February 17, 2015

Baylor College of Medicine: Pride and Joy of Texas

Written by Donna McGill

Baylor College of Medicine didn’t always call Houston its home. In fact, Dallas was the home of the renowned institute for more than 40 years. It’s majestic, though modern, and friendly, yet focused. The leadership that defines Baylor is world class and it’s also the only private medical school in the Southwest.

The Numbers that Define Baylor

♦ Currently, there are 747 graduate students enrolled at Baylor with another 977 pursuing their postdoctoral fellowships. More than half of the school’s alumni still reside in Texas, which speaks volumes about the students’ love of the state as …

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December 30, 2014

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Social Media

Hello my holiday readers! Welcome to the Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014- the social media edition!

We filled up Facebook and Twitter with practical MCAT questions and silly memes to keep you going while you’re studying. Without further ado, let’s check out some of the best posts from this past year!

Getting ready for Test Day

So you’re a serious student and want some excellent resources? We regularly share great info graphics and articles from across the web. Here’s a great post to show you how to spend your weekend time wisely!

Want some additional MCAT practice? Every week …

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January 22, 2015

The Most Intensive MCAT Prep Program

 

As the start of a New Year (or new school year) approaches, it’s a good time to start thinking about your summer plans, especially if they involve MCAT prep—and, if you’re a prospective med school applicant, they should.

One way to get serious about your MCAT prep is to enroll in Kaplan’s MCAT Summer Intensive Program—the most intensive, rigorous, immersive, and comprehensive MCAT program out there, to help you get the score you want on Test Day. In 2015, you can attend these intensive prep sessions in four locations:

Atlanta, GA: May 16th – June 27th at …

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December 23, 2014

6 Ways to Calm Down When You’re Stressed from Studying

By Megan Weyrauch on September 9, 2013

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It’s 3 a.m. and you’re still studying. Sweaty fingers turn the pages of your textbook as your heart tries to bust out of its chest-jail. In a daze, you scan the same dull paragraph four times before you realize that you aren’t actually reading the text. Your head is pounding and you cannot concentrate as you count down the final hours, minutes and then seconds until you need to be relaying …

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December 8, 2014

Advances in Medicine Through The Decades

It’s the season to be thankful! Even though we’re officially past Thanksgiving, it’s still important to reflect back on how good we’ve got things in medicine these days. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t really even understand what bacteria were, and sterile technique was absolutely unheard of. Let’s take a look back at some great advances in medicine through the decades, for which we are eternally grateful.

Vaccines

In 18th century Europe, it was not uncommon to know someone or have a family member who died due to smallpox. That is, of course, until Edward Jenner …

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November 11, 2014

Medical School Prerequisites: Choosing Your Classes

In my numerous conversations with pre-med students, I hear many questions. Most, as you would expect, revolve around the MCAT; how do I prepare, what score do I need, and what should I do if I don’t feel ready for the exam? But many questions also focus on a subject that’s just as important – your pre-medical coursework, and how to schedule all of your medical school prerequisites.

In many ways your pre-med classes are the first step and most effective step in your prep for the MCAT; do well in them and you’ll find yourself in …

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November 18, 2014

Studying For Final Exams vs. Studying For The MCAT

Hello my excited readers! It’s that time of year when students are focused on studying for their midterms or potentially final exams. You may even be trying to balance your class studying with your MCAT studying! Studying for both at the same time can be incredibly challenging. That said, the way you study for your undergrad finals should be very different from how you are studying for the MCAT! Today I’d like to talk about the differences in how you want to tailor your studying for finals versus studying for the MCAT.

Difference 1: Critical thinking versus memorization…

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November 25, 2014

Becoming a Well-Rounded PreMedical Student

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 pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Jai Kumar Mediratta: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

“GET INVOLVED!” said every pre-health advisor ever. I would be willing to wager that there is a brightly decorated bulletin board in your career center that is dedicated to this very theme.

Today, more often than not, “getting involved” is associated with being “well-rounded,” and as a premedical student, you are familiar with the concept of a “well-rounded” individual. …

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October 24, 2014

4 Reasons Why You Should Take a Kaplan MCAT Class

Hello my excited readers! Today I’d like to answer a question that I get a lot from interested students:

Why should I take a Kaplan MCAT class?

I’ve been teaching for 6+ years at this point, so clearly I believe in the benefits of the Kaplan MCAT program. I took a Kaplan MCAT class in 2006 and did well enough on the actual test to score-qualify to teach the class. If you aren’t sold by that fact alone though, I have some four great reasons for you!

1. Flexibility

One of the best features of the Kaplan MCAT program is …

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