Tag Archives: medical schools

Innovation and the AMA

It’s no secret that the world is constantly evolving, with new resources and technology being developed each day.  The medical field is no exception to the tides of change, and as a reflection of the rapidly changing nature of medical education, the AMA recently announced a grant initiative to jump-start the medical school revolution. You can read all about the grants and the request for proposals from the AMA, but it sounds like they are off to a roaring start. Doctor1

In the AMA’s post, they mention some specific areas for improvement such as including lessons …

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Application Essentials IV: Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

Pre-Med ExtracurricularsThe life of a pre-med student is busy, between the challenging pre-med courses you’re taking, preparing for the MCAT, and keeping up with your extracurriculars. Today, we turn our focus to that last category: what medically-oriented extracurriculars should you be doing before medical school?

Why are medical extracurriculars important?

In addition to the obvious (that this is what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life), the significance of medical extracurriculars is the demonstration that you have explored medicine as a field — and you still love it!  Many students come into …

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Medical School Admissions: Choosing Where To Apply, Part 2

Welcome back! In part 1 of our discussion on important factors to consider when choosing where you should apply to medical school, we reviewed some of the most commonly considered ones; location, career aspirations, and cost.  Today, we’re going to review two additional factors, curriculum and fit.  Curriculum and fit are two aspects of a medical school that most students do begin to consider or perhaps even fully understand before starting the interview process, but they can be just as important as the previous three we discussed.

Curriculum:

Medical school basic science curricula, across the board, …

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Medical School Admissions: Choosing Where to Apply, Part 1

Chances are that if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already thinking about applying to medical school; what you may not have considered, however, is which schools you’ll be applying to. Students often being the admissions process with only a rough idea of the schools they’re interested in – or alternatively, plan to apply to nearly every school.

Talk to any current medical school applicant and they’ll tell you that even the process of applying to medical school can be expensive. Primary and secondary application fees, travel expenses, and interview attire add up to make …

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From the MCAT to Harvard Medical School: Dr. Ricky Grisson’s Journey

MCAT blogOftentimes, we are asked about the performance of our past MCAT students; how they did on the test, where they went for medical school, and where they are today. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with one of our many amazing Kaplan MCAT course alumni, Dr. Ricky Grisson, about where his journey in medicine has taken him and the role that Kaplan played along the way. 

1. What was your reaction to taking the MCAT for the first time?

Wow! I was surprised by the difficulty and really disappointed in myself. I performed poorly …

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International Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

With this year’s application cycle nearly over, if you have not yet received an offer of admission, you may be considering your options. Among these is applying to international medical schools. 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 before reapplying. Carefully researching the schools you are considering is essential, so here are some areas to focus on as you explore the array of medical schools open to …

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