November 13, 2014

Overcoming a Low MCAT Score

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.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

 

Being a premedical student is a unique experience. You have to be on your toes all of the time. In my previous Kaplan Blog Post I spoke on how being a well-rounded premedical student can help you to matriculate into medical school. Today I want to present to you a personal story about overcoming a low MCAT score that will shed …

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Pre-Med Life
February 26, 2013

MCAT Re-booted: Exercise

Preventative medicine is becoming a more common topic in healthcare today.  As future physicians it is important to understand the rising healthcare costs and how it is impacting our medical economy.  Simple daily changes by individuals can help curb these costs and improve overall health among our communities   Regardless if you consider yourself a ‘health nut’ or not, it is important for you to understand that as a future doctor people will look to you for advice on health as soon as you begin your medical school journey.  Start becoming an advocate now!

Straight from the Mayo Clinic, what …

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Applying to Med School
March 29, 2010

AMCAS Work/Activities Section

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

After four years as a premedical student, you have racked up quite a list of academic awards, community service hours, club memberships and even a publication for which you proudly received seventeenth author credit. Then there are the various part time jobs you held during college and your participation in the intramural curling team, jujitsu training and trombone playing. The work/activities section of the AMCAS application is just the place for you to tout these endeavors and show the committee that your life is not comprised entirely of memorizing flashcards and regurgitating formulas (even if it …

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Applying to Med School
January 19, 2010

Medical Research Experience

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

You’ve shadowed four physicians, volunteered in a hospital, a free clinic, a private practice and even got to observe in the OR a couple of times. Next on your list: research. It may not hold the same appeal for you as being in the hospital, but should you do it anyway? Or can you pass on this particular premed opportunity?

While research experience is not absolutely necessary in order to be a competitive applicant, it is a good idea and something the majority of applicant do.  The problem is, while you love seeing patients and being …

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Applying to Med School
November 30, 2009

Gaining Clinical Experience

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

“Describe your clinical experiences.” This seemingly innocuous statement appears everywhere during the application process, from secondary applications to interviews. After some thought, you recall the time that you broke your toe and spent twelve hours waiting in the E.R. Being highly observant, you perked up every time someone in scrubs walked by, thus turning your tenure as a patient into a stealth physician shadowing experience.  Good enough? Not quite. Even if your application is packed with community service volunteering, research papers and A’s, you still need to show that you have been immersed in …

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Applying to Med School
November 9, 2009

Extracurricular Activities – Which Ones? How Many?

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

The life of a premedical student is a hectic one. At the same time that you are juggling a full load of science courses and squeezing in some passages to prep for the MCAT, you are trying to fit in research, clinical experiences, volunteer work and memberships to various clubs and organizations. But do you really have to be a twice published, Flemish-speaking, member of the Molecular Biology Club who also happens to play the harp and has volunteered in five hospitals, three homeless shelters and patented an invention or two on the side to be …

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