March 25, 2015
As an aspiring medical student, there are many reasons that you’re inspired to become a doctor. Maybe you love helping people and making a difference in people’s lives. Maybe you’re passionate about science or research. Whatever the reason, one aspect of choosing a career in medicine, that can’t be overlooked, is knowing how you’ll be financially compensated. But what can you expect when it comes to physician salaries?
Medical school is not cheap....read more
March 20, 2015
It’s an exciting day in the life of a fourth year medical student! It’s the 2015 residency match and thousands of medical students are opening the envelopes that tell them where they’ll be headed for the next few years of their life. I wrote about the match process last year and how it works. This year I’d like to focus more on the opportunities that come with matching.
Opportunity 1- Moving to a new city
Yes, it can be very stressful not knowing where you’ll be living in a few months. One of the hardest intellectual hurdles is imagining …...read more
March 16, 2015
Hello my summer-ready readers! You may have seen our recent article on Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program (SIP) where we interviewed some of our fabulous MCAT SIP faculty regarding why they love the program. As a multi-year SIP faculty veteran myself, I can tell you that one of my favorite parts of SIP is seeing how much students can grow in a six week period. Today I’ve asked some of the SIP faculty to share their own stories of student MCAT success!
What’s your favorite SIP MCAT success story?
Boosting MCAT Test Day Confidence
“Last summer, I …...read more
March 15, 2015
Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, family and support system is just one of many additional challenges.
Challenge 1: Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby
This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a …...read more
March 6, 2015
Hello my excited-for-summer readers! We’re quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year for MCAT students. It’s time for Kaplan’s MCAT Summer Intensive Program or as we call it, SIP! We’ve covered some of the reasons why pre-meds love SIP, so today I’ve called in an All-Star cast of SIP MCAT teachers to help tell you about the program in a three part series.
SIP features one-on-one time with some of Kaplan’s best teachers, so we’ve included some bios to help you get to know them better.
Here’s what they have to say about their favorite parts …...read more
March 13, 2015
It’s the time of year when the medical school interview season is really intense and may even be starting to wind down at some schools. Whether you’ve already gotten an acceptance letter or you’re still crossing your fingers for an interview at your dream school, we have some great resources regarding the interview process.
Here’s a recap of some of our best interview-related articles and videos.
First you’ll want to become familiar with the medical school interview. This article provides an overview of why medical schools have interviews and what they are looking for....read more
February 14, 2015
Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day; so today of course we’d like to focus on love. But which kind of love should we talk about? Love of the medical school admissions process? Love of the new MCAT? Love of life-long learning? Oh, you want to hear more about dating in medical school? Okay, well here’s a special Valentine’s Day article about dating in medical school.
I wrote an article last year about the pros and cons of dating different types of people in medical school. This year, the majority of my classmates are still in relationships, but …...read more
January 23, 2015
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 …
March 4, 2015
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine prides itself in promoting education through mentorship. The school is located in the center of Hyde Park just south of the city of Chicago, Illinois.
— The Pritzker School of medicine is a smaller medical school with 377 students and 891 faculty members. Each class has 88 members which makes it smaller than many other medical schools
— Because of its Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Medical School is known for its pediatrics education.
— The costs for full-time, one year tuition is $47,673, but an additional $4,218 …...read more
January 6, 2015
Hello my lucky readers! Today I’d like to talk about something really exciting! In the ideal world when you apply to medical school, you’ll not only get into a medical school but potentially you’ll get into more than one school. How will you ever choose which medical school is right for you? This is an awesome predicament in which to find yourself! There are tons of factors that go into determining the right medical school for you, so let’s jump right in!
How do you go about selecting with medical school is best for you?
First you need to …...read more