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Melanin In Medicine

Melanin In Medicine

By Melanin In Medicine
This is a podcast to encourage any and all who are interested in becoming a doctor. We want to target underrepresented minorities in this podcast who may not have people they could use as a resource for how exactly to get through undergrad, MCAT studies and applying to medical school. As we transition into medical school this year we'd like to share our experiences and hope that our transparency will help others on their own journey!
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Episode 22: Life/MCAT Advice from Tare and Masters Degrees

Melanin In Medicine

Episode 22: Life/MCAT Advice from Tare and Masters Degrees

Melanin In Medicine

Episode 41: Accountability, advice to first year med students, getting to know us.
Check out our latest episode where we discuss accountability, our first day as a first year medical student, and a quick moment for you guys to get to know us better!
July 24, 2020
Revamp and Reflect
Florence and Kia are taking on other platforms as well! We love sharing our podcast in so many ways and wanted another way to connect with our audience! Tune in for the changes and we hope you all love it!
May 28, 2020
Episode 40: M1 Relationship experience ft. Dilys and Akwasi
This week Flo sits down and catches up with her sister Dilys, who is also an M1 this year along with her boyfriend Akwasi! Such a treat to get insight on their experience! 🧡
April 29, 2020
Episode 39: MPH in Medical School
Hey all! Thank you for your patience, Flo and I have been pushing through medical school and we are so happy to bring a new episode to you guys! Hebron has amazing life experiences and it was a pleasure to learn more about it! I hope you all enjoy this episode and we look forward to your feedback!
March 18, 2020
Episode 38: NY Resolutions, Guidance, Being Prideful
We’re back to the school and back in the groove of things! We talked about our New Years resolutions, the guidance we’ve experienced and how being prideful has affected our path here. We hope you guys love it! Since we referred to advising our past selves I figured the picture could be a throwback undergrad picture of us 💕😁👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
January 22, 2020
Episode 37: The Update
Well we are 1/8 through our medical school journey and it’s been quite the adjustment. This episode we reflect on this semester and just talk candidly about the ways our passion for medicine has grown. We’re so sorry for the gap in episodes but we’re so glad to be back and tell all of our listeners about it!
December 21, 2019
Episode 36: SNMA, RMEC, Self Worth
What a fulfilling episode! And a fulfilling weekend! This week we talk about SNMA and our experience at RMEC in Chicago! We also reflected on self worth and how much it’s strengthened through this journey. We missed you all and hope you enjoy this episode! PS you’re worth it!! 🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
November 12, 2019
Episode 35: Getting Into A Prestigious University, New Environments, Living At Home For Med School
Well if we weren’t transparent enough before we’ve made it on this episode 😂 this episode gets a little off track but we make sure to discuss gaining new experiences and what it’s like living at home for medical school. We missed our listeners and hope you guys missed us!! Please enjoy!
October 18, 2019
Episode 34: Loans, Mail Bag, MMI
We missed y’all!! Life got real and it’s been too long so we dived into all of our business, starting with finance and ending with our impromptu interview skills! Please enjoy this episode, I’m sure you’ll hear how much fun we had recording it!! 🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
September 30, 2019
33: Waitlist Chronicles (Ft. Vickie)
You guys get to meet my amazing friend Vickie! Her journey is one full of inspiration and faith. We think this episode has something very valuable for even those not in the medical journey! Let us know what you think!
September 3, 2019
Episode 32: New Responsibilities, SMART goals & Toxic habits
This week Flo and Kia discuss the new responsibilities that come with being medical students, how to efficiently set goals that you can achieve and how to kick those toxic habits!
August 13, 2019
Episode 31: White coat Energy: Empathy, Being Punctual & Nonjudgmental
White coat vibes! We talk about receiving our white coats and our new responsibilities as student doctors. We had a few interruptions (Astro barking and my iPad dying) but we powered through. Thank you all for your support and hopefully you enjoy the episode!
August 1, 2019
Episode30: Overview Advice and Interview Info
Kia and Flo give general advice to high school, premed, and applying students. Here we offer a tid-bit of hope for each group. We also give more interview info for those going on medical school interviews this year! Hopefully more students can relate to our info! Enjoy episode 30!
July 23, 2019
Episode 29: Casual Convo and Listener Calls! Ft. Tina
Wow this episode is packed! Episode 29 is pretty casual with some review of our pre-matriculation experience and how we plan to use that experience to prep for med school! We also got an amazing question from a listener! Many miles apart Flo and I each offer our advice and hopefully help many other curious listeners!
July 12, 2019
Episode 28: Accepting change and Professional Conflicts
Episode 29! Kia sits with Keisha, a fellow rising M1, and we talk about the transition we’ve been experiencing moving into medical school. We also break down why it’s so important to think before you act in a professional conflict. Thank you all for tuning in and hope you enjoy! 🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
July 3, 2019
Episode 27: MD/PHD and Confidence (Ft. Harmony S.)
What a special episode! Thank you, Harmony, for sharing so much about your journey! We sit down with M2 (MD/PHD) Harmony and discuss how she got into the MD/PHD program here at KU and we talk about how important it is to have confidence throughout this process! If you’re in a hurry make time for this episode!
June 18, 2019
Episode 26: Community, Self-Awareness, Image
Episode 26! Sorry it’s late guys, we have an exam this week 😔. This week we intended to discuss why it’s important to be involved in the community but basically it’s an episode about us needing to resolve our biases. We also discuss self-awareness (more bias talk) and how you shouldn’t be too wrapped up in image while in this journey. Don’t worry, it wraps up well at the end haha! Happy listening!
June 12, 2019
Episode 25: Med School Pre-reqs, Interview Prep, Networking at Pre-Med Conferences (Amber)
🥳🥳🥳 Episode 25! This week Flo and I had to have our new friend and classmate Amber (@amber_alert_88) on the show to break down how to network to the max! She drops a few hidden Jemisons from masters/post-bac to a full confrence where she made sure she was remembered! We also cover why it’s important to know what specific med schools require and of course how to prepare for medical school interviews! Hope you all enjoy!
June 3, 2019
Episode 24: Starting Medical Classes, Summer programs, Retaking your MCAT
Episode 24 is finally here! Flo and I talk about the crazy week we’ve had as we begin our medical school journey! We haven’t forgotten that it’s summer and to kick the season off we’re reminding you guys to enjoy your summer programs and maximize this opportunity! Last but not least we break down factors we considered when it came to retaking your MCAT! We’ve got a unique Mahoney Message this week so be sure to stay tuned! Feel free to email us with your questions at! 🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
May 28, 2019
Episode 23: Secondaries, Deciding between schools and Independence
On time and thriving! Episode 23 starts with the secondary sagas and us talking about what they are and why there terrible. Next we talk about choosing between schools if you hold multiple acceptances (everyone’s real goal here) and lastly we break down why it’s important to gain independence before going to medical school. As always email us in so that we can shape our episodes to fit our amazing audience.
May 13, 2019
Episode 22: Life/MCAT Advice from Tare and Masters Degrees
Kia journeyed back to Carbondale IL to attend her post baccalaureate banquet! There she interviewed her good friend Tare who will be matriculating this fall to medical school! Be sure to follow her journey on her blog Prescribed by Tare for another perspective of this process! Thank you so much Tare for sharing your experiences and we hope you enjoy! Also see why Kia and Flo aren’t musicians 😂🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
May 1, 2019
Episode 21: MCAT Analysis, Waiting on your score and Choosing a school
Sorry for the late upload!!! This week Flo and Kia discuss how we analyzed our MCATs, how we passed time waiting on our scores and how on earth we chose our schools! PS we got dogs lol so there’s random squeaks but it adds character!
April 24, 2019
Episode 20: Comparisons and Extrovers vs. Introverts (ft. Jackie!)
Episode 20 is finally here! Flo, Jackie and Kia ramble and chuckle for the most part but we hit some good points such as comparing yourself to others and how insane you’ll make yourself doing it! We also talk about how to make it in the professional world whether you’re an extrovert or introvert! This episode is full of shade so please enjoy and bring a blanket 😂🧡
April 16, 2019
Episode 19: Moving away, Friends and Classmates, Boundaries
This week Flo and Kia do a little bit of rambling! We talk about what to consider when moving to a new city, differences between friends as classmates and having classmates who aren’t really friends (weird, we know haha), lastly we talk about establishing boundaries while on your journey! As always email us at with any questions or advice 🧡👩🏿‍⚕️👩🏾‍⚕️
April 2, 2019
Episode 18: Application Don’ts, Talking About Yourself and Criticism
Episode 18 we’re wrapping up applications and discussing what not to do. We also talk about what it’s like talking about yourself in the application and of course we want to break down criticism and how important it is to be receptive during this process! Also Kia got sound effects so be prepared for random noises 😂🧡👩🏿‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
March 25, 2019
Episode 17: Disadvantage Statements And Prioritizing Mental Health (ft. The Extra Regular Podcast!)
Wow. This was delayed. Thank you all for being patient because this episode is so incredible! Shout out to the ladies of the Extra Regular podcast as we dissect ways to keep up mental health and overall caring for yourself during such an overwhelming process! We still care about applications and those applying so of course we talked about Disadvantage Statements as well! Thank you all for your support and we hope it was worth the wait!
March 18, 2019
Episode 16: Contacting Letter writers, 15 experiences and personal statements
We see applications opening soon which means we want to start gathering materials early! Sorry for the late upload, we are back with info and fly new photos 😁 This week we dive into the parts of the AMCAS application, discuss our experiences and how to organize them and most important the Personal Statement! 🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏾‍⚕️ Don’t forget to subscribe and review everywhere you listen to us as well as email! 📧📫
March 5, 2019
Episode 15: MCAT part 3: horror stories, your MCAT bag, CARs strategies
We wanted to share our MCAT horror stories because although we hope for the best on MCAT day we were prepared for the worst! We also talk about what we brought to our MCAT and how we made it through the CARS section! Thank you all and as always email your questions to us!👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️🧡
February 26, 2019
Episode 14: Medical School: 6 year Med Program, Going Greek and Dating (ft. Amaka)
Episode 14: our FIRST official medical student! Thank you so much @ for discussing your personal medical school experiences! Listen as Amaka (M4) discusses relationships, Greek life and everything else medical school! We really tried to cram as much as we could in this episode and we hope you all enjoy it! Thank you all for so much support! 🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
February 18, 2019
Episode 13: Student Atheletes, Undergrad Relationships, and Fatherly Datin Advice
Episode 13: Student Atheletes, Undergrad Relationships, and Fatherly Datin Advice by Kia and Flo
February 12, 2019
Episode 12: MCAT(part 2): Section Strategies and how to balance
Tune in to hear who won the MCAT book-set give away along with our discussion on how we fought our way through Bio and Chem MCAT sections as well as how we were able to balance work, personal life with our MCAT studies! Of course we rant a little but that’s what we’re here for! Be sure to subscribe, rate and reviews us on apple podcast🧡👩🏽‍⚕️👩🏿‍⚕️
February 4, 2019
Episode 11: Budgeting, Growth year, and back up plans
New episode!! Hear how we budgeted for applications, how we kept motivation during our gap (Growth) years, and all of the backup plans we had just in case! We also mention our MCAT Give away! As always email us and let let us know what you think!!
January 28, 2019
Episode 10: Mcat Part 1
The topic you’ve been waiting for! It’s MCAT season (because it’s year round) and we want listeners to go into studying focused and set up for success! We talk about our study schedules, different resources available for studying and DISCIPLINE! It’s a longer episode because we genuinely wanted to give all of our advice for this episode! Of course the MCAT is an ongoing topic so feel free to email us with any more topics of the MCAT you’d like to know about! Thank y’all!! 🧡👩🏿‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
January 22, 2019
Episode 9: Stress Management and types of support Ft. Jackie!
Episode 9! It’s a fresh semester and Kia sits down with special guest Jackie to talk about stress management! Giving all the details of how we’ve coped with stress and ways to stay motivated and focused. We also talk about support during stressful times and get Kia’s mom to talk about the support she offers! It’s a chill episode this week with some of our favorite people so let us know how you enjoy it!
January 14, 2019
Episode 8: Male perspective on women in Medicine, young professional black men
Thats right kids! New year, same us still here and talkin 😂 episode 8 is uploaded for your enjoyment! We sit down with our friends @curtbangz and @willthesnack to discuss what men think when dealing with minority women in Medicine, a dip into relationships and a bit of what professions black men go through! Let us know what you think and, as all ways, email any advice or opinions! 🧡👩🏾‍⚕️👩🏽‍⚕️
January 8, 2019
Episode 7: Delayed Gratification, GPA & Mentors
Thank you for your patience! We wanted to deliver a great episode and it just took us longer than expected but we're here! This week we talk about what delayed gratification means to us, expose our undergraduate GPAs and talk about mentors we've had on our journey! Thank you all so much for the support and we hope you enjoy this week's episode of Melanin In Medicine!
December 19, 2018
Episode 6: "The" Timeline, Adapting to Change & Sacrafices
This may be my (Kia's) favorite episode! Flo and I get personal when we discuss our being thrown off of "The" typical medical student timeline. We also include things we've sacrificed to get to this point as well as how we've been willing to adapt to change to get into medical school. Hopefully this motivates you to persevere and keep going! We also have our first message so it's a lit episode!
December 11, 2018
Episode 5: Stereotypes, Professionalism and Letters Of Recommendations
Right on time for your study break! We're discussing stereotypes that we've faced as black women in our journey thus far, professionalism from our perspective and how we work to be professional Especially discussing how hair shouldn't be considered unprofessional! Last we tie it together with letters of recommendation and all the things to consider when asking for letters! Let us know how you enjoy it by emailing us at
December 4, 2018
Episode 4: AAMC (AMCAS), Time Management, Post-Baccalaureates!
That's right, we're back! Episode 4 breaks down our experiences with post-baccalaureate programs, how we learned the hard way to manage our time and how to use AMCAS efficiently! Remember if you have questions or a suggestion for a topic to email us at!
November 21, 2018
Episode 3: Cultural competency, Underrepresented minority and disadvantaged applicant
Hello! Sorry for the late upload but it's worth the listen! We're discussing how medical schools define underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged applicants and how cultural competency can make all the difference as a physician! We can't wait to hear how you guys enjoy this episode!
November 14, 2018
Episode 2: Majors, Study Tips and Networking
We're back with more Melanin In Medicine! Episode 2 is full of new info, including majors and how you can use almost any major when going into medical school, different study tips that have helped us survive or that we wish we would've known and how to get out of your awkward networking phase and out making connections! We look forward to hearing about how you like it! Thank you guys and enjoy!
November 5, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction to Melanin In Medicine
Episode 1 is here! Let us tell you all about our experiences as black women going through undergrad and applying to medical school. We'll be real, honest, and here for anyone ready to listen. Our objective is to use our transparency to help minority students planning to be doctors!
October 29, 2018