March 16, 2015

MCAT Success Stories from Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program

Hello my summer-ready readers! You may have seen our recent article on Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program (SIP) where we interviewed some of our fabulous MCAT SIP faculty regarding why they love the program. As a multi-year SIP faculty veteran myself, I can tell you that one of my favorite parts of SIP is seeing how much students can grow in a six week period. Today I’ve asked some of the SIP faculty to share their own stories of student MCAT success!


What’s your favorite SIP MCAT success story?


Boosting MCAT Test Day Confidence

“Last summer, I … more
March 15, 2015

The Challenges of an Out-of-State Medical School

Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, family and support system is just one of many additional challenges.


Challenge 1: Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby

This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a … more
March 15, 2015

Tips For Preparing Your Medical School AMCAS Application

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 premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Stefanie Smith: University of Missouri


The road to medical school is long, and once you finally get to the point of applying, it can be a relief. And then you log into the AMCAS application, and all your fears come racing back. It is a very daunting application, if you’re not properly prepared for it.

Application Overview

The first few sections of the application … more
March 11, 2015

Personalized MCAT Review Videos for Mastering Exam Content

Last week we showcased The MCAT Channel as our best pre-med resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction. The Kaplan awards continue this week with our nomination for the best resource for personalized MCAT review focused on exam content: our MCAT Science Review Videos.


Building a personalized study plan

When you begin your MCAT review, you’ll realize that there are many factors competing for your time, so a personalized study plan that takes into account your individual strengths and weaknesses is extremely important when preparing for the MCAT. At the core of your study plan, there are … more
March 10, 2015

Applying to Medical School: Choosing Among Multiple Offers

You’ve finished applying to medical school, conquered the MCAT, and aced your interviews. Congratulations, all that hard work paid off with not just one acceptance letter, but a whole stack of them—all to schools you are greatly interested in attending.


More than one acceptance letter

You’d love to reserve a spot at every school you get into, but deposits are pricy and you really shouldn’t be taking seats other medical students could fill. Now, you may be wondering what to do to ensure you choose a program that’s right for you. How do you even begin … more
March 8, 2015

5 Reasons Every Pre-Med Should Join the American Medical Student Association

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 premedical experience and journey to medical school. —Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University


As I look back at my undergraduate experience I realize that I have had many great opportunities. I have been able to do research, play varsity tennis, and serve as a leader in many organizations. These experiences, along with my academics, made me a competitive applicant for medical school.

After I graduate from Waynesburg University in May of 2015, I will … more
March 19, 2015

University of Tennessee College of Medicine: The Traditional Choice

Written by Jennifer Marsh

University of Tennessee College of Medicine is the oldest public graduate school in the nation. The school has four locations in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. Medical students spend the first two years on the Memphis campus and rotate on the other three campuses during the last two years for clinical training.

Vital Stats

♦ University of Tennessee College of Medicine has 656 medical students and over 1100 residents and fellows.

♦ The college has core clerkships for students interested in obstetrics, gynecology and surgery.

Tuition for full-time students is $34,007 for in-state … more
March 3, 2015

Raise Your MCAT Score with a Live, Personalized Study Plan

In the spirit of the awards season, we’d like to announce some nominees of our own—prep resources to help you boost your MCAT score and get into medical school. We’re announcing nominations for the best Kaplan MCAT resources in the following categories:

♦ Best resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction

♦ Best resource for personalized content instruction

♦ Best resource for getting started on your MCAT prep


This week, we’ll kick off our Kaplan awards by nominating the best resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction: the MCAT Channel.

As pre-meds, you have more than a few commitments competing for … more
March 15, 2015

Does Your Med School Application Show Enough Clinical Experience?

You block off an entire Sunday afternoon to tackle the beast that is the AMCAS—the centralized medical school application. You’ve assembled your transcripts and resumé, you’ve taken the photo you’ll upload, and you’ve ensured your letters of recommendation were submitted. You’re clicking through the online form, filling in the boxes with your accomplishments and accolades, until you get to the page titled “Volunteering and Shadowing.” You stop there, realizing that the time you spent shadowing your family doctor over the summer adds up to a paltry 20 hours—not exactly the kind of clinical experience that’s bound to impress an … more

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