Applying to Med School
December 5, 2011

Choosing the Medical School that’s Right for You

by Sam Asgarian, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor

When it comes to the medical school application process, there are generally two types of techniques: the “machine gunner,” and the “sniper”. The former is an applicant who just starts applying to as many schools as possible, hoping to get at least one “hit”; the latter is a student who selects the right schools based on fit and targets them specifically. Although both techniques have their own merits, the sniper is usually more successful – and most often happier – than the machine gunner, because they find the programs that mesh with their … more
Tests & Scores
October 24, 2014

The Medical School Application Process: Why it’s not too soon to start!

You are going to be a doctor.  You’ve studied hard, aced the MCAT, shadowed lots of docs, and now just need to finish the last formality – the application process! Maybe calling it a formality isn’t entirely accurate . . . but if you start working on the application early, the process is much smoother and easier!

So what comes first? The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) opens for submission in June and we want to be all ready to complete it as soon as it opens. To complete the AMCAS application (which is a standard application … more
Applying to Med School
November 30, 2011

Medical School Secondary Applications – “Describe an obstacle you have overcome.”

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

One common category of secondary application questions are those that ask the applicant to describe an obstacle or hardship he or she has overcome. Some applicants have a background that includes an obvious obstacle: immigrating to the U.S. and learning a new language and culture, growing up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area, being the first in the family to attend college or having to help out financially at home. However, many applicants can’t easily come up with a topic for this type of secondary questions. Such applicants tell me that, while their lives aren’t perfect, things … more
Applying to Med School
November 29, 2011

Nontraditional Applicants

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

While the typical premedical path is to go directly from college to med school, it is increasingly common for aspiring physicians to take a year or two off to work or travel before starting medical school. These applicants are still close to their undergraduate years and can approach the application process in much the same way that a straight-to-med-school applicant would. However, for those who wait more than a few years after college to apply, the admissions process can take some extra preparation. Three areas in particular can present pitfalls: premedical coursework, letters of recommendation and more

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