September 25, 2014

Creating A Meaningful Pre-Medical Experience Beyond the Classroom

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.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

Sometimes it feels as if trying to get into medical school is synonymous with searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Pre-medical students hear many stories about how to find their pot of gold. The truth is, there is no magic formula, and at times it may seem as though we are taking a shot in the …

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August 21, 2014

Pre-Med Study Abroad Questions Answered-Part 1

Hello my travel-hungry readers! Today I’d like to start a two-part series on the importance of studying abroad as a pre-med. One of the big questions with regards to the changes made on the 2015 MCAT is, how will students be able to fit in the new required coursework? Many students are worried that they’ll have to sacrifice important learning opportunities such as studying abroad or extracurriculars in their journey to become a physician.

This article will tackle the pre-med study abroad questions of who, where, when and how long, while the next article will discuss why studying abroad makes …

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January 3, 2013

Application Essentials V: Non-Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

There are many things to consider on your path to becoming an excellent physician: preparing for the MCAT (the current or the new MCAT 2015), nailing a 4.0 GPA both semesters, or writing a killer personal statement for that AMCAS application.

And then there’s the consideration of maintaining a personal and pre-med life balance: I’m planning on playing the piano more in this coming year.  Given the daily grind of medical school, it’s gone on the wayside for some time, but it’s always important to keep up with your life outside of medicine.  Which brings us to today’s …

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December 21, 2012

Application Essentials IV: Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

The life of a pre-med student is busy, between the challenging pre-med courses you’re taking, preparing for the MCAT, and keeping up with your extracurriculars. Today, we turn our focus to that last category: what medically-oriented extracurriculars should you be doing before medical school?

Why are medical extracurriculars important?

In addition to the obvious (that this is what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life), the significance of medical extracurriculars is the demonstration that you have explored medicine as a field — and you still love it!  Many students come into undergrad with an idealized …

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November 30, 2012

Application Essentials I: The Holistic Review Process

Earlier this month, I had the great fortune of attending the 2012 AAMC Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.  This meeting represents one of the largest gatherings of medical educators, premedical advisors, admissions officers, practicing physicians and students in the country, all with one common goal:  your education.  This is the group that writes the MCAT, runs the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and creates informative resources like Careers in Medicine to help you plan your future medical career.

One of the “hot topics” in medical admissions these days is holistic review.  While a full detailing of this …

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