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    As someone who completed a portion of my schooling with active "health problems" due to being shot seven times and having PTSD, if someone has a health problem, yes, it can be a struggle; some have stronger resiliency and some may not be in that journey yet.

    People thinking health problems are BS, to me, is offensive, especially if you are not enduring with constant pain or anxiety of the day to day struggle to survive.

  • 16

    If you have a low GPA after failing anything, medical school might be difficult in terms of getting accepted. AMCAS (which is the MD program central application site) does NOT practice grade replacement, so even if you took something over, every single grade is factored into your GPA. I had NO CLUE what was involved with med school application and acceptance until I married a bio/pre-med major. It's crazy.

    At first I didn't understand his anxiety about getting in until I understood the process. Tens of thousands of people apply to med schools every year and tens of thousands are not accepted. There were 20,000+ who were accepted in 2015, and 52,000+ applicants; 38,000+ of those applicants were first-timers, the others were repeat applicants. You need to have a standout application, a solid GPA, and a great MCAT score to get an interview with a school, let alone an acceptance. Some people apply for two, three, even four cycles before being accepted. They have to take the MCAT over after certain intervals, too. Ugh.

    Fort those who may not know, this is the timeline: after you take the MCAT and hopefully get a competitive score, you submit your primary application via AMCAS and pay a fee per school to which you want to apply. This application includes key components like essay questions and your personal statement (must be strong/stand out). Then a school may or may not invite you to submit a secondary application, which is an additional fee (sometimes $100, sometimes $120, sometimes free for certain state schools). If a school likes your secondary, you might get invited to an interview. If you knock them dead in the interview, you might get invited to have the privilege of attending the school.

    My husband applied to about 33 schools for the primary application. He submitted many secondary applications as well, I think 22; this involved a lot of essay writing (a LOT, I had the joy of proofreading, lol). He was invited to interview at 4 schools, and he was ultimately accepted by 2. The application fees alone were about $4000 for the primaries and secondaries. The travel to schools with hotels, etc., was another $1500-ish, probably; he saved some money by driving to three of the interviews, but one was too far to drive and he had to fly. He stayed with friends at two of the locations, and one was in the city where we lived so that was easy.

    Med school application is a money-making machine! There are MCAT tutors, expensive MCAT prep courses, people who will help refine your application parts for a fee (personal statements foremost, and essays for primary and secondary), people who help you prepare for the interview questions, and then all the money that is paid to AMCAS and the schools.

    A lot of people go the post bacc route, and sometimes it helps. There are also some medical schools that offer a one-year graduate program with the intention of preparing students to matriculate into their medical school; I think Drexel has one, for example. It might benefit you to discuss your path with a knowledgeable counselor to see if this is a feasible idea.

  • 14

    You handled it well, and appropriately. Unfailing politeness and calm in the face of rude and demanding behavior will always put you beyond reproach. Nice work.

  • 13

    Quote from LadyFree28
    As someone who completed a portion of my schooling with active "health problems" due to being shot seven times and having PTSD
    Good gravy! I had no idea. *hugs*

    I do my very best to not judge others because I have no idea what they're going through, or what they've endured. (I say this even after a decade plus of dealing with ER patients, yep.) Every day the only person I want to be better than is myself, yesterday. Trite? Maybe. But there it is.

    And that's why I like this: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." — Dalai Lama

  • 12

    You handled it fine. Hopefully they DID call admin & were told again that information could not be released. Was your manager around at this time? Those are the types of calls I would forward to them or forward to the supervisor rather than just confirming that you were correct. That way the obnoxious caller can hear it from 2 of you.

    Quote from Susie2310
    Could the family member have been authorized to receive Protected Health Information? Does your facility ask this question when you receive calls such as this?
    But after a pt is discharged, I wouldn't think staff could open that chart to check without violating HIPAA themselves. The pt is discharged; no one should enter the chart to browse for family contacts, POA, etc. If they were such close family, they would know where the pt from last week went.

  • 12

    Well, the very first clinical experience I had, the place was awful. There was never any soap on the floor, but there were plenty of roaches. My instructor was just beside herself with how bad the place was, but she looked at us that first day and was just like, "Well, this is ridiculous, but we're in Rome, and we're gonna do like these Romans are doing." And she got promptly to helping us steal soap and linen and whatever else we could find to give our residents decent baths and get them comfy and clean. She taught me that even in the worst of situations, with almost no resources at your disposal, you can do something to leave your patients better than you found them. And the Rome stuff made it some like an awesome adventure instead of a nasty ALF in dirty Baltimore.


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