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Health Care’s Pressing Need: Managers or Leaders?

Graduate education represents a singular opportunity for specialized training and professional engagement across any industry. Whether an MD, DO, MPH or MBA, the opportunities to contribute to the health care sector are legion, and the need is great. Persons with passion, resourcefulness, and credible evidence of success remain best-positioned for both entry into such programs as well as pursuing…

Words of Wisdom on Credibility in Health Care

This past Friday (October 18th), White Coat Checklist took the unprecedented step of sponsoring a health care conference. The first annual Boston University Health and Life Sciences Conference was a fabulous, world-class health care event with an extraordinary opportunity to engage with health care senior executives regarding real-life issues and concerns. The conference web site has plenty of…

“And They’re Off!”

Today marks the official start for Phase II of the Affordable Care Act. Despite the many contentious exchanges (including a government shut down), the law has reached another major milestone as state health exchanges have officially gone public – in some cases, with challenging technological hurdles. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is overseeing 34 state exchanges, estimates…

Playing To Win…Or To Lose

The annual race of secondary applications is by now well underway. As applicants labor to meet their requirements in terms of length and deadlines, the qualitative aspects of the experience should not be underestimated. White Coat Checklist has yet to encounter a ‘perfected’ essay, although to be fair such a term carries a fair amount of controversy. We use the term not in criticism, but in…

Application Essays: Mind vs. Heart

With primary applications submitted and secondaries already pinging email inboxes, we would like to caution aspiring medical school students about the two extremes of formal writing. The ‘perfectionist’ approach aspires for the first draft to also be the final one: perfect in every way. Meanwhile, the ‘freewriting’ concept attempts to simply get all thoughts down on paper befor…

Physician, Heal Thyself

No one would be surprised to learn that physicians overall enjoy a higher-than-average quality of health. With encompassing mastery of medical knowledge as well as immediate access to health resources, doctors can expect to enjoy long lives of fulfilling patient care experiences – if they survive. It’s sadly and paradoxically true that an estimated 400 physicians commit suicide every year (mor…

“The Right Medical School”

Two students contacted White Coat Checklist within the past week to discuss impending plans for medical school. One had been pleasantly surprised with a modest scholarship financial aid offer while the other was discussing plans to aggressively target in-state medical schools for minimizing student loans. Both stories are cautionary tales in one respect: financial planning.Any graduate wit…

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