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White Coat Checklist ‘Leaps’ Forward

How appropriate that 2016 is a Leap Year, since WCC is in the process of leapfrogging the entire medical school consulting industry with a best-in-class secondaries essays database. Our past few weeks have been spent testing a major site upgrade which will enable users of the AppTrackR medical school application dashboard to receive secondaries essays prompts automatically as soon as they…

2015: A Banner Year for WCC

As 2015 begins drawing to a close with increasingly shorter days, this is an appropriate time to reflect on the milestones our White Coat Checklist community has accomplished in the past few months. Some highlights of our most meaningful accomplishments are below:

#1. This year the WCC web-site was fully re-optimized from its original 2013 version, consolidating the most usefu…

The Cost of Quality – And The Boundaries of Possibility

Sobering testimony before the U.S. Senate by professors from Harvard and Johns Hopkins has detailed a sobering fact: despite billions in strategic investments and planning, preventable medical errors remain the third leading cause of death nationally with more than 1,000 lives lost every day. This means that 400,000 patients die each year with total costs exceeding $1 trillion. That staggering…

The AMCAS Deadly Dozen

In honor of the June 1st AMCAS application cycle, White Coat Checklist is pleased to introduce the ‘Deadly Dozen.’ These 12 cardinal sins of formal writing are found within essays and personal statements of many applicants, many of whom are highly capable writers. These issues reflect less of a personal failing than the subconscious tendencies of persons grappling with major topics with a…

The Primary Care Tipping Point (Postponed But Not Forgotten)

One of the most pervasive (and prominent) themes of national health care reform is the impending rapid decline in availability of primary care physicians. This is ascribed to a number of factors: the high cost of medical school in combination with the far lower pay awarded PCPs compared to specialists, the impending wave of physician retirements from the ‘baby boomer’ generation, and t…

Ripples In A Pond: Reactionary Fallout

One clear lesson from the ongoing challenges of U.S. health care reform is that ambitious programs represent flash points in a contentious national dialogue (for example, the individual mandate requiring all persons to acquire health insurance coverage). This fact, coupled with the delay evident in many major deadlines, is the reason that there was such a rush at the end of March 2014 as millions…

Communication in Healing: Principles in Practice

This past week Boston University School of Management first year Health Sector MBA students began their required HM703: Health Sector Issues and Opportunities required course. This class is intended to introduce students to a general, holistic overview of the health care field, touching on the various complex disciplines: service delivery, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and related topics…

Tactic or Strategy – Can You Tell the Difference?

Massachusetts recently slipped from first to last place on one key component of health information technology innovation: the state health insurance exchange. This was supposed to be a slam dunk for the Bay State, especially given that Massachusetts pioneered the concept of universal coverage within the United States. The core issue with the site appears to have been basic greed – the prospect…

A Frank Conversation with a Medical School Admissions Insider

White Coat Checklist recently had the unique opportunity to turn the tables on a faculty interviewer for an MD program in the Greater Boston area. This off-the-cuff, off-the-record conversation was eye-opening in many ways: in some cases confirming widely held beliefs and in other cases offering new insights into the medical school admissions process, the search for residency slots, and more:WCC…

AHA infuses Framingham Heart Study with new purpose

December 2013 brought a much-needed shot in the arm for the nation’s largest and longest-running heart study. With FHS funding cutbacks by NIH which jeopardized decades of ongoing research (detailed previously on our ACO page), the American Hospital Association stepped up to the plate by offering replacement funding to the tune of $30 million. The deal will give AHA clinical researchers access…

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