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  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The New MCAT Edition

    Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the medical school admissions process and medical education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    With the approaching launch of a new MCAT designed to better prepare tomorrow’s doctors for a changing medical environment, a new Kaplan Test Prep survey of nearly 500 pre-med students finds that aspiring doctors have definite opinions about what their future professional selves should know. (Graduate Guide)

    Do medical school students have a sense of entitlement when it comes to their future employment prospects?   Read more ››

  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The Take the Current MCAT Before It’s Too Late Edition

    Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the medical school admissions process and medical education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    Good news for pre-med students concerned about a lack of MCAT seats before the test changes in Spring 2015: the maker of the exam (the Association of American Medical Colleges) has added October and November test dates in 2014, as well as testing dates in January 2015. (The Student Doctor Network)

    Talk about fierce competition. Read more ››

  • Match Day Leaves Most Medical Students Jumping for Joy

    Last week’s Match Day saw many celebrations throughout the country as 4th year medical students learned where they’ll be spending their residency years. A quick glance at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on Friday saw countless photos of students laughing, jumping for joy, and even a handful of proposals as long-awaited envelopes were opened.

    The National Residency Matching Process, more commonly known simply as “the Match”, is a process that combines feelings of excitement and trepidation in much the same way as the medical school application process. Read more ››

  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The Rankings Edition

    Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the medical school admissions process and medical education landscape from media outlets across the country. Leading off…

    The rankings are here! The rankings are here! U.S. News & World Report is out with their 2015 rankings. Love them or hate them, you know you’ll get questions on them.  Spoiler alert: Harvard is still number one. To the list! (The Huffington Post)

    If Broadway doesn’t work out, there’s always hope. Read more ››

  • You’re Never too Young to Prep for Med School

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the AMSA National Convention in New Orleans, and am happy to report that it was a very successful conference. It was great to see so many premeds actively engaged in developing themselves into better people, better applicants, and better future physicians. Which got me thinking about seizing the opportunities that are presented to us. On my flight to New Orleans, as I usually do on cross country treks, I opened my laptop to get some work done and to put some final details on my presentation for the conference. Read more ››

  • Spaced Learning to Help Your Advisee Get a Higher Score

    Students often are overwhelmed by the amount of science content that must be mastered and then applied on the DAT, OAT, PCAT, or MCAT.  And this problem is not confined to subjects in which they have struggled in school.  Many of these students have been successful in their coursework but are now faced with the challenge of recalling and applying all kinds of information on the one day that counts most: Test Day. This problem can be at least partially addressed by using Spaced Learning in a comprehensive prep program. Read more ››

  • Helping Your Advisees Decide Between the Old or New MCAT

    MCAT Decision Tree – Click to Enlarge

    Last week I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (TAAHP) in Houston, TX. While many other regional advisor groups hold their meetings on a biennial schedule (with a national meeting taking place in alternate years, including 2014), the TAAHP group takes advantage of their meeting each year to discuss the latest developments that are specific to the needs of the Texas system, including the unique TMDSAS meeting. Read more ››

  • Medical School Admissions in the Headlines: The Secure Your MCAT Seat ASAP Edition

    Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the medical school admissions and medical education landscapes from media outlets across the country.  We’re seeing some history in the making regarding the MCAT…let’s start there.

    Good news for pre-med students concerned about a lack of MCAT seats before the test changes in Spring 2015: the AAMC has added October and November test dates in 2014, as well as testing dates in January 2015. These additional testing dates are the first time in recent MCAT history that the exam will be offered later than September, which may help alleviate the rush to take the MCAT before changes hit.   Read more ››

  • Prepare Yourself for the Pulse

    Last April, we launched the Pulse, our monthly series for Pre-Medical Students. And over the course of the last year we have covered a wide array of topics making the Pulse one of the most popular events for aspiring physicians.

    Our upcoming February and March episodes are gearing up to be just as exciting and I wanted to provide a preview for you here.

    Our February episode, which airs Monday, February 10th at 8pm Eastern, will focus on Separating MCAT Fact from Fiction! Read more ››

  • The Importance of Planning Ahead

    Winter weather continues, and the new semester has just begun.  Your students are still a long way from their spring and summer test dates—or are they?  It is tempting at this time of year to think, “Oh, I’ll figure out when to take the DAT sometime this semester; I have plenty of time,” or “The PCAT is so far away; I don’t need to worry about that for a while.”  But, pretty soon January will turn to February, February to March, first day of classes to midterms, spring break, and finals. Read more ››