OldPreMeds Podcast | Medical School Headquarters | Premed | MCAT

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The National Society for Nontraditional Premedical & Medical Students, Inc., better known by our website name, OldPreMeds.org or simply OPM, is a professional/pre-professional society and educational conduit for non-traditional students who seek to become Physicians. For those whose path to medicine is not the traditional high school to college to medical school, OPM's mission is to assist and advise on how to successfully prepare, apply, and succeed in both medical schools and residency training programs. Founded in 1998, our now over 10,000 registered members span from the very early premed through attending-level physicians. Many are enrolled or have graduated from medical schools, osteopathic programs, and other clinical health fields, here in the US as well as abroad. www.OldPreMeds.org, is a website community built upon peer-based forums providing resources for all levels of premedical students, medical students, medical residents, pre-health advisors, admissions officers, and other faculty & staff at undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, medical, and post-graduate programs.

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OldPreMeds.org is the go-to site for nontraditional premed and medical students. Now, the OldPreMeds Podcast will help these students even more as we take questions directly from the forums and answer them on the show. If you have questions, ask them in the forum at OldPreMeds.org.
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2019-11-14 15:47
last episode published
2019-11-13 12:00
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Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author  
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
13.11.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Do Political Social Media Posts Impact Your Application?

Do medical schools care about your internet presence? What if you take your strong political views to social media?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
6.11.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

How to Prepare for Postbac Program Interviews

Are interviews for postbac premed programs similar to medical school interviews? Here's what you need to know to prepare!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
30.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Volunteering in Non-medical Vs. Medical Settings

Session 201 What if you prefer to volunteer in a non-medical setting? Should you put medical volunteering ahead of causes that matter to you? Your questions answered here are taken directly from the Nontrad Premed Forum. If you haven’t yet, please si...
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
16.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Should You Introduce Yourself to a Medical School?

Today's question: is there any harm or benefit to introducing yourself to a med school before you apply?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
9.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Visible Tattoos and Piercings at Interviews

Have you ever seen a doctor with visible tattoos? They're out there. Does that mean you can have visible tattoos and piercings at your medical school interview?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
2.10.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Should You Power Through the Burnout or Shift Gears?

Our med school hopeful is burnt out after tons of clinical work. As they continue to take courses, is it ok to switch gears and find work in research instead?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
25.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Reapplying After Withdrawing from Medical School

What if you were enrolled in a medical school, withdrew, and then reapplied? Today's question comes from a former Caribbean medical school student.
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
18.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

EMT Certification: Are the Clinical Hours Worth the Cost?

Joe is trying to decide between working as a tech in an ER or becoming an EMT to get clinical experience. What should he do?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
11.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

What Do AdComs Think of Online Classes?

Today's applicant completed most of his prerequisites online, but he's worried he made a bad decision. How do AdComs assess online coursework?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
4.09.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

The Case of Multiple Withdrawals on Transcripts

Our med school hopeful has lots of strong academic and work experience, but worries about withdrawals. Are they red flags, and if so, how do you address them?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
28.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Applying to Brand New Medical Schools

New medical schools look just like more established programs on paper. How do you evaluate a brand new medical school before you apply?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
21.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Can You Take the MCAT Before You've Completed Prereqs?

Our student is in the Army Reserve, applying for the HPSP, and trying to get the MCAT out of the way. Can they take the MCAT before finishing prereqs?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
14.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Can You Go to Med School and Support Your Family Too?

The medical school lifestyle and schedule is famously grueling. Is it possible to support a family, keep a roof over your head, and become a doctor too?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
7.08.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Is Monitoring Telemetry Clinical Experience?

Jeremy has worked as a CNA and cardiac monitoring technician. Does his experience in telemetry count as clinical experience for his applications?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
31.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Should You Address a Visible Pregnancy in Interviews?

Are pregnant applicants to medical school seen differently? Are there any mechanisms to protect their chances for acceptance?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
24.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Where to Apply When You're Applying: How to Pick?

This applicant isn't sure what information is most significant in picking a program. How do you pick a school when you can't see it up-close?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
17.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

The Importance of Choosing the Right Program For You

Our question today is about a specific postbac program. Although I don't know much about the program, we will discuss the importance of finding your fit.
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
10.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

What's Next In the Journey From PharmD to Premed

Today our student has their PharmD, but made the decision to go to medical school. We will discuss their switch and what they need to do next on their journey!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
3.07.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Do You Need a Bachelor's Degree For Medical School?

Session 185 This week, we have an interesting question from an immigrant wondering if they need to get another bachelor's degree here in the U.S. This is a common question among international students. Your questions are taken directly from the Nontr...
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
26.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

MCAT Timing—When is the Right Time For You?

The decision of when to take the MCAT is a difficult one that depends on each student. Today we look into how to determine what is the right time for you!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
19.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Writing Your AACOMAS Activities—What You Need To Know

Having different requirements for each application service is stressful. Today we discuss everything you need to know about the AACOMAS Activites Section!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
12.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Making the Transition From Military Back to Undergrad

Nick recently separated from the Navy and is now working on his undergrad. He needs some tips/tricks on how to finish and some ideas to feel less alone.
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
5.06.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

When Should You Consider Retaking Classes

Our student has a masters in Biomedical Engineering and an upward trend. Although in some of their prereqs they have a few C's. Should they retake those classes?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
29.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Are Postbacs Only For Non-Science Majors?

Our student is looking into postbac programs to help raise her GPA and complete prereqs, but most programs are for non-science majors only. What should she do?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
22.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Switching to a Premed Student in Canada

Kathryn recently made the switch to premed, but in her province, most schools only have a minimum MCAT requirement. She isn't sure what path to take next.
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
15.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Should You Put Global Health Experience On Your Application?

Our student today is passionate about her global health experience, but is concerned due to pushback that she shouldn't mention it on her app!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
8.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Everything You Need to Know About Resumes

Many medical schools give students the opportunity to add their CV to their application. Our student has a few questions on what to include on a resume!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
1.05.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Rejected After Interviews: Assessing What Went Wrong

Session 176 This week's question is about rejection after interviews. What could have gone wrong? If you haven't yet, please register for an account over at the Nontrad Premed Forum, where our questions on this podcast are taken from. Also, be sure t...
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
24.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Does Aging Out Exist in Medical School Admissions

Session 175 Our poster today is asking about aging out. Is there such a thing as being too old to go to medical school? Let’s find out! If you haven't yet, please register for an account over at the Nontrad Premed Forum, where our questions on this p...
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
17.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

How Do Admissions Committees View Audited Courses

Our student today wants to audit physics, so he does not hurt his GPA. How will ADCOMs view the audited physics course? Does he need to report it on AMCAS?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
10.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

What to Do When Things Aren't Going As Planned

You prepared for the test, you know you want to be a physician, you have done all you can, and then things don't go as planned. What do you do next?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
3.04.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Can You Ever Be 100% Sure You Are on the Right Path?

Today one of our students posed a great question I wanted to talk about. Can you ever be 100% percent sure you are on the right path? Let's discuss!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
27.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Can You Ever Be 100% Sure You Are on the Right Path?

Today one of our students posed a great question I wanted to talk about. Can you ever be 100% percent sure you are on the right path? Let's discuss!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
20.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Find Volunteering

Volunteer hours are a must, however, volunteer applications can take months. I will give you some tips and tricks on securing volunteering as well as a timeline!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
13.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

How To Thoroughly Review Your Own Med School Application

Many people experience the frustration of not knowing what they are doing wrong. Today I'll talk about how to review your own medical school application!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
6.03.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

When Do You Quit Your Current Program And Pursue Premed?

When you know you want to pursue medicine, but are currently in another program or job, what should you do? Quit or Keep Going?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
27.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Where Do You Place Clinical Research in the EC Categories?

If you have worked in clinical research where you interact with patients, but you also are collecting data, does it count as clinical? Research? Or both?
20.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Will Competency-Based Degrees Work For Med School?

Our student attained a competency-based degree through a regionally accredited institution, but has taken the prereqs at a community college. Will this suffice?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
13.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Where to Get Letters of Recommendation As A Nontrad

Who should write your letters of rec as a nontrad? Your boss? Your undergrad professors? Or your prereq science professors? Here is everything you need to know!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
6.02.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

How To Provide For Your Family As A Premed

Undergrad is costly, medical school is even more costly. How do you ensure you can provide for your family throughout this journey? Here is how to plan ahead.
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
30.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Is Changing Careers Concerning to ADCOMS

Our student today is currently in a DPT program, but realized he wanted to do more for his patients. Will his 4th career change be concerning to ADCOMs?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
23.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Are All US Medical Schools Created Equal

It is known that there is a stigma surrounding going to a Caribbean Medical Schools, but our student today is wondering if all US Med Schools are respected?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
16.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

DIY Postbac or Second Bachelor's Degree

Our student today is trying to decide if they should do a DIY Postbac at a CC or take loans to get a second bachelor's degree. How to decide what is right?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
9.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

The Struggle With Consistency In Shadowing And Volunteering

Consistency is key, but what happens when there are areas of consistency in your application, but your shadowing and clinical are not? How will this be viewed?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
2.01.2019 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Former OPM to Pediatric Resident—It's Possible

Today our student is a former OPM who has matched into a pediatric residency. Just a reminder that it is completely possible, so what is stopping you?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
26.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

How Does Affirmative Action Affect Medical School Admissions

As a Canadian & Metis woman, our student is looking for insight on being an Indigenous applicant and if there are affirmative action policies in place in the US?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
19.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Pastor To Aspiring Physician: Discussing Faith In Apps

As a pastor, his faith which is rooted in serving others is the driving force in becoming a physician. Should you discuss your faith in applications?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
12.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

Attending A Premed Conference as an OldPreMed

As an older applicant are there benefits to attending a premed conference? Can you make connections with schools that will ultimately help your application?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
5.12.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

When Should You Consider A Special Masters Program

Our student is interested in pursuing an SMP to help with shadowing and research opportunities. Are SMP's worth doing even if you have good grades in prereqs?
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author
28.11.2018 http://static.libsyn.com/p/assets/b/8/c/c/b8cca12556a388f8/2016-08-15-opm.jpg

When and How Should I Tell My Friends and Family I'm Premed

Today, our student has been keeping a secret and is wondering when he should come out to his friends and family that he may want to be a physician!
Ryan Gray, MD of Meded Media author