Pre-Medical Services:

1)  Pre-medical Advising/Counseling

– $25 – 1 hour phone conversation: package INCLUDES individualized planning for your own personalized road map to “getting in” to the RIGHT medical school for YOU! Get personalized tips, strategies, tactics for YOU WITH consideration given to your GPA and MCAT score;  assistance with improving your CV Included in this package for FREE!!!


2) Personal Statements

– $10 -Proofreading (and correcting) Personal Statement WITHOUT Comments/Advice for improving it

– $15 -Proofreading (and correcting) Personal Statement WITH Comments/Advice for improving it


3) Secondary Applications 

– $15 – Proofreading (and correcting) Secondary Essays WITH Comments/Advice for improving them; [$15 charge is per Secondary Application regardless of number of essays within the secondary application. Therefore, please consider purchasing the PREMED ONE and DONE Package for UNLIMITED Secondary application help]


4) Phone/Mock Interview (Please specify that you want the medical school interview)

– $30 – 1 hour phone or tele (via GOOGLE Hangouts) interview WITH immediate feedback at the conclusion of the interview!


5) The PREMED ONE and DONE Package – BEST SELLER!!!

– $75 – INCLUDES ALL of the items above (# 1 – 4) WITH feedback and advice for improving in ALL aspects of the application process EACH Step of the way!!! *BONUS* – You get an UNLIMITED amount of Secondary application assistance service WITH Feedback!!!


Pre-Nursing/Nursing School Services:

1)  On the Phone Tutoring Services

– $25 – per each 1 hour of tutoring in ANY ONE of the following subjects: Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology; Please specify the subject for which you would like to be tutored. For multiple hours of tutoring, you may mix and match subjects – just specify which subject(s) for which you would like to be tutored and pay for your chosen number of hours! (Ex: You want 1 hour of Anatomy & Physiology and 1 hour of Pharmacology: for this you would pay $50 and request 2 hours of tutoring in Anatomy & Physiology and Pharmacology)


2)  Nursing Career Advice/Counseling

– $25 – 1 hour phone conversation: package includes personalized road map for your path to “getting in” to the RIGHT nursing school for you AND setting yourself up for excellence! Also includes post baccalaureate options discussion and ANY questions you might have regarding Career options/specialties in Nursing!


Other Services:

1)  College or Career Advising and Life Coaching

– $25 – 1 hour phone conversation: package includes assistance with personal goals setting and  life coaching as well as college/career advising and personalized planning; assistance with improving your CV included with this package for FREE!!!


2)  Proof-reading Services for Essays/Other Writings

– $25 for anything up to the first 5 pages ($5 per page after that) – This includes corrections on Essays, CVs, etc. WITH Comments/advice to make it better (Just about ANYTHING can be proofread with this service including contracts and short stories!); Example: You have a 32 page document you want me to proofread. Your cost would be $60; COST BREAKDOWN: $25 for first 5 pages, then $5 x 7 additional pages = $35; therefore, $25 + $35 = $60


3)  Web Advertising Opportunities (via this website or my YOUTUBE channel)

– $30 – for one month of advertising under “Sponsors” tab on website and on select YOUTUBE videos; advertising package will include your LOGO, a write-up about you or your company, and a link to your company’s website!!!


Booking Me for a Speaking Engagement:

Please Contact me via the “Contact Me” tab and let me know the time/date/event you want me to attend! =)

– Pricing for this is variable. Generally speaking, however, if you cover my travel and room&board then I will GLADLY speak for FREE!!!



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Most Recent Published Article

Here is a link to my most recent article for In-Training magazine:

Rural Appalachia: A Medical Mission in Our Own Backyard

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Recent Alumni Magazine Write-up

The following is a write-up about me that was featured in the Shorter University Magazine, Summer 2014 Edition (on Page 22):

Shorter University Summer 2014 Magazine (Page 22)

Letter to the Editor in TNP

The following is a letter to the Editor published in the recent 20th anniversary edition of The New Physician, a national peer-reviewed magazine by AMSA:

The Necessity of Culturally Competent Physicians

More cultural competency is needed amongst our physicians. As a first-year African-American medical student with limited knowledge, I still observe this deficit in our medical education. True, we are taught that certain predispositions exist within certain population groups; however, we are not educated about such causes in a way that produces true empathy and understanding.

Certainly, without training, we cannot truthfully expect a Caucasian male from a high socioeconomic background, hypothetically speaking. to identify with a Latin-American female who lives on government assistance or an Arabian woman who insists on her husband being her mouthpiece. Furthermore, some ethnic patients may believe that cancer can be contracted from contact with contaminated blood, among other misconceptions.[1] Many physicians are unfamiliar with this educational gap that exists between different cultures.[2],[3]

How can we bridge this disparity? We must teach physicians that it is their personal duty to take initiative and incorporate cultural competency into their practice.[4] African-American male physicians comprise less than three percent of the workforce.[5] Statistically, a young black male with personal issues will most likely see a Caucasian male physician. This young man may give vague answers to the physician to save embarrassment, but that will cost the culturally incompetent physician unnecessary time investigating the non-specific clues he was given. If, however, the physician is culturally competent, then rapport may be established, and the young man may give honest and direct answers. Cultural competency affords better medical practice.


Top Ten Interview Questions


So, you’re applying to/for _________ (insert intimidating event here). What is it for you? Medical school, a graduate program, nursing school, an undergraduate school, a competitive scholarship, or your first job? Regardless of which one of these situations applies to you, there are a few questions you should be ready to answer. Before presenting these common questions to you, I will give you a little background on why I chose to write this article.

Many of you have taken me up on my mock interviews so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing these with you, and given the feedback, so have you. For those of you who have not yet had a mock interview with me, I ask a series of the ten most common questions I have either asked or been asked in interviews. I was fortunate enough to have served on several different committees in my past jobs and colleges where I assisted with interviewing people for jobs, scholarships, and/or admission.

I have had several interviews that included my being “grilled” by anywhere from 3 – 13 people staring intensely at me as if they were going to press some button that would make the floor drop from under me if I answered something incorrectly. I have also had one-on-one casual interviews that were much more conversational in nature than expected. I must say, I have come to absolutely love what is called the interview experience now.

      Each one is like a patient – it presents with its own distinctive qualities, so you cannot generalize them all as the same. Yet, they do share some commonalities among them, so you can prepare for them enough to feel somewhat comfortable with them at a base level – a groundwork from which to begin working.

      Without going in too much detail about facial expressions and body language (that’s what the ebook is for!), I will say this – you should know when the interview is done whether or not you have a chance in heck of getting in/hired/making it to the next stage in the process. But, make no mistake about it – these questions I am about to present are asked often, and they will trip you up if you are not prepared for them! Furthermore, you should be aware that your answers to these questions possess the power to make or break the whole interview! Without further ado, I now present to you my top 10 list.

       – Tell me about yourself

       – Why do you want to _________ (work here/become a doctor/become a nurse/etc.)

       – What are your strengths?

       – What are your weaknesses?

       – What would you do if you caught your friend cheating on a test?

      – Why should we choose you out of all the other applications?

       – Where do you see yourself in five – ten years?

       – What do you think this job/occupation/program entails?

       – Who has been an inspiration to you and why?

      – What questions do you have for us? (variant way of asking: Do you have any questions for us?)

Please be aware that ALL of these questions come with pitfalls and ways to absolutely knock them out of the park! However, that’s for another conversation. Good luck and happy hunting!=)

For Medical Students Only: Scholarships!!!


Here is the short list of scholarships for medical students that I use. As mentioned in the nursing students blog, email me for the longer list. Good luck! This was compiled from the same scholarship list that I use. Happy applying, and as always….Remember that our proof-reading services are also available=)

Marvin and Kathleen G Teget Leadership Scholarship (for DO students)

ACOFP Scholarships (for DO students)

Commitment to Diversity SOMA  (for DO students)

AMA Minority Scholars Award

SAAOCFP Scholarship (for DO students)

Piscano Scholars Leadership Program 

Indian Health Services Scholarships

AMA Excellence in Medicine Award

Steury Medical Missions Scholarship

Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Scholarship(for DO students)

AMA Physician of Tomorrow Scholarship

Proofreading scholarship

National Medical Fellowship General Scholarships

SOMA New Member Scholarship(for DO students)

Primary Care Leadership Program (for the economically disadvantaged)

AMA Foundation Leadership Award

ACOFP Writing Award Scholarship(for DO students)

For Nurses Only: Scholarships!!!


You asked for it, so here it is! A brief listing of nursing scholarships…the very one that my wife used during her undergraduate career. As many of you know, my wife and I would not be where we are today without having been awarded MANY MANY MANY scholarships! Jessica went through nursing school on a full-tuition scholarship and was also awarded several thousand-dollars worth of other scholarships.

The following is the “Short” list of nursing scholarships she used during her nursing school career. She is now in nurse practitioner school and uses a different list of scholarships. The “long” list of undergraduate nursing scholarships is available upon request. Please email me to inquire. Thanks!

Try luck, prayer, and a lot of ibuprofen (to help with the cramps from writing all of the required essays). That’s the formula she used to win so many. Good Luck, and keep us informed of your progress!

P.S. Don’t forget that our proof-reading services are always available as well=)

New Careers in Nursing for the economically disadvantaged 

NSNA Scholarships

AAOHN scholarships

Promise of Nursing Scholarship 

March of Dimes Scholarship

New Nurses Essay Contest 

Hurst Review Scholarship

Back to Nurisng Scholarship 

Certified background scholarship 

HRSA Nursing loan repayment program 

Nurses’ Educational Funds Scholarship

HRSA Nursing Scholarship 

Nurses Week Scholarship

Nursing Economics Scholarship

Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

Nurse I am Scholarship  


Below is a list of my favorite quotes. Why? Just because…quotes make us happy!!! Have you ever stopped and thought about why? For one reason, there is some sort of “power” in being able to say so much in so little. We love the idea of being able to pack such a powerful punch in such a little package. Another reason is the inherent “wit” that comes with a quote. Everyone knows that the best quotes are ones that are short, sweet, lesson-teaching, and have some sort of pun or “spin” so to speak. Well, without further ado, here is my list of favorite quotes! Read, enjoy, and feel free to email me to share some of your favorite quotes as well!

“To know the road ahead, ask those who are returning” – Chinese Proverb

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you mind wind up some place else!” – Yogi Berra 

“Things turn out best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out” – John Wooden

“The best time to plant a tree was yesterday. The next best time is today!” – Anonymous

“The man who rows the boat hasn’t time to rock it” – Chinese Proverb

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” – Yogi Berra 

“Cool as the other side of the pillow.” – Stuart Scott

“Call him the bus driver, because he just took them to school!” – Stuart Scott

” Call him butter ’cause he’s on a roll!” – Stuart Scott

“Never mistake activity for achievement” – John Wooden (Legendary UCLA basketball coach)

“I was always too stupid to know I could fail – that’s part of the reason I’ve succeeded thus far in life” – me=) 

“I’ve haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison

“I’m too busy watering my own grass to notice if my neighbor’s is greener” – Anonymous on Facebook

“Aim high and you won’t shoot your foot off” – Phyllis Diller 

“A closed door is every bit as important as an open one” – me=)

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours” – Yogi Berra 

“…but every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle” – Thomas Jefferson

“Little league baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets” – Yogi Berra 

“History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme” – Mark Twain

“Forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much” – Oscar Wilde 

“The dictionary is the only place where success precedes work” – Quincy Jones

“The future ain’t what it used to be” – Yogi Berra 

“Make mistakes, make mistakes, make mistakes…it’s the best way to learn I always say” – Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus

“It ain’t over till it’s over” – Yogi Berra 

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Ben Franklin

“If momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” – A Wise Man

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid” – Ben Franklin 

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes” – Jim Carrey 

“Normal people never change the world” – Me=)

“Do I not destroy me enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln 

“Action is the ONLY reality. All else are just dreams or plans.” – Me=)

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

“The best method for elimination is prevention; the best method for prevention is preparation” – Me=) 

“Don’t get too comfortable from recent success; likewise, don’t be too cautious due to past failures” – Mike Tomlin (Steelers Head Coach)

“Man may be head of the house, but woman is the neck that turns the head!” – A Wise Man

“Display my enemies now, and save us all precious time and unnecessary peril.” – Me=) 

“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!” – Voltaire

“Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.”  – Anonymous

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky 

“Explanation alone is neither a reason nor justification for doing something” – Me=)

“For every failure, God plants a seed of success” – Church Sign 

“God is a verb not a noun” – Buckminster Fuller

“Perfectionism is but a fancy euphemism for procrastination” – Me=) 

“Don’t give up, even Moses was once a basket case” – Church Sign

“It is in the carrying-out of plans that we find God – Me=) 

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get” – Ray Kroc (Founder of McDonald’s)

“Chance (luck) favors the prepared mind” – Louis Pasteur

“Goodness” is not a static measure, it occasionally moves” – Me=) 

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three rights do make a left” – Gallagher

“We are but a conglomeration of our habits” – Me=) 

“Faith is perhaps the most powerful force in the world – it can heal the sick, raise the dead, and make a crazy person seem smart.” – Me=)

“Life’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon” – colloquial saying

“They may have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war” – Common Proverb

“You have two choices in life: you can work hard now and play later, or you can play now and work hard for the rest of your life.” – wise man at my first job

“…we shall pursue perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly – knowing all the while we can never attain it.  However, in the pursuit, we can catch excellence” – Vince Lombardi

“If you have built castles in the sky…that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them!” – Henry David Thoreau

“I know God won’t give me more than I can handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much” – Mother Teresa (paraphrased) 

“I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only love” – Mother Teresa

“If all Christians acted like the Christ in whom they profess, all of India would convert” – Ghandi (paraphrased) 

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians” – Ghandi (paraphrased) 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does” – William James

“God is always the one driving the car. But, that doesn’t excuse me from having to put gas in it!” – me=) 

“In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths” – attributed to King Solomon

“Memories are made  everyday, but relationships are what determine their value.” – Me=)

“God is in the details” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 

“Labels are never just ‘labels,’ but they are the names of spirits that we take on, and whose identities we assume if we are not careful.” – Me=)

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor” – Truman Capote 

“The greatest discovery…is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude” – William James

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you’re right” – Henry Ford 

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark” – Howard Ruff

“I did it because no one ever told me I couldn’t. And, if they did…I chose not to listen” – me=)

“Gnothi Sauton (Know Thyself)” – The Oracle of Delphi 

“True character is shown when you’re stuck in the rain without an umbrella” – me=)

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” – Semisonic’s song “Closing Time” 

“Beware men of thought, for they are often prone to inaction” – Philosophical Proverb

” Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” – Alfred Tennyson 

“We ride and never worry ’bout the fall; I guess that’s just the cowboy in us all” Tim McGraw’s song “Cowboy in Me”

“Thoughts are often involuntary or present themselves without warning; however, acting upon a thought is the one thing that we can control, and yet we pretend as if we are helpless in the matter.” – Me=)

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” – Paul from the Bible 

“I can do all things through Christ whom strengthens me” – Paul from the Bible 

“Neither life nor success is a straight line; instead, both are sinuous peaks and valleys of trials mixed with tangential moments of glory and asymptotical divinity. Yet, one thing is certain – the peaks and valleys are cyclical, so neither tarry nor seek comfort in either one for too long.” – Me=)

“Forbidden fruit makes many jams.” – Church Sign

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” – Jesus

Published Videos or Articles About or By Me

Articles in Pre Med Life:

Article for Premeds on Why Rural Medicine Shouldn’t be Discounted: (pg. 38)

Article on Caffeine Consumption and Limits: (pg. 30)

Shorter University Summer 2014 Magazine

On page 22 of this magazine

Publications in The New Physican

Feature Article for October 2014 on the Current State of Minority Medicine

Short article published in the 20th edition of TNP

Article in LMU-DCOM COMmunity LINC:

Article on Scholarship and Student DO of the Month (p. 4 and 25)

Article Published in Six Mile Post About Me Being a Non-traditional Student:

On Being a Non-traditional Student

Articles in Rome News Tribune About My Accomplishments and brief bios:

 Joey Johnson Rome, GA (Six Degrees)

Joey Johnson, Scholarship and LMU DCOM

Joey Johnson, White Coat Ceremony Article

My Award-winning Speech on Affirmative Action (Georgia Highlands first-annual speech competition):

Affirmative Action

Presentation at Georgia Highlands College on the Necessity of Inter-religious Dialogue (Co-existing without Compromising) via Youtube:

GHC Presentation on Inter-religious Dialogue

Article on my wife, Jessica Johnson

Nursing Major Eager to Work







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