The Perks of Research | Life Of A Surgeon – Ep. 9

What does research have to do with Disneyland, virtual golf, and a free MacBook? Check out this episode to find out!

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How to Find Time to Exercise with a Busy Schedule

Are you too busy to exercise? Ethan Jose of EJ Fitness and I have found a few ways to help you integrate exercise into your busy schedule.

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Finding Life’s Balance | Life Of A Surgeon – Ep. 8

You have 3 jars to fill up with anything you want in life, what do you fill them up with and how much do you fill them?

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5 Tips to Ace the Interview

Interviews are around the corner and I have 5 tips for you to help you get through the admissions process, whether it be for Medical School or Residency!

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What’s in My Backpack? | Life of A Surgeon – Ep. 7

Baby Wipes, a tape measure, the list goes on...find out what's inside my backpack!

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11 Keys for Success on Medical School Interviews

Interviews can be a daunting process. But fear not! These keys to success will have you relaxed and ready on interview day.

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How To: Super Human Productivity & Efficiency

In this post I share some of my efficiency and productivity insights that I've learned through running multiple businesses and getting through medical school

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Drive Your Success | Life Of A Surgeon – Ep. 6

In this VLOG, I explain why you might be struggling to find some success or struggling to achieve your goals, dreams, and ambitions

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The Final “Step” – How to Efficiently Tackle the USMLE Step 3

In this post, Dr. Amit Pandey shares some of his thoughts on the what, the when, and the how to tackle the USMLE Step 3

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How To Change Your Life – For Good

This post is based on a book by Dr. Sean Young, called "Stick With It - A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life For Good" - I discuss some of the major points from the book and show you some ways to live the life you imagine.

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Are Doctors Rich? How Much Money Physicians Make

In this post, I've performed an income analysis in which I compare the incomes of doctors to UPS drivers over the course of a lifetime - what I found might surprise you.

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3 Tips For Staying Motivated | Life Of A Surgeon – Ep. 5

Staying motivated is important, especially when the going gets tough - here are 3 simple tricks you can use to help get yourself motivated and productive.

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Are You Consuming Coffee Correctly?

A lot of people rely on coffee (caffeine) to provide them with their daily boost; however, there are some caveats with caffeine consumption, which I discuss in this post.

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Are Doctors Sleep Deprived? | Life Of A Surgeon – Ep. 4

Sleep! I know what you're thinking - I'm always talking about it, but I thought I'd share some of my recent experience with sleep and how it has played a huge role in residency.

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Knowing When to Quit vs. When to Push Forward

In this post, I share some insights about quitting, why we quit, and how we can answer the most important question - "To Quit or Not to Quit?"

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Master of Time, Master of All | Life of A Surgeon – Ep. 3

Time is your most precious resource, I'll say it again, time is your most precious resource - check out this episode for some tips on how to optimize your time and become more aware of how you're spending it

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Sleep Deprivation – How to Overcome It

Many of us don't get enough sleep and this can be dangerous to our health. In this post I cover some of the consequences of sleep deprivation and I offer some insights on how we can overcome it.

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3 Tips to Love Your Work | Life Of A Surgeon – Ep. 2

The feeling of getting up everyday and being excited for work is one of the best feelings one could have - in this episode I discuss the joys of loving work and how you too can achieve professional fulfillment

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The Power of Habit

In this post I explore how we can use habit to develop the work ethic that will drive our success

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – An Inside Look (Part 2/2)

My latest book summary (Part 2 of 2), "Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth, contains a number of useful insights for overcoming obstacles and achieving your goals.

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Efficiency is King | Life Of A Physician – Ep. 1

Most days I feel like there is not enough time in the day to do everything I want and that's why efficiency is so important - check out my first VLOG (ever) for tips on how you can be efficient.

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – An Inside Look (Part 1/2)

My latest book summary (Part 1 of 2), "Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth, contains a number of useful insights for overcoming obstacles and achieving your goals.

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Secondary Applications – What to Expect and How to Approach Them

In this post I provide a brief overview of secondary applications, some examples of common questions, and a few key concepts to keep in mind during the process.

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Summer is Here! 6 Tips for a Fun and Productive Summer

Regardless of whether you are going into the medical field or something entirely different, these tips for a fun and productive summer will serve you well!

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Residency Couples Match – Shedding Light and Debunking Myths

Nikhil Agrawal, MD, a current plastic surgery resident at Baylor College of Medicine, sheds light on the many misconceptions of Couples Matching.

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Just Do It: How to Consistently Make Time for the Things You Love

We often forget to make time for the activities and people we love. During a busy ICU rotation, Amit reflects on the importance of balancing work and play.

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How to Love the Process | DON’T Follow Your Passion

Have you ever heard that you should follow your passion? That's bad advice. Here's why...

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What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 | Secrets to Success

Another book summary of one of my favorites that I read this year. Regardless of your age, you will find useful information in this post.

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Just Show Up

I explore how consistency in your daily work can help propel you to success.

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Getting into Medical School | 6 Common Reasons for Rejection

If you can address all 6 of these common pitfalls, you will be in an excellent position during your medical school application cycle.

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Medical School Application and Acceptance Timeline

If I want go to medical school immediately or shortly after undergrad, what tasks should I be completing when?

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Finals Week – 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid

With Finals Week around the corner, be sure to avoid these 4 mistakes to maximize your test day scores.

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Perspective: How it Can Help Us Refocus on What Matters

Through this true story I explore how maintaining the right perspective can restore positivity to your daily pursuits.

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Mentorship & Guidance vs. Carving Your Own Path

There is a balance to listening to mentors' guidance versus carving your own path and believing in yourself.

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Self-Discipline – Why It’s Important & How to Master Self-Control

In this day an age, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain self-discipline. I’ll show you the importance of self-discipline and how to cultivate it.

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Relationships: Why They Matter and How to Do Them Well

Amit Pandey explains three key steps to improve your relationships - both personal and professional.

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Change: How Do We Become the Person We Want to Be?

Have you noticed that things generally stay the same until something shakes it all up?

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5 Tips Every Medical Student Needs to Know

These tips will make the daily grind of pursuing medical school feel less like a chore and more like college part two.

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The Grind & My Life Philosophy

Here's the secret to my work ethic, productivity, and ultimate life philosophy.

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Feynman Technique: How to Learn Difficult & Complex Concepts Faster

Learn not only how to use the Feynman technique, but WHEN to use it as well.

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The Reason You’re NOT Successful

The only thing holding you back is you.

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The Single Most Important Secret to Success

You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards.

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Sleep Smarter – Sleeping Science, How to Be Better At It, & Feel More Refreshed

While we should be getting 7-9 hours every night, that is often easier said than done. Here's how to maximize the limited time you do have for sleep.

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3 Real Exam Study Tips: How to Ace Your Final by Studying More Effectively and Efficiently

I was featured in Justin's final exam study tips video (link inside). Here is the accompanying article to help you ace finals!

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Happiness is Not a Destination

Is happiness the ultimate goal we should be striving for in life?

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The Grass is Always Greener

Inspired by my trip to Cape Town, the grass is always greener on the other side.

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More than Medicine

Your life is not defined by your career. Guest post from Matthew Wright at

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Extracurriculars for Medical School (& What I Did)

There's no secret formula when it comes to extracurriculars, but here's how to get your bearings straight

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Book Summary and Application

One of my favorite books from 2016 in an easy to digest summary with tips on how to apply the nuggets of wisdom

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Is Medical School Right for Me?

The journey from premed to med school to residency to attending physician is a long one. Figure out if a career in medicine is a good fit for you.

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Why You Should Read

Reading for pleasure is awesome and can be incredibly transformative. This is how I found value in reading in my free time.

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Comprehensive Guide to Research from the Perspective of a Medical Student

Guest author Dmitry Zavlin goes over why you should get involved with research and how to do it successfully.

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How to Effectively & Efficiently Read or Study A Textbook

Justin from Engineering Worth explains a highly effective strategy when studying from textbooks.

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How Exercise Makes you Smarter (and a Better Student!)

Also learn the best ways to stay motivated and consistent with your exercise!

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How to Start a New Semester (or Quarter) Right

Building good habits and momentum from early in the start of a new semester or quarter will tee you up for success.

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MCAT Resources and Study Schedule

Here are the specific resources and schedule I used to ace the MCAT.

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The First Six Months of Residency

Dr. Dre goes over The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Emergency Medicine residency.

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Intern Year of Residency – Reflecting on the First 6 Months

Guest author Amit Pandey describes a challenging but rewarding first 6 months of intern year.

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Memorization Techniques (Method of Loci/Memory Palace + Mnemonics) and How to Actually Use Them

Everyone says how great these memory techniques are, but how should you actually use them day-to-day?

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Writing a Personal Statement

The personal statement can make or break your application. Learn to make it impactful and put your best foot forward.

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What Do Winter Break, New Year’s Resolutions, and Discipline Have in Common?

The recipe for a happy and successful winter break.

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How to Wake Up Early – And Grow to Like It

I transformed from a night owl to a morning person. Now I love waking up early. Learn how to do it as well.

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The Pomodoro Technique

Fight procrastination, increase productivity, and harness your focus.

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Finals Week – 6 Tips for Success

The tested strategies that will get you results on exam day.

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Packing for Medical School and Residency Interviews

Packing should be quick and painless. Learn how.

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Test Day Strategies for MCAT, Step 1, and Step 2CK

Test day is one of the most important days for a doctor-in-training. Check out these key strategies to maximize your score.

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How I Aced the MCAT

The strategies that got me a 99.9th percentile score on the MCAT.

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How to Tie Surgical Knots

Tying surgical knots properly is a necessary skill for any medical student to survive their surgical rotations. This comprehensive guide shows you how.

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Increasing your Efficiency as a Student

Better test scores and more time to do the things you love.

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Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Studies have shown that the LOR is one of the most important factors in admissions.

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Overcoming Procrastination and Maintaining Productivity

How to study when you do not feel like it, broken down into 3 easy principles.

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Pre-Med Study Strategies – What I Wish I Knew in College

Life would have been much easier if I knew about these concepts in college.

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