January 19, 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 15, 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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January 14, 2015

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine: A Great Education in the Midwest

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine prides itself in promoting education through mentorship. The school is located in the center of Hyde Park just south of the city of Chicago, Illinois.

 

Fast Facts

— The Pritzker School of medicine is a smaller medical school with 377 students and 891 faculty members. Each class has 88 members which makes it smaller than many other medical schools

— Because of its Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Medical School is known for its pediatrics education.

— The costs for full-time, one year tuition is $47,673, but an additional $4,218 …

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January 9, 2015

What’s Tested on the MCAT 2015?

After significant, soul-searching deliberations with yourself (not to mention hours of volunteering and shadowing) you’ve decided to go to medical school. Great! Your next step is to take the MCAT, which can sometimes feel like an insurmountable beast that stands between you and your white coat dreams. The first step towards conquering any obstacle is knowing what you’re up against, so read on for more details on what’s actually tested on the new MCAT 2015.

First, peruse the AAMC’s website on the changes made to the MCAT 2015 exam. They’ve broken it down into a handy interactive

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December 17, 2014

Pre-Med Gift Giving Guide for the 2015 Holidays

Happy holidays my celebratory readers! It’s the time of year where we’re all on the lookout for the perfect gift for our favorite pre-med friends and family members. You’re in luck today as I’ve put together a great pre-med gift-giving guide for the holidays!

Molecule Jewelry

Nothing says you’re going to be a doctor like a necklace that features the chemical structure of a molecule of dopamine! As far as nerdy jewelry options go, these are classy enough to wear to clinic, but interesting enough to be a good conversation piece. Several of my medical school classmates actually own these …

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November 20, 2014

Preparing for Your MCAT Test Date

It’s almost here—your MCAT test date, and you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s. You’ve taken Kaplan’s AdvantagePlus MCAT Prep Course. You’ve attended all the classes; you’ve studied the review notes and spent countless hours practicing with both the Kaplan and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) full-length MCAT exams.

So what’s next? Let the experts at Kaplan help you get ready for MCAT Test Day itself so you can be on top of your game and get the score you want.

Scout out your MCAT Test Day location

By the time Test Day rolls around, you …

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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 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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October 27, 2014

MCAT Success Tips from Owen Farcy, Host of The Pulse

By Megan Weyrauch on October 10, 2013

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Basic MCAT information

Before we share Owen’s MCAT success tips, let’s cover the basics. The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is a “computer-based, multiple-choice examination used by medical school admissions officials to predict future success.”

The current MCAT has three parts: physical sciences, verbal reasoning and biological sciences. The physical sciences portion tests knowledge of general chemistry, basic physics, analytical reasoning and data interpretation. The verbal reasoning

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