February 10, 2015

New Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

After a few decades of virtually no increase in the number of allopathic medical schools, recent years have brought an expansion in the number of schools. With rising demand for healthcare services in the U.S. as the population ages and more people are covered by health insurance under the reforms, the need for physicians, especially primary care physicians, will also increase. This is good news for you as a med school applicant! Existing schools will be expanding their class sizes and new medical schools will continue to be added.  The result: you now have …

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October 24, 2014

MD or DO: Insight from an Osteopathic Medical Student

A Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine will both lead to the good life – but what are the differences between the two? If you had asked me at the beginning of college whether or not a DO could prescribe medication, I would have given the same answer as one-third of Americans – I don’t know. Of course, after several years of experience shadowing DOs and as a student of osteopathy, I now know both degrees receive the same level of training, specialize in the same fields, and overall, have the same medical careers and salaries available.  …

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March 25, 2015

Beyond the MD: An MCAT Instructor’s Guide to the Health Professions (Part I)

By Lauren Poindexter, Kaplan Elite MCAT Teacher

Congratulations—you’ve decided you want to be a doctor! But have you considered the diverse and extensive health professions open to you? There are an array of rewarding careers in medicine that aren’t appended with the letters MD, and the professionals in most of these fields are still “doctors.”

These careers are every bit as a good as an MD for satisfying your altruistic tendencies. Check out our list, and you may just discover a new path to unlocking your “good life” as a health professional.

In alphabetical order:

DC – Doctor of …

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Applying to Med School
November 30, 2011

Haven’t submitted your primary application yet? – Now is the time.

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

Like many applicants, you may have started out with June 1 as the target date for submitting your primary application. However, school, work, studying for the MCAT and life in general intervened and your primary application is still a work in progress. An early application is important for rolling admissions, but if you submit your primary application soon, you are still in good shape in terms of timing. Therefore, set yourself a firm deadline of August 1 to hit “submit” and figure out what you need to do between now and then to achieve that goal.…

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Applying to Med School
August 12, 2014

Applying to D.O. Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

(Updated August 2014)

Traditionally, each set of schools have had their own application process and residencies, the accrediting agencies have recently agreed to a single system for residencies and fellowships.  By 2020, both systems will be aligned with those of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the nonprofit that accredits M.D. programs. This means that cross-application will not only be possible, but easier for MDs and DOs.

A good first step is to visit the American Association of Osteopathic Colleges of Medicine (AACOM) site. The site contains the primary application as well as information …

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