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  • Pre-Med Prerequisites for Taking the New MCAT

    On Call New MCAT

    The upcoming change to the MCAT also means a change to the typical pre-medical courses we are used to discussing. For many years, the "traditional" pre-medical courses have been a year of General Chemistry, a year of General Biology, a year of Physics, and a year of everyone's favorite - Organic Chemistry. But with the new MCAT, that will first be administered on April 17, 2015, additional content knowledge in upper division Biochemistry, introductory psychology, and introductory sociology will be required.

    The caveat to this change is that most medical schools are not changing their coursework requirements. In other words, you won't necessarily need to take these classes in order to apply to medical school. You will need to have the content knowledge, however, to take the MCAT. But of course, taking the courses will help immensely as they will provide you with an in depth study of the subject matter. But what's important to note is that not all of an upper division biochemistry class will be tested on the new MCAT, nor the intro pyschology and sociology. Rather, the AAMC has defined very specific content areas and has categorized them into 31 content categories that fall under 10 ...

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  • Pre-Med Checklist from Kaplan MCAT Experts

    Medical school admissions are extremely competitive: more people are taking the MCAT and applying to medical school than ever before. How can you stand out in the crowd and gain a competitive edge over your competition?

    Looking ahead is the best first step on your path to MCAT and medical school victory. Our Kaplan MCAT experts have created a checklist to ensure you make the most of the 2014-2015 school year.

    __ Get involved in your local AMSA chapter!
    __ Meet with a pre-med advisor to obtain information to assist you in the application process
    __ Explore the differences between allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools
    __ Obtain information from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
    __ Look through the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) and College Information Book (CIB) to get an overview of possible schools to apply to
    __ Evaluate the medical schools and develop your initial list of schools.
    __ Create a schedule of deadlines, including test registration dates, application deadlines (you’ll have primary and secondary application deadlines) and financial aid deadlines
    __ Take a free ...

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  • Charting A Course to Medical School: AMSA's Map for Success, Final Post

    We have really enjoyed posting this series for potential medical school applicants. Below are some additional resources that may help you along the way.

    All the best as you chart your own course to medical school! 

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  • Charting A Course to Medical School: PART XI

    This is one of the topics most of you have been waiting for! Let's talk about Financial Aid ....

    Financial aid is becoming more scarce today for students pursuing careers in the medical field. Some alternatives are employment, aid directly from a private source, federal scholarship programs and grants, and federal loans. The funds necessary for medical education today can no longer come directly from medical schools. Students must seek financial aid alternatives outside their college.

    Aid granted directly from private sources is very difficult to find. Nevertheless, there are many foundations willing to support your education. The best scholarship foundations are those with large assets located within your state and particular area of interest. For example, some hospitals and other large health-care-providing organizations offer scholarships to students willing to commit a few years of service to their organization ("support-for-service" aid). Some states offer their own loan-repayment programs (largely support-for-service), but these vary widely from state to state.

    Federal scholarship programs for medical students are very limited. There are two such programs: The Exceptional Financial Need Scholarship, which requires primary care commitment, and the Financial Assistance for Disadvantaged Health Professions Students Scholarship. In general, scholarships -- gift aid -- are ...

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  • Charting A Course to Medical School: PART X


    The interview factors greatly in the decision making process of an admissions committee. It is important, though, to remember that it is not the only factor. Prior to an interview, the admissions committee only has statistics on a piece of paper to try to deduce what type of person is behind the facts. They use the interview to see if you possess the qualities necessary to become a successful physician.

    In most cases, the interview is not meant to be a pressure cooker of facts and figures. You, the interviewee, are not on trial (although you may feel like it). The committee is trying to find out what kind of person you are, what your interests are, and what your motivations are. There are a few interviewers who will want to see how you react in stressful situations. When this happens, take a deep breath and think before you speak.

    Some interviewers have a standard set of questions, but many questions will come from essays submitted with your application. Be honest in your essay, because the interviewer may ask you to expand on parts of it. If you exaggerate, it may become apparent to the interviewer. Your answers may ...

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