April 15, 2015

Fun In The Sun (With MCAT Prep!)

Hello my springtime readers! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, all of which means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your summer MCAT prep plans! The summer is a great time to prep for and take the MCAT, because most students either do not take classes or have a lighter course-load. Fewer responsibilities will allow you to fully dedicate your time to prepping for the MCAT and getting your highest score possible! Let’s talk about the steps to get your summer set up for MCAT test day success:



Step 1- Register …

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April 15, 2015

Diversity in Medicine

Hello my diverse readers! When I applied to medical school, I had this idea in my mind that there was some sort of perfect pre-med applicant prototype that schools had in mind. All I had to do to be accepted was become or fit into that perfect pre-med mold. Then I went to my medical school orientation and realized precisely how wrong I was. What I didn’t realize is what diversity in medicine looks like these days. So today let’s talk about diversity!


Diversity of Experience

Of course there are members of my class who did come right out …

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April 14, 2015

Choosing Your Path to a Career in Medicine

Healthcare is a large and rapidly growing field. New jobs are being added every day, and over time new degrees, certifications, and career tracks will follow suit. To help you decide which career in medicine is right for you, we’ll talk about some of the most popular careers paths for aspiring healthcare and nursing professionals, giving a brief description of the requirements and responsibilities of each.


Attending physician (MD/DO)

Attending physicians have the broadest representation across the different healthcare fields and are capable of practicing in almost all areas of medicine. Doctor of medicine (MD) and doctor of osteopathic …

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April 13, 2015

The Journey to Becoming a Doctor

Hello my med-school-ready readers! Okay, so you’re pumped and excited to get into medical school. Let’s talk about some of the neat opportunities you’ll get at each step along your journey to becoming a doctor.

A day in the life of. . .


A First and Second Year Medical Student:

You’ve achieved your dream of getting into medical school! These first two years in the classroom involve learning an incredible amount of neat medical and basic-science information. You’ll get to dissect bodies in anatomy, spend time in microbiology labs, do research, and have great opportunities for …

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April 10, 2015

Repaying Student Loans after Medical School

You’ve climbed the biggest hurdle in becoming a doctor: getting accepted to medical school—so repaying student loans may be the last thing on your mind. Instead, you’re focused on celebrating with family and friends, moving to a new city, and anticipating your first day as an M1 … but before you get there, a big, fat bill will arrive on your doorstep asking for the first semester’s tuition. Dang. That’s a big number.

If you’re like most M1s throughout the country, you’ll talk to the financial aid office at your school about taking out federal student loans to pay …

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April 9, 2015

Preparing Your Medical School Application

For every MD program in the United States (except for those in Texas), the medical school application is completed through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ AMCAS system. Much like the common app, AMCAS serves as a unified primary application that is submitted to every school. In turn, these schools will then send you a personalized secondary application for you to fill out, usually consisting of essay questions.

Although AMCAS puts out an excellent guide on how to fill out the AMCAS, we recently wrote an article walking you through each section of the medical school application. Today, …

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April 8, 2015

Why You Should Attend Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Event

Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions that matter can be answered by those with the most experience.



In the years since that first event, we’ve seen MSI grow in both size and scope. Each year more and more students tune in to learn about the latest trends in medical school admissions. The discussion gives them a chance to peer behind the curtain to hear what admissions committees …

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