Articles by Emily Hause

Building a Successful MCAT Study Schedule

Hello excited MCAT test-takers! So you’ve decided you’re going to take the MCAT. You’ve picked a test date, started a class or purchased some books and you’re ready to get started. One of the very first things you’re going to want to do is build a MCAT study schedule. It can be an incredibly intimidating prospect, but building a schedule is a vital component to achieving success on test day. First off, you’ll want to check out the AAMC’s recommendations for getting started on MCAT studying.

The AAMC recommends at least 300 hours of study time before taking the MCAT.

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Putting the Personal in your Personal Statement

personal statementHello my prolific students! It’s that time of year again when med-school hopefuls start to think about completing their AMCAS applications. The application involves inputting all your grades from every class you ever took, picking fifteen representative activities and writing a small blurb about each one, choosing schools to apply to and getting your letters of recommendation organized.

One of the trickiest parts of the entire application is writing a personal statement. How do you wrap up your experiences, ambitions for the future, reasons for wanting to go to medical school and some personal flare all into a page-long essay

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Learning to Communicate in Medical School

Doctor_consults_with_patient_(7)Hello my springtime readers! I hope that it’s getting sunny and warm where you are and that you’re getting some balance in your life by getting some time outside. Today I’d like to talk a bit about the use of communication in medicine and medical school. We’ve all seen the medical shows where the patient says, “Doc, I don’t understand all that medical mumbo jumbo. Just give it to me straight.” Then the doctor throws aside all the terminology and tells the patient that there is a small chance of surviving without the surgery or something equally dramatic. 

We’re most

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Being Sick in Medical School

sick in medical schoolHello my hopefully healthy readers! We’ve all heard the phrase doctors make the worst patients, but is that also true of medical students? In my experience so far, students sick in medical school make for terrible patients because most of us border on hypochondria. There’s actually a name for this phenomenon- Medical Student’s Disease- and a Wikipedia entry to match. Medical Student’s disease is basically a propensity to believe that you have the symptoms of whatever disease you’re studying. For example, since we started dermatology, I don’t know how many of my classmates have independently diagnosed themselves with skin cancer.

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Picking a Medical Specialty

Picking a Medical SpecialtyHello 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 you’re 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” but they’re getting at an important question. At some point within the next three years, I’ll need to decide which residency program to apply for. Fortunately, I don’t …
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The Challenges of an Out of State Medical School

out of state medical schoolHello my Wizard of Oz-loving readers! 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 aka away from your family, friends and support system can have some 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 Friday exam and it was a fairly exhausting

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Why Teach During Medical School?

EMILY HAUSE - AWhy Teach During Medical School?Hello my curious readers! Today I want to wanted to answer a question that I was posed last night by one of my awesome MCAT students (quick shout out to my rockin’ Fort Collins MCAT class).

The question is- Why do I teach during medical school?

It’s a great question and it’s one that I’d like to answer on this blog because I think teaching during medical school is beneficial for medical students and Kaplan MCAT students. It would be super easy to quit teaching given that medical school involves studying a bunch and running around like a crazy-pants most

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Strategies for Promoting Empathy in Medical School

promoting empathy in medical schoolLast week I brought up the idea that medical students lose their empathy during medical school because they’re constantly overstimulated by emotions. This week I’d like to propose a few solutions to promoting empathy in medical school.

1. Offer medical students free counseling or therapy sessions on a regular basis. I know that this sounds really extreme or touchy-feely, but during the first weeks of school we had several sessions regarding everyone’s feelings about working with cadavers. That is the only time in the first six months of medical school that the curriculum has acknowledged that medical students have

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Bonus! New MCAT Test Dates Announced

NEW MCAT TEST DATESHello my excited readers! I have some awesome news for you today! There are new MCAT test dates! If you are hoping to the the MCAT before the big changes come in 2015, but aren’t quite ready to take your test in August or September, the AAMC has heard your needs. They recently announced that they are adding test dates in October and November! 

You can check out the new test dates and important registration dates here! 
This is an unprecedented, wonderful opportunity to get in your MCAT before the AAMC adds the social science information and lengthens the test

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Getting a Top Score by Using Topical Tests

Topical TestsHello my excited readers! Last week I filled you in on the awesomeness that exists in the MCAT flex sessions. Today, I’d like to highlight another often-underused and misunderstood resource, the Topical Tests!

Topical tests are un-timed and feature usually two passages as well as about 10-15 discrete questions. They’re focused on specific materials such as Oxygen Containing Compounds or Kinematics. They are an awesome first-stop to grapple with equations and concepts.

Now, I frequently get students who email me in a panic, worrying that they didn’t score 100% on the topical tests. In fact, lots of students score way

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