March 3, 2015

Raise Your MCAT Score with a Live, Personalized Study Plan

In the spirit of the awards season, we’d like to announce some nominees of our own—prep resources to help you boost your MCAT score and get into medical school. We’re announcing nominations for the best Kaplan MCAT resources in the following categories:

♦ Best resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction

♦ Best resource for personalized content instruction

♦ Best resource for getting started on your MCAT prep

 

This week, we’ll kick off our Kaplan awards by nominating the best resource for live, personalized MCAT instruction: the MCAT Channel.

As pre-meds, you have more than a few commitments competing for …

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March 2, 2015

Does Your Medical School Application Include Enough Clinical Experience?

You block off an entire Sunday afternoon to tackle the beast that is the AMCAS—the centralized medical school application. You’ve assembled your transcripts and resumé, you’ve taken the photo you’ll upload, and you’ve ensured your letters of recommendation were submitted. You’re clicking through the online form, filling in the boxes with your accomplishments and accolades, until you get to the page titled “Volunteering and Shadowing.” You stop there, realizing that the time you spent shadowing your family doctor over the summer adds up to a paltry 20 hours—not exactly the kind of clinical experience that’s bound to impress an …

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February 24, 2015

The Foodie Guide to Choosing a Medical School: Your Dream School Experience

Your spice rack is a work of art, umami is your favorite flavor, and you stalk social media for new food trucks. Forget meat and potatoes; you’re all about the kimchi and craft brews. You’re crazy about food … and you’re going to medical school.

 

Find a medical school that offers a lively food scene

 

Unless you plan on living a completely monastic existence (you shouldn’t) for the next four years, you’ll want to spend at least some of that time—and possibly longer—in a city that will allow you to complete your studies and enjoy the things …

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February 24, 2015

Why Faculty Members Love The Kaplan MCAT 2015 Summer Intensive Program

Hello my excited-for-summer readers! We’re quickly approaching one of my favorite times of the year for MCAT students. It’s time for Kaplan’s MCAT Summer Intensive Program or as we call it, SIP! We’ve covered some of the reasons why pre-meds love SIP, so today I’ve called in an All-Star cast of SIP MCAT teachers to help tell you about the program in a three part series.

SIP features one-on-one time with some of Kaplan’s best teachers, so we’ve included some bios to help you get to know them better.

Here’s what they have to say about their favorite parts …

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February 18, 2015

Pre-Med Peer Mentors

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 defined on “Wikipedia,” peer mentoring is a form of mentorship that usually takes place between a person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) and a person who is new to that experience (the peer mentee). In other words, a peer mentor can qualify as an individual that was successful at an experience that you might …

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February 18, 2015

Preparing for Your Medical School Interview

Hello my excited readers! It’s the time of year when the medical school interview season is really intense and may even be starting to wind down at some schools. Whether you’ve already gotten an acceptance letter or you’re still crossing your fingers for an interview at your dream school, we have some great resources regarding the interview process.

Here’s a recap of some of our best interview-related articles and videos:

 

Application Essentials: Interviews

First you’ll want to become familiar with the medical school interview. This article provides an overview of why medical schools have interviews and what they are …

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February 12, 2015

Spring Break Programs for Pre-Medical Students

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.

Daniel Gomez – Ohio State University

 

As pre-medical students, we normally think of ways to spend our semester breaks in a productive manner. Seeking out research opportunities, studying for the MCAT, or studying abroad. Today, I’d like to discuss spring break programs that are great options for premeds.

These programs usually consist of sending students to an outreach site locally or nationally, where …

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January 23, 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 21, 2015

Applying to Medical School in Music Cities

Is your passion for medicine only rivaled by your love of music? Are you permanently attached to your iPod and your indie blogs? If you’re a pre-med student studying for the MCAT and applying to medical school, you may think that the next four years are all about sacrifice, and it’s true that most of your free time will be devoted to learning about spleens and surgeries.

But unless you plan on living a completely monastic existence as a med school student, don’t even think about giving up your side passions while focusing on your central one. You’ll want …

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