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
December 2, 2014
Hello my favorite carbon-based life forms! Today I’d like to talk about the content addition of biochemistry—which also just happens to be my personal favorite med school science course—to the MCAT 2015, and the related biochem medical school prerequisite course that might come with it.
Biochemistry on the MCAT
We all know that the MCAT 2015 is changing in big ways. In addition to adding psychology and sociology, the 2015 MCAT will be emphasizing more biochemistry material than previous MCAT administrations.
The idea behind adding more biochem to an already science-heavy exam is that there is a fair amount …...read more
November 27, 2014
Hello my holiday pre-med students! I know that you’re excited about your upcoming holiday break schedule. If you’re lucky, you may even have a whole month away from classes! Relaxing after a tough semester is obviously job number one. Job number two is making sure you don’t fall behind on your MCAT studying, especially if you’re getting ready for one of the final administrations of the current test. Today we’ll share MCAT study tips for making the most of your holiday break.
Tip #1: Make an MCAT study schedule
I know it sounds incredibly Type A, but making a study …...read more
November 24, 2014
Hello to all you Pulse-monitors out there! Monday, November 17th was yet another great edition of the Kaplan Pulse. This Monday’s episode centered on the benefits to premedical post-bacc programs and how they impact your medical school application. If you’d like to watch, you can view the recording of the event.
Just a quick reKap of some of the highlights-
1. There are different kinds of Postbaccalaureate and Masters programs
There are premedical post-bacc programs that are designed for students who are changing careers, which are usually two years long and include the majority of your medical school …...read more
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.