December 18, 2014

Setting Pre-Med Expectations

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 pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida

 

As a young boy I disliked the moral illustrations my father used to refer to when answering my questions or teaching me lessons; yet, ironically, I find myself using these same references quite often as I’ve matured. One of the many is an old African saying, which states, “A man with no expectation(s) is a man bearing weak soul.”…

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December 17, 2014

Pre-Med Gift Giving Guide for the 2015 Holidays

Happy holidays my celebratory readers! It’s the time of year where we’re all on the lookout for the perfect gift for our favorite pre-med friends and family members. You’re in luck today as I’ve put together a great pre-med gift-giving guide for the holidays!

Molecule Jewelry

Nothing says you’re going to be a doctor like a necklace that features the chemical structure of a molecule of dopamine! As far as nerdy jewelry options go, these are classy enough to wear to clinic, but interesting enough to be a good conversation piece. Several of my medical school classmates actually own these …

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December 15, 2014

Pre-Med Advice: Planning your Second Semester

Now that you’ve made it to college and even survived your first semester, it’s time to start thinking about building a successful pre-med schedule for your second semester.

College is a big change from high school, and everyone takes a little time to adjust to the newfound freedom and expectations. Hopefully, one thing that hasn’t changed is that you still want to follow a premed track in undergrad and get into medical school. So, once you’ve settled into your new college environment, what are the first steps you should you be taking for when you finally apply to medical

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December 12, 2014

Application Essentials II: The Medical School Personal Statement

Let’s start today with a seemingly simple question that you are going to have to consider before applying to med school: Who are you?

It may seem simple on the surface, but this can be one of the most challenging questions that premed students encounter on the medical school application or the MCAT. Yet, it’s the basic question posed in at least one major part of your application: the medical school personal statement.

There are a couple important themes to keep in mind while you’re coming up with the subject matter for your medical school personal statement—or, what many

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December 11, 2014

Pre-Med Extracurriculars: Activities, Organizations, and Clubs

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 pre-medical experience and journey to medical school. 

Being a member or student leader in multiple pre-medical and non-pre-medical extracurricular activities such as student organizations has helped me to improve my communication skills along with leadership skills. As a member of a student club, it can lead to the possibility of networking with fellow pre-medical students. Medical school admissions view a student who is highly involved in student clubs in a positive light since

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December 10, 2014

Using Your Undergraduate Summers To Get Into Medical School

In addition to your MCAT score and GPA, a big part of getting into med school includes how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Using your undergraduate summers to build up that part of your resume will make you a more appealing and well-rounded candidate.

So just what should you spend your summers before med school doing? Sequestering yourself in the research lab, clocking volunteer hours, going on a medical outreach trip, or to improve your grades and master the MCAT? It all depends on your medical school path and where you stand in your undergraduate

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December 9, 2014

How to Highlight Extracurricular Activities on Your Medical School Application

I’ll always remember the first few months of my pre-med education at my undergraduate alma mater, years before I was even concerned with my medical school application. I did what most freshmen do: got involved. I joined the mailing lists of innumerable campus organizations; received countless invitations to club meetings, volunteer opportunities, board elections, and so on; and I attended more meetings than I can count, trying to figure out exactly what I was interested in and just how I wanted to get involved.

Flash forward to several years later. Now I have Kaplan MCAT students asking me

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