February 14, 2015

Dating in Medical School: Part 2

Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day; so today of course we’d like to focus on love. But which kind of love should we talk about? Love of the medical school admissions process? Love of the new MCAT? Love of life-long learning? Oh, you want to hear more about dating in medical school? Okay, well here’s a special Valentine’s Day article about dating in medical school.

I wrote an article last year about the pros and cons of dating different types of people in medical school. This year, the majority of my classmates are still in relationships, but …

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February 12, 2015

Spring Break Programs for Pre-Medical Students

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.

Daniel Gomez – Ohio State University


As pre-medical students, we normally think of ways to spend our semester breaks in a productive manner. Seeking out research opportunities, studying for the MCAT, or studying abroad. Today, I’d like to discuss spring break programs that are great options for premeds.

These programs usually consist of sending students to an outreach site locally or nationally, where …

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February 10, 2015

New Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

After a few decades of virtually no increase in the number of allopathic medical schools, recent years have brought an expansion in the number of schools. With rising demand for healthcare services in the U.S. as the population ages and more people are covered by health insurance under the reforms, the need for physicians, especially primary care physicians, will also increase. This is good news for you as a med school applicant! Existing schools will be expanding their class sizes and new medical schools will continue to be added.  The result: you now have …

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February 9, 2015

5 Tips for Your Medical School Personal Statement


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 Medical School Application

The hours spent volunteering in hospitals and communities, the studying we do at all hours of the night, the long list of extracurricular activities, and of course, the MCAT all lead up to one thing: our medical school application, the packet that sums up the very person we are to medical school admission committees.…

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February 9, 2015

4 Steps to Choosing Your MCAT Test Date

As you may have already heard, the AAMC recently announced that registration for the April – June MCAT test dates will open next week on February 11Registration for the remaining 2015 test dates (July – Sept) will follow in late April. This means that it’s time to decide which test date is right for you so you can be ready to register for your ideal test date as soon as possible.

Acting quickly is imperative. The new MCAT will be offered on only 14 dates in 2015 from April through September. This is about half the number of …

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February 4, 2015

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Making the Most of Your M.D.

Written by Doug Bonderud

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the most well-known graduate institutions in the United States. Founded by a philanthropist of the same name, it has been featured as the alma mater for leading characters on popular television programs such as House, Gilmore Girls and Grey’s Anatomy. But network TV is one thing—what’s the school really like for prospective grads?

Vital Stats

— The medical school has approximately 500 students enrolled in the medical school. The medical school class of 2018 featured 118 students from 31 different states!

— Johns …

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February 7, 2015

Choosing a Major for Pre-Med

Choosing a pre-med major can be one of the most important decisions you make, even before you step foot on a college campus. Some students have already long decided which field of study they want to pursue; others may need time to explore their undergrad curricula before selecting their pre-med majors.

If your main goal as a pre-med is to get into medical school, the way to approach this decision becomes easy, and it starts with the question, “What do admission committees want to see?”

How do medical schools look at pre-med majors?

Of course, every medical school is

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February 2, 2015

Preparing for the New MCAT Part 1: Bio/Biochem and CARS

As you probably know, the old MCAT has officially passed on to greener pastures, and you might be wondering, what now? How should you be preparing for the new MCAT 2015?

In this two-part series, we will explore the new sections of the exam and how you can start laying the foundation for your MCAT preparation. Today we will explore the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (Bio/Biochem) and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) sections.


The MCAT 2015’s Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

The new MCAT 2015 exam contains integrated sections, meaning the subjects …

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January 29, 2015

Which School of Medicine Suits Your Outdoorsy Lifestyle?

Are you the outdoorsy type? Do you have permanent tan lines, wear bruises like badges of honor, and relax by taking a five-mile hike? Climbing, cycling, fishing… most everything that’s your idea of a good time does not occur indoors. If you love the great outdoors more than anything, AND you’re going to medical school, listen up.

Since much of your medical school experience is going to be spent burrowed away in a lab, clinic, classroom, or library, you should probably start researching schools in areas that offer lots of outdoor adventures for the free time you will have …

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