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 10, 2014

Using Your Undergraduate Summers To Get Into Medical School

In addition to your MCAT score and GPA, a big part of getting into med school includes how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Using your undergraduate summers to build up that part of your resume will make you a more appealing and well-rounded candidate.

So just what should you spend your summers before med school doing? Sequestering yourself in the research lab, clocking volunteer hours, going on a medical outreach trip, or to improve your grades and master the MCAT? It all depends on your medical school path and where you stand in your undergraduate

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December 5, 2014

Advances in Medicine Through The Decades

It’s the season to be thankful! Even though we’re officially past Thanksgiving, it’s still important to reflect back on how good we’ve got things in medicine these days. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t really even understand what bacteria were, and sterile technique was absolutely unheard of. Let’s take a look back at some great advances in medicine through the decades, for which we are eternally grateful.

Vaccines

In 18th century Europe, it was not uncommon to know someone or have a family member who died due to smallpox. That is, of course, until Edward Jenner …

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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 28, 2014

How to Build Strong Relationships That Result in Excellent Letters of Recommendation

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.

Priscila Cevallos: University of Texas at Austin

While maintaining a strong GPA and achieving a good MCAT score are crucial when applying to medical school, another challenging, yet equally as important aspect of the application process is obtaining great letters of recommendation. However, the true task herein lies in building strong relationships that result in excellent letters of recommendation. Here are a few tips, …

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November 27, 2014

MCAT Study Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Holiday Breaks

Hello my holiday pre-med students! I know that you’re excited about your upcoming holiday break schedule. If you’re lucky, you may even have a whole month away from classes! Relaxing after a tough semester is obviously job number one. Job number two is making sure you don’t fall behind on your MCAT studying, especially if you’re getting ready for one of the final administrations of the current test. Today we’ll share MCAT study tips for making the most of your holiday break.

Tip #1: Make an MCAT study schedule

I know it sounds incredibly Type A, but making a study

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November 25, 2014

Prep Smarter, Not Harder: Your MCAT Study Schedule

How to prep for MCAT prep

The prospect of studying for the MCAT always seems the most daunting right at the outset. The uncertainties and questions you have may seem endless:

• Which materials should you use?

• What kind of MCAT study schedule should you set for yourself?

• Why do you keep hearing about “triaging,” and why is it a good study tool?

• Which resources—example questions, a practice MCAT exam—will best prepare you?

• How sacrosanct is your MCAT test date?

First, relax!

Instead of reinventing the wheel to study for the MCAT, treat it just …

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November 24, 2014

Getting the Pulse on Premedical Post-Bacc programs

Hello to all you Pulse-monitors out there! Monday, November 17th was yet another great edition of the Kaplan Pulse. This Monday’s episode centered on the benefits to premedical post-bacc programs and how they impact your medical school application. If you’d like to watch, you can view the recording of the event.

Just a quick reKap of some of the highlights-

1. There are different kinds of Postbaccalaureate and Masters programs

There are premedical post-bacc programs that are designed for students who are changing careers, which are usually two years long and include the majority of your medical school

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