Hi! My name is Alex and I am a doctor — a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. I was a non-traditional medical student, and it is actually quite amazing how I got into medical school in the first place. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s start from the very beginning.
Ten years ago, if you told me I was going to be in medical school, I would have looked at you in disbelief. In a million years, I would never have thought of going into medical school. I wasn’t spectacular in my science classes. (It took me the longest time to figure out which one was bigger: an atom or a cell.)
I went to a high school that groomed me to go into business. I majored in business. I was going to be a businessman. I actually did quite well in my undergraduate study at the business school of Indiana University in Bloomington. One of the reasons is probably because I did not have to take many science classes in IU.
After I graduated, I worked in a public accounting firm for two years. I learned a lot but I realized I needed to do something else. I was getting bored and could not imagine myself doing accounting for the next 40 years.
I thought about going to chiropractic school. But, I did some research and decided against it.
Instead, why not reach for the highest-hanging fruit and apply to medical school?
Since I already graduated from college, I was pretty much on my own when it came to applying to schools. Unlike a traditional medical school applicant, I did not have access to guidance counselors nor peers in the same walk of life as myself. I had to piece together the application process through my research on the internet.
Two years later, by the act of God, I was accepted into medical school. In just two years, I went from a businessman with a limited science background to a better-than-average medical school student. This website will show you how I did it.
Exactly How Did I Get into Medical School?
I firmly believe that it was God who got me into medical school. I had many roadblocks along the way. See how He really came through for me. You can read more about it in my testimony. I would recommend you to start from the first part.
Blast from the Past (Stories of My Medical School Days)
- How Medical Students Are the Cheapest – “Being smart does not mean you’re classy …”
- How Professionalism Class Taught Me to Be Unprofessional – “Professionalism class gotta be one of the most useless class in medical school …”
- Do Not Punish Dr. Love – “As doctors, we are not supposed to sleep with or even date our patients …”
- In Times of Need, You Can Count on the Doctor … to Run Away – “So that is why he ran out of the building like a little sissy …”
- Going Coo Coo for Cocaine in Medical School – “Why the heck was there white powder / crust around his lips …”
- My Most Memorable Patient (She Was So Delightfully Sinful!) – “I just remembered another real-life story that will completely blow your mind. It is even better than the time I saw a well-endowed lady with a revealing, hairy chest …”
- My Day as an Osteopathic Veterinarian – “I will make for a grand doctor soon enough. (Or at least a fine veterinarian …)”
- My Run-In with the Law – “I’m not too fond of cops. (At least not the ones where I’m at …)”
- 3 Out of 7 Women Break Their Promises (Why You Should Get Your Letters of Recommendation from Men) – “They’re supposed to be … you know … professional. And professionals keep their word, no? But you’ll be surprised …”
- Throwing the Homeless Out of the Hospital – “So the police had to wrestled a half-naked, overweight, crazy guy onto the bed …”
- 6 Life Lessons from My (Almost) 4 Years of Medical School – “I expected to learn how to become a doctor — which I did learn. But I picked up a few unexpected lessons about reality along the way …”
- Warning! Doctors May Have to Give Up Their Constitutional Rights (6 Life Lessons – Part II) – “It is without a doubt that there is an aura of fear among medical students and doctors …”
- Why Slackers Will Rule the World … or at Least Make the Best Doctors – “Senioritis is very liberating. When you stop caring so much about school, you can shift you attention to something else … your passion …”
- The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned in Medical School (and It’s Not Medicine) – “The people who changed their plans because they were not happy are the brave ones. They are the ones who are true to themselves …”
Musings (My Philosophy on Medicine)
- The Future of Doctors: Adapt or Die – “Based on the collapse of the knowledge barrier and the erosion of the political barrier, doctors need a new role. They are no longer useful as an encyclopedia of knowledge. They are no longer competitive as a mere drug dispenser …”
- Will You Survive the Real World of Medicine? – “Welcome to the jungle — the medical world — where only the fittest, strongest, and nimblest will survive. Will you live or will you die …”
- Why Is Medicine the Way It Is? – “So many doctors (and doctors-to-be) are disillusioned with the healthcare system. Do you ever question why …”
- Is Medicine a Right or a Privilege? – “Basically, I will give care on my terms. Not on the government’s terms. Not on the insurance companies’ terms. Not on the patients’ terms. My terms …”
- Why Are Doctors So Smart … and So Dumb (A Rant Against Residency) – “Any intelligent person sees that doctors get shafted financially with residency. I’m not saying that we should do away with residency. But make it optional …”
- My Residency Dilemma (Should I Follow Conviction or Convention?) – “Maverick. Rebel. Dreamer. There are the things that people have called me when I told them about my plan for residency. I don’t think they meant them in a good way …”
- How to Fall in Love with Medicine All Over Again – “If all the criteria for the right environment match up, you will enjoy medicine. As you enjoy medicine more and more, you will get better and better at it. Eventually, you will be so good at your work, you can make a huge impact in the world. And of course, those who provide the most benefit are also those who receive the most rewards …”
- Why Doctors Should Ditch the Long White Coats – “For a short while, no one will mistake a doctor for a dietician, technician, nurse, physician assistant, or pharmacist. Nope. You are definitely a grade-A doctor …”
How God Brought Me Back into Medicine (and Back to Him)
I almost left medicine for good. But God intervened and brought me back into medicine … back and to Him. This is the conclusion of my medical school journey and the last posts for Medical School Success.