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AMSA ad lib

AMSA ad lib is the American Medical Student Association's podcast, bringing together the intimate perspectives of medical students and experts on topics ranging from specialty selection and personal finance to technological developments in medicine's near future.

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16. On the trail for residency interviews and the specialty hunt

Most fourth-year medical students are about to begin an annual fall ritual: residency interview season. Last year, then-fourth-year Sahar Barfchin spoke with Perry Tsai about making their specialty choice and Sahar's experience on the residency interview trail.

15mins

22 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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Ep. 29: The advantage of "non-traditional"

Even if you are not a non-traditional student, there's a lot you can learn from their experiences, like lessons on how to capitalize on the unusual aspects of your career in the med school application process.

25mins

17 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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30. Stand out to a med school admissions committee

Med school admissions isn't just about GPA and MCAT scores anymore. Applicants have to explain how medicine is a good fit for them, and vice versa. But how do they convey that in their application and to a medical school admissions committee? We talk to admissions expert Dr. Gary Rose.

22mins

3 May 2017

Rank #3

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20. Residency interview questions and prep

What's it like to interview for a residency position in neurosurgery? How does it compare to interviewing in other specialties? In this episode, medical students share their experiences and questions, including tackling rumors about the neurosurgery interview process.

21mins

21 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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32. Making your background work for you: One student's story

What does the county fair have to do with the journey to becoming a physician? In one student's experience, a lot. Stories are great for connecting people and learning from the experiences of others. In this episode, Joey Johnson tells about his own waiting game on the way to med school from a rural community.

13mins

19 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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65. Rank order lists: Decisions ahead

Many fourth year students are working hard to finalize their rank order lists as time is closing in, after weeks on the interview trail. It’s a difficult process to narrow in on your top choices, and one that takes several factors into consideration over a long period of time. This week, AMSA's National President Dr. Kelly Thibert shares some of the strategies she’s using while compiling her rank list, as well as strategies she took while on the interview trail that would help her make a decision down the road.

15mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #6

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58. Stigma and paradox: AAFP's Dr. Wanda Filer on family medicine and primary care

What have you heard about primary care? That there's "too much paperwork?" Or that you're "too smart" to go into it? Or, paradoxically, that "there's too much to learn"? In the spirit of National Primary Care Week, let's talk about the so-called stigma of primary care, and its effect on med students' career choices. Dr. Wanda Filer of the American Academy of Family Physicians addresses the "stigma" head on--and touches on the joy a family physician can find in life-long care of patients.

17mins

3 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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80. Don't make these mistakes in your med school interview

Your prerequisites, GPA, MCAT prep and essay answers have gotten you this far. Now it’s time to ace the med school interview. Setting your nerves aside and facing a med school interviewer--does it really all come down to this moment? How do you get ready? What should you do once you are there, on campus? What should you not do? We spoke with two experienced interviewers and experts about common mistakes they’ve seen made, how to avoid them, and what medical schools want to find out about applicants during the interview day itself.

32mins

19 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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9. Advice from Dr. Vivek Murthy

Last Friday, Dr. Vivek Murthy was abruptly replaced in his position as the U.S. surgeon general. In this episode, we look back at the inspiring words of one of the youngest surgeons general. As the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Murthy worked to educate the general public about their own health. But drawing on his own background and lessons from his personal journey, he offered sage advice at AMSA’s 2015 convention to medical students about overcoming challenges they’ll face in training, the value of their youth and enthusiasm, and the importance of taking risks.

25mins

26 Apr 2017

Rank #9

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Ep. 30: Stand out with med schools: define your personal mission

Med school admissions isn't just about GPA and MCAT scores. Applicants have to explain how medicine is a good fit for them, and vice versa. But how do they convey that in their application? We talk to admissions expert Dr. Gary Rose.

22mins

22 Dec 2015

Rank #10

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44. I can't believe that's what I did today

Have you given thought to how your life experiences outside medicine will improve your skills as a physician? Coming from a family of physicians, Vidya Viswanathan felt like she needed to cut her own path--one leading in a totally different direction. Her journey took her far afield from health care. Here’s her story of how she found her way back--and how she’s served by everything she learned along the way. Vidya’s story, titled "What do you think I should do," was part of a series of Story Slams presented at AMSA’s 2016 Annual Convention.

8mins

8 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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70. Balancing med school with advocacy

Balancing medical school and advocacy work is difficult--how can you find the time to change the world when you're busy making your clinical rounds or studying for the USMLE?AMSA's Chief Executive Officer Joshua Caulfield spoke with AMSA National President Dr. Kelly Thibert about things you can do and ways you can make a difference, all while keeping a successful balance between your medical school workload and your extracurricular activities.

29mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #12

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57. Make the most of "social" interviews on the residency trail

Some residency programs host a social event for you to meet current residents and interns from the program before the formal interview takes place. A former program director and recent residency applicant explain what you should be looking for out of this experience, how you can use it to your advantage, and how important this interaction really is to residency programs during their selection process.

18mins

9 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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78. How to strengthen your resilience, get ready for residency

Medical training and practice will be hard on you, and on your peers. Surviving the stress takes preparation and awareness. We'll hear how one medical student used self-care to prepare for her transition to medical school, and AMSA's Rebekah Apple explains the importance of resilience and some steps for building it up.

27mins

22 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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83. Interview questions asked: A residency program director answers

Why do program directors ask the questions they ask during the residency interview? What are they looking for in your response, and how do they evaluate the success of your answer?We turned the tables on Dr. Tom Kuivila, Residency Program Director in Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, to learn why program directors ask the questions they ask, what kinds of answers they're looking for, and how to give the right responses during the interview process. Hear how he would answer both simple and tough questions in a residency interview.

22mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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53. Tips for resident survival

In the past few months, trainee wellness has been making the news again. Studies have been revisiting resident work hours restrictions. Depression and suicide among medical residents, students and physicians themselves is an ongoing crisis. Some of the solutions are systemic, but the medical education system is resistant to change; in the meantime, medical trainees must be on the lookout for themselves and their peers. Recently, Dr. Allan Peterkin presented 10 tips to participants in the AMSA Applied Match Preparation program, and in this episode, we bring you a few highlights.

11mins

25 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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63. Health care access: Breaking the barriers with RAM

Even today, patients in rural communities across the United States face barriers to basic health care. Several factors come together to produce major disparities in rural health care including cultural and economic differences, educational disparities, near isolation of rural areas, or lack of support from legislators. Hear from Ron Brewer of Remote Area Medical, or RAM, how they are helping make a positive impact on these rural health disparities. Plus hear from students who have volunteered in RAM clinics across the country and how you can get involved too.Interested in learning more about RAM? Visit ramusa.org.

18mins

22 Jan 2017

Rank #17

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66. Five things no one ever tells you about med school

You’ll hear about the classes, the professors. You’ll hear horror stories about particular rotations. Friends and other med students will tell you all about exams. But when it comes to looking at the big picture of being a med student, they may be leaving out the social and emotional sides. Here are five true things no one will tell you about medical school.

18mins

28 Jun 2017

Rank #18

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68. How to eliminate health disparities among LGBT patients

Discrimination in health care settings sets barriers for LGBT individuals to receive proper care, which leads to significant health disparities in the LGBT community. And one of the biggest barriers LGBT individuals are facing is the lack of trained providers. How can you learn the proper patient care techniques in your medical training, especially if it's lacking from your med school's curriculum?This week is National LGBT Health Awareness Week, and Benjamin Brooks with the National Coalition for LGBT Health joined us to discuss why LGBT health is important and how you, as a provider, can help reduce the existing disparities in health care delivery.Since its creation in 2000, the National Coalition for LGBT Health has advanced the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through advocacy, education, and health services research. Learn more about the Coalition and its programs at www.healthlgbt.org.

14mins

29 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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58. The stigma and paradox of family medicine and primary care

What have you heard about primary care? That there's "too much paperwork?" Or that you're "too smart" to go into it? Or, paradoxically, that "there's too much to learn"? In the spirit of National Primary Care Week, let's talk about the so-called stigma of primary care, and its effect on med students' career choices. Dr. Wanda Filer, a former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, addresses the "stigma" head on--and touches on the joy a family physician can find in life-long care of patients.

18mins

5 Oct 2017

Rank #20