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Will attending a top-tier medical school help me get a top-tier residency match?

By | February 25th, 2017|Medical School|

Going to a more well respected school will open more doors for you, though it won't ensure you the match you want. Other factors such as Step 1 scores, competitive specialties, networking, and regional saturation will have an impact as well, and depending on your specific circumstances, could have as much weight as school choice.

MCAT books: Review of Kaplan, Princeton Review, Examkrackers, Berkeley Review MCAT prep books

By | February 25th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

MCAT prep book sets come in all different shapes and sizes, with varying benefits and upsides to each. There is not one book set that is ideal for every MCAT studier, which is why you really can’t believe anyone who tells you one book set is ‘better’ than another.

Kaplan or Princeton Review for the best MCAT prep course?

By | February 16th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

So what's the best MCAT prep course? In any given year, between 70 and 80% of MCAT takers enroll in a formal MCAT prep course. In this post, I review the courses offered by the two most popular test prep companies, Kaplan and The Princeton Review.

What are the MCAT test dates in 2017?

By | February 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

As you can see, the MCAT test dates are grouped around the most beneficial times for students….early enough in the semester (two in January!) so as not to ruin your whole semester—only part of it—and early enough to take the test again...

Should I retake the MCAT? How do medical schools treat multiple MCAT scores?

By | February 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

You'll need to ask the schools you're planning to attend how they treat multiple scores for those re-taking the MCAT.

What’s a good GPA/MCAT combo for acceptance into med school—3.7/511?

By | February 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application, MCAT Prep|

A GPA MCAT combo of 3.7/32 will give you a 75% chance of at least one acceptance. But there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that with lower numbers on both fronts (a 3.6/30) you could still get through with great ECs, LORs, and an excellent personal interview!

MCAT CBTs: Best of the bunch!

By | February 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

If you’re looking for insight into how to prepare for the MCAT, you’ve come to the right place. My recommendation is that, while studying, you should take at least one CBT each week, and more if you can handle it.

Why would anyone choose DO vs MD?

By | February 13th, 2017|Medical School|

Osteopathic medical training is becoming increasingly popular as U.S. lawmakers are increasingly concerned about the high cost of care and therefore, much more interested in preventative care and alternative methods as means of reducing such costs.

Is getting an A in Organic Chemistry even possible?…and what if I get a C in a pre-med class?

By | February 13th, 2017|AMCAS Application|

Participate in class. One of your best resources is your professor, so use her/him when you're in class to clarify concepts. Also make use of your TA when needed. You need to understand each concept before moving on.

Where to find the best MCAT prep books in 2017?

By | February 13th, 2017|MCAT Prep|

Each line of MCAT prep books has unique strengths and weaknesses. It's not a one-size-fits-all purchase pre-med students are making here. And that's why we put this list together: you deserve to go into the MCAT with confidence that your books helped, not hurt, your score.