January 21, 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 19, 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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January 13, 2015

Gaining Pre-Med Clinical Experience

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

“Describe your clinical experiences.”

This seemingly innocuous statement appears everywhere during the medical school application process, from secondary applications to interviews. After some thought, you recall the time that you broke your toe and spent twelve hours waiting in the E.R. Being highly observant, you perked up every time someone in scrubs walked by, thus turning your tenure as a patient into a stealth physician shadowing experience.  Good enough? Not quite.

Even if your application is packed with community service volunteering, research papers and A’s, you still need to show that you have …

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January 8, 2015

How to Get Clinical and Research Experience for Med School

GPA and MCAT score. These are the two primary things on everyone’s mind when they start thinking about putting together their medical school applications.

And why not? After all, one’s MCAT score and GPA serve as quantifiable metrics that are useful in comparing applicants, and everyone knows that med schools weigh them heavily when ranking pre-med candidates for admission.

Of course, you probably also know that being a physician is not just about having good scores on paper. Doctors are expected to work with patients and members of an entire health care team while contributing to the overall …

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January 1, 2015

Pre-Med New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s tradition to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year with the idea that it’s a time for reinvention and growth. Let’s grow together this year, but before we get started, you should probably get refreshed on the med school New Year’s resolutions we made last year and the back-to-school pre-med resolutions at the beginning of the school year. Alright. Done? Let’s move into the new year with our 2015 pre-med New Year’s resolutions!

#1. Set manageable goals

This seems an apt goal to start with since most people set giant, lofty goals at the beginning of the …

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January 1, 2015

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Pre-Med Blog

2014 was an exciting world for the MCAT and medical school admissions. From the buzz about switching to the new MCAT 2015 to potentially including biochemistry, sociology, and psychology as prerequisite classes, we covered a lot this year. Our pre-med blog reflected those important topics while also delving into deeper issues like the pros and cons of who to date in medical school. Here are some of our best articles from the past year!

Best Pre-Med Blog posts of 2014:

MCAT Study Schedules:

Two of our most popular blog posts from 2014 revolve around the important topic of building a …

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December 31, 2014

Map Your Medical School Application Process

Regardless of where you are in your pre-med education—just starting out as a freshman or sophomore, completing prerequisites as a junior or senior, or studying for the MCAT—it’s never too early to start mapping about the medical school application process.

Don’t be fooled: the med school application process doesn’t begin when you start actually applying. It begins as soon as you decide to become a physician. One of the biggest mistakes pre-meds make is waiting too long to start thinking about their applications and how they are going to present themselves. So, no matter where you are in …

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December 31, 2014

Pre-Med Reading List

You may already be thinking, “Pre-Med Reading List? Aren’t reading lists for high school?!” As a premedical student, the last thing you would typically consider during the academic year is reading more; between studying for classes, clinical work, research, and an array of extracurricular activities there isn’t much time or desire for extra reading. During the summer and winter breaks though, there are several opportunities to kick back, open a book, and lose yourself for a bit while still working towards your future in medicine.

The 5 books listed here are fun reads that can provide great tips, stories, and …

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December 24, 2014

Pre-Med Expectations: Applying to Medical School

So, it’s December and all you’d like for the holidays is a medical school acceptance letter. Regardless of whether you’re just starting your pre-med journey or you’ve already applied, I think we can all relate to the intense desire to get into medical school and become an amazing physician. Last week, December 12th, marked my two-year anniversary of receiving my first medical school acceptance letter and it’s got me thinking. What can you, as premeds, expect as you start applying to medical school?

People who say you can’t/won’t/shouldn’t be a doctor

I encountered this phenomenon early in my application process. …

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