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Old 05-25-2011, 09:22 AM   #11
Brad Gerbrandt
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Re: Level 1 Certification and Medical School

I own an affiliate but for my day job I work for a group of ortho's doing rehab/research. It's a good mix. I can directly see the result of poor movement mechanics over the years.

While trying not to create a conflict of interest in my research I limit myself from soliciting my gym to the patients I see on a day to day basis. That is the most frustrating part of my 2 jobs because they can all use a bit more activity in their life.

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Old 05-25-2011, 05:24 PM   #12
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I own an affiliate but for my day job I work for a group of ortho's doing rehab/research. It's a good mix. I can directly see the result of poor movement mechanics over the years.

While trying not to create a conflict of interest in my research I limit myself from soliciting my gym to the patients I see on a day to day basis. That is the most frustrating part of my 2 jobs because they can all use a bit more activity in their life.

Good luck!
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:15 PM   #13
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Re: Level 1 Certification and Medical School

Hi Michael

I just read your post about CrossFit and medical school. I seriously thought I was reading something I had written myself. What you describe in your post is my absolute dream. I just finished my first year of medschool and want to encourage you to continue to pursue both medicine and CrossFit at the same time. I am L1 certified and spent the year before medschool coaching at Northwest Crossfit in Seattle and it was some of the best times of my life. When moving for school, I made space for a gym a priority and found a phenomenal house with a detached garage adjacent to a large parking lot. My gym was very modest in the beginning....I picked up some tractor tires for flipping and truck tires with straps for pulling. I own a small sandbag business and made a set of bags for the gym....couple pvc parallettes, a pullup bar and I was ready to go. My roommate started to join me for WODs, and then a classmate or two, then 10....I bought 8 barbells and 800lbs of bumpers from Rogue when I started to routinely have 15 people over after class for a workout. By the end of the year, about 85 of the 150 students at school had come through to do a WOD at least once and 20 or so were regulars. I'm telling you running a free CrossFit "club" was amazing. I am a coach at heart and thrive on seeing people improve their fitness, their health and their belief in themselves...its something I have a passion for and it sounds like you do as well. I agree with the comments about doing what you can to get into medschool. Do not underestimate what that will take, but at the same time, don't underestimate the importance of feeding your passion. You are going to be working out anyways, you can work on your coaching and gain experience running a gym at the same time. My patients will benefit greatly from my efforts to keep them out of the clinic in the first place. Yours will too.

Study and train hard!

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Old 07-05-2011, 08:10 AM   #14
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Re: Level 1 Certification and Medical School

Just something I read today from a mentor of mine, thought it kind of went along with the topic; maybe...either way, something for a kid with options like your own to consider....

"A specialist is someone who know more and more about less and less. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! Meaning in medicine. If you are a podiatrist, everything is in the foot. A chiropractor, the spine. A knee surgeon, the knee. Etc. Practice integrative medicine...combine it all together in one big buffet of options. Otherwise you miss something! And the only one who suffers is THE CLIENT!"
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:04 PM   #15
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Just something I read today from a mentor of mine, thought it kind of went along with the topic; maybe...either way, something for a kid with options like your own to consider....

"A specialist is someone who know more and more about less and less. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail! Meaning in medicine. If you are a podiatrist, everything is in the foot. A chiropractor, the spine. A knee surgeon, the knee. Etc. Practice integrative medicine...combine it all together in one big buffet of options. Otherwise you miss something! And the only one who suffers is THE CLIENT!"
Initially, I was like "Yeah!" reading that quote, but then I realized that the quote is a gross oversimplification. We need specialists, and we need them to stick to what they know and not overstep their boundaries. If you specialized as a physician, you can learn outside topics that interest you, but in most cases, you shouldn't let those outside interests influence your practice.

If you want to do more general work, you practice general medicine, open up your own pay-for-service practice like this one (WFS), start a website/podcast, or work in the health & wellness field.

However, it's very difficult to become proficient enough to give good therapeutic/medical/healing/fitness/wellness advice on a variety of topics. There are very few people in the world like Mel Siff and Jared Diamond.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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Re: Level 1 Certification and Medical School

Unless you're planning on training people with the L1 it is probably not worth the 1000 solely for your medical application. There is no selection criteria for L1 and you arent putting a serious amount of hours in to get it so it wont really show much and assuming you are doing all the other extracurriculars you should be doing to prepare for medical school you most likely will need those spaces for other things.

At the same time if it is something you're genuinely interested in and have the money it would be a fun thing to do. It is very expensive though to apply/travel to medical school interviews so it definitely doesnt hurt to have 3-5k set aside for that or to start saving for that now.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:29 PM   #17
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Initially, I was like "Yeah!" reading that quote, but then I realized that the quote is a gross oversimplification. We need specialists, and we need them to stick to what they know and not overstep their boundaries. If you specialized as a physician, you can learn outside topics that interest you, but in most cases, you shouldn't let those outside interests influence your practice.

If you want to do more general work, you practice general medicine, open up your own pay-for-service practice like this one (WFS), start a website/podcast, or work in the health & wellness field.

However, it's very difficult to become proficient enough to give good therapeutic/medical/healing/fitness/wellness advice on a variety of topics. There are very few people in the world like Mel Siff and Jared Diamond.
It does not make mention to an individual practicing that way; more about learning what you want/can. Some like to specialize, great; we need them....but they also need to be open minded enough, and hopefully educated enough that others may have a better, safer option for treatment. Or at least entertain that idea if their treatment didn't have the desired effects.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:20 PM   #18
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It does not make mention to an individual practicing that way; more about learning what you want/can. Some like to specialize, great; we need them....but they also need to be open minded enough, and hopefully educated enough that others may have a better, safer option for treatment. Or at least entertain that idea if their treatment didn't have the desired effects.
Yeah, I agree. I think that's why the gov't funds physician-scientists. Med students are taught to memorize, while Ph.D's are taught to think in terms of mechanisms. Oftentimes, the people who go to medical school are those who just learn what they're taught and don't research topics they're interested in on their own. The "typical" pre-med students are oftentimes looked down upon by science/research-minded students. In a more ideal world, everybody in the health field would think more like physician-scientists.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:50 PM   #19
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Save your $1000 .... Spend the money on a really good MCAT prep course.
Unless you have the numbers on both MCAT and GPA, they won't even get to the point of reading the rest of your application.
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