March 24, 2015

How to Get Clinical Experience through Certification

Clinical experience is an important component of your medical school application. Admission committees want to be sure you’re familiar with the healthcare system and that you know what it’s like to interact with and care for patients before committing the rest of your life to a career in medicine.

Finding paid opportunities may seem daunting, but if you have the time to pursue certification or specialized training, you’ll be able to open new doors that other pre-med students may not have access to.

 

Finding more intensive clinical experience

There are many jobs available in the healthcare field, but …

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April 2, 2015

Is Effective Healthcare Limited by Cost?

Hola estudiantes! Frequently in the U.S., I am faced with the question

“what good is the best doctor, if the patients can’t afford to pay for their healthcare or their prescriptions?”

 

My Global Health Experience in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, within a few hours and using my broken Spanish, I was faced with the same question.

As a member of CU-UNITE, a track at my medical school, which focuses on working with medically under-served populations, I think it’s crucial to have the skills to communicate with a diverse group of patients. This past summer I spent …

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Your Future
October 24, 2014

Medical School Debt & Compensation Under Affordable Care Act

A review of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us as they discuss what you need to know about how Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act will affect future doctors and medical professionals. This is a massive change you need to know about.

Attending a medical professional school is expensive! In this video, learn what programs exist to alleviate debt and how the changing model of care will affect medical school tuition. For more great videos, check Kaplan’s MCAT YouTube Channel!

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March 25, 2015

Beyond the MD: An MCAT Instructor’s Guide to the Health Professions (Part I)

By Lauren Poindexter, Kaplan Elite MCAT Teacher

Congratulations—you’ve decided you want to be a doctor! But have you considered the diverse and extensive health professions open to you? There are an array of rewarding careers in medicine that aren’t appended with the letters MD, and the professionals in most of these fields are still “doctors.”

These careers are every bit as a good as an MD for satisfying your altruistic tendencies. Check out our list, and you may just discover a new path to unlocking your “good life” as a health professional.

In alphabetical order:

DC – Doctor of …

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Applying to Med School
November 22, 2011

The Med School Interview: Get ready…for anything!

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

“We spent forty-five minutes talking about fly-fishing!” Sound like a med school interview?  When I hear from applicants that the interview digressed into a discussion of basketball, ballet or bird-watching, the next thing they usually say is: “I didn’t get to tell the interviewer about ___” (fill in the blank: my idea for a cure for AIDS,  my poster presentation on gastroenteritis in chinchillas…you get the idea).  Knowing your stuff is absolutely necessary, but don’t be surprised if the topics don’t stick to “typical” interview fare. If the interview is going in a different direction, …

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