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Hitting a Brick Wall?

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“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

We have all been there…

SouthEast Lancaster Health Services

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SouthEast’s mission is to provide medical and dental care to Lancastrians who have no insurance, and little or no income.  They see a whopping 16,000+ medical patients annually who make approximately 90,000 visits (not including about 18,000 annual dental visits).  And all on a shoestring budget.  “We make dresses out of drapes,” Kedren has told me.  “Dresses out of drapes . . . it’s an informal motto around here.”  Like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, SouthEast is short on resources, long on resourcefulness.  Out of necessity, they get creative . . .

Decisions, Decisions: How to Negotiate a Better Financial Aid Offer

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It’s that time of year again: the flowers and trees are budding, the birds are chirping …. well, not so much this year.  BUT, the law school acceptances are starting to roll in.  Congratulations to those of you who have received law school acceptances – your hard work in school, on the LSAT, and in crafting a perfect law school application has paid off!  For many of you, however, the most difficult part of the process is just beginning: decision-making...

Public Health: Vast & Various

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“What I'm not clear on is what I'd actually do with a degree in public health”. . .  This is a sentiment I hear pretty frequently in my line of work.  A Masters in Public Health leads to a wide variety of career options, so wide that students often have a hard time imagining their future professional lives . . .

The LSAT: Fiction, Facts, and Advice

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If you’re planning to apply to law school next year – or at any time in the future – one looming hurdle likely stands in between you and that all-star application: the LSAT.  The LSAT is one of the most important pieces of your law school application, if not THE most important piece.  Why is that, you might ask?  

I Want to Go to Law School: Which Major is Best?

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So, you think you want to go to law school.  If you don’t know which courses to take during your time at F&M, you are not alone.  Many pre-law students find themselves at a loss when they are trying to select courses or decide upon a major.  Because there is no required coursework for law school – like there is for medical school – pre-law students are often left without much (or any) guidance when selecting their undergraduate courses.  Rest assured, if you choose an area of study that interests and challenges you, you will put yourself in a good position for success in law school and beyond.  Below are some points to think about as you consider the right academic path for you.

Legal Internships: Fact, Fiction, and How to Find Them

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Summer is an ideal time for college students to garner some specialized experience that will help them to both identify fields of interest and stand out on their resume or graduate school application.  For students considering applying to law school, legal internships are an ideal way to learn about the legal field and determine if it is, in fact, a fit.  Before you decide to search for a legal internship, however, here are a few things to consider . . .


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At the center of nearly all of Dr. Ofri’s work is the doctor-patient relationship.   It is a common thread running from her most recent book, What Doctors Feel:  How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, and you can follow it back through her other titles as well (Incidental Findings, Medicine in Translation, Singular Intimacies).   It is in fact the reason we place Dr. Ofri among a small, unique class of “doctor-writers,” writers who both criticize and celebrate the complexities of clinical medicine and remind us—quite powerfully—that caring is a big part of curing . . .

Privacy Rights in the Digital Age: Precursor to a Discussion with PA Superior Court Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan

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The United States Constitution guarantees many individual rights: the right to speak freely, the right to assemble, the right to freely exercise one’s religion, and the right to keep and bear arms, to name a few.  But does it guarantee individuals the right to privacy in their geographic movements?  According to recent Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Superior Court decisions, it does in certain circumstances . . .


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Let’s see, what do I want to say about grades?  Hmmm . . .  A better question might be, what don’t I want to say?  Or better yet, what should I say and what should I keep to myself?  There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t engage in a discussion with pre-health students about grades.  Some professors think pre-health students are overly grade-conscious.  Not entirely true.  In my office, I see the overly, the underly, and the in-between.  When it comes to grades, no two pre-health students are alike.  Kind of like the snowflakes falling outside my window as I write this . . .