December 15, 2014

Pre-Med Advice: Planning your Second Semester

Now that you’ve made it to college and even survived your first semester, it’s time to start thinking about building a successful pre-med schedule for your second semester.

College is a big change from high school, and everyone takes a little time to adjust to the newfound freedom and expectations. Hopefully, one thing that hasn’t changed is that you still want to follow a premed track in undergrad and get into medical school. So, once you’ve settled into your new college environment, what are the first steps you should you be taking for when you finally apply to medical

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December 4, 2014

Managing Pre-Med Stress

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. 

With the recent medical resident suicides in New York, it would be hard not to recognize the extreme pressure that medical students, residents, and premedical students put on themselves. It seems to start in the undergraduate years, continuing to build over your entire career. Having other people’s lives depend on you is extremely stressful!

It doesn’t start out that way, though. As premedical students, we

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December 3, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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November 19, 2014

2014 Kaplan Survey Shows Latest Trends in Medical School Admissions

The results from Kaplan’s 2014 Med School Admissions Survey are in

Every year since 2006, Kaplan has conducted a survey of medical school admissions officers to find out the latest admissions trends. In August, we spoke with 78 medical schools from across the country to give you, the applicant, the inside scoop on medical school facts and figures!

This is timely, as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) just reported that the total applicants to medical school were up by 3.1% this past year, while total matriculants were up only 1.5%, with a 41% matriculation rate among applicants. This …

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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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January 6, 2014

Stanford Medical School: Pushing You to Dream

While exploring the Stanford Medical School site, you’re likely to come across a few gems of wisdom, including this answer to the question of what his inspiration was, “The professors push you to dream, and to dream on a world scale”. Those few words summarize Stanford Medical School succinctly and simply.

Of course, there was the other student, nearing the end of his career in grad school, preparing for graduation and looking more than slightly exhausted, but we’ll save his wisdom for another day. He looked like he hadn’t slept in a few days.

It should be noted that 2012 …

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October 11, 2012

Med School Admissions Statistics, Part III: What’s the Average GPA? (And What Can I Do About It?)

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a look at some of the medical school admissions statistics.  While we’ve tackled the question of how many people get into medical school and the average MCAT score, we turn our attention today to the average GPA.

Remember, AAMC keeps this information public through their FACTS tables.  In addition to what we’ve covered here, check out what other great information you can glean from these resources.  In the world of medical school admissions, knowledge is power! (credit:  Schoolhouse Rock!)

Interestingly, medical schools are actually given three GPAs when they look …

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