeffreymd.com Jeff W

    LOL. True. Fortunately it has seen more than one blog post :)