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ALL THE INFO

Let's Break it Down, Shall we?

The road to college is not a walk in the park. The journey to medical school is not easy. The pursuit of a medical degree and residency spot is one that will test your limits in ways you will have never imagined. But, it is worth it. This race is an extremely rewarding race to run and one that you are very capable of running to completion.

Everyone's route will look different, some will have planned or unplanned pitstops (aka gap year(s)), while others will "Pass Go and Collect $200" almost instantly (aka starting right after college.) ​

Statistically speaking, not getting into medical school on the first try is by no means career-ending. In fact, the AMA reports the average age of students starting medical school is 24! So, please do not be discouraged by this extensive process or "pit stops" in your 3, 5, 10, etc. year plans.

Not too long ago, I was in your shoes. I was a pre-med student with so many questions just trying to keep her head above water as an Organic Chemistry major at UGA while working to "beef-up" my med-school application. My hope for this blog, website and social media platform is to be a raw, reliable and encouraging resource. I hope my transparency and inability to sugarcoat life's ups and downs offers you a sense of comfort that whatever your path to medical school looks like, it is the right one for you! 

INTRODUCTIONS
ARE IN ORDER

Hey y'all! My name is Merritt and I am so pumped you're here. For those familiar with the Enneagram, I am a 1 wing 2. So, it won't come as any surprise to you that in addition to wholeheartedly pursuing the field of medicine, I also love helping nurture that same drive in others. Mentoring the future generation of healthcare professionals has quickly become a true passion of mine, and I am so excited to be a resource, cheerleader, and advocate for students + health & fitness!

MEDICAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT

Successful Collaborations

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OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY 
INTEREST GROUP

Vice President

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PHI DELTA EPSILON

Vice President of Programing

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 SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AMBASSADOR

Vice Chair of Scheduling

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CLASS OF 2023 CLASS COUNCIL

Community Medicine Representative

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CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Prayer Team

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Professional Guidance and Support

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STUDENT ORGANIZATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF RESEARCH AND SERVICE (S.O.A.R.S.)

OB/GYN Liaison

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MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER'S MEDICAL EXPLORERS

Medical Student Coordinator

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STUDENTS AS TEACHERS

Member of Founding Class

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NATHAN DEAL SCHOLAR

April 2019 – Present

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

THE EFFECTS OF GEORGIA FOOD DESERTS ON RURAL POPULATION'S NUTRITION AND HEALTH OUTCOMES

  • Selected as a Summer Student Research Scholar – a competitive, funded program through the School of Medicine

  • Goal: to set up long-term interventions in GA food deserts to improve healthy eating habits, and thus improve health in GA

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

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HEALTHCARE FOR THE HOMELESS

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FEED THE FRONTLINES

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CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK VIE PHI DELTA EPSILON

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PREVENT CHILD ABUSE ATHENS

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MERCY HEALTH CENTER

DISTINCTION IN SERVICE
TO THE COMMUNITY (DISC) PROJECT

The 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report discovered that 34.2 million Americans, so just over 1 in 10, have diabetes; while 88 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have pre-diabetes. Curtis V. Cooper Primary Healthcare Inc., and Dr. Hollis particularly with his weekly Diabetic Clinic, have made many strides in order to provide basic and essential education on the prevention, maintenance, and overall understanding of diabetes to uninsured and underinsured patients in Chatham county and surrounding areas. Our hope is that through InsuLearn and this collaboration with CVCPHC, that MUSM students can help supplement the previous and continued efforts of Dr. Hollis and the practice to better educate patients on diabetic educational topics and ultimately improve their quality of life and health moving forward. We are eager to volunteer on the local level in order to give back to our community and are humbled to be trusted with the CVCPHC patients and their health education in relation to diabetes. We look forward to pursuing the project wholeheartedly and the opportunity InsuLearn will provide us to fulfill MUSM’s mission to help meet the needs of medically underserved Georgia through direct patient contact and hands-on experience, as well as improving our ability to communicate effectively with patients!

More Information & Resources Coming Soon!

AUTHOR'S ARTICLE PORTFOLIO

WHAT IS A FOOD DESERT?

Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center

THE STATE OF GEORGIA HEALTHCARE

Stethoscope Magazine

SHIFT FROM
“SICK-CARE” TO “HEALTH-CARE”

Stethoscope Magazine

AHEC OPPORTUNITIES: PATHWAY TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

Stethoscope Magazine

COUNT THE KICKS TO DECREASE STILLBIRTHS

Georgia Department of Agriculture's April 2022 Market Bulletin