Medical School Personal Statement Review
Your personal statement is among the most thought-provoking and time-consuming elements of your medical school application; it's your chance to show admissions committees what makes you unique and deserving of a spot in next year's class. With so much riding on your personal statement, you owe it to yourself to get it right.
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Consulting with Kaplan since: 2005
Education: BA, Princeton; MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; MPH, Columbia University
Background: Private practice, Author of textbook; Instructor, UCLA Extension and USC Keck School of Medicine
A diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, member of the American College of Medical Genetics, and author of the textbook "Public Health Genomics: The Essentials", Claudia practices privately and teaches clinical medicine, pediatrics, child health, and genetics at UCLA Extension. She has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, instructing students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.
Heather, 2007 Medical Consultant of the Year
Consulting with Kaplan since: 2006
Education: MD from University of Louisville School of Medicine
Background: Former member of the Faculty-Student Liaison Committee, Interviewer for Medical School Admissions, Residency Program Director, University of Texas - Houston School of Medicine
Heather is a board-certified physician who interviewed for medical school admissions while she was a medical school professor. She has expertise developing a unique personal statement that clearly underscores the applicant's strengths for admission. She can provide feedback about what a physician reader will think about a personal statement. She teaches her clients the difference between writing for the personal statement and writing for the secondary essays. Her experience as a biomedical writer strengthens her ability to help students write professionally and clearly. She's a member of the American Medical Writers Association. She has professional experience interviewing applicants for medical school and residency at the world's largest medical center. She has prepared applicants for many interview formats, including traditional, MMI, group, and panel.
Consulting with Kaplan since: 2007
Education: Master's/PhD from Lehigh University in Biology
Background: Former chief pre-med advisor, York College of CUNY
After 36 years as a professor of Biology at York College of CUNY, Jack retired in January 2007. For about 33 of those years, he had been the chief pre-med advisor. In that capacity Professor Jack: advised students on their courses; worked with students on their applications; did interview preparation; coordinated a committee letter of recommendation and ran premed groups with guest speakers and other activities. He has also nominated over a dozen successful applicants for the prestigious Salk Scholarship given to CUNY students accepted to medical school who have shown exceptional promise in research. Currently Jack is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Biology. Working as a Kaplan Admissions Consultant, he has perfected the "wisdom" he has accumulated over these many years. Since working as a Kaplan consultant Jack has had experience with a number of Canadian students applying to both US and Canadian schools and is familiar with the Canadian application process.
Consulting with Kaplan since: 1998
Education: M.D., University of Michigan; M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley
Background: Former Executive Committee Member of Admissions Committee, University of Michigan Medical School
Janani was a non-traditional applicant to medical school. She completed her undergraduate training in economics, public policy and international studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and the London School of Economics, where her education was fully funded by the merit-based President's Scholarship. She then worked in finance and investment banking before deciding to make the change to medicine.
Mr. Luten has served as the Director of Student Affairs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry where he coordinated recruitment activities, minority affairs, advising of all student organizations, financial aid, student residency and tutorial/retention services.
Consulting with Kaplan since: 2008
Education: MD, MPH from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Background: Former Admissions Committee member, University of Michigan Medical School
Eric has been a Pre-Health Admissions Consultant with Kaplan since 2008. He is an MD and MPH graduate of the University of Michigan where he was also an undergraduate Goldwater Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa graduate with majors in Honors Chemistry, Biochemistry, and a minor in Physics. Eric applied widely to Medical Scientist Training Programs (MSTP) and traditional MD programs across the country. He interviewed around the country at programs including Harvard, Yale, UCSF, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Michigan, the Tri-I MSTP program at Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering, Northwestern, and Johns Hopkins, among others. He had the difficult decision between many wonderful training programs, and was happy to remain at the University of Michigan. While there, Eric was a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. Since then, Eric has helped numerous students gain acceptance to medical school and the programs of their choice across the United States and in Canada.
Consulting with Kaplan since: 2005
Education: Master's from San Francisco State University
Background: Associate Director and Pre-medical Advisor, Stanford University
Kathy has worked at Stanford University as Associate Director in Undergraduate Advising and Research for over 35 years as an academic advisor and as both a premed and prelaw advisor.
Tom, 2009 Medical Consultant of the Year and 2009 Consultant of the Year
Consulting with Kaplan since: 1998
Education: BS from University of Connecticut
Background: Former Associate Dean for Student Affairs/Admissions, the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University
A Kaplan admissions consultant for over six years, Tom is one of the most experienced admissions experts in the country. Prior to his retirement from full time admissions work Tom served as the chief admissions officer at several different medical schools including the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Hahnemann Medical College (Now part of Drexel University), and The University of Iowa College of Medicine. Tom joined Kaplan in 1998 as Director of Academic Services, Prehealth Sciences and for the next two years he toured the country presenting the popular seminar series "The Inside Scoop on Medical School Admissions" on over 85 college campuses located in 29 states and Canada. Tom is a co-author of Kaplan's "Medical School Admissions Advisor" and its successor, "Get Into Medical School – A Strategic Approach", now in its sixth edition. Tom returned to the academic world in 2000 when he was named Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Consulting with Kaplan since: 2013
Education: B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, M.S. from Georgetown University
Background: Trustee to the University of Vermont, serving on the Educational Policies and Institutional Resources Committee
Raj applied to medical school shortly after completing his Master's degree. A non-traditional student, he explored his interest in basic science research before pursuing a medical education. While working in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Raj was surrounded by medical students, residents, fellows, and professors who shared their valuable insight into the admissions process. After interviewing at competitive institutions, he decided to pursue his education at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he was selected as a scholarship recipient.
Dr. Flores received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. While there he served on the admissions committee and has met with hundreds of medical school applicants. He has particular interest and skill in personal presentation and mastering the medical school interview. He specialized in anatomic and clinical pathology where he served as chief resident and works in diagnosing disease in his patients. He has particular interest in gastrointestinal pathology, molecular genetics and medical education. He continued to participate in the residency admissions process meeting with applicants and evaluating their applications. He looks forward to meeting with you and helping make your application as competitive as possible.
Shantanu, a physician, is passionate about helping students. He has successfully guided a wide range of them, e.g. BS/MD, MD, and MD/PhD applicants, in all aspects of the application process to gain admission into medical school. Thanks to his extensive writing, research, and publication experience, he can provide comprehensive coaching for essay writing and editing. Shantanu also enjoys preparing students—ranging from those interested in medicine to those pursuing business—for interviews. Furthermore, he often advises pre-med and medical students on strategic planning and candidacy building in great detail.