Dr Quang Ngo
Guest Speaker Dr. Quang Ngo, MD 10/27/17
Grew up in sacramento. Ca native
Undergrad at UC Berkeley
Process of med and how to prepare for it.
Highly recommend a test prep course
The test is not how smart you are, it’s how well you take a test, how you do under pressure. Its a timed test. Don’t read for detail, skim. If you don’t know how to do it, move on.
To be competitive for med school you need a score of 32 or better.
Do sample tests, It can greatly improve your score.
Major does not really matter. It’s all about your GPA. It matters a lot more than your major.
Primary process, submit your grades your major and your personal statement.
Secondary: what you like to do for fun, what’s different about you.
Invite you out for an interview and tour of the school.
During the interview process you will be asked more about you and more depth. They want to get to know you. They look for personality.
Volunteering is very important. The more you have the better it is.
Masters in Anatomy and Physiology, Georgetown University Washington DC
Had an MCAT of 32, middle of the road.
Apply broadly, Stay positive, Interview preparation. Its very hard to get into med school.
There is a lot of competition.
Apply to a lot of school. A lot of schools have a preference for in state students.
Apply to at least 15 to 20 schools. Even though it's expensive. Do it anyway.
Once you get the interview, they are willing to accept you, you just have to prove you are a good fit at that school.
Practice the interview.
Stay positive, You only need one acceptance. You may have been put on a wait list. It can fluctuate up to a week before the school starts. Reach out to the admin and ask where your are on the waitlist. It can help.
Went to medical school in Philadelphia. MD at thomas Jefferson university.
Residency at UCD internal medicine.
1st year of residency. It’s all about survival. Most of the time you are just gonna be exhausted.
Internship will be the most challenging time of your life. \
Getting into med school is hard, but graduating is not that hard.
It’s a lot like high school. It’s a bit competitive. Most med schools have eliminated grades for this reason. It is now Honors, pass or fail. Honors is the top 10% of the class.
You start taking test at the end of the second year of med school. Step 1 test. It will determine what you can become in the med field. If your test score is low you can beef up your test score. If you fail the test you can not be a dr. If you fail it twice you are kicked out of med school. So study hard,
There is shadowing and residency, you have time so it is expected for you to know your patients and other questions.
1st year residency. Survival. Early hours, lack of sleep, longest hours, biggest learning curve. Nobody expects you to know anything coming out of med school, they will teach you.
2nd year residency. 30 hours. Constantly getting called and paged. More autonomy, learn to teach other med students, learn to lead a team. Start to learn about subspecialty. You find your passion and start to find mentors. Some people do it for the money, and some do it for the lifestyle.
3 rd year residency. Decide if you want to do fellowship or start working. Working is easy, a lot of the places come to you. You usually have multiple offers to consider. It’s not just about the money, it’s about the lifestyle, hours to work, commuting. Start focusing on what you want to do.
Medical boards. Preparing for the medical boards. You must pass the boards or you will be fired from your job. It is not that difficult.
Making the transitions from resident to attending. Big learning curve. You are the one in charge, it’s a big responsibility, experience counts, you learn to trust yourself. The first couple years are the hardest. Its knowing what to ask and when to ask.
Typical day at the hospital. Rounds, meeting with patients and seeing what they need or releasing to go home. Admitter: someone comes in and they may need a procedure so they get admitted.
Most rewarding aspects of being a hospitalist. Work in sacramento with my community. Solving interesting cases. Flexibility of my schedule, diversity of experience. Sacramento is a diverse city.
Most challenging aspects of being a hospitalist: Schedule, high stress, some doctors bring their work home with them. The key is work is work and home is home.
Separating decisions form emotion. You learn to compartmentalize. Emotion take away from the knowledge you have. Go through the protocol, and deal with the emotions afterwards.
How long is residency for internal med. 3 years. Most residency is around 3 years, but surgical and others can be longer like 5-6 years. With subspecialty training, you can be over specialized, and that will make it harder to get a job. The longest residency is neurosurgery. 7 years.
Research. Started late. In the 3rd year. For about 1 ½ years.
Doubts, yes, and still once in awhile. Med school is very expensive, don’t do it for the money, do it for the passion. 300,000 is a lot. If it doesn't work out it’s really hard to go back and do something else with that much debt. You have to do it to completion. The field is constantly changing, with that it’s challenging but it really rewarding.
Why internal med. You find what you like and it allows me to do a lot of good things. Not as much procedures, so I spend more time with the patients,’
Were there any of your colleagues that were not science majors? Yes. Econ, Music.
Remember medicine is a field where we see people. So you want to have some personality. So you can do whatever you want, it doesn't stop you from going to medical school.
A lot of people end up going to Keiser if they don’t stay at UCD.
Why California, Why sacramento? Better medicine, less formal than the east coast, Better weather. Family is here.
If you come up with any other questions later just ask Jennifer and they will get to me.