Tag Archives: Medical School

Why do I have to take the MCAT?

Preparing to Take the MCATHello my hard-working readers! Today I want to address a question that I hear frequently from my students and even more frequently from my classmates: Why do I have to take this standardized test? My students are complaining about having to take the MCAT and my classmates are complaining about the USMLE, or Step 1, as it’s commonly known. It’s popular to bash on standardized tests, but today I’d like to talk about why they’re actually awesome!

 

1. They’re standardized

Your GPA can vary greatly depending on your school, your schedule, and the difficulty …

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Fast Facts to Help You Target Your Ideal MCAT Score

MCAT scores vary among applicants, matriculants, and test-takers—check out these fast facts!

Want to aim for a good MCAT score? Check out these fast facts!

With autumn comes the white coat ceremony

When autumn arrives, so do lots of people’s favorite things—football season, pumpkin-flavored everything, crisp weather that makes you want to cozy up to a mug of hot chocolate. On medical school campuses across the country, autumn also brings with it the white coat ceremony—that time-honored tradition in which family and friends gather to watch you don the symbolic garment of the medical field and the singular identifier of you as a fledgling student doctor: the …

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Tips For a Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student

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.

Stefanie Smith: University of Missouri

 

non-traditional pre-med

The busy life of a non-traditional pre-med. Stefanie is pictured here working in the lab.

The Busy Life of a Non-Traditional Pre-Med Student

Violin lessons, dance, parent teacher conferences, a test, two conference calls, multiple doctor appointments, and a full-time job; this is a pretty average week for me.

Being a pre-med can be overwhelming at …

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Pre-Med Priorities: Tips for Building a Strong Academic Foundation

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

 

Pre-Med Priorities AMSAThe Pre-Med Journey Begins: Freshman Year

The night before my first day as a college freshman, I remember tossing and turning for hours unable to sleep. My mind wandered to thoughts of the future and what the next four years would hold in store for me. More than anything, my dream was to …

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Fantasy Med School Draft: Finding Your Perfect Medical School

finding the perfect medical schoolHello my friendly fall readers! The leaves are changing and we can now expect a weekly dose of fantasy football related Facebook updates. For medical school applicants, however, fall means that you’re drafting your perfect list of medical school qualities instead of a great wide receiver. So, today let’s talk about which characteristics you should consider when drafting and finding your perfect medical school!

 

Size

Size is an important factor to examine when you’re picking a medical school. You want to examine not only the size of each class, but also the size of the …

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Creating A Meaningful Pre-Medical Experience Beyond the Classroom

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.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

Create a Meaningful Pre-Medical Experience Beyond The Classroom

Isaiah plays tennis as a way to maintain balance in his hectic pre-med life.

Sometimes it feels as if trying to get into medical school is synonymous with searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Pre-medical students hear many stories about how to find their pot of gold. The truth is, there is …

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Top 5 Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical School

Tips for Veterans Getting into Medical SchoolVeterans returning from military duty, whose numbers have exceeded one million since the 2001 terrorist attacks, often return to unfavorable circumstances, including a much steeper unemployment rate than the general population. For some, the pursuit of higher education—even getting into medical school—presents a good way to improve job outlook and unlock the good life.

 

How to get into medical school after returning from military service

It’s common for future doctors to worry about how to get into medical school, no matter what their qualifications—and it helps to remember that all the current doctors …

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What to Expect as a Pre-Med

what to expect as a pre-medHello my eager, freshman readers! Today, I’d like to talk about what to expect as a pre-med student (aka step one in becoming a doctor and living your version of the “good life”).

So, you’re super excited to start four years of pre-med awesomeness! Let’s set appropriate expectations for this time in your life.

There will be challenges

The nice thing about being a pre-med student is that you can major in pretty much anything. I have classmates that majored in engineering, art, music, business, Spanish, English and pretty much every other major you can think …

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Picking a Medical Specialty

Picking a Medical School SpecialtyWhat Kind of Doctor Are You Going To Be?

Hello my excited readers! Before you start medical school, when people ask you what you’re going to be when you grow up, you answer with the phrase, “a doctor.” Once you get into medical school, the question gets more specific and people ask what “kind” of doctor are you going to be and what medical specialty you’ll focus on. My standard response, since I’m a sassy-pants by nature is, “a good one, hopefully.” However, this is an important question, and at some point within the next three …

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Doctor?

medical school requirements on your way to becoming a physicianSo now that you’ve chosen to pursue your idea of the “good life” as a physician, it’s useful to know when you can reap the benefits. While you’re thinking about getting into the best medical school possible and taking stock of your medical school requirements, you’ve probably already begun asking yourself, how long does it take to become a doctor?

One of the greatest concerns for students considering a career in medicine is how much additional education is needed—along with the associated time, effort, and medical school debt.

The timeline can seem daunting. Four years …

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