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  1. @BlueLilac Medical school in the U.S is very costly - the average debt of medical school is close to $200,000! There are some loan forgiveness programs that allow medical students to pursue a career in a non-profit or working in rural type settings. Here is a good link for loan forgiveness options: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/student-loans/medical-school-loan-forgiveness-programs/
  2. Hi @TheDoc I really dont know much about the PTAP, but the Ministry of Education has this information regarding PTAP: http://ministry-education.govmu.org/English/scholarships/Documents/scholarship/Communique - Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP).pdf
  3. Hi @BlueLilac It really depends on your priorities and where you want to practice medicine. Remember, choosing a medical school is a significant time commitment (6 years in one place in Europe or 2-3 years in Caribbean) and its important to look at the whole picture. Is your biggest challenge financial and you do not want student loans? Then studying medicine in Europe may be a better choice than the Caribbean. When researching medical schools, its important to look (if possible) at their graduation rates or to talk to current students that are enrolled at that medical school to understand what their experience is like. Also if you are a US citizen, you can take advantage of US federal loans to study medicine abroad -for certain medical schools either in the Caribbean or in Europe. Good luck on your journey!
  4. I came across a wonderful resource and class on Coursera: Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students. This is a great class for pre-med students who want some practice in learning the clinical terminology that health professionals use in a medical setting. They explain the following: -identifying equipment for assessing vital signs -abbreviations used to describe a patient's activity level? -patient care equipment -clinical emergencies? -abbreviations used on a U.S. clinical site for common diseases? -U.S. clinical site for common laboratory tests? Also the website clinicalterminolgy.org is a useful website for dictionary of clinical terms. and best of all, it's FREE!
  5. I have been doing it and it's really tiring, but i have to in order to survive financially
  6. @rosequartz Wow what great info on the IMAT exam. They are also offering this test around the world from March-May, which is nice in attracting students to attend medical school in Italy. A great pro is that Italian medical universities are much cheaper in tuition than medical schools in USA (around $3000-10,000 per year) and some teach in English. Just out of curiousity, why didn't you attend medical school in Italy? Was there a better option?
  7. I have a friend who is working as a dentist and attending medical school at the SAME time. Has a family too! I can't believe how he manages his time - has anyone ever considered working and attending medical school? if so, how do you balance your time?
  8. I shadowed but at the same time it was so difficult to obtain any kind of clinical experience. I volunteered for 3 years in the hospital in an anti-coagulation department. So boring but it made me use to the hospital culture.
  9. This year the AMSA Convention is March 31-April 3 in Washington DC. You can register here: http://amsaconvention.org/ @rosequartz are you planning on going? My friend is going but I am still debating on attending...
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    Hello

    Hi @Moyo! Welcome to the site and great to see you on here. Is University of Lagos a 6 year program?
  11. Grey's Anatomy - guilty pleasure. ;/ But only seasons 1-3, I stopped watching after that!
  12. There are so many different strategies in studying for the MCAT, so let's collect them all in one place! When I took the MCAT, these were my go to strategies: 1. Practice Tests every Friday. Every week I would sit down and take a practice test and it was the hardest thing to do. But it helped me get used to the feeling of sitting down for 4 hours and grueling it through. 2. Flashcards - You can make these on an app now and review them when on the bus, etc. 3. Examkrackers books - These helped me remember information and was more exciting than Kaplan books. But I took the exam a few years ago and they may have evolved since then. 4. Identify your weakest areas first - I was terrible in Physics so I made sure I spent more time reviewing Physics than Chemistry. Also, it is important to study at your own pace. I would always become stressed when my friends would say they scored xx on their practice test and they study 8+ hours a day. It would just make me more stressed out and feel bad about myself. The biggest challenge is against yourself and DISCIPLINE! What other strategies helped you study for the MCAT?
  13. I've found khanacademy videos helpful since he explains things better and you can pause and let the information sink in: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/biomolecules Also, have you heard of CourseEra? You can register for courses for free and some institutions teach medical courses there as well. Some of their lectures are from Harvard, Yale professors which is always a plus But again, it is important to not let all of this superfluous information detract you from exam questions. Getting old exams is the most important thing so you get used to how they ask questions.
  14. If it is alot of memorization material, then use ACRONYMS to help you remember things. If you have to remember elements on a periodic table, make Acronyms of them so you remember the order and what they are. This tip helped me memorize things fast. Good luck studying! Have you tried flashcards?
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