Picking a Medical Specialty

Picking a Medical SpecialtyHello my excited readers! Before you start medical school, when people ask you what you’re going to be when you grow up, you answer with the phrase, “a doctor.” Once you get into medical school, the question gets more specific and people ask what “kind” of doctor you’re going to be and what medical specialty you’ll focus on. My standard response, since I’m a sassy-pants by nature is, “a good one, hopefully” but they’re getting at an important question. At some point within the next three years, I’ll need to decide which residency program to apply for. Fortunately, I don’t …
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ReKAP – Key Takeaways from MCAT Physics 1

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We had a FANTASTIC time in MCAT Physics 1 last night! MCAT Physics is a topic that can initially  cause many concerns. Often times Physics can be intimidating and seem overwhelming with the amount of subtopics and equations to memorize.  During class we not only went over the key equations and concepts we had to know, but we also covered strategies and best practice methods of how to properly breakdown and analyze passages in order to apply that background knowledge to the format of the MCAT!

Some KEY takeaways from our first Physics lesson!

  • Almost HALF of the
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Setting Expectations for Preparing for the MCAT!

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Greetings MCAT Rockstars!

Tonight I am teaching my Physics 1 class. This is the first content class Kaplan teaches when preparing for the MCAT. Before I begin my first content lesson I always begin class by setting expectations!  It is important to begin your MCAT preparations by thinking about your own study habits and things you could change to make your MCAT preperation as optimal as possible!

Class

Are you doing the preview work before class?

Are you mentally alert and engaged in class?

Homework 

When are you going to do the homework?

Have you scheduled into your weekly plans?

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The Challenges of an Out of State Medical School

out of state medical schoolHello my Wizard of Oz-loving readers! 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 aka away from your family, friends and support system can have some 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 Friday exam and it was a fairly exhausting

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MCAT Question of the Day: Empirical Formula

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Great work on today’s question!

The empirical formula of a compound is the simplest whole number ratio of the atoms in it, whereas the molecular formula represents the actual whole number ratio of the atoms. The molecular formula is usually a whole number multiple of the empirical formula, although sometimes the empirical and molecular formulas are the same.

Remember going through this question that it is asking for which of the statements are FALSE. Statement I is true. For example, water, H2O, has the same empirical and molecular formula. Statement II is false because it is the molecular formula which …

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Why Teach During Medical School?

EMILY HAUSE - AWhy Teach During Medical School?Hello my curious readers! Today I want to wanted to answer a question that I was posed last night by one of my awesome MCAT students (quick shout out to my rockin’ Fort Collins MCAT class).

The question is- Why do I teach during medical school?

It’s a great question and it’s one that I’d like to answer on this blog because I think teaching during medical school is beneficial for medical students and Kaplan MCAT students. It would be super easy to quit teaching given that medical school involves studying a bunch and running around like a crazy-pants most

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Choosing an MCAT Test Date: ReKAPed

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Great! Now we are getting started on our MCAT prep journey and we are looking at the MCAT as an opportunity NOT an obstacle! The next thing that we need to start thinking about is choosing an MCAT Test Date.  Here on Med School Pulse we have written quite extensively on Choosing an MCAT Test Date and I am going to link back to some of my favorite posts that we have written.

The first one is Choosing an MCAT Test Date: Part 1. Things to take away from this article…

  • Time of Year
  • Morning and Afternoon Testing
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MCAT Success Starts Here!

HurdleThe first topic that I address with a new class is always the same. You are going to take the MCAT. Repeat it with me guys! “I am going to be taking the MCAT.” Sounds kind of strange when you say it out loud, right? Not if you want MCAT success!

One of the first things we acknowledge when we start a class is the MCAT can be a scary thing. In general, most pre-med students go through the pre-med track looking at the MCAT as an obstacle. The MCAT can NOT be seen as an obstacle – rather an …

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What is a Kaplan MCAT class like?

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As some of you may know I help with our Social Media engagement, I am active on Student Doctor Network, and I have been teaching the MCAT at Kaplan for 5 years now. One of the most common questions that I get throughout the year is “Patrick, Can you give me an idea of what a Kaplan MCAT class is like?”

Well you guys are in luck! Over the next 8 weeks I am going to give you an inside look into one of the classes I am teaching.  This is a unique insider preview to what …

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Med School Summer: The Last Summer of Your Life

Med School SummerHello my cabin fever readers! If you’re like me, this is the part of the year that gets you daydreaming about what summer holds in store. As a first year med student, this daydream takes on a particularly urgent feeling as we’re frequently reminded that this is the “last summer of our lives”. What does that mean other than medical school administrations love hyperbole?

Well, the med school summer between first year and second year lasts the conventional 2.5 months much like your summer vacation in grade school. This is apparently the “last time” that we will ever have 2.5

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