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Welcome to MD Journey!

My name is Steven Krager and I am a medical student at Creighton University. My sophomore year in college, I decided to try the pre med route. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. However, I adapted, survived and even thrived at times.  Several years later I find myself with the desire to share my experiences and help others navigate the journey. MD Journey (formerly Pre Med Journey) was launched in 2008 with the hope of fulfilling that desire.

Who am I?

I grew up outside of Portland, Oregon and went to college at Seattle Pacific University. I graduated in 2008 with a degree in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish.

I went to college with the vague idea of doing missionary or international development work. I changed my sophomore year to pre med. It sucked at first. I was a valedictorian in high school but my first quarter of college Biology I barely scraped by with a B-. My first General Chemistry exam I scored a 64%.

Ugh. Do I really want to do this pre med thing? I pushed through, found a tutor in chemistry, discovered more effective study methods and started to improve. I pulled out a B in Gen Chem I. Gen Chem II, an A-. I made strides in Biology, slowly.

I graduated with a 3.65 overall GPA with a science GPA of about 3.4. In January of 2009 I took the MCAT and scored a 32M. The two years before medical school I worked as an ER Scribe.

The summer of 2009 I started the medical school application process. After 12 secondary applications and 8 interviews I was accepted at 6 medical schools and waitlisted at 2. I started at Creighton University School of Medicine in August 2010. I spent three months in Peru prior to med school watching births and dressing newborns in a public health clinic. It was amazing.

I’m passionate about global health and living a remarkable life. I am also passionate about helping pre med students navigate the journey to medical school.

So that’s my story. Any questions?

Feel free to contact me using the form below, I’m happy to respond to any questions and welcome any ideas for topics you’d like to see addressed on the site. This site is for you!

Please note: Opinions posted on this site are solely a representation of my personal views, not those of Creighton University unless otherwise noted. Patient confidentiality takes priority over all else, in no way, shape or form will you be able to identify a patient from information on this site.

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1 Pranab March 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

Hey beautiful site. Great resources, and loved the way in which you have been posting since way back in June 2008. I am new to the site and obviously haven’t had the time to rummage through everything, but this is fine work! I like this blog! :)

2 Steve March 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Thanks Pranab!

3 Violet June 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Congrats on all of your success! If you don’t mind me asking, what other schools did you get accepted into? The reason I ask is because I will be taking my MCATs in August of this year. My overall GPA is approx. 3.64, and I think my science GPA is probably 3.3 or 3.4. Basically, my GPA was a 3.71 overall (my final GPA according to my school; unfortunately, AMCAS is not so forgiving) and I think a 3.6 for science, but I got a D in organic chemistry my freshman year because I had a lot of problems and did not study. Anyways, this basically killed my GPA (it was a 4 credit hour class). I am having a lot of trouble with the physics material on the MCAT, so I am very discouraged and am hoping for an overall score between 30 and 31. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

4 Henry February 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Hi Steven,

Just wanted to stop by and give a thankful and appreciative word for your site! I am a third year medical student at Chicago Medical School, am also interested in missions, and I’m interested in blogging! It’s encouraging to see a medical student into missions!!! Thanks!

5 Steve March 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Thanks Henry!

6 Alex October 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

To begin, I wanted to thank you for this wonderful blog! I am currently a junior and planning to apply to medical schools this summer, and your insight has helped me a great deal. I was curious on your opinion regarding studying away with regard to the medical school application timeline. I plan to graduate a semester early, and my final semester (next fall) am looking to do a student exchange to Alaska. How much do you think this would impact my interview timeline? Would the inconvenience be greater than merely financial aspects for traveling to interviews? Just curious if you have any thoughts on the topic. Thank you!

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