August 6, 2015

Medical News: Cadaver Lessons, Medical School Admissions Tips

From pre-med lessons learned in mourning to the best strategy for timing your medical school admissions goals—let’s dig into the latest medical news. Please leave your comments below.

Post-mortem insights

The harsh reality of becoming a doctor is that you’ll inevitably see more than your fair share of dead bodies. In fact, you’ll be up and close and personal with them as part of your medical school experience. Many people selflessly donate their bodies to science so that doctors and future doctors like yourselves can learn from them and advance the field of medicine. The University of Oklahoma College of more
August 3, 2015

Social Media for Medical School Admissions

The Internet comes in handy when applying to medical school—but it also makes it easy to lose precious hours tracking down the new MCAT scoring scale or finding out about the acceptance rate of your target program.

To help you cut through the noise and stay up to date on all the latest MCAT and medical school news, we’re taking a closer look this week at the value of social media. Check out our suggestions below for finding online resources that will keep you in the know.

Medical school admissions in 140 characters

Signing up for a Twitter account is … more
July 10, 2015

Taking a Break Won’t Ruin Your Medical School Application

The sun is shining and your first year as a pre-med student is over. In looking forward to your career in medicine, you may be wondering, “What can I do to beef up my medical school application this summer?” Well, taking a break might just be the answer.

You heard correctly. Rest up, relax, and spend time with friends and family doing things you enjoy. We promise it won’t ruin your shot at medical school.

Taking a summer break as a pre-med

It perhaps seems counterintuitive, but spending the summer relaxing may actually be better than driving yourself crazy … more
July 7, 2015

What Is the Medical School Early Decision Program?

You’ve gotten your MCAT score, you’ve completed your AMCAS application, and you’re ready to hit submit—but you have one lingering question: What is the Early Decision Program and is it right for you?

Let’s break it down, shall we?

What is the Early Decision Program?

As the name suggests, this program allows for those students who already have their heart set on one particular medical school to potentially gain acceptance earlier in the admissions cycle.

There are certain sets of criteria included as part of the program. Students who apply early must meet the application deadline, which in most … more
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 … more
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.… more
January 8, 2015

How to Get Clinical and Research Experience for Med School

GPA and MCAT score. These are the two primary things on everyone’s mind when they start thinking about putting together their medical school applications.

And why not? After all, one’s MCAT score and GPA serve as quantifiable metrics that are useful in comparing applicants, and everyone knows that med schools weigh them heavily when ranking pre-med candidates for admission.

Of course, you probably also know that being a physician is not just about having good scores on paper. Doctors are expected to work with patients and members of an entire health care team while contributing to the overall … more
December 14, 2014

Application Essentials II: The Medical School Personal Statement

Let’s start today with a seemingly simple question that you are going to have to consider before applying to med school: Who are you?

It may seem simple on the surface, but this can be one of the most challenging questions that premed students encounter on the medical school application or the MCAT. Yet, it’s the basic question posed in at least one major part of your application: the medical school personal statement.

There are a couple important themes to keep in mind while you’re coming up with the subject matter for your medical school personal statement—or, what many more
February 4, 2015

Using Your Undergraduate Summers To Get Into Medical School

In addition to your MCAT score and GPA, a big part of getting into med school includes how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Using your undergraduate summers to build up that part of your resume will make you a more appealing and well-rounded candidate.

So just what should you spend your summers before med school doing? Sequestering yourself in the research lab, clocking volunteer hours, going on a medical outreach trip, or to improve your grades and master the MCAT? It all depends on your medical school path and where you stand in your undergraduate more

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