December 5, 2014

Advances in Medicine Through The Decades

It’s the season to be thankful! Even though we’re officially past Thanksgiving, it’s still important to reflect back on how good we’ve got things in medicine these days. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t really even understand what bacteria were, and sterile technique was absolutely unheard of. Let’s take a look back at some great advances in medicine through the decades, for which we are eternally grateful.

Vaccines

In 18th century Europe, it was not uncommon to know someone or have a family member who died due to smallpox. That is, of course, until Edward Jenner …

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December 4, 2014

Managing Pre-Med Stress

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. 

With the recent medical resident suicides in New York, it would be hard not to recognize the extreme pressure that medical students, residents, and premedical students put on themselves. It seems to start in the undergraduate years, continuing to build over your entire career. Having other people’s lives depend on you is extremely stressful!

It doesn’t start out that way, though. As premedical students, we

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December 3, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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December 2, 2014

Will Biochemistry Become a Medical School Prerequisite?

Hello my favorite carbon-based life forms! Today I’d like to talk about the content addition of biochemistry—which also just happens to be my personal favorite med school science course—to the MCAT 2015, and the related biochem medical school prerequisite course that might come with it.

Biochemistry on the MCAT

We all know that the MCAT 2015 is changing in big ways. In addition to adding psychology and sociology, the 2015 MCAT will be emphasizing more biochemistry material than previous MCAT administrations.

The idea behind adding more biochem to an already science-heavy exam is that there is a fair amount

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December 1, 2014

Free Resources and Tips for Your MCAT Prep

When it comes to MCAT prep, we all have our own best practices. Whether it’s attending lectures, making outlines, using flashcards, or reading notes, years of schooling, studying, and learning have made you the expert on how you best retain information. At Kaplan, we merely provide the resources you need (tests, review notes, flashcards, videos, live classroom sessions, live online sessions) so you can decide how you want to use them in studying for the MCAT.

At the same time, we like to offer guided, informative advice to students who are looking for ways to improve their MCAT …

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November 28, 2014

How to Build Strong Relationships That Result in Excellent Letters of Recommendation

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

While maintaining a strong GPA and achieving a good MCAT score are crucial when applying to medical school, another challenging, yet equally as important aspect of the application process is obtaining great letters of recommendation. However, the true task herein lies in building strong relationships that result in excellent letters of recommendation. Here are a few tips, …

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November 27, 2014

MCAT Study Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Holiday Breaks

Hello my holiday pre-med students! I know that you’re excited about your upcoming holiday break schedule. If you’re lucky, you may even have a whole month away from classes! Relaxing after a tough semester is obviously job number one. Job number two is making sure you don’t fall behind on your MCAT studying, especially if you’re getting ready for one of the final administrations of the current test. Today we’ll share MCAT study tips for making the most of your holiday break.

Tip #1: Make an MCAT study schedule

I know it sounds incredibly Type A, but making a study

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November 26, 2014

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

Kaplan Test Prep & Smile Train partner 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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November 25, 2014

Prep Smarter, Not Harder: Your MCAT Study Schedule

How to prep for MCAT prep

The prospect of studying for the MCAT always seems the most daunting right at the outset. The uncertainties and questions you have may seem endless:

• Which materials should you use?

• What kind of MCAT study schedule should you set for yourself?

• Why do you keep hearing about “triaging,” and why is it a good study tool?

• Which resources—example questions, a practice MCAT exam—will best prepare you?

• How sacrosanct is your MCAT test date?

First, relax!

Instead of reinventing the wheel to study for the MCAT, treat it just …

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