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 24, 2015

Why Faculty Members Love The Kaplan MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program

Hello my excited-for-summer readers! We’re quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year for MCAT students. It’s time for Kaplan’s MCAT Summer Intensive Program or as we call it, SIP! We’ve covered some of the reasons why pre-meds love SIP, so today I’ve called in an All-Star cast of SIP MCAT teachers to help tell you about the program in a three part series.

SIP features one-on-one time with some of Kaplan’s best teachers, so we’ve included some bios to help you get to know them better.

Here’s what they have to say about their favorite parts …

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February 17, 2015

Baylor College of Medicine: Pride and Joy of Texas

Written by Donna McGill

Baylor College of Medicine didn’t always call Houston its home. In fact, Dallas was the home of the renowned institute for more than 40 years. It’s majestic, though modern, and friendly, yet focused. The leadership that defines Baylor is world class and it’s also the only private medical school in the Southwest.

The Numbers that Define Baylor

♦ Currently, there are 747 graduate students enrolled at Baylor with another 977 pursuing their postdoctoral fellowships. More than half of the school’s alumni still reside in Texas, which speaks volumes about the students’ love of the state as …

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February 9, 2015

4 Steps to Choosing Your MCAT Test Date

As you may have already heard, the AAMC recently announced that registration for the April – June MCAT test dates will open next week on February 11Registration for the remaining 2015 test dates (July – Sept) will follow in late April. This means that it’s time to decide which test date is right for you so you can be ready to register for your ideal test date as soon as possible.

Acting quickly is imperative. The new MCAT will be offered on only 14 dates in 2015 from April through September. This is about half the number of …

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February 4, 2015

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Making the Most of Your M.D.

Written by Doug Bonderud

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the most well-known graduate institutions in the United States. Founded by a philanthropist of the same name, it has been featured as the alma mater for leading characters on popular television programs such as House, Gilmore Girls and Grey’s Anatomy. But network TV is one thing—what’s the school really like for prospective grads?

Vital Stats

— The medical school has approximately 500 students enrolled in the medical school. The medical school class of 2018 featured 118 students from 31 different states!

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February 7, 2015

Choosing a Major for Pre-Med

Choosing a pre-med major can be one of the most important decisions you make, even before you step foot on a college campus. Some students have already long decided which field of study they want to pursue; others may need time to explore their undergrad curricula before selecting their pre-med majors.

If your main goal as a pre-med is to get into medical school, the way to approach this decision becomes easy, and it starts with the question, “What do admission committees want to see?”

How do medical schools look at pre-med majors?

Of course, every medical school is

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January 29, 2015

Which School of Medicine Suits Your Outdoorsy Lifestyle?

Are you the outdoorsy type? Do you have permanent tan lines, wear bruises like badges of honor, and relax by taking a five-mile hike? Climbing, cycling, fishing… most everything that’s your idea of a good time does not occur indoors. If you love the great outdoors more than anything, AND you’re going to medical school, listen up.

Since much of your medical school experience is going to be spent burrowed away in a lab, clinic, classroom, or library, you should probably start researching schools in areas that offer lots of outdoor adventures for the free time you will have …

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January 21, 2015

Applying to Medical School in Music Cities

Is your passion for medicine only rivaled by your love of music? Are you permanently attached to your iPod and your indie blogs? If you’re a pre-med student studying for the MCAT and applying to medical school, you may think that the next four years are all about sacrifice, and it’s true that most of your free time will be devoted to learning about spleens and surgeries.

But unless you plan on living a completely monastic existence as a med school student, don’t even think about giving up your side passions while focusing on your central one. You’ll want …

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January 21, 2015

Accepted, Waitlisted, or Rejected From Medical School? What To Do Next

While it doesn’t necessarily compare to the stress of applying and interviewing for med school, the wait to hear back from the schools of your choice can be equally nerve-racking. And when you do hear back from the med schools you applied to, it may or may not be the news you want to hear. What do you do if, instead of opening an acceptance letter, you find out you’ve been waitlisted or rejected from medical school?

On the other hand, even if the news is good news and you get accepted to your med school of choice, you might …

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