April 15, 2015

Diversity in Medicine

Hello my diverse readers! When I applied to medical school, I had this idea in my mind that there was some sort of perfect pre-med applicant prototype that schools had in mind. All I had to do to be accepted was become or fit into that perfect pre-med mold. Then I went to my medical school orientation and realized precisely how wrong I was. What I didn’t realize is what diversity in medicine looks like these days. So today let’s talk about diversity!


Diversity of Experience

Of course there are members of my class who did come right out …

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April 13, 2015

The Journey to Becoming a Doctor

Hello my med-school-ready readers! Okay, so you’re pumped and excited to get into medical school. Let’s talk about some of the neat opportunities you’ll get at each step along your journey to becoming a doctor.

A day in the life of. . .


A First and Second Year Medical Student:

You’ve achieved your dream of getting into medical school! These first two years in the classroom involve learning an incredible amount of neat medical and basic-science information. You’ll get to dissect bodies in anatomy, spend time in microbiology labs, do research, and have great opportunities for …

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April 10, 2015

Repaying Student Loans after Medical School

You’ve climbed the biggest hurdle in becoming a doctor: getting accepted to medical school—so repaying student loans may be the last thing on your mind. Instead, you’re focused on celebrating with family and friends, moving to a new city, and anticipating your first day as an M1 … but before you get there, a big, fat bill will arrive on your doorstep asking for the first semester’s tuition. Dang. That’s a big number.

If you’re like most M1s throughout the country, you’ll talk to the financial aid office at your school about taking out federal student loans to pay …

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April 9, 2015

Preparing Your Medical School Application

For every MD program in the United States (except for those in Texas), the medical school application is completed through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ AMCAS system. Much like the common app, AMCAS serves as a unified primary application that is submitted to every school. In turn, these schools will then send you a personalized secondary application for you to fill out, usually consisting of essay questions.

Although AMCAS puts out an excellent guide on how to fill out the AMCAS, we recently wrote an article walking you through each section of the medical school application. Today, …

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April 21, 2015

Why You Should Attend Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Event

Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions that matter can be answered by those with the most experience.



In the years since that first event, we’ve seen MSI grow in both size and scope. Each year more and more students tune in to learn about the latest trends in medical school admissions. The discussion gives them a chance to peer behind the curtain to hear what admissions committees …

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April 2, 2015

Gaining Pre-Med Global Health Experience

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.

Smridhi Mahajan – University of Texas at Austin


Sometimes it may seem like medical school is extremely far away and you that you still have several hurdles to overcome before you get there. Maybe you still have to finish your medical school prerequisites, take the MCAT, or write your personal statement. No matter how far along you are on your journey to medical

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April 1, 2015

Getting into Medical School with Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

Organic chemistry, both on the MCAT and in pre-med undergraduate classes, has long been one of the most consistent enemies of many a hopeful medical student. Now, with the addition of more biochemistry on the MCAT, these two subjects have become crucial for getting into medical school.

Don’t fret—this is actually great news for your future medical career. There is hardly a subject more important during your first year of medical school than biochemistry, so mastering it early on will work wonders on improving your understanding of the material and mitigating your stress level once you officially start

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March 31, 2015

Exploring Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Written by Kelly Lee


Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis can boast of being one of the most prestigious medical schools in the United States today. Located in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, this campus finds itself in the middle of one of the biggest cities of the American Midwest. While applicants who are used to enjoying coastal beaches might feel wary of moving to a land-locked state, students at WashU happily declare that their city provides them with more than ample entertainment opportunities.

Vital Stats

♦ There are 123 students matriculating per year.

♦ While …

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March 30, 2015

Women in Medicine

Hello my interested readers! As you may well know, March is Women’s History Month, so let’s celebrate by talking about some amazing women in medicine!


The State of Women in Medicine

As a female medical student, I’m acutely aware that I’m fortunate to be training at a time when, according to the AAMC, women made up 45.9% of applicants and 47.8% of matriculants to U.S. medical schools in 2014. Given that women make up slightly over half the population, those numbers are not too shabby.

Most importantly, there was an increase in first-time women applicants which indicates …

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