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117: Dr. Tom Peteet shares his Non-traditional Premed Path: Session 117 In this episode, Ryan is speaking with medical resident, Dr. Tom Peteet, as he shares with us his non-traditional path to medical school. From taking Liberal Arts as his premed and treading on a teaching career path prior to his...

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Session 117 In this episode, Ryan is speaking with medical resident, Dr. Tom Peteet, as he shares with us his non-traditional path to medical school. From taking Liberal Arts as his premed and treading on a teaching career path prior to his transition to medical school, learn more about Tom’s experiences and frustrations along the journey and listen to some great pieces of advice he has for students especially who share the same path as he did. Tom has also been writing articles for KevinMD.com. Here are the highlights of the conversation with Tom: Tom's Aha! moment when he knew he wanted to be a physician Learning the word "metastatic" as a young kid Did hospice volunteering in college Going to a Liberal Arts school as his premed Getting involved in the Teach for America program, a placement organization to place college grads and intercity schools across the U.S. He was placed in St.Louis and did teaching for 3 years 35 sites that people go to through this program His path as a nontraditional student: Took premed classes in physiology and anatomy Took his application long due to his teaching job Getting recommendations from everybody took a while too His experience in medical school: Went to UMass Medical School Getting frustrated with the transition being the lack of interaction with other people Seeing the lectures were not as advanced as he thought to be Going through the transition in the first couple months A big source of support knowing that the school is open to non-traditional applicants UMass (University of Massachusetts) requirements: Graduated from high school in Massachusetts; or Have been a full time resident for 5 years Getting involved with community engagement projects in UMass (ex. juvenile detention center) Narrowing down his residency towards his medical specialty: A toss between psychiatry, family medicine, and internal medicine Ended up applying in family medicine and internal medicine Preferred an urban setting, small programs Tips to those who on their transition to residency: After your 1st year, you have  lot more freedom to explore what aspects of medicine you're interested in. Maintain connections during your first year with faculty you're interested in and other residents doing interesting projects - They will help you immensely! Tom's other creative outlets through writing articles for KevinMD Where he gets his creative juices from: Been writing since he was a teacher Getting a lot of ideas from Twitter Reading blogs on KevinMD Inspired about medical topics (ex. medical records His plans after residency: Sleep! International rotations and spend a couple years abroad working within a medical school in residency and teach Collaborating with US-based institutions Programs for physicians going abroad: Harvard Botswana Program Global Health Fellowships Some pieces of advice for premed students: See as much health care as you can. Spend more time in a hospital and around that culture of medicine. For nontraditional medical students, seek out people as much as you can who have had their experiences and talk about how they've integrated that into their medical practice. Links and Other Resources Read Tom's articles on KevinMD.com Free MCAT Gift: Free 30+ page guide with tips to help you maximize your MCAT score and which includes discount codes for MCAT prep as well. Get us free on your device. Subscribe and listen to new episodes each week. Visit www.medicalschoolhq.net/listen Hang out with us over at medicalschoolhq.net/group. Click join and we'll add you up to our private Facebook group. Share your successes and miseries with the rest of us. Email me at ryan@medicalschoolhq.net or connect with me on Twitter @medicalschoolhq  

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