That is a very broad question. It really depends on what you are looking for. Off the top of my head, I am thinking of possibly the British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Journal of the American Medical Association etc.
For websites, you could maybe try the Science Daily or Medgadget.
There is more information than you can handle out there and if you know where to look they should be readily accessible to you.
I get this question quite often and I feel that this might be a geographical thing. As far as I know, going to a community college should in theory have no impact on your ability to go to medical school in the long run. The caveat here is any course that you take that you are using as a pre-requisite course in your application to medical school must be comparable or compatible with their requirements. In other words, the syllabus should meet the standard of whatever they require from you. In a community college setting, this might be the main issue you might run into. Otherwise, there should be no effect. There are strict criteria that medical schools will look at when considering you as an applicant and it is not so much where you come from that matters but who you are as a person, as a student, and as a potential colleague that matters.
Here is Dr. Cranquis from experience: I did 1 year of basic college classes at a community college before transferring to a 4-year university for the remaining 3 years, (I did most of my basic science pre-reqs at the university, but my A&P community course transferred just fine).
No, I did not have to produce a death certificate. There are legitimate, legal scenarios where this would happen but it was certainly not the case for my application.
If you are applying to medical school and the application has an essay component, you are welcome to discuss it if it is relevant to the essay subject. For me, my father’s death was an important factor in the essay topic: “why have I chosen medicine?” In your case, it sounds like you would like to explain why your grades have been less than expected.
Truly, your own medical history is private and confidential information; unless you wish to voluntarily disclose that, they cannot ask if you are ill or not. If you were to disclose and they thought the information may be important going forward, they may or may not ask you for a doctor’s note or written letter explaining your situation. Again, due to confidentiality purposes, I highly doubt they would ask for your medical records.
Good luck to you and take care.
I applied while I was in the pharmaceutical sciences program. There was no downtime in between the two. Perhaps the hardest bit there was finding time to go to the interview on the verge of an exam. The interview process itself takes the better part of a day and that was time I sorely needed to study. In hindsight I had chosen a bad time slot but such is life: you work with what you have. In this case, everything worked out fine. :)
Acceptance to medical school is contingent on getting an educational license from the college; part of the requirements for receiving the license is to include a criminal record check.
I am not exactly familiar with how a record would work but my understanding is that the juvenile record is not quite the same as the adult record. I obviously cannot comment on your own records or to what extent of severity they are, but I do know a few classmates who admit having a record for some minor misdemeanors and small infractions in their past. It seems like it might depend on severity of your charges.
The short answer is: very tough. The process of applying to medical school takes a year to complete, and the preparation, the experiences you gain before hand takes many years to accrue. There has to be some planning long in advance as the machinery must be set in motion and brought together for the application. Academics, extracurricular experiences, and exams all had to be competitive over the course of my post-secondary education. When I was able to reach the interview stage and finally see the brilliant and amazing people who were also vying for a seat in the incoming class, it really put into perspective the diversity, the competitiveness, and the challenge of getting in.
Once I was accepted into medical school though, it became clear that the challenges were only just beginning; medical school is a tougher process in its own right.
Out of respect for privacy concerns and my faculty’s social media guidelines, I can no longer answer the second question. Sorry. :(
I kind of address this topic in my page here as a general overview of experiences that are most commonly pursued. The activities I was engaged in include:
This is of course just one example. Everyone has their own story of how they got into medicine and what sort of experiences they had leading up to their application. For those of you out there who would like to share, you can leave a long-form addition in the comments below.
If you saw my recent post about demographics you will see that it is not too late to enter medical school. I have friends in medical school who are in their 30s and a few in their 40s. What brought them here was a passion for medicine and a hunger for learning. If you feel that medicine is what you want to pursue, I think you should give it a try.