Dr. Josh Elder, Emergency medicine firstname.lastname@example.org
Am a physician, wife and mother are both nurses.
When starting in college, went to Pittsburgh, grandfather was a physician in the Navy
Did research volunteering, and went to oxford
Spent a year doing research in DC
Med school in UCLA
Masters in public health
Love helping people
Emergency medicine was a really good fit. So went to stanford and got more training
Got first job as an assistant professor at UC Davis, about 6 months ago
Am a husband and father, and a captain in the Army reserves.
Open for Questions?
1 Policy: How can we better deliver services for people who come to the emergency dept.?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what the ER can offer and provide for.
RI wanted to find out this at a state level. At a local level, in connecticut was placed on a health planning community board. There are a lot of forms for policy.
Medicine and community can be a small world. You can be interacting with people that are not your patients and they have a level of trust and comfort with you.
2 Balance: There is a balancing with the doing and the creating. It can be easy to burn out. The best thing to do is to make a list of the things that energize, speak, or resonate with you. Find the balance that works with you. It can be challenging. Not every week is the same. I make a schedule and every week there are 2 days that are full family days. I try to make it home every night for dinner. What are your list of priorities? As busy are you are, You are always going to be this busy. And the truth is, it is going to get busier. Not always with what you have to do, what with the things that you want to do.
At every stage along the way you are growing, be happy where you are at.
3 Competitive for Med School? MCAT, GPA; science, non-science, Research, Volunteering, Extracurriculars, Publications.
Looking back, the school, is not as important. It does not define who you are. It is by what you have done and are doing now.
The big name school is not as important, it’s the framework that really counts.
When you get to med school you are not yet a dr. you still have 4 yrs if med school and your USMLE 1,2,3 to get licensed. It is one step on a journey. Then there is residency. Then you have to take your certification exam. (oral and written)
They reason why the foundation has to be solid, is you are going on a 10 year journey.
One of the first things I would recommend, look up the application for med school on AMCAS website. It is clearly a forum for what you are going to be judged on. There is the work you’ve done as you and your school understand it and then there is the work you have done as the was AMCAS judges it.
If you are interested in research talk to me, it’s what I do. Three areas, Basic science=pipettes
Clinical research=Drug. Health services = DATA with people, this is what I do.
Volunteering= U of pittsburgh. A lot of it was helping people that needed help.
Its OK to have one or two, but don’t go overboard.
You need a bachelors to apply to medical school. Coursework general, and some schools have particular requirements. These are the particulars that you want to know about ahead of time. Most medical schools have a 2% acceptance rate. The thing to do is apply to more schools(30-40), it will cost more up front, but there is a better chance you will get in. Some might have scholarships, some might have better financial packages.
Q: How much does it matter that the major is not science. A: it doesn’t. Tell it as part of your story. It can show you have a uniqueness factor. Learn about that, and have some data.
Be reflective of your experience so you know if its a good fit and resonates for you.
Its going to be hard. But just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it isn’t a good fit.
As you are in your life, you are in a relationship, and you will fall in and out of love with it. There are times I don’t like what i do, but most of the time I love it.
90% of being successful is showing up, doing the work, meeting people, and following up.
There are plenty of people that dont succeed because they simply don’t follow up.
College not much
Between NIH doing research
Med school not really
Attending then making a salary
So the process of finding a job is pretty hard.
Those that don’t do fellowship or attending go to community medicine, and make a lot more money, but they do a lot of clinic hours.