Is it too late for her to become a doctor?
Q: Hi there! I completed two years of college and am headed into my junior year. I was salutatorian of my high school class, but had a very hard time adjusting from a small farm town to a huge city for college, and my first three semesters weren't the greatest. I finally got my grades up second semester of sophomore year and made the Dean's List, but my overall grade point average is still low (3.2). I am going to a great undergraduate school (a "new ivy"). Is it too late for me to turn it around and get into my dream career of being a trauma physician? I am so worried about getting into a good med school with the first few semesters still pulling me down!
Answer by Kevin Pezzi, MD: It is not necessarily too late. I mentored a student several years ago who was really struggling, but he is now in medical school and doing exceptionally well. One of my physician friends on Facebook mentioned yesterday that his daughter applied to medical school but was rejected even though her GPA is 3.92. How you score on the MCAT will substantially affect your chances of med school acceptance.
In the Question & Answer pages of this site and www.ERbook.net, I presented many ways to increase intelligence. In Boosting Brainpower, I will present thousands more ways to augment IQ and creativity, including many tips that produce immediate benefits. If everyone in the United States read my book—not just aspiring doctors—our collective brainpower and productivity would skyrocket so much that our economy would rebound and we would enter a new period of unprecedented prosperity.
If you think that sounds farfetched, consider my life as a microcosm of the United States population. If you look at my books and my dozens of websites, you will see a small fraction of what I've accomplished in my life besides working, mowing my lawn, washing dishes, cleaning my home, and doing the 1001 other things that others do. Many people have asked me "How do you do it all? Do you ever sleep?" even though they don't know about most of my inventions, including some major ones that are coming down the pike. If I could go from being a slow sixth-grade student to a doctor who is as busy and productive as a bee, why can't almost everyone else do just as much or even more than I did? They could, if they followed my advice, and they should, if they want our nation to survive.
As I mentioned in From Bailout to Bliss and a Facebook note (send me a friend request if you want to read it; see *** below), the United States is almost hopelessly in debt—even economic gurus don't see how we can possibly repay our debt without massively devaluing our dollars via hyperinflation, which will make Americans so impoverished and miserable that they will surely revolt. If our leaders think that hyperinflation will solve their problems, they should study the German Weimar Republic. Incidentally, buried in the aftermath of that disaster is an important lesson that provides a clue how we could revive our economy even if people continue frittering their lives away on Twitter and whatnot instead of reading my brainpower book. 99.999% of teachers never put 2 and 2 together and see one of the most important lessons of history, which could jumpstart our economy without bailouts and stimulus plans that do nothing except enrich special interests and burden you and your kids with debt you cannot repay. Can anyone guess what that lesson is? If you solve that mystery, can you explain why our leaders won't implement that tried-and-true way to revive a moribund economy?
In what is certainly one of my most intense articles, I discussed that secret to economic revival that enabled a hopelessly bankrupt country to quickly rebound within a few years. To properly present that topic, I had to mention some tidbits of history so shocking that you shouldn't read it before bedtime or if you are more than five seconds away from a bathroom. BTW, I am not joking. When you read what one of our allies did to some women during World War 2, you may have nightmares or even vomit—what they did makes shooting seem very humane.
If you're in the mood to read about more war crimes that will make you wonder what else your teachers and professors conveniently omitted, read two more of my articles:
Incidentally, if you are an educator, politician, or pundit, pay particular attention to the section near the end entitled “Something (important) to think about.” Now think about this: What Japanese soldiers did to men, women, and even young children makes today's Islamic terrorists seem almost civilized, yet Japan is now one of our closest allies, and we're very fond of its citizens. What prompted that remarkable transformation? If you read the above articles, the answer is obvious. Fighting the war on terror as the United States is now doing is proof that our leaders are oblivious to history or bereft of common sense. Or both.
*** If you send a friend request to me, please include a personal note. I am interested in connecting with intelligent, informed NICE people who care about others and care about saving our nation and passing it on in the best possible shape to the next generation.
UPDATE: Skip the friend request. I was booted off Facebook without warning or justification (as I discussed in that blog posting), leaving me and my friends mystified about why my account was disabled. I've since learned that the Facebook accounts of some people have been deleted multiple times, including people I know who are always nice and do great work to help people. Inexplicably (at least for those of us who operate on the basis of logic), Facebook was notified of a nut who wrote about shooting a specific Member of Congress a specific number of times, yet they haven't deleted her account. I wrote about that kook in an article (Was the next Jared Loughner on my Facebook friend list?), and you may be hearing about her later if she pulls the trigger. If she does, don't say I didn't warn you!