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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 | 2018-04-24T13:22:32+00:00 April 18th, 2018|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.

Do adcoms check social media posts?

By | 2018-04-12T21:07:05+00:00 April 12th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

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

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

By | 2018-04-18T21:33:30+00:00 March 24th, 2018|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.

MCAT study schedule—3 options

By | 2018-04-18T21:33:31+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|MCAT Prep|

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 way to approach the MCAT based on their own experience and from hearing legendary tales of pre-med gunners on the street. However, what "best" is as elusive [...]

BCPM GPA facts…boom!

By | 2018-04-23T17:26:19+00:00 March 15th, 2018|AMCAS Application|

Here are some BCPM GPA facts... Essential BCPM GPA facts: BCPM is the term for the science GPA, and includes grades in all Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math classes taken during your undergrad years. However, because of the classification of certain classes by individual universities, some classes outside these distinct disciplines can be calculated into [...]

Medical scribe good choice for clinical experience?

By | 2018-02-28T22:04:54+00:00 March 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 | 2018-04-23T17:33:41+00:00 January 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 [...]