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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November 13, 2014

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 12, 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 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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November 10, 2014

4 Organic Chemistry Study Tips for the MCAT

Organic chemistry, affectionately known in most colleges as “OChem” or “orgo,” is one of those hurdles that all medical students are happy to be done with after undergrad. It can separate students who will eventually make it to the white coat ceremony in medical school from those who won’t even end up applying. In many colleges, OChem is largely responsible for making students change their majors from the hard sciences and take up new disciplines.

Some people overlook the importance of studying for organic chemistry on the MCAT, which can sap points from their score. In order …

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November 6, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Start Your MCAT 2015 Prep Now

The first administrations of the new MCAT 2015 exam will be on April 17th and 18th with the AAMC planning to open registration for the first set of MCAT 2015 test dates sometime in February. However, if you’re planning to apply to medical school this coming year to begin a program in fall 2016, you’ll need to take the new MCAT by next summer. If you’re unsure about being a “guinea pig” sitting for one of the first few administrations of a new test, make sure to consider the pros & cons of taking the new MCAT in April.…

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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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October 30, 2014

Studying for the MCAT: Maintaining Study-Life Balance

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

Along with maintaining a strong GPA and having well-rounded extracurricular activities, MCAT scores are a major factor in medical school admissions. At one point or another, every pre-medical student must take this test as a “rite-of-passage” before even applying to medical school. Since this test is so important, many pre-meds think it is necessary to be locked …

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October 23, 2014

Finding the Right Medical School For You: Your Questions Answered

 

We had a great Pulse event on Monday night where we talked about finding the right medical school for you. The Pulse featured admissions and MCAT experts and most importantly, lots of interaction from viewers like you! Here’s a sample of the wonderful questions we received on Twitter via #kaplanpulse and our answers:

 

Emily: Absolutely! If you’re planning to apply to a D.O. school, most require you to shadow a D.O. and have a recommendation from a D.O. as well. You’ll want to highlight your knowledgeability about osteopathic medicine via these requirements. If you’re applying to an

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