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About Brooks Johnson

Pre-med just finished my last year of university, sat for the MCAT in June and got acceptance to my preferred school. Awaiting news on one other med school where I'm on the wait list! Volleyball, sports and travel are my passions.

Kaplan vs Princeton Review: best MCAT prep course, and why?

By |2019-09-05T16:18:08-06:00September 1st, 2019|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.

Best MCAT study schedule—3 MCAT study options

By |2019-09-05T16:17:00-06:00August 24th, 2019|MCAT Prep|

What's the best MCAT study schedule for acing the test? Search the Internet, and you’ll find countless MCAT study schedules, MCAT study resources, and MCAT study tips. Everyone has their opinion on the best MCAT prep schedule based on their own experience and from hearing legendary tales of pre-med gunners on the street. However, what "best" is as [...]

How important is my BCPM GPA?

By |2019-09-05T16:16:43-06:00August 22nd, 2019|AMCAS Application|

So what BCPM GPA is best for medical school admissions? Here are some essential BCPM GPA facts: BCPM is the term for your science GPA, and includes grades in all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math classes taken during your undergrad years. However, depending on the classification of certain classes by individual universities, some classes outside [...]

Do admissions committees check social media posts?

By |2019-09-05T16:18:53-06:00August 6th, 2019|AMCAS Application|

Is it true that medical school admissions committees check social media accounts when reviewing applicant files? In this day and age, asking if admissions committees check social media is just...well, naive. Of course they do! Or at least they can... Imagine you're on a medical school admissions committee and you're about to turn over a [...]

Medical scribe good choice for clinical experience?

By |2019-01-18T14:35:15-06:00December 8th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

Is being a medical scribe good clinical experience for pre-meds? What's a medical scribe? A medical scribe is an assistant who accompanies physicians (often in the Emergency Department, but sometimes in other settings), keeping notes on interactions with, evaluation of, and diagnosis and treatment of patients. It's like paid shadowing, but the responsibilities are much [...]

Dealing with stress in the pre-med pressure cooker

By |2019-07-10T14:11:23-06:00September 20th, 2018|Pre Med Undergrad|

If you’re a pre-med gunner, you're dealing with stress, and understand the obscene amount of anxiety that goes along with preparing for, then applying to, medical school. When every undergraduate class grade affects your GPA, a tenth of a GPA point can mean the difference between an interview invite or a rejection. That makes every exam seem [...]