Six weeks of scorching heat! Summer MCAT prep boot camp: Ready? Set! Go. It's time to ramp it up! If you're on the fence about putting the finishing touches on your summer MCAT prep or getting help from the professionals, you are down to the wire for finalizing your decision! Kaplan and Princeton Review both [...]
Remember that most med school applicants are rejected. The competition is fierce for the limited spaces in med schools prestigious and otherwise. So you’re in good company. It’s a well-known fact that many a rejected student is accepted the second time around, and that adcoms appreciate persistence, as long as it’s accompanied by hard work.
Your best option is to choose a medical school that you like, that you can afford, with a good program in your area of study, and GPA/MCAT scores you can crack. And since financial aid is available to every medical school student irrespective of her or his finances, you truly can go anywhere you can get accepted!
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.
If you’re firmly in the doctor camp, and even if you’re on the fence about your career choice, I’d recommend taking a deep breath and sitting down with a good book or two to get a feel for what’s ahead. Where to find the best books for aspiring doctors? How better to prepare for a [...]
Your science GPA (sGPA), or BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) score is going to be critical to your application, for obvious reasons. Here are some ways to calculate, and raise yours.
AAMC, the organization that administers the test, has cautioned medical school adcoms not to put too much weight on the MCAT score, and that precaution applies not just in 2015, but from here to eternity.
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...
The emphasis on added science classes, as well as the new humanities and critical reasoning sections, mean the new MCAT will make it more difficult (but not impossible) for non-science majors to finish their undergraduate requirements in four years.
...can it happen at the beach? Building your medical school resume during the summer is a great idea. Sadly, it may require less beach time and more serious focus than the term "summer break" implies! Getting good grades in your pre-med classes is only half the formula for getting into the med school(s) you want. The [...]