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Becoming a Well-Rounded PreMedical Student

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Jai Kumar Mediratta: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

well-rounded premedical student

Jai getting involved at Camp Kesem (http://campkesem.org)

“GET INVOLVED!” said every pre-health advisor ever. I would be willing to wager that there is a brightly decorated bulletin board in your career center that is dedicated to this very theme.

Today, more often than not, “getting involved” is associated with being “well-rounded,” and as a premedical …

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Top 5 Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical School

Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical SchoolVeterans returning from military duty, whose numbers have exceeded one million since the 2001 terrorist attacks, often return to unfavorable circumstances, including a much steeper unemployment rate than the general population. For some, the pursuit of higher education—even getting into medical school—presents a good way to improve job outlook and unlock the good life.

 

How to get into medical school after returning from military service

It’s common for future doctors to worry about how to get into medical school, no matter what their qualifications—and it helps to remember that all the current doctors …

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Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Identifying Your Recommenders

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning credentials and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Your med school application’s LORs carry the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To highlight these, you’ll want to submit excellent recommendations from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

Requirements for your Letters of Recommendation

Each medical school has its own set of standards and formats …

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Back-to-School Pre-Med Resolutions

New School Year Pre-Med Resolutions

Emily and her roommates on the first day of their second year of medical school.

Hello my scholarly pre-med readers! Let’s talk about our pre-med resolutions for this year! Summer is winding down and for many of you sophomores, juniors and seniors, that means it’s time to head back to school. Now, the novelty of college may have worn off and moving back into a dorm room or frat house may not be as exciting as it was your freshman year. You may be dreading classes such as Organic Chemistry or Cell Physiology (a notedly difficult …

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Top Loan Forgiveness Programs for Students Facing Medical School Debt

Medical School DebtAs a pre-medical or medical student, you may not be worried about your future earnings as a doctor: after all, seven of the top-10 best paying jobs of 2014 are in health care. But that’s cold comfort when your post-medical school debt could pay for the average American home in full.

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimated that the median four-year cost to attend med school, including living expenses and books, for the class of 2013 was $278,455 at private schools and $207,868 at public ones. With nearly a fifth of students taking …

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The 3 Phases of Applying to Medical School

Kaplan MCAT Prep - Medical School Admissions Timeline

Most students will prep between October and April of their junior year. Click image to download.

Intimidated by applying to medical school?

We get it; the medical school admissions process can be daunting. After all, the end result of becoming a doctor is something you’ve wanted for a long time—something that’s going to help you pursue your vision of the “good life.” So it’s only natural to want everything to be perfect when you submit your application.

Today, we will break down and simplify the application process to take the edge off.

 

3-phase process

Applying …

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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

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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

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How Important is it to have Clinical Patient Experience?

Medical schools want to better equip you to successfully work with patients as a new doctor and to better facilitate the patient experience. An integral part of this is improving the doctor-patient relationship.

How can you use behavioral science backgrounds to help aid in clinical patient relationships? In this video, learn how important a background in behavioral sciences can be in the doctor-patient relationship.

We are looking forward to the next edition of #KaplanPulse which will be on January 22, 2014 at 8pm EST with the focus on research! REGISTER NOW!

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Med School New Year’s Resolutions

EMILY HAUSE - New Years Resolutions - KAPLANWelcome to 2014, my celebratory readers! Like many people, the end of 2013 has me reflecting on how I can approach my life a little differently at the start of the new year. That means it’s New Year’s resolution time!

Now, you may be thinking- Emily, you’re a successful med student who balances going to medical school, working, and generally being awesome- how could you possibly need to improve in the new year? Or maybe you’re thinking- thank goodness, it’s about time for Emily to work on some self-improvement- both of which actually bring me to

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