July 21, 2015

Test Retake Tips to Improve Your MCAT Score

So, you didn’t quite get the MCAT score you wanted. Don’t worry, you still have a shot at medical school. Retaking the test can show significant improvement—but only if you redouble your efforts.

Retaking the test to hit your target

There are plenty of reasons why you may have underperformed on the MCAT. Perhaps you found yourself with less time to study than you initially anticipated, or perhaps you were struck by Test Day anxiety.

Whatever the reason, if you’re planning to retake the MCAT, you need to be prepared. Maintaining those old studying habits from the first time …

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July 14, 2015

Leveraging Social Media for Medical School Admissions

If you feel overwhelmed by the deluge of medical school admissions information that’s out there, you’re in good company. The internet comes in handy when applying to medical school—but it also makes it easy to lose precious hours tracking down the new MCAT scoring scale or finding out about the acceptance rate of your target program.

To help you cut through the noise and stay up to date on all the latest MCAT and medical school news, we’re taking a closer look this week at the value of social media. Check out our suggestions below for finding online resources that …

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July 10, 2015

Taking a Break Won’t Ruin Your Medical School Application

The sun is shining and your first year as a pre-med student is over. In looking forward to your career in medicine, you may be wondering, “What can I do to beef up my medical school application this summer?” Well, taking a break might just be the answer.

You heard correctly. Rest up, relax, and spend time with friends and family doing things you enjoy. We promise it won’t ruin your shot at medical school.

Taking a summer break as a pre-med

It perhaps seems counterintuitive, but spending the summer relaxing may actually be better than driving yourself crazy …

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July 9, 2015

Medical News: Healthcare Professionals On-Demand, Doctors Flee Greece

Canadian medical schools gain some independence, Greece’s doctors flee in droves, and pre-med students learn three important lessons—let’s dig into the latest headlines in the world of medical news and aspiring healthcare professionals. Please leave your comments below.

Canadian medical schools declare independence

Under an agreement that took years to negotiate and finalize, Canada will have the authority to accredit its own medical schools, thus limiting American influence on the process of reviewing healthcare professional qualifications. Among the biggest points of contention for Canadian schools over this issue has been U.S. standards for diversity in admissions, which have been shaped …

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May 29, 2015

The MCAT Prep Balancing Act: Content vs. Strategy

MCAT prep is a vast undertaking. You can expect to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 to 350 total hours studying for this exam. The hard part of studying for the MCAT, however, is not the time dedication—it’s the balancing act of managing both your content knowledge and strategy so that you don’t overdo one at the expense of the other.

The MCAT does not reward you for knowing content. It doesn’t reward you for knowing techniques to reason out answer choices. Only if you can strategically apply that content knowledge to novel situations will you be …

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May 22, 2015

Gaining Research Experience as a Pre-Med

It’s no secret that many pre-med students are interested in gaining research experience. Not only does it look good on a medical school application, but research can also help you stand out from other candidates, especially if you manage to publish.

The question is, how does an enterprising undergraduate pre-med student work for a research lab, and better yet, how can they be successful?

 

Who to ask about research experience

The availability of research jobs generally depends on the size of your college or university and its overall strengths. As a rule of thumb, larger, more research-focused, academically-oriented …

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May 14, 2015

Explore the Different Types of Pre-Med Research Experience

Hello my investigative readers! One of the biggest activities that you can add to improve your medical school application and increase your chances of medical school acceptance is pre-med research experience. Now, when I say research, most people think bench research, you know, the nitty gritty, lab coats and petri dishes kind of research. If that’s not your jam, there are actually a couple of different kinds of research, which can benefit your medical school application. Today let’s explore the different types of research experience.

 

Clinical Research

Clinical research is just like it sounds! Normally you’re working on …

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May 13, 2015

How Important is Pre-Med Research Experience?

The reality is that pre-med research isn’t for everyone, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a component of a successful application. Of course, in many cases, bolstering a medical school application with a publication or two can be helpful, but that doesn’t mean you should sign up to do bench research if it’s not something you’re actually interested in.

We’ve covered the topic of gaining research experience numerous times on the MedSchoolPulse Blog, but what if pre-med research just isn’t for you? Read on to find out.

 

Is clinical research right for you?

Before throwing in the towel, …

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May 7, 2015

Get More from Your Pre-Med Research Experience

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who has managed to find a position in a lab or been accepted to a research internship, chances are your only exposure to lab work has been through your textbook or your pre-med classes.

Read on for advice on how to make the most of your pre-med research experience, survive the rigors of a real-world research setting, and become a scientific superstar.

 

Do your research

By the time you interview with the principal investigator, you should have an idea of his/her research and overall field of study.

Once you’re accepted …

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