What to Expect as a Pre-Med

what to expect as a pre-medHello my eager, freshman readers! Today, I’d like to talk about what to expect as a pre-med student (aka step one in becoming a doctor and living your version of the “good life”).

So, you’re super excited to start four years of pre-med awesomeness! Let’s set appropriate expectations for this time in your life.

There will be challenges

The nice thing about being a pre-med student is that you can major in pretty much anything. I have classmates that majored in engineering, art, music, business, Spanish, English and pretty much every other major you can think …

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The Myth of Healthcare Salaries

the myth of healthcare salariesThe stereotype of healthcare salaries

The public perception of healthcare salaries in medicine is skewed. Picture a surgeon or doctor the way they’re portrayed on TV. Go ahead, close your eyes.

You probably see a Mercedes convertible cruising down a palm-tree-lined boulevard, an impeccably dressed physician in the front seat, perfect veneers, laughing while on the way to lunch with his or her other high-powered doctor friends. At night, the car pulls up outside a pristine oceanside mansion with expansive views and a live-in housekeeper.

This image is plastered on every episode of Grey’s Anatomy and …

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Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Identifying Your Recommenders

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning credentials and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Your med school application’s LORs carry the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To highlight these, you’ll want to submit excellent recommendations from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

Requirements for your Letters of Recommendation

Each medical school has its own set of standards and formats …

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How is the MCAT Scored?

Understand how the MCAT is scored to get ahead on the med school exam.

Understanding MCAT scoring can help in your medical school admissions.

Over the past 15 years at Kaplan, I have spoken to thousands of pre-med students, and the question I get asked the most is “how is the MCAT scored?” Today, I want to dispel the most common myths about the current MCAT scoring process and get you the facts.

 

Why Do I Have to Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)?

Before we dive into the question of “how is the MCAT scored,” let’s take a step back and look at the dual purpose this …

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Picking a Medical Specialty

Picking a Medical School SpecialtyWhat Kind of Doctor Are You Going To Be?

Hello my excited readers! Before you start medical school, when people ask you what you’re going to be when you grow up, you answer with the phrase, “a doctor.” Once you get into medical school, the question gets more specific and people ask what “kind” of doctor are you going to be and what medical specialty you’ll focus on. My standard response, since I’m a sassy-pants by nature is, “a good one, hopefully.” However, this is an important question, and at some point within the next three …

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Doctor?

medical school requirements on your way to becoming a physicianSo now that you’ve chosen to pursue your idea of the “good life” as a physician, it’s useful to know when you can reap the benefits. While you’re thinking about getting into the best medical school possible and taking stock of your medical school requirements, you’ve probably already begun asking yourself, how long does it take to become a doctor?

One of the greatest concerns for students considering a career in medicine is how much additional education is needed—along with the associated time, effort, and medical school debt.

The timeline can seem daunting. Four years …

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Back-to-School Pre-Med Resolutions

New School Year Pre-Med Resolutions

Emily and her roommates on the first day of their second year of medical school.

Hello my scholarly pre-med readers! Let’s talk about our pre-med resolutions for this year! Summer is winding down and for many of you sophomores, juniors and seniors, that means it’s time to head back to school. Now, the novelty of college may have worn off and moving back into a dorm room or frat house may not be as exciting as it was your freshman year. You may be dreading classes such as Organic Chemistry or Cell Physiology (a notedly difficult …

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How Many People Get Into Medical School?

How Many People Get Into Medical School?Hello my med-school hopeful readers! Today I’d like to talk about a question you may be wondering: “how many people get into medical school?”

Getting accepted is the first key to unlocking the “good life” through a career in medicine, so let’s discuss the recent admissions stats in detail.

Medical School by the Numbers

According to the AAMC, in 2013, over 48,000 people applied to medical school in the U.S., which was a record number! Of those nearly fifty thousand applicants, just over 20,000 (20,055) of them matriculated into their first year of medical school. …

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Top Loan Forgiveness Programs for Students Facing Medical School Debt

Medical School DebtAs a pre-medical or medical student, you may not be worried about your future earnings as a doctor: after all, seven of the top-10 best paying jobs of 2014 are in health care. But that’s cold comfort when your post-medical school debt could pay for the average American home in full.

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimated that the median four-year cost to attend med school, including living expenses and books, for the class of 2013 was $278,455 at private schools and $207,868 at public ones. With nearly a fifth of students taking …

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Triaging as a Tool for MCAT Success!

Kaplan MCAT Tools for SuccessHello my hard-working MCAT Test Takers! Today I want to discuss an important tool for MCAT success: prioritization. In fact, one of the most important lessons in your entire healthcare career will be learning how to prioritize effectively, whether you’re working with patients, studying, or taking a test. It not only helps you reduce your anxiety since you have a plan for every occasion, but it also helps you maximize your effectiveness. It is a concept officially known as Triaging (or as I think of it, MCAT Pokemon: gotta catch all the points!)…

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