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Med School Rx: Getting In, Getting Through, and Getting On with Doctoring Paperback – June 2, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1607140627 ISBN-10: 1607140624 Edition: Original
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About the Author

Walter C. Hartwig, PhD, a professional medical educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, has advised thousands of prospective and current medical students on the road into, through and beyond medical school. He has authored numerous research publications and a recent textbook, Fundamental Anatomy.

Hartwig graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri then completed a PhD at University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a full Professor and Department Chair of Anatomy at Touro University in California.

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Chapter 1: Is Medicine Right for You?

Everyone struggles with career decisions. But you may be surprised to hear that sometimes identifying what is not right for you is easier than knowing exactly what is right for you. Some of the most compelling applicants for medical school are older professionals who realize later in life that medicine is their true calling, and some of the least appealing applicants are zealous younger students who seem blind to the possibility of doing anything else in their lives. Two considerations may help you satisfy this question for yourself—knowing exactly what medicine requires and knowing how to separate motivation from inspiration. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Original edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607140624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607140627
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Osteopath on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dr. Hartwig presents a concise yet thorough overview for any aspiring doctor from highschool to 4th year medical student. I had such a hard time getting into medical school, I wish I had known about this book before I started. There is a lot that goes in to the process besides just getting good grades & test scores. Becoming a doctor is a huge process and the hoops are nearly endless. Dr. Hartwig does a great job of mapping them out here and guiding you through the overwhelming process.

This book won't help you ace the MCAT or USMLE. It won't teach you pharmacology or anatomy. It will make the journey from undergrad to residency and everything in-between much less daunting and intimidating. This should be required reading for any pre-med and even most medial students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hemant Kumar on February 13, 2014
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I feel like the current application cycle has gone a lot better for me thanks in great part to this book. It's probably the best $20 I have ever spent. Dr. Hartwig does more than educate the reader about process of being a premed and then eventually a doctor. He makes you think and reflect about yourself-- your past and future--in a way that makes it easy for you figure out exactly what you want to write for the primary and secondary application essays and also what you want to say during the interviews. It's not so much that he coaches you to say the right thing, whatever that may be, but rather gets you to present yourself in the best light possible. In other words, don't treat this book as a "Dummies Guide to Med School."

A little background: I was a premed with mediocre GPA and a solid MCAT. Dr. Hartwig's book navigated me in a way that I could get the committees to see my strengths and why they should select me over over great candidates. So far all 4 of my interviews have been home runs!

The book is very insightful, well written, and just great to read for anyone who wants to be a physician.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ReadsALot on December 24, 2009
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Spouts nonsense to the effect that if you're over 40, you have "knowledge decay" and what I believe is meant to imply that probably you are limited in what you can learn. Really? He does allow that a few of us who are older might make for inspiring stories on graduation day, and grandly asks that since there are so few slots, should we really give them to someone won't be on the job for as long as someone younger? How about, since we're getting facing a physician shortage, making use of those who want to serve?
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