Med Educators Blog

Meet the Kaplan Experts: Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | January 19, 2021

After more than two decades at Kaplan, I am often asked, “What keeps you here?” The answer is simultaneously simple and complex, but for now, I will keep it simple: it’s the people I interact with―advisors, students, and my colleagues, and the opportunities our programs and services open for students. 

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Mark Ratliff, Regional Business Development Manager 

by Mark Ratliff, International Recruitment Manager | January 13, 2021

In my 13+ years at Kaplan, I’ve found our commitment to students and their success to be the key difference between us and our competition in the industry.

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Beyond Test Day: MCAT Prep Builds Critical Career Skills

January 12, 2021

Fortunately, while studying for the MCAT takes a lot of time and effort, the benefits of investing in quality preparation reach far beyond Test Day.

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What Will 2021 Bring? Consolidation and Continuous Improvement

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | January 6, 2021

In 2020, people, schools, and organizations went through a period of “excitement” resulting in rapid change. The common theme for 2021 is going to be “consolidation” because I think people are tired of this kind of “excitement” for now.

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Webinar in Review: The Impacts and Importance of Pipeline Programs

December 7, 2020

In these events, panelists discussed how institutions and organizations can move the needle in impactful ways to better support underrepresented students that are looking to apply or enter a health profession program.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Joshua D. Brooks, Ph.D., Associate Director of Pre-Clinical Academics, Kaplan Medical

by Joshua D. Brooks, Ph.D., Associate Director, Pre-Clinical Academics, USMLE, COMLEX, & NBDE Pharmacology & Biochemistry Faculty Member | November 19, 2020

It was the first job at Kaplan that helped me see my true passion―it was not just learning pharmacology; it was helping others understand the processes and appreciate the beauty of these pathways.

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KMHS Alumni: Carlos Vergara, M.D.

by Kaplan Medical Honor Society | November 17, 2020

Catch up with Kaplan Medical Honor Society alumni, Carlos Vergara, to learn more about his path from studying in Colombia to becoming an MD in the United States.

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Visual Aides and Cognitive Theory

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | November 10, 2020

Much is written about the difference between quantitative processes and qualitative processes, but I think an excellent example of how the former transforms into the latter is the medical school curriculum.

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Webinar in Review: Racial Disparities in Mental Health Care

November 6, 2020

In this event, panelists took a deep dive into what defines “racial disparities” in mental healthcare as well as ways in which treatment and intervention can be improved by prioritizing culturally-diverse training in higher education.

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KMHS Alumni: Camila Gonzalez Aragon, M.D.

by Kaplan Medical Honor Society | October 27, 2020

Catch up with Kaplan Medical Honor Society alumni, Camila Gonzalez Aragon, M.D., to learn more about her path from studying in Costa Rica to becoming an MD in the United States.

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Webinar in Review: Black Pain Matters

October 15, 2020

In this event, panelists addressed the historic assumptions and misconceptions about Black pain tolerance that continue to impact not only the medical treatment that black people receive today, but also the gaps in education that all medical students unknowingly face.

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Opinion: The Meteoric Rise of USMLE® STEP 2CK’s Relevance & How to Master the Boards

by Dr. Conrad Fischer, MD, MA, Professor of Medicine, Program Director and Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center | September 29, 2020

Whether you believe that the test should have a grade or be Pass/Fail, the test is going to be Pass/Fail and every student has to know what this means. It means that student’s had better maximize all your efforts on Step 2.

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Webinar in Review: Bodies for Science: History of Experimentation on People of Color

September 23, 2020

In this event, panelists unpacked medical breakthroughs discovered through experimentation of the bodies of people of color as well as medical ethics, existing exploitation of BIPOC and impoverished communities, and proposed solutions for remedying this ongoing atrocity.

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White Paper: Team-Based Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning in PA Education

by Christine Bruce, DMSc, MHSA, PA-C, Program Director, Penn State College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program & Associate Professor of Medicine | September 16, 2020

Physician Assistant Programs throughout the country are faced with the challenge of educating our students in two very different learning dimensions: students need to know certain facts about disease entities but they also need to learn how to apply this knowledge into real-life clinical situations.

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KMHS Alumni: Kem-Maria McCook, M.D.

by Kaplan Medical Honor Society | September 10, 2020

Catch up with Kaplan Medical Honor Society alumni, Kem-Maria McCook, M.D., to learn more about her path from studying in Jamaica to becoming an MD in the United States.

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Webinar in Review: Acknowledging Racial Inequality in Medical Education

September 2, 2020

It’s more important than ever to understand the structural and social barriers for marginalized groups. As part of our commitment to this, Kaplan was proud to announce the Racial Inequality in Medicine Webinar Series which kicked off on Tues 9/1/20 with "Acknowledging Racial Inequality in Medical Education."

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Eric Quintero, International Director, Medical Programs / Institutional Partnerships for Latin America

by Eric Quintero | September 1, 2020

I have been with Kaplan Medical for 14 years and have held various positions that each brought along a new set of challenges that expanded my knowledge and love for the company.

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Promoting Connection in a Time of Chaos

by Stephanie Neary, MPA, MMS, PA-C & Mary Ruggeri, MEd, MMSc, PA-C | August 25, 2020

As faculty, we hope we can embrace changes as an opportunity to shift the culture of learning towards one that leverages technology to benefit the learning styles and demands of students today. 

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Webinar in Review: Virtual Simulation & Planning for the Future of Medical Education

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | August 21, 2020

In our recent webinar titled "Virtual Simulation & Planning for the Future of Medical Education" our panel of experts discussed virtual simulation and the “new normal” of medical education.

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