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Episode 34: Tips Scholarship Committees Won’t Tell You, An Interview With The Director of Scholarships 

Description: Do you know what it really takes to win scholarships? Have you ever wondered what the scholarship committees look for in successful applicants? Today on MedSpeak, we interview The Director of the UIC Office of Special Scholarship Programs (OSSP), Beth Powers, on the scholarship process.

Here are some of the questions we discuss:
1) Best ways to find scholarships?
2) How can applicants stand out?
3) Common mistakes in apps?
4) Traits in a good applicant?
5) Any other advice?

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Episode 33: Meeting The Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, To Receive an Award. MedSpeak Vlog 1 

Description: MedSpeak was able to meet Governor Bruce Rauner at the Lincoln Laureate Award Ceremony at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, IL. This is our first vlog style video, make sure to like and subscribe!

“The Lincoln Academy’s Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree- granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. This is the 42nd year Lincoln Academy has celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.” – Award Committee’s Description of the Honor.

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Episode 32: How I Got Accepted To Medical School and Early Assurance Programs (EAP) #MedStart #UTCOM 

Description: Wondering about the difference between Early Assurance Programs (EAP) and Early Decision Programs (EDP)? This video discusses the differences of both and talks about Rafid’s personal EAP experience with University of Toledo College of Medicine MedStart program.

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Episode 31: Should You Graduate Early To Go To Medical School? 

Description: Have you wondered if it is appropriate to graduate a year or two early to go to medical school? Will it put you at a disadvantage? This video discusses the pros and cons of each path and looks at how students can maximize their time in college to best prepare for medical school admissions, no matter their timeline!

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Episode 30: BS|MD Programs and An Interview With A Current UIC GPPA Medicine Student 

Description: Have you ever wondered about BS/MD programs and how to go from high school to medical school? This video includes information on BS/MD programs and has a special interview featuring Sankhya Amaravadi, a UIC GPPA BS/MD program student.

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Episode 29: Thank You Note for The Medical School Interview: How To Write It? 

Description: How to write a thank you note for the medical school admissions committee. What should you include in the thank you note? How to format the letter? This video discusses the etiquette for this essential part of the application process.

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Episode 28: Low MCAT Score, What Can I Do? 

Description: The options you should go over if you have a low MCAT score. From prep, retake, and even a slight career change (DPM or PA). The most comprehensive ideas to help mitigate the low score and use it to your advantage.

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Episode 27: Stress: How To Deal With Stress in Medical School, College, Or High School 

Description: Do you ever feel stress and don’t know how to make it go away? Learn some great strategies to reduce your stress from Medical School, College, and High School.

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Episode 26: Does Flossing Matter? 

Description: Why should you floss? Is it really true that flossing is useless? Should you really stop flossing or not even care about dental cleanings? What should you ask your dentists and should you continue flossing? This video discusses The AP report on flossing and the studies that have been done on flossing. The article was found on IFL science: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/theres-very-little-evidence-that-flossing-actually-works/

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Episode 25: What Is A Medical Scribe and How To Be An ER Scribe: MedSpeak 

Description: Have you ever wondered what an ER Scribe is or what a Medical Scribe does? This video talks about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the scribe field. We talk about the schedule of ER Scribes and how to get the job. What life is like as an ER scribe and why it will help you become the doctor that you want to be.

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Episode 24:  5 Real Life Human Superpowers! MedSpeak 

Description: 5 Real Life Human Superpowers! Medical Mysteries talking about five individuals who have powers that are different than most other people. The Boy who can “see” with sound (Ben Underwood). The Rubberboy (Daniel Browning Smith). Mister Eat-it-All (Michel Lotito). The Magnetic Man (Liew Thow Lin). The Man who doesn’t Sleep (Thai Ngoc).

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Episode 23: Man Lives Without Most Of His Brain! 

Description: MedSpeak: Man Lives Without Most Of His Brain! This video goes over a recent article from IFL Science about the weird medical case study of a 40 year old French man who is living without most of his brain!

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Episode 22: How To Be Unique and Stand Out In Medical School Admissions 

Description: What does it even mean to be unique? How can you not be a statistic and actually stand out in medical school admissions? This video goes over the four things you really need to get accepted!

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Episode 21: How To Answer Any Medical School Interview Question: MedSpeak Method

Description: Have you ever wanted a template on how to answer any question for medical school interviews? Are you not sure if your answer is good enough? This video will help you answer your questions in the best manner possible with the MedSpeak Method!

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Episode 20: Do I need a DO letter of recommendation to apply to A DO school? 

Description: Have you ever wondered if you need a DO letter of recommendation? Do you need to shadow a DO to get this? How can you best ask or even approach a DO? What questions do I ask in the shadowing process?

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Episode 19: Summer Undergraduate Research Programs 

Description: Did you ever want to work as a researcher as an undergraduate? Do you want to see what the life is like? This MedSpeak video talks about it and how you can get those types of jobs!

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Episode 18: EMT for Medical School, A Good Clinical Experience? 

Description: Should you really do an EMT-B to get more experience for Medical School? Is it a good investment and worth the cost? What do you actually have to do to get one and what can we get out of the experience?

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Episode 17: MCAT Retake, Should You Do It? 

Description: Sometimes it is very confusing to know if you should retake the MCAT. This video discusses several factors and can help you make an informed decision!

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Episode 16: How To Shadow A Doctor And What To Get Out Of It 

Description: How To Shadow A Doctor And What To Get Out Of The Experience! Have you always wondered why medical schools ask you to shadow physicians? This video gives an overview of how to  make your time exceptional.

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Episode 15: MD/PhD Combined Programs 

Description: MD/PhD Combined Programs, what are they? What is the time line? How do we stack up compared to the other applicants (stats)? Why should you do a MD/PhD or a DO/PhD? A short guide to the process!

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Episode 14: Caribbean Medical Schools, Should You Apply? 

Description: Caribbean Medical Schools, Should You Apply? What are the risks? How and why should you consider them?

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Episode 13: How To Study For Science Courses In College 

Description: How To Study For Science Courses In College. Chem, Orgo, Physics, Biochem… the guide to all your hard classes!

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Episode 12: Personal Statement For Medical School 

Description: How to write a great personal statement that will help you really communicate your desire to be a physician!

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Episode 11: Volunteering for Medical School, Is It Necessary?

Description: Should you really volunteer for medical school? How much and where should you do it… The basis of this video is to help you decide!

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Episode 10: MD vs. DO – What Is The Difference? 

Description: How to choose between MD and DO schools! This video discusses the positives and negatives of each pathway!

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Episode 9: How To Prepare And Study For The MCAT 

Description: Don’t know where to start for MCAT Prep? This video gives you an introduction to the MCAT and solid strategies for success!

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Episode 8: What Is The Best Major For Pre-Med 

Description: How to choose the best major to get you into medical school! Tips, tricks, and ideas on what to focus on when choosing a major!

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Episode 7: Why You Shouldn’t Become A Doctor Or Go To Medical School 

Description: Contemplating why you should/should not go to medical school? This video discusses the pros and cons of the medical field and has an in-depth conversation on why you should not become a physician.

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Episode 6: Extracurricular Activities for Medical School 

Description: What you should do in college to get into medical school. Hints, tips, and ideas to build yourself to become a better future physician.

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Episode 5: What To Do In Your Gap Year Before Medical School 

Description: A comprehensive review about the opportunities you should focus on to make your application the best it can be for medical school!

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Episode 4: How to Choose a College 

Description: How to choose a college, especially if you have Pre-Med in mind. The main 4 points you need to consider.

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Episode 3: PreMed: How to Get Undergraduate Research 

Description: How to get a research position as an undergrad pre-med student.

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Episode 2: Medical Mission Trips – Are They Worth It? 

Description: Medical Mission Trips. This video focuses on the Pros and Cons of going on the trip and my personal experience with the mission to Panama.

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Episode 1: Introduction to MedSpeak

Description: Welcome to MedSpeak. This is an introduction video to the channel and to its mission to bring short, content rich videos that can help anyone, at any stage, become a physician.