January 21, 2015

Why Pre-Meds Love Kaplan’s 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program

Hello my intense readers! Today I’d like to talk to you about the Kaplan 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP). This program is a unique summer opportunity in which I’ve participated and highly recommend.

What is the 2015 MCAT Summer Intensive Program (SIP)?

It’s a six-week program where you work with top-rated Kaplan instructors (like me!) to improve your MCAT content knowledge, testing strategies and learn all about the medical school application process.

I love the summer intensive program because it emphasizes learning through tons of different methods:

  • large group lectures
  • small group sessions for digesting material and
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January 20, 2015

International Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

One of the many choices you’ll have to make when you apply to medical school is whether you would like to attend medical school in the United States or at an international medical school. This alternative may be especially attractive if your priority is to begin medical school as soon as possible, rather than taking an additional year or more to make your application more competitive or take the new 2015 MCAT. International schools can be especially attractive if you’re reapplying to medical school.

Carefully researching the schools you are considering is essential, so here …

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January 15, 2015

Accepted, Waitlisted, or Rejected From Medical School? What To Do Next

While it doesn’t necessarily compare to the stress of applying and interviewing for med school, the wait to hear back from the schools of your choice can be equally nerve-racking. And when you do hear back from the med schools you applied to, it may or may not be the news you want to hear. What do you do if, instead of opening an acceptance letter, you find out you’ve been waitlisted or rejected from medical school?

On the other hand, even if the news is good news and you get accepted to your med school of choice, you might …

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January 14, 2015

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine: A Great Education in the Midwest

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine prides itself in promoting education through mentorship. The school is located in the center of Hyde Park just south of the city of Chicago, Illinois.


Fast Facts

— The Pritzker School of medicine is a smaller medical school with 377 students and 891 faculty members. Each class has 88 members which makes it smaller than many other medical schools

— Because of its Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Medical School is known for its pediatrics education.

— The costs for full-time, one year tuition is $47,673, but an additional $4,218 …

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January 13, 2015

Gaining Pre-Med Clinical Experience

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

“Describe your clinical experiences.”

This seemingly innocuous statement appears everywhere during the medical school application process, from secondary applications to interviews. After some thought, you recall the time that you broke your toe and spent twelve hours waiting in the E.R. Being highly observant, you perked up every time someone in scrubs walked by, thus turning your tenure as a patient into a stealth physician shadowing experience.  Good enough? Not quite.

Even if your application is packed with community service volunteering, research papers and A’s, you still need to show that you have …

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January 9, 2015

What’s Tested on the MCAT 2015?

After significant, soul-searching deliberations with yourself (not to mention hours of volunteering and shadowing) you’ve decided to go to medical school. Great! Your next step is to take the MCAT, which can sometimes feel like an insurmountable beast that stands between you and your white coat dreams. The first step towards conquering any obstacle is knowing what you’re up against, so read on for more details on what’s actually tested on the new MCAT 2015.

First, peruse the AAMC’s website on the changes made to the MCAT 2015 exam. They’ve broken it down into a handy interactive

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January 8, 2015

How to Get Clinical and Research Experience for Med School

GPA and MCAT score. These are the two primary things on everyone’s mind when they start thinking about putting together their medical school applications.

And why not? After all, one’s MCAT score and GPA serve as quantifiable metrics that are useful in comparing applicants, and everyone knows that med schools weigh them heavily when ranking pre-med candidates for admission.

Of course, you probably also know that being a physician is not just about having good scores on paper. Doctors are expected to work with patients and members of an entire health care team while contributing to the overall …

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January 6, 2015

Finding the Right Medical School For You

Hello my lucky readers! Today I’d like to talk about something really exciting! In the ideal world when you apply to medical school, you’ll not only get into a medical school but potentially you’ll get into more than one school. How will you ever choose which medical school is right for you? This is an awesome predicament in which to find yourself! There are tons of factors that go into determining the right medical school for you, so let’s jump right in!

How do you go about selecting with medical school is best for you?

First you need to …

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January 1, 2015

Pre-Med New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s tradition to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the idea that it’s a time for reinvention and growth. Let’s grow together this year, but before we get started, you should probably get refreshed on the med school New Year’s resolutions we made last year and the back-to-school pre-med resolutions at the beginning of the school year. Alright. Done? Let’s move into the new year with our 2015 pre-med New Year’s resolutions!

#1. Set manageable goals

This seems an apt goal to start with since most people set giant, lofty goals at the beginning of the …

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