December 10, 2014

Using Your Undergraduate Summers To Get Into Medical School

In addition to your MCAT score and GPA, a big part of getting into med school includes how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Using your undergraduate summers to build up that part of your resume will make you a more appealing and well-rounded candidate.

So just what should you spend your summers before med school doing? Sequestering yourself in the research lab, clocking volunteer hours, going on a medical outreach trip, or to improve your grades and master the MCAT? It all depends on your medical school path and where you stand in your undergraduate

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November 26, 2014

Pre-Health Students Bring Smiles to Guatemala: Emily’s Story

Kaplan Test Prep & Smile Train partner to send pre-health students on a trip to Guatemala. When people work together toward a common goal, big smiles emerge. So Kaplan teamed up with  Smile Train—an international children’s charity that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries —and sent four pre-health students on an educational trip to Guatemala. These future doctors, dentists, and healthcare providers not only spent valuable time with the children and their families, but they learned about Smile Train’s sustainability model, which empowers local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%- free cleft repair surgery in their …

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November 13, 2014

Overcoming a Low MCAT Score

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.

Isaiah Cochran: Waynesburg University

 

Being a premedical student is a unique experience. You have to be on your toes all of the time. In my previous Kaplan Blog Post I spoke on how being a well-rounded premedical student can help you to matriculate into medical school. Today I want to present to you a personal story about overcoming a low MCAT score that will shed …

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October 6, 2014

Fantasy Med School Draft: Finding Your Perfect Medical School

Hello my friendly fall readers! The leaves are changing and we can now expect a weekly dose of fantasy football related Facebook updates. For medical school applicants, however, fall means that you’re drafting your perfect list of medical school qualities instead of a great wide receiver. So, today let’s talk about which characteristics you should consider when drafting and finding your perfect medical school!

 

Size

Size is an important factor to examine when you’re picking a medical school. You want to examine not only the size of each class, but also the size of the entire school. Class size …

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December 21, 2012

Application Essentials IV: Medical Extracurriculars and Experience

The life of a pre-med student is busy, between the challenging pre-med courses you’re taking, preparing for the MCAT, and keeping up with your extracurriculars. Today, we turn our focus to that last category: what medically-oriented extracurriculars should you be doing before medical school?

Why are medical extracurriculars important?

In addition to the obvious (that this is what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life), the significance of medical extracurriculars is the demonstration that you have explored medicine as a field — and you still love it!  Many students come into undergrad with an idealized …

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Applying to Med School
December 20, 2010

Medical School: Research Experience

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

You’ve shadowed four physicians, volunteered in a hospital, a free clinic, a private practice and even got to observe in the OR a couple of times. Next on your list: research. It may not hold the same appeal for you as being in the hospital, but should you do it anyway? Or can you pass on this particular premed opportunity?

While research experience is not absolutely necessary in order to be a competitive applicant, it is a good idea and something the majority of applicants do.  The problem is, while you love seeing patients and …

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