November 19, 2014
Every year since 2006, Kaplan has conducted a survey of medical school admissions officers to find out the latest admissions trends. In August, we spoke with 78 medical schools from across the country to give you, the applicant, the inside scoop on medical school facts and figures!
This is timely, as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) just reported that the total applicants to medical school were up by 3.1% this past year, while total matriculants were up only 1.5%, with a 41% matriculation rate among applicants. This …...read more
November 12, 2014
Hello my knowledgeable readers! Today I’d like to talk a bit about why getting a Masters degree (specifically an MPH) or going through a premedical Post-baccalaureate program can help you strengthen your application and help you get into medical school! Let’s go through some common questions.
Who should get a post-bacc or MPH?
Premedical post-bacc programs are great for students who had a non-science major in undergrad and would like to move through the medical school pre-requisite classes in an organized and supported fashion. For example, I talked to two of my classmates who completed post-bacc programs and …...read more
November 4, 2014
Hello my excited readers! It’s that time of year when students are focused on studying for their midterms or potentially final exams. You may even be trying to balance your class studying with your MCAT studying! Studying for both at the same time can be incredibly challenging. That said, the way you study for your undergrad finals should be very different from how you are studying for the MCAT! Today I’d like to talk about the differences in how you want to tailor your studying for finals versus studying for the MCAT.
Difference 1: Critical thinking versus memorization…...read more
November 3, 2014
Applying to medical school, and medicine in general, can seem like a fairytale, namely Goldilocks. Like our favorite picky blonde girl discovered, too little of something is bad and too much of something is also bad. You need everything to be juuuust right.
Goldilocks in medicine
Your body functions fine as long as everything is in the perfect balance. Nutrition, sleep and exercise play a crucial role in your learning and memory, cardiovascular health, immune function, and overall well-being.
You can run into serious problems when you have too much or too little of a hormone or a …...read more
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