Points to Ponder

To any who may be interested:  

Near the end of each academic year all of our senior medical students are brought back together for their last class in medical school, known as the Keystone course.  The final block in the arch and the one that holds everything together.  The last class session of this course is known as “The String of Pearls”.  In this course the graduating students select up to eight of their faculty members, considered to have been outstanding role models and mentors, who are invited to impart their last bits of wisdom to the students before they move on to residency.  The String of Pearls lectures are no more than 15 minutes each and generally have nothing to do with the course or clerkship materials normally taught by these faculty members.  They are instead invited to impart some thoughts and wisdom to their charges as they move forward.  These talks are, without exception, thoughtful and from the heart pearls of wisdom, worthy of consideration and thought. 

Having now had a fair number of years in the admissions business it occurred to me that even I may have learned some things which could be considered as “pearls” to those seeking to gain admittance to medical school.  Although it scares me to think I have achieved an age where I might have some wisdom, it may just have happened.  It has been said by someone much wiser than I that “wisdom comes from experience, and all too often, it comes from bad experience.” I’ve had some of both kinds and I think I’ve learned some things that I’d like to share.  Thus, following in no particular order of importance, I commend the following as my “string of pearls”.  They are stated plain and simple.  Don’t make them harder than they are. I hope they help.  Check back often as I intend to add to these as we go along.  Best wishes and good luck!

- Doug Taylor, Associate Dean of Admissions and Records


Pearls of Wisdom


Find your passion.  Look for it everywhere.  Try new things, especially those you don’t think you will like or enjoy.  Make sure medicine is the career for you by experiencing it “up close and personal’.  If it is you will know it and nothing will be too much or too hard for you to do.
If you can be talked out of pursuing a career in medicine, let it happen.  Unless you are certain that medicine is your calling, go do something else with your life.  You will be happy you did.  And besides, you can always do medicine later if necessary.


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