October 29, 2014
It’s the time of year again when even the smartest students take some time away from studying to come up with a creative and fun Halloween costume. We can skip the Mean Girls version of Halloween where you wear a sexy outfit and some ears and call it good. This year you want to impress your friends and family with a science-based, nerdy Halloween costume and I have some great ideas for you!
Costume idea #1- DNA
This is a great group costume, originated in the late 1990’s classic film, Never Been Kissed. You can can take it a step …...read more
October 23, 2014
We had a great Pulse event on Monday night where we talked about finding the right medical school for you. The Pulse featured admissions and MCAT experts and most importantly, lots of interaction from viewers like you! Here’s a sample of the wonderful questions we received on Twitter via #kaplanpulse and our answers:
Emily: Absolutely! If you’re planning to apply to a D.O. school, most require you to shadow a D.O. and have a recommendation from a D.O. as well. You’ll want to highlight your knowledgeability about osteopathic medicine via these requirements. If you’re applying to an…
October 21, 2014
Hello my hard-working readers! Today I want to address a question that I hear frequently from my students and even more frequently from my classmates: Why do I have to take this standardized test? My students are complaining about having to take the MCAT and my classmates are complaining about the USMLE, or Step 1, as it’s commonly known. It’s popular to bash on standardized tests, but today I’d like to talk about why they’re actually awesome!
1. They’re standardized
Your GPA can vary greatly depending on your school, your schedule, and the difficulty of your classes. That …...read more
October 14, 2014
Hello my excited interviewees! Medical school interview season is off to a great start and as you well know, a successful interview is the last step between you and acceptance to the med school of your choice. I have written past blog posts about my own interview experiences and the best advice I’ve been given, but today I’d like to share with you medical school interview tips from an insider’s perspective!
One of the best experiences that I’ve had this year is getting to be a student interviewer for the University of Colorado. I think it’s great that …...read more
October 6, 2014
Hello my friendly fall readers! The leaves are changing and we can now expect a weekly dose of fantasy football related Facebook updates. For medical school applicants, however, fall means that you’re drafting your perfect list of medical school qualities instead of a great wide receiver. So, today let’s talk about which characteristics you should consider when drafting and finding your perfect medical school!
Size is an important factor to examine when you’re picking a medical school. You want to examine not only the size of each class, but also the size of the entire school. Class size …...read more
September 29, 2014
Why should I take a Kaplan MCAT class?
I’ve been teaching for 6+ years at this point, so clearly I believe in the benefits of the Kaplan MCAT program. I took a Kaplan MCAT class in 2006 and did well enough on the actual test to score-qualify to teach the class. If you aren’t sold by that fact alone though, I have some four great reasons for you!
One of the best features of the Kaplan MCAT program is …...read more
September 17, 2014
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 of. Regardless of your …...read more
September 10, 2014
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 years, I’ll need to …...read more
September 8, 2014
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 class at my undergrad, Lawrence University). You may also be about to fall into some familiar study habits …...read more
September 4, 2014
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. This is the first …...read more