December 15, 2014

Pre-Med Advice: Planning your Second Semester

Now that you’ve made it to college and even survived your first semester, it’s time to start thinking about building a successful pre-med schedule for your second semester.

College is a big change from high school, and everyone takes a little time to adjust to the newfound freedom and expectations. Hopefully, one thing that hasn’t changed is that you still want to follow a premed track in undergrad and get into medical school. So, once you’ve settled into your new college environment, what are the first steps you should you be taking for when you finally apply to medical

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December 10, 2014

Using Your Undergraduate Summers To Get Into Medical School

In addition to your MCAT score and GPA, a big part of getting into med school includes how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Using your undergraduate summers to build up that part of your resume will make you a more appealing and well-rounded candidate.

So just what should you spend your summers before med school doing? Sequestering yourself in the research lab, clocking volunteer hours, going on a medical outreach trip, or to improve your grades and master the MCAT? It all depends on your medical school path and where you stand in your undergraduate

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December 8, 2014

Careers in Medicine: Primary Care vs. Specializing

Hello my interested readers! There are many options when researching the different careers in medicine. One of the biggest questions you will ask yourself in regards to your future career is whether you’ll go into primary care or if you’ll specialize. It’s a difficult decision and one that requires a lot of thought. The key to making an informed decision is getting exposure to a variety of medical fields and opportunities! You also want to think about the pros and cons of specializing vs. primary care. So, let’s talk about it!

Career Track Pros

Primary Care

One of the best …

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December 4, 2014

Managing Pre-Med Stress

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. 

With the recent medical resident suicides in New York, it would be hard not to recognize the extreme pressure that medical students, residents, and premedical students put on themselves. It seems to start in the undergraduate years, continuing to build over your entire career. Having other people’s lives depend on you is extremely stressful!

It doesn’t start out that way, though. As premedical students, we

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December 3, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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December 2, 2014

Will Biochemistry Become a Medical School Prerequisite?

Hello my favorite carbon-based life forms! Today I’d like to talk about the content addition of biochemistry—which also just happens to be my personal favorite med school science course—to the MCAT 2015, and the related biochem medical school prerequisite course that might come with it.

Biochemistry on the MCAT

We all know that the MCAT 2015 is changing in big ways. In addition to adding psychology and sociology, the 2015 MCAT will be emphasizing more biochemistry material than previous MCAT administrations.

The idea behind adding more biochem to an already science-heavy exam is that there is a fair amount

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November 28, 2014

How to Build Strong Relationships That Result in Excellent Letters of Recommendation

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

While maintaining a strong GPA and achieving a good MCAT score are crucial when applying to medical school, another challenging, yet equally as important aspect of the application process is obtaining great letters of recommendation. However, the true task herein lies in building strong relationships that result in excellent letters of recommendation. Here are a few tips, …

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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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