Milestone 1 – Introductions & SMART Goals

  • Milestone 1 – Introductions & SMART Goals

    Posted by BreakThru  on July 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Everyone! Welcome to the First Milestone of the BreakThru Mentoring program. Remember, this milestone is all about Introductions and setting SMART goals for your time in the mentorship program. We want you to walk away from this program feeling more confident and having more direction on what the next steps towards medical school are. Also, check out your roadmap if you need a reminder of the general flow of the mentorship experience. It’s not required that you follow the Roadmap, but it might help if you feel stuck or lost at any point.

    Good luck!

    BreakThru replied 3 years, 6 months ago 7 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Jasmine

    July 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    300 Stars

    Hi everyone here are my SMART goals that I came up with the help of @pshah :

    1. Formulate and establish a feasible study schedule.

    2. Follow through on my study schedule and see grade improvement during the fall semester.

    3. Find more ways to be actively involved in the extracurricular activities I am a part of.

    1. Begin looking for volunteer and research positions the spring of my sophomore year through senior year.

    1. Begin preparing for the MCAT junior year and take it the winter of junior year.

    2. Score higher than a 500 otherwise retake it the end of June my junior year.
    3. Apply for medical school and go through the interview process.

    1. Of course get accepted and fulfill my 4 years.

    2. Complete residency.

    3. Happily pursue my dream job.

  • Akash

    October 16, 2020 at 12:18 am
    115 Stars

    Hey y’all! These are my SMART Goals

    This semester:

    1. Develop a study plan for tackling each of my midterms and get As on my midterms

    2. Use a tracking software to keep track of all of my work/tasks for my classes and ECs

    3. Finish writing my research manuscript and get it submitted to publication


    1. Find clinical volunteering/scribing opportunities by this spring for my junior/senior year

    2. Start looking for a new lab to pick up another research project in (get another one by junior year)

    3. Apply to become a TA for a couple of my classes


    1. Continue with dance, guitar, and exercise as ways to maintain my mental state as I continue down the medical path

    2. Get involved with a space agency to become a flight surgeon

    3. Be sure to take some time to go backpacking and travel

  • BreakThru

    October 16, 2020 at 12:39 am
    5826 Stars

    These are really great goals Akash!! I personally used this app to track my grades in undergrad.

    They’ve got a really amazing NASA clerkship you can apply for during your 4th year of med school, or during residency, or as an attending also I know of several people whose artistic and musical talents really helped them get into medical school. RowanSOM has this music in medicine program and it’s always looking for future students that can be part of it.

    Nice Job!

  • Daniela

    October 16, 2020 at 11:33 am
    125 Stars

    Hi Everyone ! Heres a list of my SMART goals

    This semester:

    1. Maintain consistent time management skills to be able to tackle all of my courses in an organized and effective manner

    2. Complete and publish my scientific research paper

    3. Launch my non-profit website

    4. Get promoted to a full time EMT at my rescue squad

    Long term:

    1. Spend one year in the workforce as an ER technician & save up money

    2. Spend the following year working as a public health teacher & as an ER technician in Colombia

    3. Study for my MCATS during my time away

    4. Return to the US to apply to a 4 year medical program

  • BreakThru

    October 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm
    5826 Stars

    Great goals! If you’re in a position to share it I’d love to hear more about your non-profit!

  • Haris

    October 19, 2020 at 12:43 am
    135 Stars

    Hi everyone,

    Here’s a list of my SMART goals :

    This semester –

    1) Develop a study habit that allows me to excel in all my classes

    2) Complete my training as a scribe

    3) Work on starting a business in healthcare club at my school

    Long term –

    1) Start preparing to study for the MCATs

    2) Do well in Organic Chem next semester

    3) Shadow a doctor

  • Janaya

    October 24, 2020 at 12:13 pm
    400 Stars

    GOAL: Get into Medical school

    Step 1: Improve GPA

    Sub-step: Ace upper division courses

    Step 2: Apply to Special Master’s Program

    Sub-step: Do well in Master’s Program

    Step 3: Complete SMP and study for the MCAT

    Sub-step: Stay focused and maintain a healthy balance between school/personal life

    Sub-step: Create a study plan for MCAT

    Sub-step: Use resources for MCAT

    Step 4: Take the MCAT and do well

    Step 5: Prepare Application and Finish

    Sub-step: Obtain LOR’s

    Sub-step: Write Statements

    Sub-step: Have someone review my application

    Step 6: Apply to Osteopathic Schools

    Step 7: Get accepted to DO medical school

  • Aashi

    November 20, 2020 at 11:41 pm
    310 Stars

    Hey everyone my SMART goals are:

    1. Improve my math/science GPA before applying to medical school

    2. Find the best resources that support and help my goals to do well in the MCAT

    3. Find and work on a better schedule so I can follow it and reach my goals

    4. Be more organized with my work and what I need to do

    5. Study for my MCAT during my down time

    6. Gain clinical hours through shadowing and other experiences

    7. Apply and matriculate into medical school class of 2023!

    • BreakThru

      November 20, 2020 at 11:54 pm
      5826 Stars

      These are great goals! I know a lot of people underestimate the MCAT and then are rudely surprised by their first standardized exam. One of the nice things is that studying for the MCAT will definitely be a preview of the type of studying you’ll need to do for the Step 1 / Level 1!

      Keep up the great work on the goals!

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