Author Archives: Owen Farcy

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Owen Farcy

About Owen Farcy

A long-time instructor for Kaplan, I've worked in a variety of roles and have been an important factor in the success of pre-med students throughout the world. Now, as assistant director of pre-health programs I'm responsible for managing our social media outreach (including this blog) as well as for overseeing many of our partnerships throughout the country. I earned my BS in Biology from Emory University, and when not working with premeds I love to spend time traveling and doing anything in or around the ocean.

April 28, 2015

Kaplan’s Annual Medical School Admissions Panel Event

When we assemble our panel for our annual Medical School Insider event, we’re looking for one main thing – experts in the world of medical school admissions who can give students like you an inside look at the admissions process. I’m happy to say that this year’s panel meets and exceeds that expectation – here’s a sneak preview of the experts you can expect to hear from during Medical School Insider on May 4th!


Meet our Medical School Admissions Panelists:

Paul J. White

As the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Paul … more
April 21, 2015

Why You Should Attend Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Event

Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions that matter can be answered by those with the most experience.



In the years since that first event, we’ve seen MSI grow in both size and scope. Each year more and more students tune in to learn about the latest trends in medical school admissions. The discussion gives them a chance to peer behind the curtain to hear what admissions committees … more
March 20, 2015

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in … more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

Hurricane Sandy: MCAT Classes and Communication

To our MCAT students:

As always, we are committed to the success and well-being of our students and our faculty.  As a business, we try our best to remain in operation during periods of inclement weather to provide information about class cancellations in your area and to provide assistance to ensure that you can continue with your studies with minimal disruptions.

We have a team of Kaplan representatives ready to help.  However, due to increased call volumes, students may experience a delay in reaching an Enrollment and Experience representative by telephone or email. We appreciate your patience during this … more
October 24, 2014

Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Provides a Peek Behind the Curtain of Medical School Admissions

Every premed student has questions about getting into medical school; from the personal statement to the interview, the admissions process can seem like a daunting and confusing endeavor. Compounding the problem is the fact that nearly everyone you’ll speak to seems to have their own opinion on the best approach to take – one person might suggest listing certain experiences on your application, while another will say the complete opposite! Much of this advice is anecdotal and may not apply to your situation – you aren’t the same person as the friend of your cousin’s wife, so you shouldn’t necessarily … more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

Keeping up with the MCAT Test Changes

Earlier this month the Association of American Medical Colleges formally approved the first major content changes to the MCAT since the test was last revised in 1991. Since the AAMC’s announcement there has been a flurry of discussion about the new exam as students, pre-medical advisors, and medical schools all attempt to understand how they will be affected, and what they can do now to start preparing.

The first step in preparing is naturally to understand exactly what the changes will entail. While the AAMC has published a 150-page MCAT2015 Preview Guide that details exactly what the new test will … more
Applying to Med School
October 24, 2014

Medical School Applications: A Plan for Success

Many of you undoubtedly have high aspirations for the coming year, and if you’re reading this then it’s likely that “Get into medical school” is at the top of your list. However, just as with any other resolution, getting it done is going to take a fair amount of dedication, a lack of tolerance for excuses, and perhaps most importantly, a concrete plan to take you from today to your goal. Now is the time to create that plan and put it into action, before you get distracted by classes, research, and the myriad other diversions that the school … more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

Studying for the MCAT: The Stories Behind the Science

As you’re already well aware, there’s a lot of science that you need to learn as a pre-med student. From physics to chemistry to biology, the number of laws, equations and concepts for you to understand and memorize can seem daunting, so it’s important that you find an easy and effective way to internalize those facts. While many students turn to handy mnemonics like RED CAT (for electrochemistry) and Kung Pao Chicken Over Fresh Green Sprouts (for taxonomy), I find that many students also enjoy learning about the stories behind how a certain principle or phenomenon was discovered and … more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 2

In my last post we discussed some of the important questions that you’ll need to consider when deciding when to take the MCAT. While it’s vital to determine early what time of year you’ll be taking the exam, choosing the specific administration that’s right for you can be equally as important.After months and months of studying and preparation, you owe it to yourself to choose the test time and location that will give you your best possible chance of success. With that in mind, here are a few additional questions to consider.

Do I want a morning or an … more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 1

One of the more common questions I see from students is, “When should I take the MCAT?” Most pre-meds have heard horror stories from their older peers about the exam, and have a rough idea that the test should be taken sometime in their Junior year. However, I often find that students are either misinformed about or flat-out missing key information that shapes the answer to this question. With the announcement of the 2012 MCAT test dates last week, now is the perfect time to consider your unique situation and ensure that you’re crafting a plan that will put … more
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