Episode 2 | MS4 Perspective: General Surgery

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In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of General Surgery. Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to a pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. 

Our guests for this episode, Steven Marincel and Allison Zarnke, are completing their medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Steven is a native of St. Louis, and completed his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. He then pursued a Master’s degree before matriculating into medical school, where General Surgery captivated him from the start. Allison always had interests of becoming a doctor, but originally had thoughts about pursuing a Ph.D. Ultimately, her true passion was to work with patients, leading her to apply to medical school following completion of a Master’s degree. Allison quickly fell in love with her General Surgery rotation during her third year of medical school.

For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in General Surgery, follow along!

Steven and Allison in the studio