April 10, 2014

Meet Our Guests for Kaplan’s The Pulse This Monday

So you chose a few medical schools, and you have your top choice. But how do you make sure that you're accepted into the school of your choice? Well, it' not easy. That's why Kaplan has announced our two hour special programing of The Pulse that will feature a panel discussion and answers from questions that come directly from you. These two hours can help you learn exactly what you need to make it into the medical school of your dreams. But don't trust us, take a look at the great list of guests that will be featured:

 Dr. Nida Degesys

Dr. Nida Degesys is a recent graduate from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Previously, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and completed post-baccalaureate work in pre-medical studies at Cleveland State University. She served as an economic development and health volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama helping a women’s cooperative gain sustainability and teaching children oral hygiene and nutrition. Prior to her previous position as AMSA National Secretary, Dr. Degesys was AMSA’s Chair of the Medical Education Action Committee and coordinated AMSA Academy’s Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers Today, a medical education leadership institute in Washington, D.C. In 2009-2010 she was Education Coordinator for the committee on the culture of medicine. She was also the 2009 AMSA medical education research winner with her research on team based learning in the basic sciences and has presented her research on topics ranging from patient safety, students’ attitudes towards disabilities, dental equipment, to educational pedagogy both nationally and internationally. Dr. Degesys is also very active on her campus. She was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve as a Trustee on the NEOMED Board of Trustees, she was the president of the Palliative Care Interest Group and Vice-President of the Geriatric Interest Group at NEOUCOM. Between her M1 and M2 year she completed an eight-week research program in geriatric oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Degesys enjoys spending time with her husband, David (a law professor), her 2 pugs, reading, traveling, and practicing yoga and Zumba.

Paul T. White

Paul White has been affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University since 1994, first as Director of Undergraduate Admissions and then as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mr. White also served as director of the Financial Aid Office from February 2002 until June 2006. From 2006 to February 2012, Mr. White worked at the University of Minnesota Medical School as the Associate Dean for Admissions, before returning to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2012. Mr. White’s professional career began at Yale University in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where he was an Assistant Director of Admissions. He later served as an Associate Dean of Admissions at Hamilton College and as the Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Colgate University. Mr. White received the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Yale University and the Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He serves as a member of the Educational Testing Services Scholarship Selection Review Committee and is a former member of the scholarship committees for the National Merit Scholarship and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Dr. Jeffrey Koetje

Dr. Jeffrey Koetje, graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has devoted his professional life to supporting and enriching the personal and professional development of students entering the health professions. After deciding not to pursue clinical medicine, Jeff continued his journey in a new direction with a focus on education. Prior to joining the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) in June, 2012, he spent 11 years with Kaplan Test Prep, working with pre-health students in various roles: from full-time teacher to director of Kaplan’s MCAT Summer Intensive Program. Starting in 2008, he served as the Assistant Director of Pre- Health Programs at Kaplan's headquarters in New York City. In his national role, Jeff worked closely with pre-health advisors, with medical school deans and directors, and with representatives from the national organizations representing schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry. Jeff now serves premedical and medical students as the Education and Research Director for AMSA. In his role, he provides day-to-day oversight, leadership, and expertise in the ongoing development, planning, execution, monitoring, and evaluation of educational programs, research activities and projects for AMSA and the AMSA Foundation. He is responsible for evaluating and improving all aspects of programming, fostering innovation and efficiency in all educational endeavors to meet the diverse needs of physicians-in-training. He loves working with pre-med and medical students, in whose faces he sees reflected the same hopes, dreams, anxieties, and neuroticisms that he himself possessed as a doctor-to-be. In his spare time, Jeff is an avid cook. He also enjoys collecting – and wearing – vintage and custom-made bow ties.   With three great guests and the always wonderful moderator, Owen Farcy, you'll be sure to receive the answers you're looking for. Join us this coming Monday for Kaplan's The Pulse and find the path to the medical school of your choice.   ...read more
Applying to Med School
January 21, 2014

How Important is it to have Clinical Patient Experience?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hWj3nOJp_o Medical schools want to better equip you to successfully work with patients as a new doctor and to better facilitate the patient experience. An integral part of this is improving the doctor-patient relationship. How can you use behavioral science backgrounds to help aid in clinical patient relationships? In this video, learn how important a background in behavioral sciences can be in the doctor-patient relationship. We are looking forward to the next edition of #KaplanPulse which will be on January 22, 2014 at 8pm EST with the focus on research! REGISTER NOW!   ...read more
November 8, 2013

2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey: Social Media

Hey guys! I am back this week with a great question that came at the PERFECT time! What do medical school admissions have to say about the use of social media by applicants? In our recent 2013 Kaplan Medical School Admissions Officer Survey we found some interesting results! If you are looking for more answers to questions like below come join us for this month's pulse event!  Thursday November 14th at 8pm EST Admissions Officers Tell All! REGISTER TODAY!       [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
October 25, 2013

Med School Interviews (The Nightmare Interview)

Hello my med school-hopefuls! I hope that you have gotten your secondary applications sent in and and receiving some invitations to interview. To those of you who are interviewing soon, good luck! Today, I would like to share with you the story of one of my med school interviews that didn't go as well as I had wanted it to. Hopefully you can take away some valuable lessons from my experience, and remember that no matter how dicey this interview was, my story has a happy ending. (For privacy's sake, I've changed the name of the school to MedU) My first interview at MedU started with the interviewer quoting something. I was at a loss for the reference and he got oddly mad. It turns out that the quote was from the movie Braveheart, but the way he reacted made me feel like the movie was required pre-interview viewing and that I had forgotten to complete the assignment. It was not an excellent first exchange As the interview continued, it became apparent that his interview style was to pick a word from my application and ask me about it. He asked me about dancing, Cretin (part of the name of my high school), and Spanish. Then he began to conduct part of the interview in Spanish. That went fine for awhile until I began to describe my host family and used my hand to indicate the height of my younger host brother. My interviewer immediately chastised me for using a gesture that is apparently very insulting in Mexico. As I studied Spanish in Spain, I had no knowledge of said gesture and explained that fact. I was getting increasingly frustrated. He wasn't asking me questions about medicine or why I wanted to be a doctor and I was at a loss about how to work that information into his seemingly random line of questioning. Then he asked me if I was Native. I sat and thought for a minute about what he was asking. He knew I wasn't from the state, so that wasn't what he was asking. Oh. He was asking if I was Native American. I'm not Native American in any measurable way, so I responded no. We wrapped up the rest of the interview in awkward fashion and I left feeling very disheartened. So, what can you take away from my negative interview experience? 1. Keep your cool. I never got overly flustered even when I thought he was getting mad for no good reason. 2. Don't worry about the content of your interview. Some of the best interviews I had involved talking about things that weren't even remotely related to medicine. Yes, you want to be able to talk about why you want to be a doctor, but don't stress if your interview veers off-topic. 3. Certain questions are illegal. Your interviewer can't actually ask you your race/ethnicity/marital status/sexual orientation. If they do, you need to inform one of the people in charge. After my interview, I approached the Dean of Admissions who was at one of the presentations. He apologized for my negative interview experience and assured me that my second interview would be weighted more heavily in my admissions consideration. So, even though during the interview I thought that there was no way I would be accepted to MedU, my solid performance during the second interview allowed me to get my acceptance letter approximately a month later. I would love to hear about any of your med school interview experiences, positive or negative! Feel free to share them in the comments. Happy studying and interviewing! ...read more
September 20, 2013

Tightrope Time! Balancing Life in Medical School

Everybody always jokes about the crazy life of being a medical school student. As soon as you've been accepted, your friends tell you, "See you in four years!" Then, when begin orientation as a student, you get several lectures about maintaining a balanced life in medical school. That said, no one ever really tells you HOW to achieve said magical medical school life balance. The thing that I have discovered so far is that balance definitely doesn't happen accidentally. It's also something that I struggle with every day. The key to keeping my life balanced, especially through the craziness that is anatomy, depends on keeping all of my priorities in mind while focusing on accomplishing long and short-term goals. So, for your reading enjoyment, here are my goals and priorities.
Long and short-term goals:
These are pretty explanatory.
Rock classes and learn a bunch so as to become an awesome doctor
Do well on x, y, z upcoming exams and quizzes
Have a positive attitude every day
Priorities when trying to achieve goals:
Sleeping/Eating- For me, eight hours of sleep each night is essential. Any less than that and I can't do all the crazy things that I need to do each day. The same is true with food. I love eating. I especially love eating homemade, healthful food. I make sure to pack my own lunch each day and have a home-cooked meal for dinner. These two things help make sure I'm on track and ruthlessly energetic and perky for everything my day throws at me.
Studying- As a first-year student, studying eats up a huge chunk of my time. The amount of time I spend studying varies greatly depending on how many days there are until the next exam. That said, I strongly advocate for setting content-knowledge driven study goals, not time goals. I set out to learn an artery diagram, not study for two hours. The difference is small, but important.
Exercising- Sadly, this one seems to be the first component that gets sacrificed when I am crunched for time, but I aspire to exercise daily. Spending all day sitting and studying or listening to lecture is terrible for my cardiovascular health and psyche. I try to compensate by running around outside as frequently as possible.
Socializing- In addition to doing bonding activities with my new med school classmates, I try to make time to hang out with non-med school people. Being around medical students all the time can be exhausting and overwhelming. As I moved several thousand miles from my home to go to school, socializing can be tricky. Fortunately, my friends and family frequently humor me with email updates, gchats, texts, phone calls and Skype dates. (Shout-out to anyone who I have harassed via any of these media in the last 4.5 weeks!) Talking to these very important people refreshes me and helps remind me why I want to become a doctor.
Working- Very few people work during medical school. When I mentioned that I do work, one person asked if the university even allowed you to work during your first year. I don't suggest working during medical school unless you absolutely love your job. I make working a priority because I am always happier after 2-3 hours of teaching/tutoring than before I started.
Now that you know my goals and priorities, you may be wondering exactly how I work this into a weekly schedule. Next week, in Part 2, I'll explain how this shakes out schedule-wise. Happy studying! ...read more
Applying to Med School
September 18, 2013

What Will Med School Interviewers Ask You?

A review of Kaplan's The Pulse, experts join us as they discuss what you need to know about the Med School Interview and what things med school interviewers will ask you! In this video, Alicia Carlson-Bryant, explains what an interviewer is looking to ask an applicant! For more great videos, check Kaplan's MCAT YouTube Channel! [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf] ...read more
Applying to Med School
September 17, 2013

Prepare for Your Med School Interview

A review of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us as they discuss what you need to know about the Med School Interview and what things you can do to be prepared! In this video, Alicia Carlson-Bryant, explains what is the best way to prepare for an interview! For more great videos, check Kaplan’s MCAT YouTube Channel! ...read more

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