Tag Archives: applying to Med School

Top 10 of the Kaplan Pulse 2013

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 has come and gone and it has been a super exciting year! One of the things I am most proud of as a Kaplan MCAT Team Member is our Kaplan’s The Pulse Series.  We wanted to ReKAP 2013 with Top 10 of the Kaplan Pulse 2013. With so many engaging topics and positive student feedback we are looking to an even more in depth and successful 2014! If you are looking for more be sure to check out our Kaplan MCAT Youtube Channel!

On behalf of Team MCAT and Kaplan Pulse 2013, I wanted to …

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Med School Interviews (Part 2- The Dream Interview)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello my future interviewees! Two weeks ago I told you about an interview experience which was less than ideal. This week I want to tell you about the best interview experience that I had.

The day did not get off to an auspicious start. I actually almost missed my flight due to a malfunctioning security scanner at the airport. Once I arrived at the school, I had the undesirable position of having the last two interview slots of the day. What that means is that everyone else interviewed first and I got to hear about …

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White Coat Ceremony; Med School Just Got Real

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hello future doctors! Last week I had the opportunity to participate in one of the fun traditions which marks the official beginning of medical school- getting my white coat and stethoscope. You may ask yourself why there is a ceremony for getting a white coat and indeed it seems like something that should mark the end of a medical school journey, not the beginning. So, why is the White Coat Ceremony traditionally performed at the beginning of medical school?

The answer, I believe, is multifaceted and was given many times during the speeches throughout orientation and …

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The Medical School Gap Year Part III: How to talk about it

Monday, August 20, 2012

In Part I of this series we explored the most common reasons for taking a gap year. While everyone has their own reasons for the choice, one of your biggest concerns is likely going to be how to explain such a decision to admissions committees. However, your time away from school can actually be a great conversation point during your medical school interviews, and can help distinguish you from other candidates. While in college, students do many of the same things (research, leadership, volunteering), and while it’s necessary to fulfill your premed requirements it can …

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The Medical School Gap Year, Part II: What to do in your year off

Monday, August 20, 2012

In my last article we explored the idea of the gap year and the various reasons why someone might or might not be inclined to delay the start of medical school. Once you’ve chosen to take a year off, the next step is to decide what you will do with that time; there are many options each with its own pros and cons, so you’ll want to consider your own path carefully.

Important note: Regardless of your reasons for taking a year off, it is imperative that you do some medically-relevant activity while on your gap …

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The Medical School Gap Year, Part I: Is it right for me?

Monday, August 20, 2012

With the application cycle coming up, you may have recently heard friends and medical students talk about taking a ‘gap year’ before heading to medical school. The rising average age of matriculating students over the past several decades suggests that it is increasingly common for students to take one or more years off before entering medical school. It’s important to remember that it is perfectly acceptable to take a gap year (or years!), and moreover, it can not only enhance your application to medical school but also help you gain a new perspective on life. …

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