November 12, 2014

Masters and Post-Baccs and Med School, Oh my!

Hello my knowledgeable readers! Today I’d like to talk a bit about why getting a Masters degree (specifically an MPH) or going through a premedical Post-baccalaureate program can help you strengthen your application and help you get into medical school! Let’s go through some common questions.

Who should get a post-bacc or MPH?

Premedical post-bacc programs are great for students who had a non-science major in undergrad and would like to move through the medical school pre-requisite classes in an organized and supported fashion. For example, I talked to two of my classmates who completed post-bacc programs and …

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November 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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November 10, 2014

4 Organic Chemistry Study Tips for the MCAT

Organic chemistry, affectionately known in most colleges as “OChem” or “orgo,” is one of those hurdles that all medical students are happy to be done with after undergrad. It can separate students who will eventually make it to the white coat ceremony in medical school from those who won’t even end up applying. In many colleges, OChem is largely responsible for making students change their majors from the hard sciences and take up new disciplines.

Some people overlook the importance of studying for organic chemistry on the MCAT, which can sap points from their score. In order …

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November 6, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Start Your MCAT 2015 Prep Now

The first administrations of the new MCAT 2015 exam will be on April 17th and 18th with the AAMC planning to open registration for the first set of MCAT 2015 test dates sometime in February. However, if you’re planning to apply to medical school this coming year to begin a program in fall 2016, you’ll need to take the new MCAT by next summer. If you’re unsure about being a “guinea pig” sitting for one of the first few administrations of a new test, make sure to consider the pros & cons of taking the new MCAT in April.…

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November 4, 2014

Studying For Final Exams vs. Studying For The MCAT

Hello my excited readers! It’s that time of year when students are focused on studying for their midterms or potentially final exams. You may even be trying to balance your class studying with your MCAT studying! Studying for both at the same time can be incredibly challenging. That said, the way you study for your undergrad finals should be very different from how you are studying for the MCAT! Today I’d like to talk about the differences in how you want to tailor your studying for finals versus studying for the MCAT.

Difference 1: Critical thinking versus memorization…

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November 3, 2014

Tips for Applying to Medical School

Applying to medical school, and medicine in general, can seem like a fairytale, namely Goldilocks. Like our favorite picky blonde girl discovered, too little of something is bad and too much of something is also bad. You need everything to be juuuust right.

 

Goldilocks in medicine

Your body functions fine as long as everything is in the perfect balance. Nutrition, sleep and exercise play a crucial role in your learning and memory, cardiovascular health, immune function, and overall well-being.

You can run into serious problems when you have too much or too little of a hormone or a …

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October 30, 2014

Studying for the MCAT: Maintaining Study-Life Balance

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

Along with maintaining a strong GPA and having well-rounded extracurricular activities, MCAT scores are a major factor in medical school admissions. At one point or another, every pre-medical student must take this test as a “rite-of-passage” before even applying to medical school. Since this test is so important, many pre-meds think it is necessary to be locked …

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October 29, 2014

Nerdy Halloween Costumes

It’s the time of year again when even the smartest students take some time away from studying to come up with a creative and fun Halloween costume. We can skip the Mean Girls version of Halloween where you wear a sexy outfit and some ears and call it good. This year you want to impress your friends and family with a science-based, nerdy Halloween costume and I have some great ideas for you!

Costume idea #1- DNA

This is a great group costume, originated in the late 1990’s classic film, Never Been Kissed. You can can take it a step …

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October 28, 2014

Pre-Health Students Bring Smiles to Guatemala: Alma’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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