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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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Meet Our Guests for Kaplan’s The Pulse This Monday

So you chose a few medical schools, and you have your top choice. But how do you make sure that you’re accepted into the school of your choice? Well, it’ not easy. That’s why Kaplan has announced our two hour special programing of The Pulse that will feature a panel discussion and answers from questions that come directly from you. These two hours can help you learn exactly what you need to make it into the medical school of your dreams. But don’t trust us, take a look at the great list of guests that will be featured:

Nida Degesys Dr. Nida …

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How studying for the MCAT benefits you as a med student

EMILY HAUSE KAPLAN 02Hello my studious readers! I was sitting in a Cardio lecture this week when the lecturer flashed the equation on the screen, P1V1=P2V2. That equation looked very familiar and I had a flashback to when I memorized it for the first time when I was studying for the MCAT. That got me thinking about skills that I had honed and material I had committed to memory when I was studying for the MCAT that has come in handy in medical school. So, despair not MCAT studiers! Here are the parts of your MCAT studying that will be useful in medical

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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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REKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Gen Chem 1!

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MCAT Rockstars!

MCAT Gen Chem 1 is in the books! We had a unique opportunity to review some Chemistry that we probably haven’t seen in quite a while!

Some of the big takeaways from Gen Chem 1!

  • Preview Work is absolutely essential! I constantly remind my students as we are moving through Unit 1 how important the preview work and going back to some of the basics can be.
  • Content is King. When was the last time you reviewed Quantum Numbers, Electron Configuration, and the Periodic Table? Those all seem like simple straight forward Gen Chem topics but many people
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How Med Students Get Matched for Residency

Hello my future med student readers! This is an exciting week in the medical school world because the fourth year medical students are learning where they have matched for residency! If you’re embroiled in the medical school application and admissions process, it’s sometimes easy to forget that you’re going to do a similar process again in a few years when you apply for residency positions. If you know nothing about the matching process, hopefully I can demystify it a little for you today.

As a fourth year medical student, in addition to rotating through various interesting specialties, doing research, and

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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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ReKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Physics 1

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We had a FANTASTIC time in MCAT Physics 1 last night! MCAT Physics is a topic that can initially  cause many concerns. Often times Physics can be intimidating and seem overwhelming with the amount of subtopics and equations to memorize.  During class we not only went over the key equations and concepts we had to know, but we also covered strategies and best practice methods of how to properly breakdown and analyze passages in order to apply that background knowledge to the format of the MCAT!

Some KEY takeaways from our first Physics lesson!

  • Almost HALF of the
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Setting Expectations for Preparing for the MCAT!

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Greetings MCAT Rockstars!

Tonight I am teaching my Physics 1 class. This is the first content class Kaplan teaches when preparing for the MCAT. Before I begin my first content lesson I always begin class by setting expectations!  It is important to begin your MCAT preparations by thinking about your own study habits and things you could change to make your MCAT preperation as optimal as possible!

Class

Are you doing the preview work before class?

Are you mentally alert and engaged in class?

Homework 

When are you going to do the homework?

Have you scheduled into your weekly plans?

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