Live Q&A Session With a Medical Student

Recorded Thursday, January 7 at 12:00 AM

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About this livestream


Join Elias Miller as he interviews Ninette Musili, a current fourth year medical student at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Stop in to get answers to your questions about a career in medicine, what the pre-med experience is like in college, and how to best prepare to attend medical school.

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
2:38@skoshy03:What were your favorite extracurriculars in college?
4:27@ashleyb03:Which type of research did you get involved in?
6:19@skoshy03:What was your major?
6:27@Miguel_Angel:What's the best major (on what you've seen) to be a better applicant to medical school?
6:58@IsabelaFermo:Do you think that the certain major you choose matters? Or should it only be some sort of science? For example, what would be the difference between choosing biology vs biochemistry?
9:11@stemcurious:with the pandemic throwing a wrench into in person volunteering/shadowing activities, what would you suggest for students to gain insight into medical field?
11:43@anonymous:how did you get shadowing opportunities?
13:33@anonymous:would you recommend shadowing w doctor in high school?
14:15@IsabelaFermo:How did you prepare for the MCAT? How is it structured?
14:22@BirbJay:How did you go about studying for the MCAT?
17:44@ajax-kris:how many medical schools did you apply to?
17:59@ajax-kris:Could you give us a brief run through of the application process into medical school?
23:49@ashley_e:How is the interview process like? What questions do the ask? What do they like to see?
25:34@BirbJay:Could you touch upon BS/MD programs?
25:44@stemcurious:Did you consider applying to B.S/MD programs?
27:58@anonymous:What is the workload like in medical school?
29:05@IsabelaFermo:How is the class structure of med school vs undergrad? Is it more lecture based or hands-on residency type?
31:04@anonymous:Is it bad to take break between college and med school? Would you recommend it or against it? Why or why not?
34:21@Miguel_Angel:If you take a gap year, does medical school seems harder?
35:32@ajax-kris:what specialty are your planning on pursuing? When should you decide this (undergrad, med school etc.)? Should you curate your major to what you plan to pursue in med school, like psychology for psychiatry or neurosurgery?
38:21@skoshy03:Did you face any financial burdens during your college experience knowing you were going to apply to medical school?
42:14@Miguel_Angel:Does "pedigree" matters?
42:22@anonymous:Does private vs. state school for undergrad change someone’s chances for getting into med school?
45:32@Sunny:Are there med students who quit in the middle? I am asking this because I am very interested in medical school but not 100% sure. So what do you think is the most important factor in deciding to pursue medical school?
46:41@BirbJay:Was there ever time where you second guessed or questioned yourself on studying medicine? Thoughts on quitting?
50:28@Miguel_Angel:When did you know you wanted to be a doctor? And what motivated you to make that big step?
50:35@ajax-kris:How did you know you wanted to become a doctor (or surgeon specifically)? How would you know that medical school is right for you
55:50@BirbJay:What was one of the most memorable moment in your whole medical journey?
58:17@BirbJay:Thank you!! :)
58:19@Miguel_Angel:LOVED THIS
58:21@anonymous:good luck! thank you
58:23@Miguel_Angel:THANK YOU VERY MUUUCH
58:25@ashleyb03:Thank you so much!!!! :)
58:28@ashley_e:good luck Ninette!
58:33@ashleyb03:Best of luck, Ninette!!! LOVE THIS!!!!
58:43@Alicia.Justin:Good luck! :)
58:45@ashley_e:Thank you very much for everything
58:47@ajax-kris:Amazing!!!! Best of luck I’m sure you’ll do great :):)
58:52@Alicia.Justin:Thank you!
59:48@Miguel_Angel:You'll get into the best residence ;)
59:50@anonymous:Thank you so much for your time!!!
60:04@ajax-kris:Happy new year!
60:05@anonymous:Thanks You!


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