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The Ultimate Guidebook For Getting Into Medical School Paperback – September 3, 2012
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About the Author
Dr. Chad Rudnick is a pediatric resident physician at Miami Children's Hospital in Miami, FL. A published author, clinical research investigator, public speaker, and debate moderator, he was born and raised in Boca Raton, FL.
Dr. Rudnick completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, graduating with honors, and attended medical school at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Rudnick is a frequent guest speaker to pre-med student organizations across the country, presenting "The ULTIMATE Talk For Pre-Med Students." His talk is an interactive presentation helping pre-med students learn how to stand out on their application from the pre-med crowd.
He maintains a pediatric based blog at chadrudnick.blogspot.com and can be followed on Twitter @Peds_doc.
More information on Dr. Rudnick can be found on his website drchadrudnick.com
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The book starts out talking about kindergarten and middle school. It mentions the need to learn proper academic skills in this time period. That may be true, but I know plenty of people who had a difficult time in high school, then did well in college, and are now enrolled in top medical schools. I wouldn't be too worried about how you did in school as a teenager. People are young and energetic. Sitting for hours in front of a textbook is not likely, even for the smartest of individuals.
The book then discusses the importance of GPA, MCAT, and other indicators. This is mostly basic information which you can find on the internet. I recommend this book for a very brief overview, not an extensive guide. It could use more information such as how to find doctors to shadow and the professional way to be interviewed and ask for letters of recommendation. If you are a premed student, you probably already know much of what's in this book.
It also stresses the need for honors and AP classes in high school. This is not entirely true. While it can help you save money and prepare you better for college it is in no way essential. High school in all honesty has no impact on medical school admissions. Secondly, he says these are important so you can get into "top colleges". Again, going to a top college isn't necessary. State schools have great premed programs. Finding a school that won't put you into heaps of debt is your best option (as long as it's not community college).
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I tossed it in the recycle bin.