March 24, 2015

How to Get Clinical Experience through Certification

Clinical experience is an important component of your medical school application. Admission committees want to be sure you’re familiar with the healthcare system and that you know what it’s like to interact with and care for patients before committing the rest of your life to a career in medicine.

Finding paid opportunities may seem daunting, but if you have the time to pursue certification or specialized training, you’ll be able to open new doors that other pre-med students may not have access to.

 

Finding more intensive clinical experience

There are many jobs available in the healthcare field, but …

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December 24, 2014

Pre-Med Expectations: Applying to Medical School

So, it’s December and all you’d like for the holidays is a medical school acceptance letter. Regardless of whether you’re just starting your pre-med journey or you’ve already applied, I think we can all relate to the intense desire to get into medical school and become an amazing physician. Last week, December 12th, marked my two-year anniversary of receiving my first medical school acceptance letter and it’s got me thinking. What can you, as premeds, expect as you start applying to medical school?

People who say you can’t/won’t/shouldn’t be a doctor

I encountered this phenomenon early in my application process. …

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December 18, 2014

Setting Pre-Med Expectations

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.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida

 

As a young boy I disliked the moral illustrations my father used to refer to when answering my questions or teaching me lessons; yet, ironically, I find myself using these same references quite often as I’ve matured. One of the many is an old African saying, which states, “A man with no expectation(s) is a man bearing weak soul.”…

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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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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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March 19, 2015

Overcoming a Low MCAT Score

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 premedical experience and journey to medical school.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

 

Being a premedical student is a unique experience. You have to be on your toes all of the time. In my previous Kaplan Blog Post I spoke on how being a well-rounded premedical student can help you to matriculate into medical school. Today I want to present to you a personal story about overcoming a low MCAT score that will shed …

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November 25, 2014

Masters and Post-Baccs and Med School, Oh my!

Hello my knowledgeable readers! Today I’d like to talk a bit about why getting a Masters degree (specifically an MPH) or going through a premedical Post-baccalaureate program can help you strengthen your application and help you get into medical school! Let’s go through some common questions.

Who should get a post-bacc or MPH?

Premedical post-bacc programs are great for students who had a non-science major in undergrad and would like to move through the medical school pre-requisite classes in an organized and supported fashion. For example, I talked to two of my classmates who completed post-bacc programs and …

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November 3, 2014

Tips for Applying to Medical School

Applying to medical school, and medicine in general, can seem like a fairytale, namely Goldilocks. Like our favorite picky blonde girl discovered, too little of something is bad and too much of something is also bad. You need everything to be juuuust right.

 

Goldilocks in medicine

Your body functions fine as long as everything is in the perfect balance. Nutrition, sleep and exercise play a crucial role in your learning and memory, cardiovascular health, immune function, and overall well-being.

You can run into serious problems when you have too much or too little of a hormone or a …

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November 3, 2014

Which MCAT Test Date Is Best For You?

One of the first major hurdles you’ll face on your way to unlocking the good life as a doctor is taking the MCAT. And there are many things you have to consider as you prep, including when you should schedule your MCAT test date to maximize your score.

Deciding when to take the exam isn’t always easy, and every student has his or her own unique situation, commitments, and timeline. Read on to find out what Kaplan recommends for you!

 

Which MCAT test dates should you avoid?

While the test is administered year-round, there are definitely some MCAT test …

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