Friday, January 8, 2010

This Sunday (Jan. 10): "Getting in, getting through, and getting on" with medical school

This Sunday (January 10, LIVE at 12 p.m. ET), Radio Rounds continues its third season and will welcome special guest Dr. Walter Hartwig (left), Professor and Department Chair of Anatomy at Touro University. He is the author of the recently released book entitled Med School Rx: Getting In, Getting Through, and Getting On with Doctoring.

Visit the blog at noon ET on Sunday for live streaming audio of the episode!

We are looking forward to speaking to Dr. Hartwig on his perspective regarding medical students -- from the admissions process of pre-medical students to the arduous but rewarding journey once accepted. One review of Med School Rx writes: "After reading Med School Rx, prospective students will understand what the admissions committees, professors, examinors, and educators that stand betweenthem and an MD are looking for, what they expect of them as future physicians, and how they can get the most out of the programs they offer."

On this Sunday's episode, we will also debut a new weekly segment -- in which we will hear from a residency program director from somewhere around the country. This week, we'll check in with Dr. Michael Leitman, Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at New York City's Beth Israel Medical Center.

Again, live streaming audio will be available on the blog at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday. The episode will then be available as a free-to-download podcast on our iTunes page next week.

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Hartwig is a very articulate, eloquent, and intelligent gentleman. I suggest that anybody who would like to learn the ins and outs of the medical school admissions system should tune in and listen to these facts, delivered in a smooth, deep baritone voice.


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