Megan Thruston

Megan was born in NYC and raised in the SF Bay Area before being transplanted to Oregon during high school. Despite entering college as a theatre major, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in psychology and a passion for medicine. Feeling that medical school would be too easy and boring by itself, she had a daughter in 2012 and then matriculated at OHSU in 2013.

Outside of being a medical student and a single parent, Megan loves photography, animals and nerding out on the internet. After medical school, she hopes to go into pediatrics.

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  1. Hi megan, My name is Amanda and I’m just starting out my long journey of college. I currently am in a medical assisting program at everest. I just had a trip to OHSU and am very eager to attend medical school their when the time comes. I was curious to know some of the things I could do to really improve my chances of being accepted. I’m very passionate about medicine. So if you have any tips you might find important that would help me I would very much appreciate it. Thank you so much. -Amanda Murray-

  2. Hi Amanda,

    Of course doing well in school and getting a good MCAT score are both critical pieces of med school admissions. Physician shadowing is also important to establish that you have some understanding of what you’re signing up for, and research can be helpful in demonstrating your scientific aptitude and work ethic. All of that said, I think most admissions committees today are looking to attract diverse student bodies with a variety of interests that extend beyond the medical field, so don’t be afraid to cultivate obscure non-science hobbies if that’s where your passion lies.

    A couple helpful resources:

    Good luck! :)


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