Getting into Medical School: Tips for Secondary Applications

Getting Into Medical SchoolHello my med school applicant readers! It’s that time of year again when students are turning in their primary applications, getting them verified by AMCAS and thinking about completing their secondary applications. Unlike primary applications, every medical school’s secondary application is different. That means each school will have a different fee, different form and different essays. If you’ve applied to 10+ schools, keeping track of all of your secondaries is a challenge and can be entirely overwhelming. So, what’s an applicant to do?

Here are some quick tips for successfully completing your secondary applications.

1) Be highly organized- Make …

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Stepping up toward Step 1 and the USMLE

USMLEHello my hardworking readers! I got a talk today in med school celebrating the near end (2 more weeks left!) of my first year of medical school, but also looking ahead to what next year holds.
Of course, one of the highlights of second year looms at the end- the USMLE. It’s a big standardized exam, not all that different from the MCAT. It also happens to be a major factor in which residencies you can do and whether or not you’ll be allowed to do clinical rotations in your third year. No pressure. I’ll be taking it in April …
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MCAT Summer Intensive Program 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 10.34.42 AMHello my summer-ready readers! I’m spending this week with a group of fellow teachers who are all getting ready to teach at the Boulder MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP) starting next week. For those of you who have been reading awhile, you’ll remember that I taught at the Boulder SIP and San Diego SIP last summer. I’m super excited to be returning and working with some great new students!
What is the Summer Intensive Program? I’m glad you asked.
It’s six weeks of nerdy, MCAT awesomeness. Basically, you get tons of instruction time, workshops and private tutoring with teachers who …
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Burn, baby, burn! Avoiding MCAT Burnout!

MCAT burnoutHello my stressed out readers! Today, I’d like to share one of the most valuable pieces of information that I give my students, one that I also find that students resist the most. If you’re struggling, take a break! Chances are that you’re experiencing MCAT burnout!
It sounds like common sense, right? You can’t function at optimal studying capacity all day every day without time to digest the material. Even if you’re switching it up with different subjects, styles and locations, you’re still at risk for serious study burnout. So, let’s address some common questions about burnout.
How do I
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Solid Preparation to Reduce Test Day Stress!

reduce test day stressI’m sure you’ve all heard the famous quote from Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” As it turns out, this quote is incredibly applicable to your MCAT studying! One of the best ways to reduce test day stress and ensure success on Test Day is to plan for both the best and worst case scenarios.
 
What things can you do to prepare for success? I’m glad you asked!
 

Planning for the worst:

1. Drive the route to your test center at the same time of day that you’ll be taking your test. You want to …
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Dating in Medical School

dating in medical schoolHello my springtime readers! It’s that time of year again when the sun comes out, the birds are singing and love is in the air. Which brings me to the question- how does one find love in medical school, or at the very least, start dating in medical school? When you’re spending most of your free-time studying, stressing, or practicing your skills in clinic, finding an amazing significant other is not necessarily easy to accomplish.

So, what avenues can you pursue? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of different dating scenarios? Disclaimer: the majority of my class began

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Building a Successful MCAT Study Schedule

Hello excited MCAT test-takers! So you’ve decided you’re going to take the MCAT. You’ve picked a test date, started your Kaplan MCAT class, and you’re ready to get started. One of the very first things you’re going to want to do is build a MCAT study schedule. It can be an incredibly intimidating prospect, but building a schedule is a vital component to achieving success on test day. First off, you’ll want to check out the AAMC’s recommendations for getting started on MCAT studying.

The AAMC recommends at least 300 hours of study time before taking the MCAT. That

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Putting the Personal in your Personal Statement

personal statementHello my prolific students! It’s that time of year again when med-school hopefuls start to think about completing their AMCAS applications. The application involves inputting all your grades from every class you ever took, picking fifteen representative activities and writing a small blurb about each one, choosing schools to apply to and getting your letters of recommendation organized.

One of the trickiest parts of the entire application is writing a personal statement. How do you wrap up your experiences, ambitions for the future, reasons for wanting to go to medical school and some personal flare all into a page-long essay

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Learning to Communicate in Medical School

Doctor_consults_with_patient_(7)Hello my springtime readers! I hope that it’s getting sunny and warm where you are and that you’re getting some balance in your life by getting some time outside. Today I’d like to talk a bit about the use of communication in medicine and medical school. We’ve all seen the medical shows where the patient says, “Doc, I don’t understand all that medical mumbo jumbo. Just give it to me straight.” Then the doctor throws aside all the terminology and tells the patient that there is a small chance of surviving without the surgery or something equally dramatic. 

We’re most

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Meet Our Guests for Kaplan’s The Pulse This Monday

So you chose a few medical schools, and you have your top choice. But how do you make sure that you’re accepted into the school of your choice? Well, it’ not easy. That’s why Kaplan has announced our two hour special programing of The Pulse that will feature a panel discussion and answers from questions that come directly from you. These two hours can help you learn exactly what you need to make it into the medical school of your dreams. But don’t trust us, take a look at the great list of guests that will be featured:

Nida Degesys Dr. Nida …

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