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  • Any time you have a large group of people working tirelessly toward a goal, you're bound

  • to get some interesting suggestions on how to achieve said goal. In weight loss, there's

  • silly cleanses, radical diets, and vibrating corsets. With investing and wealth building,

  • there's too many get-rich-quick schemes to count. And in becoming a doctor, we have these

  • 4 terrible pieces of premed advice. Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com

  • Because medical school admissions is highly competitive, there are some number of gunners

  • out there who purposely sabotage their peers in hopes that by bringing down others, it

  • will elevate themselves. This behavior is pathetic, you'll have trouble sleeping at

  • night, and you'll forever become a scumbag steve, so don't do it.

  • But gunners aren't the cause of these premed myths and misplaced advice. Instead, this

  • is a phenomenon of the blind leading the blind. In premed forums, it's primarily other premeds

  • who are reading, posting, and sometimes even impersonating those with more experience.

  • As a result, it becomes an echo chamber of premeds repeating advice they've heard from

  • other premeds. These are 4 pieces of misplaced advice or overlooked factors amongst premeds.

  • The first mistake premeds and their advisors make is overlooking the cold, hard facts and

  • data. In choosing what to believe, many people resort to the confirmation biasfirst

  • choosing their belief, and then seeking out data and anecdotes to support said belief.

  • The problem here is that the data is generally very straightforward in medical school admissions,

  • but those with strong confirmation bias will downplay the facts and focus on rare anecdotes

  • to prove their point. One fact that doesn't get enough recognition

  • is that if you're of South or East Asian descent, on average you'll need substantially higher

  • MCAT and GPA than any other population, including Caucasians, to gain admission to medical school.

  • That's not my opinion - those are the facts based on multiple years of official data release

  • by the AAMC. Another dataset that's skewed is the conversation

  • about attending osteopathic versus allopathic medical school. A premed advisor told me that

  • in helping premeds decide whether to pursue MD or DO routes, they would ask the student

  • what type of physician they wanted to be. "Oh, you want to be a plastic surgeon? Great!

  • Let's go to this DO finder website and see if there are any DO plastic surgeons." Upon

  • finding a handful of DO plastic surgeons, they would use that as supposed proof that

  • the DO route is a viable path to pursue plastic surgery.

  • This is a textbook example of survivorship bias. The year I matched into plastic surgery,

  • there was only 1 DO student in the entire country who matched into the field. It was

  • so noteworthy that everyone heard about it. That means less than a fraction of a percent

  • of medical students who successfully matched into plastics were osteopathic, and over 99%

  • were allopathic. To suggest to an aspiring plastic surgeon

  • premed that MD and DO are equal would be incredibly damaging to the odds of them being able to

  • successfully pursue the field. It's fantastic that your sister's cousin's dog's therapist

  • went DO and matched into rocket surgery, but the fact remains it's far more challenging

  • to successfully match into the most competitive specialties if you go the DO route.

  • The MD vs DO discussion brings us to the second point, which is choosing political correctness

  • over truth. In the modern era, being offended is a form of virtue signaling, where you can

  • flex on unwoke heathens and claim victory with your moral superiority.

  • When you share the cold hard fact about MD versus DO medical school admissions or residency

  • matching, some number of people will choose to be offended. It's not because the facts

  • are actually offensive, but because people have their own stories or insecurities that

  • are triggered by such facts. If I told you that on average, men are taller

  • than women, no one would bat an eye. Actually, wait, it's 2021 so surely someone super woke

  • will be offended by that. But if I told you the average MD matriculant has a higher MCAT

  • and GPA than the average DO matriculant, some number of people will be offended, even if

  • you followed up to emphasize that both MD's and DO's can make for equally great doctors.

  • To deny facts and dumb down the conversation moves us further from the truth. And that's

  • not a good thing. We all have value hierarchies, and what we

  • value at the top will displace lower level values. When you value political correctness

  • and inclusion over truth, you end up with dangerous situations, like scope of practice

  • creep. We can all hold hands and sing kumbaya and say we're all equally qualified as healthcare

  • providers in the name of inclusion, or we can seek the truth. The truth is that physicians,

  • meaning MD's and DO's, receive more extensive training and clinical experience than any

  • midlevel provider. While midlevels are highly valued members of the healthcare team, it's

  • dangerous when they claim they are just as qualified as physicians and should be able

  • to practice independently. You can both acknowledge differences in training level and still value

  • and respect the various professions. This is a matter of patient safety, and if you

  • or anyone you care about ever goes to the clinic or hospital for medical care, this

  • is something you should care deeply about. Don't fall for ego self preservation traps

  • either. Facts are facts, and they aren't inherently good or bad. It's our personal

  • interpretation of facts that assign them meaning. If you find yourself angry or upset by a fact,

  • examine what meaning you're assigning to it. Some NP's commented on So You Want to Be

  • a Nurse Practitioner and voiced frustration that their experience as an RN makes up for

  • the smaller fraction of time spent in NP clinical training. I don't agree. First, many NP programs

  • don't require any prior RN experience. But second, and more importantly, the job of an

  • RN is fundamentally different to that of a physician. A flight attendant flying hundreds

  • of flights doesn't necessarily make them more qualified as a pilot, but they can still

  • be incredibly valuable and amazing as flight attendants.

  • The only way for midlevels to be equally qualified as physicians in clinical ability, despite

  • receiving a small fraction in clinical training hours, is if medical school is far less efficient

  • and medical students far less intelligent or capable, or if these alternative training

  • paths are far more efficient and their students far more intelligent or capable. As I put

  • on my millenial cap of wokeness, I find myself deeply offended by such assumptions.

  • The third fatal mistake is not appreciating nuance. Simplification and approximations

  • of reality are necessary tools for humans to comprehend the world. A map, by definition,

  • is a simplified representation of reality. If it weren't, it would have to be full scale,

  • and it wouldn't be a map - it would be an exact indistinguishable mirror of reality.

  • To more readily understand complex systems, we as humans must create simplified mental

  • models. While this is great for introducing oneself

  • to a new topic or understanding complex systems, it lacks the granularity in distinguishing

  • the subtleties that matter. For example, because the MCAT and GPA are

  • the two most important and easily comparable objective measurements used in medical school

  • admissions, many overemphasize their relative importance.

  • Don't get me wrong, the MCAT and GPA are incredibly important, as they are useful indicators to

  • medical school admissions committees on whether or not you can handle the medical school curriculum

  • rigor, but they're not the end all be all. I've seen several students that, despite scoring

  • in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and having a near perfect GPA, came to me for help as

  • reapplicants. That's right - despite having near perfect numbers, they still didn't get

  • into medical school. I've also helped several students with seemingly prohibitively poor

  • MCAT and GPA gain admission to top tier programs. While the numbers help, they aren't everything.

  • Data is useful, but data does not account for all the nuances or factors that are not

  • easily quantifiable. In medical school admissions, there are several factors beyond objective

  • scores that you must consider, namely the soft components of your application, meaning

  • your personal statement, work and activities section, secondaries, and interview. Overall,

  • you want the various elements of your application to tell a cohesive story and narrative as

  • to why you want to attend medical school and become a physician. This is why I constantly

  • emphasize the importance of a cohesive narrative-based application

  • The fourth and final mistake is not being selective with your inputs. We often hear

  • about how important the company we keep is, or how we're the average of the 5 people we

  • associate with most. The same can be said about your inputs, meaning the media and information

  • you consume. Just think about how your life view and perspectives change depending on

  • which news sites or channels you frequent. If you get all of your premed tips and advice

  • from other premeds, you'll have a different level of understanding compared to if you

  • seek out experts who have gone through the process and served on medical school admissions

  • committees. But there are so many supposed experts out

  • there who sometimes give conflicting advice. How do you know who you can trust?

  • First, look at their credentials. For starters, they need to at least have attended medical

  • school and served on medical school admissions committees. And when someone calls themself

  • a "doctor", don't just assume they attended medical school. There are companies out there

  • headed by PhD's or other non-physician doctors, who never went to medical school and never

  • served on admissions committees. They proclaim they're doctor-led, however, because they

  • want to mislead you in thinking they attended medical school and know the ins and outs of

  • the process. Second, look at their track record, both in

  • the students they've worked with and their personal success. Simply getting into medical

  • school does not make you a medical school admissions expert. Ensure they have a proven

  • track record of repeatable success across hundreds of clients. Also look at their own

  • level of success. If they tried getting into orthopedic surgery but couldn't match and

  • had to settle on something less competitive instead, they probably aren't the best person

  • to give you advice on how to excel in medical school, crush your boards, or secure dozens

  • of publications to match into the most desirable residencies.

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  • Thank you all so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video, check out my video on

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  • Much love, and I'll see you guys there.

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