Medical School Admissions Consulting Services
Admissions Consulting Services
How Do You Benefit From Medical School Admissions Consulting?
- Get expert one-on-one advice from Kaplan's esteemed team of medical school admissions insiders.
- Stay ahead of the deadlines with a detailed action plan.
- Benefit from discreet, impartial guidance on personal statements, resumes, and interviews.
- Assess your acceptance chances at your target medical schools
How Does The Service Work?
- Your consulting package can include whatever guidance you need depending on where you are in the medical school application process.
- You'll start with a 15-minute introductory call, during which you and your consultant will determine how to structure your sessions together. The first 15 minutes of your first call are on us. This allows you to get to know your consultant before you begin, to make sure they are the best match for you.
- From there, you'll act as a team, strategizing on how to build the most compelling application package for you.
|Medical School Admissions Component||Approximate Time|
|Personal statement topic brainstorm||30-60 minutes|
|1st draft of personal statement||60-90 minutes|
|2nd/3rd review of personal statement||45-75 minutes|
|4th review and on||15-30 minutes|
|Interview prep||15-60 minutes|
|Resume prep||15-60 minutes|
|Financial aid guidance||30-60 minutes|
|Letters of recommendation guidance||10-30 minutes|
Already a student? Ask about special Kaplan student rates saving you as much as 17% off the regular rates.
|Admissions Consulting Package Options||Regular Rates||Student Rates|
|Basic 3 Hour Package||$729||$599|
|Advantage 6 Hour Package||$1,259||$1,049|
|Comprehensive 10 Hour Package||$1,929||$1,599|
|Premium 15 Hour Package||$2,579||$2,149|
*Certain restrictions and pricing applies to rushed enrollments. Call 1-800-KAP-TEST for details.
Customize the Service to Meet Your Needs
Medical School Admissions Consulting is available in 4 standard packages.
- Basic (3 Hours)
- Advantage (6 Hours)
- Comprehensive (10 hours)
- Premium (15 hours)
Basic is best for applicants:
- who have assembled most of 1-2 applications themselves and are looking for a final, professional review
- looking to get preliminary guidance on the admissions process, before they undergo the process on their own.
Advantage—our most popular package—is best for applicants:
- Applying to 3-4 schools
- Who have already narrowed down their list of target schools
- Who have a working draft of at least one or more of their personal statements/essays
Comprehensive and Premium are best for applicants:
- who are applying to a longer list of target schools (5+).
- Who need help from the very beginning stages—from mapping out a list of target schools.
- Who don't yet have a draft of one essay
- Who have a significant weakness or several complicating factors that need to be addressed
Choose the right package for you and customize your time to meet your specific needs. You can always add additional hours at any time for $249/hour, or buy a second package and take advantage of the built in hourly savings.
*Certain restrictions and pricing applies to rushed enrollments.
Frequently Asked Questions on Medical School Admissions Consulting
Q: Is Medical School Admissions Consulting right for me?
Q: How does the service work?
Q: What are the credentials of the consultants?
Q: Does my consultant do the work for me?
Q: How should I best use the time with my consultant?
Most applicants are going to be qualified for some range of schools. However, most people are on "the bubble" somewhere, meaning the next level of schools is just beyond their reach. Applicants applying to competitive programs, international applicants, weaker writers, or those who have complicating factors, weaker MCAT scores or GPAs that need to be addressed can all benefit from the guidance of a seasoned admissions professional.
One business day after you enroll in Medical School Admissions Consulting, you will receive a welcome email including a link to a survey. The survey inquires about your goals, target schools, and more to help us better understand your needs. We then use this information to match you with the right consultant. You will be paired with the consultant whose experience and expertise best matches your goals, target school, and level of competitiveness. Or, let us know who are your top three consultant choices and we'll be happy to match you with one of your preferred consultants.
The service is delivered remotely with your consultant advising you via phone and email. The remote delivery allows Kaplan to provide the most convenient scheduling and to match you with exactly the right consultant regardless of geography.
Kaplan’s medical school admissions consultants are so effective because of their deep experience in the field. Most have served on admissions committees or as advisors—many at the top medical schools—and they bring really cogent insight into the admissions decision-making process. Most importantly, they understand that this process is about you presenting the best you possible. Our consultants know how essential it is to preserve and amplify your voice. They bring their expertise to bear to help you succeed.
No. Kaplan consultants work with you to enhance your original work. They’ll help you brainstorm, polish your work, and help you position yourself for the greatest effect. But don’t forget, medical school is a very personal choice—it’s important that the schools understand who you are as a person. And Kaplan medical school admission consultants can help you do that.
Our consultants have "billable" hours for the services they provide. They have guidelines as to how much time to spend on any individual aspect of the service and will continuously update you on the amount of time you have remaining.
If you don't use all of your purchased time, you can receive a refund for all whole unused hours at the rate of $100/hr. In addition, if you wish to add time, you can purchase additional hours at the rate of $249/hr. There are several different package options available that drop the per hour price down as little as $145/hr*. You may not purchase individual hours before purchasing one of our standard packages.
*Certain restrictions and pricing applies to rushed enrollments. Call 1-800-KAP-TEST for details.
Get Expert Advice from Medical School Admissions Professionals
Kaplan offers the most experienced team of medical school admissions consultants available. Most have served on admissions committees—many at the top med schools—and they bring really cogent insight into the admissions decision-making process. They'll work with you to build the best application package possible; one that positions you well for acceptance.
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 diplomate 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 courses in clinical medicine, pediatrics, ob-gyn, genetics, and public health 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.
As a practicing physician, she offers her advisees valuable insights into the realities of medicine and healthcare today. As an author, she works with her students to bring out the best in their writing. As a professor, Claudia consistently interacts with pre-health majors (medicine, public health, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry), particularly attuning her to the goals and aspirations of individuals preparing for a medical career.
Claudia received her BA in psychology, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University. She obtained her MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and MPH at Columbia University while a resident in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She completed an NIH fellowship in Medical Genetics at UCLA, where she trained in clinical genetics (prenatal, pediatric, and adult) and conducted research in the genetic epidemiology of chronic diseases.
At Kaplan, Claudia has enabled countless college students, nontraditional applicants, and repeat applicants to achieve admission to their top-choice schools. With experience as a Princeton Regional Alumni Interviewer, Claudia provides expert insights into the admissions process of highly selective programs, from what makes a powerful and polished personal statement to how to shine at your interview.
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.
She enjoys interacting with the full spectrum of applicants, from those who can compete for admission at top schools to those who need to reapply. One re-applicant who worked with her was awarded a scholarship. Nontraditional applicants often seek her advice, and she recently advised a 38-year-old applicant who gained admission to medical school.
Prior to her faculty appointment, she completed a residency in surgical pathology along with a fellowship at the top-ranked M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is very popular with students, and was voted the best lecturer in her department at the medical school.
Tom, 2009 Medical Consultant of the Year and 2009 Consultant of the Year
Consulting with Kaplan since: 1998
Education:BS from University of Connecticut
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. He also served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Tom initially joined Kaplan in 1998 as Director of Academic Services, Pre-health 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 estimates that he has reviewed over 60,000 medical school applications and has read at least 200,000 letters of recommendation during his long career in admissions. He has interviewed more applicants than he can count and has trained hundreds of admissions committee members and interviewers. Tom was a national leader in the area of medical school admissions. He served as Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges National Committee on Admissions, where he helped oversee the national admissions process. He was elected to leadership positions in professional-admissions and student-affairs organizations, has been a consultant to medical and graduate school admissions offices, and has been called on as an expert witness in legal cases involving admission to medical school. He served on the faculty of several training workshops for medical school admissions officers and helped develop the curriculum for those workshops.
He describes working with his more than 250 Kaplan clients as the most satisfying in his long career in medical school admissions. "As an admissions officer, I often had to watch admissions committees say no to very well-qualified applicants who, had they only presented themselves better on their applications, might have been admitted. As a consultant, I can help individuals avoid that fate."
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.
Jack has had a great deal of experience with a very diverse population of students and has seen them go on to the finest medical schools in the country including Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Albert Einstein and many others.
Jesse Borges, National Consultant of the Year & Graduate Admissions Consultant of the Year
Consulting with Kaplan since: 1997
Education: Princeton University: MA & PhD
Background: Has advised more than 2,000 graduate school applicants, one-on-one, worldwide
Jesse R. Borges is Senior Graduate Admissions Consultant and Trainer with Kaplan. He has spent more than 25 years in the field of educational / professional advancement, is now beginning his 19th with Kaplan, and has personally advised 2,000 applicants of widely varying racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, from every geographic region of the U.S. and the world. Given Jesse’s success with an incredible range of applicants, he has been honored as Graduate Admissions Consultant of the Year and was the first Kaplan employee (and one of only two) ever to win the company's National Consultant of the Year Award.
On the administrative side, Jesse, who has been serving as Senior Admissions Consultant and Trainer for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions since 1998, played a lead role in formally launching the Kaplan Medical School Admissions Consulting program in the early 2000’s, screening, preparing, and facilitating advanced training sessions for the consultants, as well as co-authoring the team’s Medical School Admissions Consulting Manual.
Jesse is a National Science Foundation Fellowship winner who has a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Princeton University. As a graduate school applicant, he was himself accepted with full university fellowship offers to every leading graduate program to which he applied, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, MIT, and the University of Michigan. He has a decade of teaching experience, having served as a faculty member at institutions such as Haverford College and Barnard College of Columbia University, and he has presented his research at a variety of universities, including Yale, Wesleyan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard.
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.
During his first year of medical school, Raj was elected to the Board of Trustees at the University of Vermont, a position that allowed him to work directly with the Administration at the College of Medicine. This only added to his knowledge of the application and student selection processes. In reflecting on his own application experience, Raj began to appreciate the gravity and complexity of the admissions process, making him particularly passionate about this critical juncture in students’ careers. He used his knowledge to successfully assist prospective applicants gain admission to medical schools. He accomplished this by understanding that medical schools determine candidacy based on the concept of an applicant being the right "fit." By employing lessons learned from his past and current experiences, Raj intends to help future applicants achieve admission and, ultimately, their dreams of becoming physicians.
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.
Janani was accepted to several top-tier medical schools with over $200,000 in scholarship funding. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, where she was named a Dean's Scholar and received a four-year, full-tuition merit scholarship. In 2008, she was accepted into her #1 residency program in internal medicine/preventive medicine in California. She was also accepted into her #1 fellowship choice, the Kennamer Program, through UCLA- Kaiser Los Angeles. Here, she works on implementing and evaluating health-promotion initiatives in underserved communities.
Janani served for multiple years as an involved member of the medical school admissions committee at University of Michigan Medical School. Based on her dedication to admissions work, she was selected to serve as an interviewer and voting member on the Executive Admissions Committee. Here, she gained firsthand insight into the winning components of medical school applications and interviews. Additionally, Janani has worked for over 12 years as a writing coach, helping students craft winning essays that express "their voice" with logical flow. She has mentored high school, college and medical students and residents in shaping their careers in medicine, serving as a speaker at various pre-medical forums and open houses.
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.
Educationally, Mr. Luten has completed all requirements, except the dissertation, for the PhD in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University, and has achieved both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Ohio State University.
Mr. Luten has spent more than 30 years in higher education and has an extensive, broad and eclectic background in student development and diversity affairs within a unique variety of institutions of higher learning. He has served as the Director of Career Development and Placement Services at Michigan State University, Hampton University and North Carolina Central University. He has been the Vice President of Student Development for Wayne Community College in North Carolina. He has also served as the Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action of the State of Michigan's Department of Mental Health. Most recently he is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Admissions Committee of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, joined Meharry in August 2011 and manages all aspects of dental school applications as Director of Admissions of the School of Dentistry.
His passions are graduate and professional school advising, - dental, law, MBA and medicine - with a particular interest in the oral health profession, diversity programs in health career education and student success.
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.
As an undergrad, Shantanu was recruited by MD/PhD programs. He obtained his MD from the University of Louisville and matched into one of the top ophthalmology residency training programs. Shantanu has been published in major peer-reviewed journals and conferences in various fields.
In addition to education and mentoring, public health is another passion of Shantanu's. As one of the nation's first advocates for the American Red Cross Measles Initiative, the largest ever public health campaign, he raised money and awareness for measles vaccinations. Recently, he co-founded a non-profit and published Salt Kills, the only book of its kind, to educate the public about the dangers of salt and hypertension. Salt Kills has also been featured on national TV.
Hear from our Clients
I wanted to take a minute and express my sincere gratitude and thanks to one of your employees: Dr. Heather Hoffmann. Dr. Hoffmann has worked intently with me since last winter and I have thoroughly enjoyed her service and commitment to doing everything she can in the advising process. I attribute much of my recent success in hearing back from medical schools to her steadfast concern and effort given to my application. I particularly enjoyed her very quick response time and the edits which made my essays far better. Several of her suggestions to improving my application have been asked about in multiple medical school interviews, and all schools have loved them (volunteering in a field of primary care, the specifics of secondary questions, etc). I truly believe her advising may have been the difference between my acceptances into medical school.
Linda went above and beyond. She was there 24/7 to answer any questions about the confusing medical school admissions process. She also had very specific and valuable advice regarding the seemingly daunting personal statement and also about selecting which medical schools to apply to. Linda definitely knew her stuff, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have her help me through the admissions process.
B.B. — Accepted to Loyola University starting Fall 2010
Here I am deciding between a program that offers two degrees and a fantastic scholarship, and a program at an ivy league school. A year ago, I wouldn't have believed that either of these accomplishments were likely. Certainly one of the smarter investments I've ever made!
Meredith R.T. — Accepted to Harvard and Boston University
Thus far, I have interviewed at seven schools and have been accepted to three (SUNY Upstate, New York Medical College, and Boston University School of Medicine). I am extremely satisfied with Dr. Hoffmann and do not believe that I could have been granted those acceptances without her assistance. I would recommend her to all of my peers.