October 16, 2014

Tips For a Non-Traditional Pre-Med 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.

Stefanie Smith: University of Missouri

 

The Busy Life of a Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student

Violin lessons, dance, parent teacher conferences, a test, two conference calls, multiple doctor appointments, and a full-time job; this is a pretty average week for me.

Being a pre-med can be overwhelming at times; when you add the intricacies of a non-traditional pre-med (e.g. family and work), it can seem downright impossible. …

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October 15, 2014

5 Tips for MCAT Verbal Reasoning Success

Verbal reasoning on the MCAT

It’s the bane of many an MCAT test-taker: the dreaded verbal reasoning section of the med school entrance exam. Most see the verbal reasoning section as a wordy jumble of dense information followed by questions that make you think, “Wait, did I just read the right passage? Are these questions to a different section? Did I lose consciousness there for a little while?”

Fear not! While the verbal section of the MCAT can be the most challenging to tackle—especially considering the time constraints—the following five tips will have you slicing your way through verbal reasoning …

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October 14, 2014

Medical School Interview Tips and Tricks

Hello my excited interviewees! Medical school interview season is off to a great start and as you well know, a successful interview is the last step between you and acceptance to the med school of your choice.  I have written past blog posts about my own interview experiences and the best advice I’ve been given, but today I’d like to share with you medical school interview tips from an insider’s perspective!

One of the best experiences that I’ve had this year is getting to be a student interviewer for the University of Colorado. I think it’s great that …

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October 13, 2014

Do You Have a Future Career in Medicine?

Going to medical school?

Whether you are switching careers, taking the next step on your career path, or just starting to figure out what you want to do to in life, choosing a career in medicine and going to medical school (including practicing for the MCAT) can present several challenges, especially in a fast-paced, “techonomic” world where information can seem difficult to navigate.

But whether you’ve always planned on going to medical school to unlock your vision of the good life or you’ve only recently decided to switch careers and begin your medical education, “the steps are actually …

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October 10, 2014

Pre-Health Students Bring Smiles to Guatemala: Bhumika’s Story

Kaplan Test Prep & Smile Train partnered to send pre-health students on a trip to Guatemala.

When people work together toward a common goal, big smiles emerge. So Kaplan teamed up with Smile Train—an international children’s charity that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries —and sent four pre-health students on an educational trip to Guatemala. These future doctors, dentists, and healthcare providers not only spent valuable time with the children and their families, but they learned about Smile Train’s sustainability model, which empowers local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%- free cleft repair surgery in their …

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October 9, 2014

Pre-Med Priorities: Tips for Building a Strong Academic Foundation

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.

Priscila Cevallos: University of Texas at Austin

 

The Pre-Med Journey Begins: Freshman Year

The night before my first day as a college freshman, I remember tossing and turning for hours unable to sleep. My mind wandered to thoughts of the future and what the next four years would hold in store for me. More than anything, my dream was to get into medical school

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October 8, 2014

Which MCAT Test Date Is Best For You?

One of the first major hurdles you’ll face on your way to unlocking the good life as a doctor is taking the MCAT. And there are many things you have to consider as you prep, including when you should schedule your MCAT test date to maximize your score.

Deciding when to take the exam isn’t always easy, and every student has his or her own unique situation, commitments, and timeline. Read on to find out what Kaplan recommends for you!

 

Which MCAT test dates should you avoid?

While the test is administered year-round, there are definitely some MCAT test …

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October 7, 2014

Pre-Med Prerequisites for Taking the New MCAT

New pre-med requirements for passing the MCAT

The upcoming changes to the new MCAT also mean a change to the typical pre-med prerequisite courses we are accustomed to advising students to take.

For many years, the “traditional” pre-med prerequisites have been a year of general chemistry, a year of general biology, a year of physics, and a year of that old fan favorite, organic chemistry.

But with the new MCAT exam, which will first be administered on April 17, 2015, additional content knowledge in upper-division biochemistry, introductory psychology, and introductory sociology will also need to go on your list of …

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October 6, 2014

Fantasy Med School Draft: Finding Your Perfect Medical School

Hello my friendly fall readers! The leaves are changing and we can now expect a weekly dose of fantasy football related Facebook updates. For medical school applicants, however, fall means that you’re drafting your perfect list of medical school qualities instead of a great wide receiver. So, today let’s talk about which characteristics you should consider when drafting and finding your perfect medical school!

 

Size

Size is an important factor to examine when you’re picking a medical school. You want to examine not only the size of each class, but also the size of the entire school. Class size …

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