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The Insider's Guide to Getting Into Medical School
Choosing and getting into the right school is critical for getting the most out of your medical school years -- and your career as a doctor. Kaplan has brought together some of the nation's leading medical school admissions experts to create this exclusive guide packed with the latest information to help you get into the very best school for you.
This informative resource includes:
- Advice from top admissions officers on preparing your application, writing persuasive personal essays, obtaining the best recommendations, acing your interviews, and more.
- Expert guidance on choosing the best options for financing med school, including valuable tips on financial aid, loans, managing expenses, and more.
- Specialized information for all students, including minorities, women, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, older students, and others.
- Contact information for U.S. and Canadian allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.
- THE NEW AMCAS APPLICATION
- THE CHANGES IN THE MCAT®
- THE PERSONAL STATEMENT
- THE INTERVIEW
- PAYING FOR MED SCHOOL
- FINDING THE SCHOOL THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
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A strategic, step-by-step guide dedicated to assisting students with the medical school admissions process, Get Into Medical School features helpful advice for becoming a standout applicant. Students interested in gaining an edge over the competition will find Kaplan's Get Into Medical School the ideal tool for acing the medical school application process. This indispensable reference focuses on the steps students need to take to get into medical school, emphasizing effective preparation methods and admissions strategies. Kaplan's trusted experts offer invaluable insider information on:
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
About the Authors
A Special Note for International Students
Part One: IS MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR YOU?
Chapter 1: Making the Decision
Why Go? Good Reasons...
Reasons to Reconsider
The Reality of Med School
The Qualities Schools Look For
Your Premed Adviser
Part Two: PLANNING FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL
Chapter 2: Planning Your Undergraduate Curriculum
Basic Course Requirements
Chapter 3: Extracurricular Activities
Part Three: SELECTING A PROGRAM
Chapter 4: Your Basic Choices
Narrowing Down Your List
Early Decision Program (EDP)
Chapter 5: Researching Medical Schools
Milk the MSAR
Read the Rankings
Ask On-Campus Sources
Making Your List and Checking It Twice...
Part Four: GETTING IN
Chapter 6: Admissions Requirements:
Health Care Experience
Joint Degree Programs
Chapter 7: Letters of Recommendation
Premedical Committee Letters
How to Solicit Letters
Confidential or Nonconfidential Letters?
What Makes a Great Recommendation?
Timing It All
Chapter 8: Submitting Your Application
Application Do's and Don'ts
Managing Your Campaign
Chapter 9: The Personal Statement
What to Write
Real Essays, Real Responses
Chapter 10: The Interview
The Interview and Admissions
Preparing for the Interview
Typical Areas of Assessment
Types of Interviews
How to Prepare
Sharpening Your Skills
Managing the Interview Day
Chapter 11: The Admissions Process: An Inside View
The Secondary Review
After the Interview
Important Dates in the Waiting Game
Chapter 12: What If You Get Rejected?
What Went Wrong?
Foreign Medical Schools
Choosing Other Paths
Part Five: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Chapter 13: Nontraditional Applicants
Who Are Nontraditional Applicants?
Preparing to Apply
How You'll Be Assessed
Finding an Adviser
Adjusting to College
The Juggling Act
Advantages of Being Nontraditional
For More Information
Chapter 14: Underrepresented Minorities
Choosing a School
Applying to Schools
The Medical School Experience
Chapter 15: Women Students
The Importance of Role Models
Choosing a Medical School
Women as Medical School Applicants
Balancing Family with a Medical Career
Choosing a Specialty
Dealing with Sexual Harassment
The Continuing Gender Gap
Chapter 16: Students with Disabilities
Are You Ready?
Exploring the Limits of Reasonable Accommodations
The Right Stuff: Getting In
Taking the MCAT under Accommodative Conditions
Your Premed Adviser: Friend or Foe?
Evaluating Medical Schools
Doctors with Disabilities: Peers or Patients?
Chapter 17: Lesbian and Gay Students
The Medical School Experience
Residency and Beyond
Part Six: FINANCING YOUR DEGREE
Chapter 18: Figuring Out Costs
Comparing Medical School Costs
Next Steps: Calculating Aid
Chapter 19: Applying for Financial Aid
Get the Forms!
Forms: Round Two
Calculating Your Need
Federal Methodology (FM)
Chapter 20: Finding Free Money
Scholarships for Service
Private Donor Funding
Chapter 21: Borrowing the Money
Federal Loan Programs
Federal Loan Consolidation
For Medical Students
Private Loan Programs
Part Seven: APPENDIXES
Appendix A: Quick Reference List of Key Resources
Appendix B: Allopathic Medical Schools
Appendix C: Osteopathic Medical Schools