July 28, 2015

What Medical TV Shows Portray Wrong About The Life Of A Doctor

By Elana Goodwin on July 24, 2015

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There are a fair amount of medical TV shows that are either on the air today or were recently, and while some facets of hospital and doctor life may be similar to how we see them on TV, there are also a number of things medical shows portray wrong.

Viewers have long been fascinated by medical shows — from the cult favorite “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spinoff “Private …

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July 24, 2015

Medical News: Doctors and Nurses Who Never Get Sick

From medical school admissions tips on Twitter to why some doctors and nurses never call in sick—let’s dig into the latest headlines in the world of medical news and aspiring healthcare professionals. Please leave your comments below.


On July 14, @KaplanMCATPrep had the pleasure of participating in a Twitter chat organized by U.S. News & World Report about the medical school admissions process. We discussed everything from how long you should prepare for the MCAT, to how to decide between pursuing an MD or DO, to what qualities medical schools look for in prospective students, and everything in between. …

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July 21, 2015

Test Retake Tips to Improve Your MCAT Score

So, you didn’t quite get the MCAT score you wanted. Don’t worry, you still have a shot at medical school. Retaking the test can show significant improvement—but only if you redouble your efforts.

Retaking the test to hit your target

There are plenty of reasons why you may have underperformed on the MCAT. Perhaps you found yourself with less time to study than you initially anticipated, or perhaps you were struck by Test Day anxiety.

Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to retake the MCAT, you need to be prepared. Maintaining those old studying habits from the first time …

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July 17, 2015

Tips for Your Secondary Medical School Application

The official starting date to submit your AMCAS applications for the 2016 medical school application cycle has passed us by. That means your applications are ideally on their way to being reviewed and evaluated to determine whether you’ll be sent a secondary application.

As the proactive applicant that you are, you’re already thinking ahead to your strategy for completing your secondaries. What exactly will the admissions committee be looking for this time around?

To help you prepare for the next step, we’re going to talk about some essentials to include in your updated secondary medical school application.…

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July 16, 2015

Medical News: Medical School Admissions Scandal, Personal Essay Tips

From personal essay writing tips to a medical school admissions scandal in India—get the latest headlines pertaining to aspiring medical professionals. Leave your comments below.

Quackery class

Would YOU take this class? The University of Toronto offers it undergrads a course titled “Alternative Health: Practice and Theory.” The instructor is a believer in homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine that embraced the idea that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in those who are sick. Of course, none of it is empirically proven. Course readings include anti-vaccination materials and an …

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July 14, 2015

Leveraging Social Media for Medical School Admissions

If you feel overwhelmed by the deluge of medical school admissions information that’s out there, you’re in good company. The internet comes in handy when applying to medical school—but it also makes it easy to lose precious hours tracking down the new MCAT scoring scale or finding out about the acceptance rate of your target program.

To help you cut through the noise and stay up to date on all the latest MCAT and medical school news, we’re taking a closer look this week at the value of social media. Check out our suggestions below for finding online resources that …

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July 10, 2015

Taking a Break Won’t Ruin Your Medical School Application

The sun is shining and your first year as a pre-med student is over. In looking forward to your career in medicine, you may be wondering, “What can I do to beef up my medical school application this summer?” Well, taking a break might just be the answer.

You heard correctly. Rest up, relax, and spend time with friends and family doing things you enjoy. We promise it won’t ruin your shot at medical school.

Taking a summer break as a pre-med

It perhaps seems counterintuitive, but spending the summer relaxing may actually be better than driving yourself crazy …

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