January 29, 2015

Which School of Medicine Suits Your Outdoorsy Lifestyle?

Are you the outdoorsy type? Do you have permanent tan lines, wear bruises like badges of honor, and relax by taking a five-mile hike? Climbing, cycling, fishing… most everything that’s your idea of a good time does not occur indoors. If you love the great outdoors more than anything, AND you’re going to medical school, listen up.

Since much of your medical school experience is going to be spent burrowed away in a lab, clinic, classroom, or library, you should probably start researching schools in areas that offer lots of outdoor adventures for the free time you will have …

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January 26, 2015

Careers in Medicine: Healthcare Industry 411

A commonly discussed topic on the wards during the third and fourth years of medical school is the healthcare industry. Since the legislation passing health care reform in 2009, physicians are constantly talking about the possible changes. Students who have a thoughtful, informed opinion usually wind up standing out as a result of these discussions. The fact that it has also become a common topic during admissions interviews adds to the importance of understanding the health care system as a whole well before you actually find yourself immersed in it.

The American healthcare system is divided into three main components:…

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January 23, 2015

A Fond Farewell to the Current Version of the MCAT

We are here to bid a fond farewell to an old friend—the current version of the MCAT, the primary architecture of which has been with us since the early 1990s.

Today, for the last time, pre-med students around the country will take the MCAT exam as we have known it for almost a quarter century. In a sense, this is like saying goodbye to the Boeing 707 or the Space Shuttle or the original Macintosh computer—all unparalleled inventions that dutifully served their terms well beyond expectation.

The now-retired version of the MCAT has not only performed admirably in its prescribed …

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January 21, 2015

Why Pre-Meds Love Kaplan’s 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program

Hello my intense readers! Today I’d like to talk to you about the Kaplan 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP). This program is a unique summer opportunity in which I’ve participated and highly recommend.

What is the 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP)?

It’s a six-week program where you work with top-rated Kaplan instructors (like me!) to improve your MCAT content knowledge, testing strategies and learn all about the medical school application process.

I love the summer intensive program because it emphasizes learning through tons of different methods:

  • large group lectures
  • small group sessions for digesting material and
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January 20, 2015

International Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

One of the many choices you’ll have to make when you apply to medical school is whether you would like to attend medical school in the United States or at an international medical school. This alternative may be especially attractive if your priority is to begin medical school as soon as possible, rather than taking an additional year or more to make your application more competitive or take the new 2015 MCAT. International schools can be especially attractive if you’re reapplying to medical school.

Carefully researching the schools you are considering is essential, so here …

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January 19, 2015

Applying to Medical School in Music Cities

Is your passion for medicine only rivaled by your love of music? Are you permanently attached to your iPod and your indie blogs? If you’re a pre-med student studying for the MCAT and applying to medical school, you may think that the next four years are all about sacrifice, and it’s true that most of your free time will be devoted to learning about spleens and surgeries.

But unless you plan on living a completely monastic existence as a med school student, don’t even think about giving up your side passions while focusing on your central one. You’ll want …

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January 15, 2015

Accepted, Waitlisted, or Rejected From Medical School? What To Do Next

While it doesn’t necessarily compare to the stress of applying and interviewing for med school, the wait to hear back from the schools of your choice can be equally nerve-racking. And when you do hear back from the med schools you applied to, it may or may not be the news you want to hear. What do you do if, instead of opening an acceptance letter, you find out you’ve been waitlisted or rejected from medical school?

On the other hand, even if the news is good news and you get accepted to your med school of choice, you might …

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