Becoming a Well-Rounded PreMedical 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.

Jai Kumar Mediratta: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

well-rounded premedical student

Jai getting involved at Camp Kesem (http://campkesem.org)

“GET INVOLVED!” said every pre-health advisor ever. I would be willing to wager that there is a brightly decorated bulletin board in your career center that is dedicated to this very theme.

Today, more often than not, “getting involved” is associated with being “well-rounded,” and as a premedical …

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6 Better Than Coffee Study Drinks

6 better than coffee study drinksBy Megan Weyrauch on September 5, 2013

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“I want a large Americano with two extra shots of espresso.”

I stare listlessly back at this customer, letting him know he just requested for his drink to contain twice the normal contained amount of espresso.

“Oh,” he adds, “better make it three extra shots then.”

As a barista, I encounter students from early morning until midnight who need some form of caffeine to help them get …

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Which MCAT Am I Prepared to Take?

Which MCAT am I Prepared to Take?In order to unlock your good life, you need a great score. One of the biggest questions facing premed students is “which MCAT am I prepared to take in order to get my best score?”

The MCAT is Changing

If medical school is in your near future, you probably know that, the new MCAT will launch in the Spring of 2015. The major changes to new MCAT are:

1. More Tested Topics

2. Almost Double the Length

3. Different Scoring Scale

4. New Question Types and Skills

5. A More Medical Approach

Which MCAT Am I …

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4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Kaplan MCAT Class

Kaplan MCAT Class OptionsHello my excited readers! Today I’d like to answer a question that I get a lot from interested students:

Why should I take a Kaplan MCAT class?

I’ve been teaching for 6+ years at this point, so clearly I believe in the benefits of the Kaplan MCAT program. I took a Kaplan MCAT class in 2006 and did well enough on the actual test to score-qualify to teach the class. If you aren’t sold by that fact alone though, I have some four great reasons for you!

1. Flexibility

One of the best features of the …

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Creating A Meaningful Pre-Medical Experience Beyond the Classroom

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.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

Create a Meaningful Pre-Medical Experience Beyond The Classroom

Isaiah plays tennis as a way to maintain balance in his hectic pre-med life.

Sometimes it feels as if trying to get into medical school is synonymous with searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Pre-medical students hear many stories about how to find their pot of gold. The truth is, there is …

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Top 5 Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical School

Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical SchoolVeterans returning from military duty, whose numbers have exceeded one million since the 2001 terrorist attacks, often return to unfavorable circumstances, including a much steeper unemployment rate than the general population. For some, the pursuit of higher education—even getting into medical school—presents a good way to improve job outlook and unlock the good life.

 

How to get into medical school after returning from military service

It’s common for future doctors to worry about how to get into medical school, no matter what their qualifications—and it helps to remember that all the current doctors …

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Med School Letters of Recommendation, Part 2

med school letters of recommendationIt’s a well known fact that med school letters of recommendation (LORs) are an important part of your application. In my last article, I provided some tips and guidelines to consider when choosing who to pick as your letter writers. Now that you know who you’ll be asking for letters, today we’ll pick things up by discussing how to request your letters and make sure you get them.

 

Set Expectations for your Letter Writers

As soon as possible, and in person, ask each of your potential writers if they are willing to submit a …

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What to Expect as a Pre-Med

what to expect as a pre-medHello my eager, freshman readers! Today, I’d like to talk about what to expect as a pre-med student (aka step one in becoming a doctor and living your version of the “good life”).

So, you’re super excited to start four years of pre-med awesomeness! Let’s set appropriate expectations for this time in your life.

There will be challenges

The nice thing about being a pre-med student is that you can major in pretty much anything. I have classmates that majored in engineering, art, music, business, Spanish, English and pretty much every other major you can think …

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The Myth of Healthcare Salaries

the myth of healthcare salariesThe stereotype of healthcare salaries

The public perception of healthcare salaries in medicine is skewed. Picture a surgeon or doctor the way they’re portrayed on TV. Go ahead, close your eyes.

You probably see a Mercedes convertible cruising down a palm-tree-lined boulevard, an impeccably dressed physician in the front seat, perfect veneers, laughing while on the way to lunch with his or her other high-powered doctor friends. At night, the car pulls up outside a pristine oceanside mansion with expansive views and a live-in housekeeper.

This image is plastered on every episode of Grey’s Anatomy and …

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Med School Requirements: Letters of Recommendation, Part I

Identifying Your Recommenders

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning credentials and Letters of Recommendation (LORs).

Your med school application’s LORs carry the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To highlight these, you’ll want to submit excellent recommendations from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

Requirements for your Letters of Recommendation

Each medical school has its own set of standards and formats …

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