Tips for Not Getting into Medical School

female-viagara-videoIn today’s uncertain economic times, it is more important than ever to be sure that you go to college and get a career that will help you flourish. That is why so many people are considering going into the medical field and why so many are worried about getting accepted to medical school. In this article, you will find some tips on how not to get accepted to a medical school like the yale shool of medicine.

Fail the MCAT

While there may not be a minimum score at harvard medical school, most medical schools like to see how you will do on hard tests. The only thing they have to go off is your latest test, which in most instances will be the MCAT. If you tank the MCAT’s then you will have very little chance of getting into the school of your dreams.

Fail a Class

Most often, you can watch your dreams of being a surgeon go up in smoke if you fail a class. A good GPA, grade point average, is very important to get into any type of general medicine, so students who want to be surgeons should really never fail a class and let their GPA suffer. You never want to end up with a C in a class if you can help it, make sure to ask for extra credit to bring that grade up, if you expect to get into medical school.

Don’t be too Reckless

While this should probably go without saying, doing anything stupidly reckless can ruin your chances of getting into medical school. Never, ever get a felony or your chances will drop to nil and you won’t have a shot. Having fun is allowed, but you never want to get a DUI or anything resembling one, or you are lost.

These are just a few ways that you could end up not getting into medical school. From being too reckless to failing a class, following these steps will guarantee that you won’t get accepted. Remember, medical school is hard and you have to be prepared before you even begin.


Weird Medical Facts About Urine That Might Scare You

genf20-video-iconThere are a variety of chemicals and metabolic abnormalities that can cause the urine to change color. Normal human urine is yellowish because of the presence of urochrome, a yellow pigment (a degradation product of the heme in hemoglobin). Variations in color saturation result from a diverse concentration: when a person drinks a lot of water, for example, the urine becomes so diluted that it is practically colorless. Certain substances you ingest or metabolic disorders can lead to urine discoloration.

If you’ve eaten a large amount of red beet salad or borscht (a delicious Polish beet soup) you will soon notice a reddish tint in the toilet bowl after peeing. You may also have Red-colored urine caused by drugs, such as metronidazole, phenytoin and rifampicin. When you have Green urine, this is unusual, but not unheard of. It can be the result of certain medications or food dyes.

There have been numerous cases of people having green-colored urine with they take propofol (2,6 diisopropylphenol). This may happend after surgery. I think Michael Jackson was also taking this drug that eventually killed him. Propofol is a short-acting intravenous hypnotic agent for anesthesia or sedation. There’s a case of a 19-year-old man who was hospitalized for injuries sustained in a traffic accident (open fractures and a right axillary artery injury) and he underwent surgery. When a continuous infusion of propofol was administered for postoperative sedation, his urine turned dark green.

The appearance of green urine after propofol infusion happens because the drug is metabolized outside the liver, predominantly in the kidneys, because hepatic circulation was impaired as a result of diminished peristalsis.

In a similar case, a 17-year old girl was hospitalized with severe injuries after a car accident. she fractured hervertebrae, a spinal hematoma and a lung contusion, and needed immediate surgery for the damage to her spinal cord. After the operation, she developed respiratory failure and a lung infection. 11 days after the accident, she underwent surgery again for placement of a cerebrospinal fluid drain. Her sensory and motor functions remained impaired downwards from the fracture site. Two weeks after her accident, it was noticed that her urine had assumed a very distinctive green color.

All of her laboratory tests were normal. There were no problems with kidney function and no signs of an urinary tract infection. The teenage girl was treated with a plethora of medications, including the muscle relaxants and sedatives midazolam, propofol and fentanyl. After stopping the propofol infusion the green colour of the urine disappeared within 3 weeks.

Other possible drugs that cause green discoloration of the urine are cimetidine, promethazine, amitriptyline, indomethacin or phenyl butazone. However, this effect can also be caused by harmful chemicals. Doctors described a case of green urine caused by herbicide poisoning.

A 79-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital after she swallowed approximately 157 cc of inorganic herbicide (proprietary name: Magma® ; mefenacet, imazosulfuron). (The article doesn’t mention whether this poisoning was accidental – perhaps the result of drinking from the wrong container – or deliberate.)

She went to her local hospital with cyanosis of the lips and hands and her urine was a very distinctive green color. Two day later, she was air lifted to a different hospital because methemoglobinemia was suspected due to the symptoms of cyanosis and green urine. (Methemoglobinemia is a disorder characterized by the presence high levels of methemoglobin – a chemically altered form of hemoglobin – in the blood. This stops the red blood cells from releasing oxygen to the tissues.)

There was no other drug history. She was treated in the intensive care unit. On examination, her vital signs were: blood pressure 142/74 mmHg; heart rate, 91 beats/min; respiratory rate, 17 breaths/min; body temperature 36.7℃. Clinical examination confirmed cyanotic discoloration of her lips, tongue, fingers and toes. Her urine was still green.

The 2 Craziest Medical Practices in History

pic1Did you every get the feeling that after a complete poking, prodding and testicular cupping at your doctor’s office that maybe the doctor didn’t really know what’s best? You usually push that thought out of your mind because you believe that after going through all those years of medical school and spending thousands of dollars of their wealthy parents’ money, they should know what’s best for you. I mean, if you can’t trust them with your health, who the heck can you trust?

Here’s the thing you must keep in mind — doctors have a long history of not knowing what the hell they’re doing. History supplies us with stories of hilarious medical foolishness and in all likeliness, today’s medical practices that seem sensible, will be laughed at 109 years down the road.

In other words, if you want to justify your medical paranoia, you can rationalize not getting that nasty lump on the side of your neck, checked out.

#1. Children’s Soothing Cough Syrups

In the 1800s, people were just too busy churning butter, waxing their mustaches or changing in and out of 18 layers of undergarments each time they went to take a piss or a dump to be bothered with disobedient children. To help the stressed 19th-century mom, a series of “soothing cough syrups,” lozenges and powders were created. These potions were carefully created to ensure they were safe for use by those most vulnerable members of the family. But, seriously,they pumped each bottle full of as many narcotics as it could hold. If you tried this today, you’d be put in jail for attempted murder of a minor.

For example, each ounce of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup contained 68 mg of pure morphine.

Based on our experiences experimenting with pure morphine, that seems a bit much. In 1911 the New York Times newspaper decided the whole narcotic-babysitter concept was probably a bad idea in the long run, and ran an article highlighting that these soothing syrups contained, “…morphin sulphate, chloroform, morphine hydrochloride, codeine, heroin, powdered opium, cannabis indica,” and sometimes several of them in combination.

Sounds like poisons to me.

You can’t say the soothing syrups weren’t effective. As long as you were okay with your toddler being strung out on the midnight oil or, you know, dead. That’s right, the terrible 2s weren’t considered cute back then. Kids were not only at their brattiest but some ended updied. And in many cases after their parents tried to cure the aforementioned brattiness with narcotic concoctions that would give Lindsay Lohan a nose bleed.

#2. Mercury As A Cure

Mercury is some pretty deadly stuff. Don’t let the shiny silvery liquid fool you because it has fascinated humans for thousands of years. There’s even some evidence that people used it as early as 1501 BC) and will undoubtedly continue to be fascinated by it far into the future when shape-shifting Robert Patrick clones overtake the planet.

How could something so cool looking be so deadly? Kind of reminds you of a sexy lady.

That was the thinking for centuries. When they used Mercury to treat pretty much anything and everything, many people just died. Scraped your knee? Just rub a little mercury on it. Having some problems with constipation? Forget fiber, time to get some mercury up in your ass! If you lived more than 105 years ago, you simply weren’t considered healthy if you weren’t leaking silver from at least one orifice.

Mercury is toxic as hell, but the old-school doctors felt differently. Symptoms of mercury poisoning includes chest pains, heart and lung problems, coughing, tremors, violent muscle spasms, psychotic reactions, delirium, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies, restless spleen syndrome, testicular twisting and anal implosion. OK, I simply just made the last few up, but they barely looked out of place on that horror show list of symptoms did they?

7 Reasons You Should Apply To Medical School

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    Complete specific educational requirements. As long as you finish the required courses (mostly in the sciences), you can select  any major you want. For example, it’s required that you take classes in bio, chemistry, and physics to be prepared for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and satisfy most medical school prerequisites. Now, many pre-medical students major in one field of science. These days, medical schools are focusing on diversifying their educational programs, so more students are getting accepted although they have less conventional backgrounds.

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    Focus on your grades. It is very important that you have a high Grade Point Average in order to be a strong medical school candidate. Whatever major you choose, your grades in the classroom must be very high to be accepted by the best schools.

    • Be a stellar student. Got to all of your class, make sure you schedule lots of time for studying and do not be shy about getting help from another classmate or a tutor once you realize you’re struggling to keep up.
    • Focus on BCPM. BCPM stands for “biology, chemistry, physics, and math”;. These subjects are the core courses for a pre-med major because these csubjects are required by most medical school program.
    • Your BCPM performance are so important that when you apply to med school, your scores in these subjects will be looked at separately from your GPA.
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    Find professors who connect with your personality or whose classes you particularly like. Make sure you get to know these teachers and find out if they are accessible to offer you extra guidance and answer questions. In a few of years, you will need critical letters of recommendation from people who know you and your work. One of your college professors might agree to write this letter on your behalf if he or she feels they’ve made a connection with you.

    • Attend your department and informal functions because it will be easier to talk casually and openly with professors.
    • Look for chances to meet past students who’ve gone on to medical school or those who are now doctors. You can learn a tremendous amount about what to expect in med school when talking to someone who has been there first.
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    Make sure your college experience is full and extensive. You should get involved in activities that are related and unrelated to your major. Try to look for on and off campus opportunities to develop personal connections and skills.

    • Make sure you join health-career clubs that are on your campus. Try to get on the mailing list so that you will get notices about events and activities. Visit the campus health clinic to look for volunteer opportunities there. If your school has a research facility, look for chances to assist in any way possible.
    • Go off campus to find ways to get connected to local community health centers. See if there’s a local school that might be looking for candidates to talk to kids about health care careers.
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    Make it a point to be a leader. Being a doctor means being in charge of a lot–things like: diagnosis, treatments, medications, and follow-ups. Improve your skills as a leader by leading a group or a committee and make sure to set and record your goals for your group.

Top Medical Schools From Around The World


medical-peopleWhen you want to study at the best medical schools in the world, a good place to start is the QS World University Rankings and sort by Subject. This great website gives rankings of the world’s best 200 universities in 32 subject areas, which also includes medicine. The ranking dive deep into the universities based on their academic reputation, employer respect and research citations based upon papers published, within many subject areas (for more on the methodology click here.)

Of the 212  universities ranked as the world’s best medical schools in 2013 and 2014, approximately a quarter (58) are in the US, 27 are based in the UK, 21 in Germany, 11 in the neighboring country of Canada, 13 in Japan and 7 in Australia. A total of 42 countries are mentioned in the ranking, but just 17 countries have a medical school ranked within the global top 100. This is a very important fact you should not ignore. The nations previously mentioned are joined by Denmark,, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Check out our overview of the leading universities in the world for medical studies and research. We break this article down by geographical region.

Top medical schools in the US

The US completely dominates the international university stage overall, and medicine is no exception. Yale University maintains its strong position at the top of the heap, and is joined by an five more US schools within the top 12: Harvard University (4th), University of California, Los Angeles (5th), Johns Hopkins University (6th), UVA (7th) and University of California, San Francisco (11th). There are 14 more US medical colleges ranked within the world’s top 55 for medicine and medical related studies.

A majority of the universities that lead medical schools in the US are mainly large, bureaucratic universities – and there are a mixture of public plus private schools – which rank high across a wide spectrum of medical subject areas. In the rankings, you should pay attention to Minnesota’s Mayo Medical School. Also, read deeper into Texas’ Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Virginia M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. And, don’t forget about NYC Rockefeller University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, because these are also great universities as well.

Top medical schools in the UK

While medical schools in the US account for six of the top-12 top spots, the remaining five positions go to schools in the United Kingdom. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge are ranked 3rd and 4th globally for their medical programs – UCL and Imperial College London – come 6th and 8th. A further 25 UK universities are mentioned in the medical ranking, most of them top universities with a strong overall global position, except the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Top medical schools in Canada

Canadian universities also have a good presence in the medical ranking, accounting for 11 of the top 204 medical departments and five top-55 entries. The top medical schools in Canada are all located at top universities, corresponding broadly to the overall ranking of the country’s top schools with the University of Quebec, McGill University and the University of British Columbia leading the path. Canadian universities which rank very good for medical teachings compared to their overall global rank include McMaster University (55th for medicine; 147th overall) and the University of Calgary (top 110 for medicine; 206th overall).

Top medical schools in Europe

It’s not just the US and the UK with top medical schools. Germany has more of the world’s top medical schools than any other country; a total of 21 German schools are ranked in the global top 220 for medicine. Of these, the highest rankings go to Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, ranked 37th and 46th respectively.

Other leading medical universities in Europe are Sweden’s Karolinska Institute (ranked 17th  for medicine). Then there’s the University of Copenhagen in Denmark’ which is 34th and Switzerland’s University of Zurich (47th). The Netherlands has a total of nine top ranking schools, including four within the global top 54: Erasmus University Rotterdam (28th), Leiden University (39th) and the University of Amsterdam (46th). Other European nations with a strong presence in the medical field are Belgium and Italy, with seven entries each.

Top medical schools in Australia

Medicine is a very strong area for Australian universities, with most of the country’s top universities having a high ranking for medicine. The Melbourne and Sydney Universities are each ranked within the world’s 22 best universities for medicine (13th and 18th), and are within the global top 55 by the University of New South Wales, Monash University (34th) and University of Queensland (45th). The country’s top ranked university overall, Australian National University, comes slightly lower – but still claims a top spot among the world’s 101 leading medical schools.

Top medical schools in Asia

Asian nations also have top medical schools, and particularly Japan has the most. Eleven Japanese colleges are ranked among the top 205 for medical studies. The leader of the pack is the University of Tokyo (22nd) and Kyoto University (37th). Also ranked among the global top 55 are the National University of Singapore (23rd), University of Hong Kong (26th), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (50th). China, South Korea and Taiwan all claim five entries in the top 250; Hong Kong, Israel and Thailand have two positions each; Malaysia and Singapore two apiece.


New York Medical College Ground Transportation Instructions

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If you are applying to New York Medical College next year and you were invited for an interview on campus, there are a number of ground transportation options for you to choose from. You may elect to stay with a fellow student through our Overnight Host Program, bu there are also many area hotels. Your welcome email contains instructions on how to arrange overnight accommodations with a student. If you are arranging travel to the campus during exam week or right before/after vacations, find students to host your stay will be difficult. Please exam the 2014-2015 academic calendar of freshmen and sophomore students for the vacation and holiday schedule.

Ground Transportation, Travel Information & Visiting NYMC

Please respect the generosity of the student hosts that voluntary their accommodations. They are not paid for this service and offer you assistance from their hearts to help you control costs and to help you experience what life is like with real students. Limit your stay to one day. If you plan to arrive on campus using ground transportation on a Saturday, you can ask about student parking, but you should expect to pay if necessary.

Student hosts will not provide meals. Please be prepared with your own funds for meals. Transportation Information/Directions:


New York Medical College
School of Medicine – Office of Admissions
Administration Building, Rm. 147
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595


At the lot adjacent to the Alumni Center, you will find limited free parking. Please arrive in your vehicle prepared to pay for parking at discount rates if the lot is full. The lot is located at the corner of 20 Sunshine Cottage Road. Look for the dark red and gold sign on campus to directing visiting students to this free parking area. You email invitation will contain a parking permit you can use. We don’t offer reimbursement if you must pay for parking.


The NY metro area has four major airports: LaGuardia (LGA), John F. Kennedy (JFK), Newark (EWR), and Westchester County (HPN) airports. Each airport offers rental cars for transportation to our campus. The Westchester airport is only 15 minute drive to our campus, but the flights are very expensive and the airport very small. Tax fare will cost from $35 to $45 one way.

LaGuardia is the next closet airport and is 45 minutes away. Both Kennedy and Newark airports are 1 hour and 15 minutes drive. Limousine service is available from these ports. Students should inquire directly about the prices and rates. The travel times can vary greatly based on the amount of traffic you experience when you arrive in the New York Area. You can also check with the NY and NY Port Authorities.

The most inexpensive way to get here to to travel via train to Westchester from Grand Central station in Manhattan. Take Metro-North trains from Grand Central to White Plains. You can also take the Harlem Line to North White Plains station. One way fare is about $9 during off peak hours and $12 during peak hours. Buying your tickets on the train will cost you double, so we recommend that you purchase tickets in advance. The train ride should be about one hour and a cab ride from the White Plains station to our campus, another 10 minutes.


Cabs are very easy to find at the White Plains Train station. However, if arriving at the Valhalla or North White Plains train stations, you will need to call a taxi cab. NYMC has arranged special taxi cab pricing with All County Transportation Company for visiting student-applicants. the reduced prices also apply to round trip transportation to and from the four area airports, which are: Westchester, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. To get these reduced rates, mention that you’re visiting NYMC when making your reservations.


You can also take the Bee-Line  local bus from Metro-North train stations and other locations around Westchester County. For to the latest schedule and fare information, call (914) 682-2020. You can find more information on the Bee-Line System website.


In the fall or spring months (September-November; April-June), you should  bring a light jacket and umbrella. The weather can be cool and rainy. In the winter  months, from December-March, it can be cold, snowy, or icy. A heavy coat and boots are best. A portion of our interview day includes a tour outdoors and you want to be prepared.

Restaurants & Locations:

Applebee’s: 18 Saw Mill River Rd.,Hawthorne 914-345-1555

California Tex Mex: 260 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford,914- 347-2494

City Limits Diner: 200 Central Avenue, White Plains 914-686-9000

Domino’s: 84 Virginia Rd. White Plains, 914-683-3666