March 26, 2015

Tips for Creating Successful Pre-Med Study Groups

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida


As we advance in our pre-med studies, there is a tendency to become overwhelmed. We are held accountable for understanding massive loads of information for our undergraduate pre-med prerequisite classes and the MCAT, while also juggling extracurricular activities, family responsibilities and work commitments. One effective way to create balance and efficiency when tackling the mounds of material … more
March 25, 2015

Careers in Medicine: Physician Salaries

As an aspiring medical student, there are many reasons that you’re inspired to become a doctor. Maybe you love helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. Maybe you’re passionate about science or research. Whatever the reason, one aspect of choosing a career in medicine, that can’t be overlooked, is knowing how you’ll be financially compensated. But what can you expect when it comes to physician salaries?


Medical school is not cheap.

The median debt of a graduating medical student is almost $200,000! There are many programs that can help you repay your medical school loans more
March 24, 2015

How to Get Clinical Experience through Certification

Clinical experience is an important component of your medical school application. Admission committees want to be sure you’re familiar with the healthcare system and that you know what it’s like to interact with and care for patients before committing the rest of your life to a career in medicine.

Finding paid opportunities may seem daunting, but if you have the time to pursue certification or specialized training, you’ll be able to open new doors that other pre-med students may not have access to.


Finding more intensive clinical experience

There are many jobs available in the healthcare field, but … more
March 23, 2015

Free Study Tools for 2015 MCAT Prep

Over the last two weeks we’ve showcased our nominees for some of the best Kaplan MCAT prep resources to help you boost your MCAT score and get into medical school.

We’ve covered two of the three categories:

♦ Best resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction

♦ Best resource for personalized content instruction


The Kaplan awards continue this week with our nomination for the best resources to get you started on your MCAT prep: our Free MCAT Practice Test and the Kaplan MCAT 2015 Flashcard app.

Start your MCAT prep with a free practice test

Mastering your MCAT prep … more
March 20, 2015

Medical School Residency: Match Day

It’s an exciting day in the life of a fourth year medical student! It’s the 2015 residency match and thousands of medical students are opening the envelopes that tell them where they’ll be headed for the next few years of their life. I wrote about the match process last year and how it works. This year I’d like to focus more on the opportunities that come with matching.


Opportunity 1- Moving to a new city

Yes, it can be very stressful not knowing where you’ll be living in a few months. One of the hardest intellectual hurdles is imagining … more
March 20, 2015

Pre-Medical Leadership Opportunities

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Daniel Gomez – Ohio State University

Being a leader in your local community can help any pre-medical student become well prepared for future medical school interviews. The experiences learned while being a leader are valuable and are absolutely a topic that medical school interviewers will ask you about.

One way to become a leader is by joining a student organization on campus, such as a … more
March 19, 2015

How to Stay Focused on MCAT Prep Over Spring Break

It’s Spring Break! School’s out, the weather’s great … and all your friends are planning their week-long vacations. While they’re hitting the beach, you’ll be hitting the books with your MCAT prep.

Sure, it can be hard to stay focused while everyone around you is relaxing, but you’ve got a date with your medical destiny in just a few months, so why not make the best of it? Think of Spring Break as free time to get ahead. While your buddies are working on their tans, you’ll be working on your medical future—and that’s something you can feel good … more

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