April 22, 2015

8 Steps to Ensure MCAT Test Day Success

Your eyes snap open to your (extra early) alarm going off. Wide awake, you jump out of bed and immediately start preparing for your day. You’re focused, you’re wired, you’re in the zone. It’s MCAT Test Day.

The morning of your MCAT exam can be one of the most stressful of your whole pre-med career, especially with poor planning. Without having an idea of what to expect, how to plan, and what to do, you’re setting yourself up for disaster before you even start answering questions. Proper planning is the key to a successful and stress-free MCAT experience, so keep …

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April 15, 2015

Diversity in Medicine

Hello my diverse readers! When I applied to medical school, I had this idea in my mind that there was some sort of perfect pre-med applicant prototype that schools had in mind. All I had to do to be accepted was become or fit into that perfect pre-med mold. Then I went to my medical school orientation and realized precisely how wrong I was. What I didn’t realize is what diversity in medicine looks like these days. So today let’s talk about diversity!

 

Diversity of Experience

Of course there are members of my class who did come right out …

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April 7, 2015

Integrated Sciences on the MCAT 2015 Exam: Part 1

The new MCAT will present many changes, including the additions of biochemistry, psychology, and sociology, a longer test day, and a fourth section. There is one change that is subtler, but nonetheless substantial: the integration of the sciences on the exam.

 

Integrated sciences on the MCAT 2015

In taking prerequisite courses in your undergraduate pre-med program, you probably encountered science as separate, compartmentalized subjects. For instance, when you took physics, you weren’t worried about the biological application of the Doppler effect. All you were concerned with was learning the formula and knowing how to apply it—a perfectly normal …

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April 6, 2015

Shadowing a Doctor as a Pre-Med

Although not a mandatory requirement, shadowing a doctor is one of those things every pre-med is expected to do before applying to medical school. After all, how can you express your interest in medicine to the admissions committee if you’ve never seen a physician work before?

At the same time, many pre-med students don’t know where to look for physician shadowing opportunities or how to prepare. If you fall into either of these camps, read on to find the answers you need to secure that vital, first-hand experience in a doctor’s office.

 

Find opportunities for shadowing a doctor…

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March 26, 2015

Tips for Creating Successful Pre-Med Study Groups

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.

Laté Lawson: University of South Florida

 

As we advance in our pre-med studies, there is a tendency to become overwhelmed. We are held accountable for understanding massive loads of information for our undergraduate pre-med prerequisite classes and the MCAT, while also juggling extracurricular activities, family responsibilities and work commitments. One effective way to create balance and efficiency when tackling the mounds of material …

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March 24, 2015

How to Get Clinical Experience through Certification

Clinical experience is an important component of your medical school application. Admission committees want to be sure you’re familiar with the healthcare system and that you know what it’s like to interact with and care for patients before committing the rest of your life to a career in medicine.

Finding paid opportunities may seem daunting, but if you have the time to pursue certification or specialized training, you’ll be able to open new doors that other pre-med students may not have access to.

 

Finding more intensive clinical experience

There are many jobs available in the healthcare field, but …

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March 16, 2015

MCAT Success Stories from Kaplan’s Summer Intensive Program

Hello my summer-ready readers! You may have seen our recent article on Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program (SIP) where we interviewed some of our fabulous MCAT SIP faculty regarding why they love the program. As a multi-year SIP faculty veteran myself, I can tell you that one of my favorite parts of SIP is seeing how much students can grow in a six week period. Today I’ve asked some of the SIP faculty to share their own stories of student MCAT success!

 

What’s your favorite SIP MCAT success story?

 

Boosting MCAT Test Day Confidence

“Last summer, I …

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March 15, 2015

The Challenges of an Out-of-State Medical School

Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, family and support system is just one of many additional challenges.

 

Challenge 1: Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby

This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a …

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April 15, 2015

Personalized MCAT Review Videos for Mastering Exam Content

Last week we showcased The MCAT Channel as our best pre-med resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction. The Kaplan awards continue this week with our nomination for the best resource for personalized MCAT review focused on exam content: our MCAT Science Review Videos.

 

Building a personalized study plan

When you begin your MCAT review, you’ll realize that there are many factors competing for your time, so a personalized study plan that takes into account your individual strengths and weaknesses is extremely important when preparing for the MCAT. At the core of your study plan, there are …

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