Monthly Archives: January 2015

DOT Podcast 009: Dr. Gregory Burkard – PM&R


Topics covered in this podcast interview include:

1) Think long-term – be a few steps ahead;

2) Go out and make things happen – for example, write a chapter in a book;

3) Ask for opportunities – preferably before rotations, but definitely during audition rotations;

4) Don’t shy away from a challenge – take them on and grow;

5) Create interest – sell yourself on paper to earn the interview;

6) Master tip – handwritten thank you letters; and

7) Devise strategic updates – for programs you’re most interested in.

In this episode we are joined by Dr. Gregory Burkard, Jr., DO. Dr. Burkard is a PGY-3 in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at New York University (NYU) and he provides valuable insight about how to dominate the match and land your top residency spot. He discusses the impact of his extracurricular and volunteer experiences during medical school and how they ultimately prepared him to shine on interview day. During the episode we also discuss how and why he chose his medical specialty, how he decided where to apply, and, most importantly, what he believes are the key elements for a truly successful match. Lastly, we talk about what his plans for the future are now that he is succeeding in residency. 

Happy listening!

DOT Podcast 008: Ryan Nguyen, Creator of


Important links from this podcast episode include:

1) Practical Premed – Ryan’s first website;

2) Doctors Without Walls SB;

3) Lean On Admit – medical students helping pre-med applicants;

4) Almost Doctors Channel;

5) Doximity;

6) Picmonic – turning knowledge into pictures;

7) Osmosis;

8) First Aid Team Blog: DO Corner; and

9) Pathoma.

In this episode we are joined by Ryan Nguyen, currently a third year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Ryan is an exceptional medical student and shares his insights on how to overcome challenges and how to stand out as a medical student and a health professional. He has been blogging about his medical school experience at We were amazed, as you will be, to learn about all the opportunities that have been created from this single writing outlet. So if you need inspiration to start something new, then this is it! Ryan makes a strong case for thinking outside the box, or at least changing the constructs of the box you are working in. Some of the topics that we dive into include health policy, med tech, and medical education.