March 15, 2015

The Challenges of an Out-of-State Medical School

Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, family and support system is just one of many additional challenges.

 

Challenge 1: Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby

This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a …

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February 24, 2015

The Foodie Guide to Choosing a Medical School: Your Dream School Experience

Your spice rack is a work of art, umami is your favorite flavor, and you stalk social media for new food trucks. Forget meat and potatoes; you’re all about the kimchi and craft brews. You’re crazy about food … and you’re going to medical school.

 

Find a medical school that offers a lively food scene

 

Unless you plan on living a completely monastic existence (you shouldn’t) for the next four years, you’ll want to spend at least some of that time—and possibly longer—in a city that will allow you to complete your studies and enjoy the things …

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February 18, 2015

Pre-Med Peer Mentors

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.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida

 

As defined on “Wikipedia,” peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that usually takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the peer mentee). In other words, a peer mentor can qualify as an individual that was successful at an experience that you might …

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March 13, 2015

Preparing for Your Medical School Interview

It’s the time of year when the medical school interview season is really intense and may even be starting to wind down at some schools. Whether you’ve already gotten an acceptance letter or you’re still crossing your fingers for an interview at your dream school, we have some great resources regarding the interview process.

Here’s a recap of some of our best interview-related articles and videos.

Application essentials: interviews

First you’ll want to become familiar with the medical school interview. This article provides an overview of why medical schools have interviews and what they are looking for.

How to Prepare

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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.…

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January 20, 2015

International Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

One of the many choices you’ll have to make when you apply to medical school is whether you would like to attend medical school in the United States or at an international medical school. This alternative may be especially attractive if your priority is to begin medical school as soon as possible, rather than taking an additional year or more to make your application more competitive or take the new 2015 MCAT. International schools can be especially attractive if you’re reapplying to medical school.

Carefully researching the schools you are considering is essential, so here …

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November 24, 2014

Getting the Pulse on Premedical Post-Bacc programs

Hello to all you Pulse-monitors out there! Monday, November 17th was yet another great edition of the Kaplan Pulse. This Monday’s episode centered on the benefits to premedical post-bacc programs and how they impact your medical school application. If you’d like to watch, you can view the recording of the event.

Just a quick reKap of some of the highlights-

1. There are different kinds of Postbaccalaureate and Masters programs

There are premedical post-bacc programs that are designed for students who are changing careers, which are usually two years long and include the majority of your medical school

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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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November 25, 2014

Creating Diversity in Your Medical School Application

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.

Daniel Gomez – Ohio State University

 

Studying Abroad

It can be expensive and sometimes even overwhelming to participate in a study abroad trip, but it can also be one of the most memorable decisions any college student can make, and one that immediately creates diversity in your medical school application. Searching for a study abroad program that tailors its courses to a pre-medical track …

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