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Stepping up toward Step 1 and the USMLE

USMLEHello my hardworking readers! I got a talk today in med school celebrating the near end (2 more weeks left!) of my first year of medical school, but also looking ahead to what next year holds.
Of course, one of the highlights of second year looms at the end- the USMLE. It’s a big standardized exam, not all that different from the MCAT. It also happens to be a major factor in which residencies you can do and whether or not you’ll be allowed to do clinical rotations in your third year. No pressure. I’ll be …
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What Is An Interprofessional Medical Program?

On this month’s edition of Kaplan’s The Pulse, experts join us as the discuss what you need to know about how Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act will affect future doctors and medical professionals. This is a massive change you need to know about.

What is the difference between an interdisciplinary and interprofessional medical program? In this video, experts explain the differences and the benefits of interprofessional medical education. For more great videos, check Kaplan’s MCAT YouTube Channel.…

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Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts 7: Argumentation

In today’s Kaplan MCAT Fast Facts video from the Kaplan MCAT course, Dr. Jeff Koetje discusses argumentation from Verbal Reasoning as tested on the MCAT. Note that the MCAT tests critical thinking, not just science recall, mastery of certain science concepts is a prerequisite for the test.

For more great videos concerning Fast Facts, Current Events, and more, head over to our MCAT YouTube Channel.

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What to Pack for Med School

MCAT-Kaplan-packingHey my stellar students! It’s quickly turning into August and I’m sure that all of you feel the same horror that I do when I watch TV and realize that they are already playing “Back to School” ads. Why horror? Well, mostly because summer doesn’t ever really feel long enough and those ads seem to start earlier every year, but partly because the next time that summer rolls around I will be done with my first year of medical school and that’s an intimidating thought!You might ask why I am watching TV in the summer in

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My 1st Day Of Med School Is Almost Here! (Did I Make A Mistake?)

MCAT-med-schoolHello my aspiring doctors! It’s a big day in my world. I just looked at a calendar and realized that I will be starting medical school in less than two months. More precisely, my first day of orientation is in 53 days. I have 53 days until I start what I anticipate to be some of the most intense, challenging and hopefully fun years of my life.

Given that I have known that I wanted to be a doctor since I was five years old -back-up plan was to be a waitress or ballerina- in theory,

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Something Is Better Than Nothing

Frustrated_man_at_a_desk_(cropped)It’s one of those days. I am exhausted. My body hurts because I’m so tired. My brain is full. I can’t concentrate and my to-do list is decidedly too long to even contemplate.

With the full schedule of a pre-med student (taking classes, volunteering, studying for the MCAT , working, shadowing and applying to medical school), I have a lot of experience “powering through” and “playing through the pain.” I have made it through the toughness of finals week with mono and the absurdity of finishing a half marathon on a broken foot.  But, there are …

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