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About Brooks Johnson

Brooks is a 4th year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. He plans on applying to Anesthesiology residencies this coming year. He completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Public Health. In the little free time he has, he enjoys spending time with his son and wife, woodworking and watching his beloved Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals.

How important is my BCPM GPA?

By |2020-06-17T15:35:27-06:00June 11th, 2020|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 [...]

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

By |2020-06-17T15:35:15-06:00June 8th, 2020|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 admissions committees check social media posts?

By |2020-06-17T15:34:31-06:00June 2nd, 2020|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 [...]

Best MCAT study schedule—3 MCAT study options

By |2020-06-17T15:34:08-06:00May 31st, 2020|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 [...]

Medical School Application Timeline

By |2020-09-22T16:52:00-06:00June 7th, 2019|AMCAS Application|

Med school application process: from MCAT prep through med school interviews School's starting, and for a lot of you that means getting serious about MCAT prep and thinking ahead about your med school applications. While some of you have been studyingferociously for months, I would imagine that the majority of you med school hopefuls are just starting [...]

Medical scribe good choice for clinical experience?

By |2019-01-18T14:35:15-07:00December 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 [...]