April 14, 2015

Choosing Your Path to a Career in Medicine

Healthcare is a large and rapidly growing field. New jobs are being added every day, and over time new degrees, certifications, and career tracks will follow suit. To help you decide which career in medicine is right for you, we’ll talk about some of the most popular careers paths for aspiring healthcare and nursing professionals, giving a brief description of the requirements and responsibilities of each.


Attending physician (MD/DO)

Attending physicians have the broadest representation across the different healthcare fields and are capable of practicing in almost all areas of medicine. Doctor of medicine (MD) and doctor of osteopathic …

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April 13, 2015

The Journey to Becoming a Doctor

Hello my med-school-ready readers! Okay, so you’re pumped and excited to get into medical school. Let’s talk about some of the neat opportunities you’ll get at each step along your journey to becoming a doctor.

A day in the life of. . .


A First and Second Year Medical Student:

You’ve achieved your dream of getting into medical school! These first two years in the classroom involve learning an incredible amount of neat medical and basic-science information. You’ll get to dissect bodies in anatomy, spend time in microbiology labs, do research, and have great opportunities for …

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April 10, 2015

Repaying Student Loans after Medical School

You’ve climbed the biggest hurdle in becoming a doctor: getting accepted to medical school—so repaying student loans may be the last thing on your mind. Instead, you’re focused on celebrating with family and friends, moving to a new city, and anticipating your first day as an M1 … but before you get there, a big, fat bill will arrive on your doorstep asking for the first semester’s tuition. Dang. That’s a big number.

If you’re like most M1s throughout the country, you’ll talk to the financial aid office at your school about taking out federal student loans to pay …

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April 9, 2015

Preparing Your Medical School Application

For every MD program in the United States (except for those in Texas), the medical school application is completed through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ AMCAS system. Much like the common app, AMCAS serves as a unified primary application that is submitted to every school. In turn, these schools will then send you a personalized secondary application for you to fill out, usually consisting of essay questions.

Although AMCAS puts out an excellent guide on how to fill out the AMCAS, we recently wrote an article walking you through each section of the medical school application. Today, …

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April 21, 2015

Why You Should Attend Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Event

Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions that matter can be answered by those with the most experience.



In the years since that first event, we’ve seen MSI grow in both size and scope. Each year more and more students tune in to learn about the latest trends in medical school admissions. The discussion gives them a chance to peer behind the curtain to hear what admissions committees …

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April 7, 2015

Integrated Sciences on the MCAT 2015 Exam: Part 1

The new MCAT will present many changes, including the additions of biochemistry, psychology, and sociology, a longer test day, and a fourth section. There is one change that is subtler, but nonetheless substantial: the integration of the sciences on the exam.


Integrated sciences on the MCAT 2015

In taking prerequisite courses in your undergraduate pre-med program, you probably encountered science as separate, compartmentalized subjects. For instance, when you took physics, you weren’t worried about the biological application of the Doppler effect. All you were concerned with was learning the formula and knowing how to apply it—a perfectly normal …

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April 6, 2015

Shadowing a Doctor as a Pre-Med

Although not a mandatory requirement, shadowing a doctor is one of those things every pre-med is expected to do before applying to medical school. After all, how can you express your interest in medicine to the admissions committee if you’ve never seen a physician work before?

At the same time, many pre-med students don’t know where to look for physician shadowing opportunities or how to prepare. If you fall into either of these camps, read on to find the answers you need to secure that vital, first-hand experience in a doctor’s office.


Find opportunities for shadowing a doctor…

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April 3, 2015

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

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 communities.

You can share in these four students’ stories of insight, compassion, growth, and smiles.

Meet Heather on …

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April 2, 2015

Gaining Pre-Med Global Health Experience

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.

Smridhi Mahajan – University of Texas at Austin


Sometimes it may seem like medical school is extremely far away and you that you still have several hurdles to overcome before you get there. Maybe you still have to finish your medical school prerequisites, take the MCAT, or write your personal statement. No matter how far along you are on your journey to medical

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