January 21, 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 …
January 14, 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
January 1, 2015
It’s tradition to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the idea that it’s a time for reinvention and growth. Let’s grow together this year, but before we get started, you should probably get refreshed on the med school New Year’s resolutions we made last year and the back-to-school pre-med resolutions at the beginning of the school year. Alright. Done? Let’s move into the new year with our 2015 pre-med New Year’s resolutions!
#1. Set manageable goals
This seems an apt goal to start with since most people set giant, lofty goals at the beginning of the …...read more
December 30, 2014
Hello my holiday readers! Welcome to the Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014- the social media edition!
We filled up Facebook and Twitter with practical MCAT questions and silly memes to keep you going while you’re studying. Without further ado, let’s check out some of the best posts from this past year!
Getting ready for Test Day
So you’re a serious student and want some excellent resources? We regularly share great info graphics and articles from across the web. Here’s a great post to show you how to spend your weekend time wisely!
Want some additional MCAT practice? Every week …...read more
December 24, 2014
So, it’s December and all you’d like for the holidays is a medical school acceptance letter. Regardless of whether you’re just starting your pre-med journey or you’ve already applied, I think we can all relate to the intense desire to get into medical school and become an amazing physician. Last week, December 12th, marked my two-year anniversary of receiving my first medical school acceptance letter and it’s got me thinking. What can you, as premeds, expect as you start applying to medical school?
People who say you can’t/won’t/shouldn’t be a doctor
I encountered this phenomenon early in my application process. …...read more
December 17, 2014
Happy holidays my celebratory readers! It’s the time of year where we’re all on the lookout for the perfect gift for our favorite pre-med friends and family members. You’re in luck today as I’ve put together a great pre-med gift-giving guide for the holidays!
Nothing says you’re going to be a doctor like a necklace that features the chemical structure of a molecule of dopamine! As far as nerdy jewelry options go, these are classy enough to wear to clinic, but interesting enough to be a good conversation piece. Several of my medical school classmates actually own these …...read more
December 8, 2014
Hello my interested readers! There are many options when researching the different careers in medicine. One of the biggest questions you will ask yourself in regards to your future career is whether you’ll go into primary care or if you’ll specialize. It’s a difficult decision and one that requires a lot of thought. The key to making an informed decision is getting exposure to a variety of medical fields and opportunities! You also want to think about the pros and cons of specializing vs. primary care. So, let’s talk about it!
Career Track ProsPrimary Care
One of the best …...read more
December 5, 2014
It’s the season to be thankful! Even though we’re officially past Thanksgiving, it’s still important to reflect back on how good we’ve got things in medicine these days. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t really even understand what bacteria were, and sterile technique was absolutely unheard of. Let’s take a look back at some great advances in medicine through the decades, for which we are eternally grateful.
In 18th century Europe, it was not uncommon to know someone or have a family member who died due to smallpox. That is, of course, until Edward Jenner …...read more
December 3, 2014
During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …...read more