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Burn, baby, burn! Avoiding MCAT Burnout!

MCAT burnoutHello my stressed out readers! Today, I’d like to share one of the most valuable pieces of information that I give my students, one that I also find that students resist the most. If you’re struggling, take a break! Chances are that you’re experiencing MCAT burnout!
It sounds like common sense, right? You can’t function at optimal studying capacity all day every day without time to digest the material. Even if you’re switching it up with different subjects, styles and locations, you’re still at risk for serious study burnout. So, let’s address some common questions about burnout.
How do I
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Med School Summer: The Last Summer of Your Life

Med School SummerHello my cabin fever readers! If you’re like me, this is the part of the year that gets you daydreaming about what summer holds in store. As a first year med student, this daydream takes on a particularly urgent feeling as we’re frequently reminded that this is the “last summer of our lives”. What does that mean other than medical school administrations love hyperbole?

Well, the med school summer between first year and second year lasts the conventional 2.5 months much like your summer vacation in grade school. This is apparently the “last time” that we will ever have 2.5

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Important Med School Interview Advice

med school interview adviceHello, my chilly readers! I hope you’re in one of the warmer parts of the country today or at least indoors (shout-out to my ultra-freezing homeland the Twin Cities)! Today I want to give you some important med school interview advice that comes from two questions I always get asked about medical school interviews.

Question 1: What is the best advice you would give someone before their interview?

Answer: By the time you’ve made it to the interview phase, you possess the credentials to attend medical school. You have a solid MCAT, decent GPA, good extracurriculars and the admissions committee

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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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Med School New Year’s Resolutions

EMILY HAUSE - New Years Resolutions - KAPLANWelcome to 2014, my celebratory readers! Like many people, the end of 2013 has me reflecting on how I can approach my life a little differently at the start of the new year. That means it’s New Year’s resolution time!

Now, you may be thinking- Emily, you’re a successful med student who balances going to medical school, working, and generally being awesome- how could you possibly need to improve in the new year? Or maybe you’re thinking- thank goodness, it’s about time for Emily to work on some self-improvement- both of which actually bring me to my first resolution.

Emily’s

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University of California San Francisco Leads Global Medical Education

Imagine the San Francisco Bay as your backdrop, a number of Nobel laureates leading your medical education and a
community that welcomes each new class of medical students, all with the same goal of becoming the best of the best. For more than a century, the University of California San Francisco has introduced the world to some of the finest medical minds in the world.

UCSF by the Numbers

  • Each UCSF class admits about 150 students. It should be noted, too, that most are from California.
  • Genetics, which is yielding incredible finds in our contemporary society, is one of the
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MCAT Question of the Week! Immunology

MCAT Immunology question of the week

Great work on this week’s MCAT question focused on Immunology! Stay tuned next week for a special holiday themed question!

Both the humoral response and the cellular response are specific immune responses which eliminates (A). Choice (B) is the correct answer! The humoral response is directed against antigens that have not yet entered body cells, while the cellular response is directed against pathogens that have entered body cells. Choice (C) is incorrect, because both the humoral response and the cellular response result in the formation of memory cells. Choice (D) is false, since the humoral response involves the production of …

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

The Johns Hopkins 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 either Ph.D, M.D., or M.P.H. programs, which take on average 8 years to complete.
  • Johns Hopkins is known for its work in pediatrics, women’s
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Patients are a Virtue: What We Can Learn from Patients in Medical Education

Patients in Medical EducationHello my eager readers! A lot of the first few months of medical school has been about book learning. I’ve learned about a lot of diseases along with their symptoms, complications and causes. Frequently I have been caught whining about the lack of human interaction and patients in medical education. Well, medical school heard me (or they had it planned all along) and lately we’ve been getting to meet real patients- a lot of real patients.

The cool thing about our patient interaction is that it comes on multiple fronts. Our entire class has individual physician preceptors who they meet …

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Give MCAT Thanks

MCAT Thanks-KaplanHello my thankful readers! Hopefully you will soon be somewhere warm, surrounded by four of my favorite F’s- Family, Friends, Food and Football. At my family’s house, it’s a tradition to go around the table and have everyone say what they’re thankful for.

I’m assuming that for most of you, if you have the same tradition, will not be listing the MCAT as something for which you give thanks. However, I want to give you some reasons that you should be including the MCAT on your list this Thanksgiving.

Reasons to be thankful for the MCAT:

1. It’s the biggest …

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