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How Significant Is Clinical Experience In Medical School Admissions?

On last month’s edition of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us to discuss the 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey. These are questions you need to know about!
When evaluating applications, how important is clinical experience in medical school admissions? In this video, learn what what medical school admissions officers are saying.

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Holy cow! I got into Medical School!

SAMSUNGHello my eager MCAT students! Today I want to share with you my story of the magical day that will hopefully happen for you within the next few months- the day I got accepted to medical school.

As a veteran of the application and interview process, I did not have high hopes after my round of fall interviews. I knew that I had gotten wait-listed at two schools already. I was feeling pretty glum pre-holiday season because I was not looking forward to telling a plethora of family members that I was wait-listed yet again.

Then

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9 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

What is holistic review in medical school admissions?

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Medical School Insider: A Chance for Your Questions to be Answered

GM158-ThePulse-FB-PingraphicNavigating the waters of medical school admissions can be rough; from the personal statement, to the interview, admissions can seem daunting and confusing before one even begins to apply.  

While many people have opinions about the best way to gain admission, in the end, the only opinions that really matter are those of the admissions committees; after all, they’re the ones that decide whether you’ll be accepted or not. Unfortunately, opportunities to pick the brain of a Dean of Admissions are few and far between. In an effort to shed some light on what admissions committees …

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Application Essentials III: Secondary Applications

Medical School Secondary ApplicationsYou’ve crafted a masterful personal statement, you’ve chosen your favorite 15 activities*, you’ve meticulously entered every class you’ve ever taken — verbatim**, and you’ve finally hit that blue “submit” button on your AMCAS application.

Everything’s going fantastically since you dominated the MCAT.

But now it’s time to turn your attention to that growing pile of letters:  not acceptances (just yet!), but secondaries.  These school-specific applications feature a host of essays — and they’re the next step on the  path to medical school.  As part of our continuing series on holistic review in

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Application Essentials I: The Holistic Review Process

Earlier this month, I had the great fortune of attending the 2012 AAMC Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.  This meeting represents one of the largest gatherings of medical educators, premedical advisors, admissions officers, practicing physicians and students in the country, all with one common goal:  your education.  This is the group that writes the MCAT, runs the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and creates informative resources like Careers in Medicine to help you plan your future medical career.

One of the “hot topics” in medical admissions these days is holistic review.  While a …

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Med School Admissions Statistics, Part III: What’s the Average GPA? (And What Can I Do About It?)

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a look at some of the medical school admissions statistics.  While we’ve tackled the question of how many people get into medical school and the average MCAT score, we turn our attention today to the average GPA.

Remember, AAMC keeps this information public through their FACTS tables.  In addition to what we’ve covered here, check out what other great information you can glean from these resources.  In the world of medical school admissions, knowledge is power! (credit:  Schoolhouse Rock!)

Interestingly, medical schools are actually given three …

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Getting into Medical School: Having well-rounded hobbies

Most medical school applicants tend to normalize towards a typical set of extracurricular activities; research, clinical experience, and volunteering activities are the standard and show up in abundance on applications. Applicants believe that a vital part of getting accepted is having these experiences, and that is largely true. Would it surprise you, though, to know that it was comic book collecting that was the one activity my medical school noticed most on my medical school application?

I had a strong background in research, significant clinical experiences, great community service, and lengthy periods of paid employment, …

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