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6 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

What activities and extracurriculars should premed students get involved in?

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7 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

Do medical schools have a cutoff for GPA and MCAT scores?

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The Pre-Medical Experience: A Critical Review

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June 1st will be here before we know it.  Every year the opening day for submission of the AMCAS application comes and pre-meds apply to medical schools across the country in hopes of a coveted spot to continue the journey in their medical education.

This past month the International Journal of Medical Education released a an article The undergraduate premedical experience in the United States: a critical review that raises some interesting points for pre-meds to consider as they begin to gear up for application season.

Some important points to highlight from the journal shows …

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Modern Technology in Medical School

Modern technology has changed the way that we live our lives; you can now order almost anything you want online, pay your bills and invest money easily without visiting the bank, and essentially live your life without ever having to leave your home. These changes have spread to the healthcare industry as well, and medical students are now starting to see the benefits of some of those changes firsthand. iPads, online materials, and lectures that resemble game-shows are only a few of the changes that make medical school much different today than it was when your …

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Casting a Network: How to gain exposure during the application cycle

When it comes to the medical school selection process, schools sometimes receive as many as 100 applications for every spot that is available. The majority of applications are extremely similar: high GPAs, top MCAT scores, and ample community service and clinical involvement. The difference between an accepted applicant and one that is not can be quite thin. In times like these, schools deeply appreciate knowing more about applicants than just the details found in their med school application. That means being more than just a name with some numbers attached to it. To achieve this, …

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Professionalism for Pre-Med Students

By Patrick Boyle, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor

Summer is in the air and hopefully you are finding some time to take a well deserved break from the rigors of the pre-health lifestyle.Whether you are in the middle of applying to medical school or are gearing up for the next school year, this is a great time to re-evaluate an important but often overlooked aspect of being a “professional” pre-health student.Professionalism is a word that means different things depending upon what environment you are in, however, there are some things that remain true no matter the situation.So …

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Paying for Medical School: Will give physicals for food!

“Your bill will be $200,000. How would you like to pay for that? We take cash or check.”

These are words that no one ever wants to hear. Due to increasing costs, however, that is the average cost of tuition and expenses (rent, food, clothing, that shiny stethoscope) for a medical education. With so many different things to consider as a pre-med, one of the most overlooked is the actual cost involved. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s something you can ignore. Armed with the following advice, you will be one step ahead of most pre-meds …

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Letters of Recommendation, Part 2: Getting your letters

by Lauren Poindexter, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor


It’s a well known fact that letters of recommendation are an important part of your medical school application. In my last article, I provided some tips and guidelines to consider when choosing who to pick as your letter writers. Now that you know who you’ll be asking for letters, today we’ll pick things up by discussing how to request your letters and make sure you get them.

Step 3: As soon as possible and in person, ask each of your potential writers if they are willing to

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Letters of Recommendation, Part I: Finding your letter writers

by Lauren Poindexter, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor

As an MCAT instructor, I routinely field questions about the med school application process, especially concerning Letters of Recommendation (LORs). This important element of your application carries the potential to pull admissions committees over to your side by showing them your many diverse attributes and personal qualities. To achieve this, you’ll want to submit excellent letters from professionals who can paint a flattering picture of you by way of vivid descriptions and sincere commendation.

The following guidelines are an adjunct to the ultimate source of all rules & regulations

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Being a Unique Applicant: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

by Patrick Boyle, Kaplan Elite MCAT Instructor

How many of you have been in a lecture hall of over three hundred people? How about in an auditorium with over a thousand people? Now imagine walking into a stadium with 42,880 other people. I would imagine it would be very easy to feel anonymous in a crowd that large. Well, last year 42,880 of your peers applied to medical school. Last week, the new AMCAS application opened and the first applications will be submitted at the beginning of June. Now keeping in mind you are in a …

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