Med Educators Blog

Articles published in 2021

Meet the Kaplan Experts: Jonathan Bruner, D.O., Curriculum Developer - Level 1

by Jonathan Bruner, D.O., Curriculum Developer - Level 1 | May 11, 2021

I believe organizations like Kaplan are integral to medical education and will continue to be more involved in the education at the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Med Student Success Story: Ryan Chiu, M.D.

by Ryan Chiu, M.D. | May 4, 2021
Kaplan Student Success

I am incredibly fortunate to be a first-generation American and college graduate, a successful byproduct of public education, and the first physician in my family

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Webinar in Review: Exploring Neurodiversity in Education: Breaking Down Barriers to Learning and Thriving

April 30, 2021

Catch up with our panel of experts for an exploration of what it means to be Neurodiverse, and what we can do to better understand and support our friends, colleagues, and family members in the classroom and beyond.

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The Relation Between White Space and Concept Maps

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | April 23, 2021
White Space and Concept Maps

Take a deep dive into the value and potential of white space as a tool to clarify and highlight significant information, as well as how the theory and practice of utilizing white space relates to the tables and concepts maps educators use to convey data to their students.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Brandon McKenzie, Manager of Content and Curriculum for Pre-Med Programs

by Brandon McKenzie | April 21, 2021

My areas of expertise include deconstructing complex concepts into manageable bite-size pieces, understanding where students are in their MCAT studies, and creating content that meets them there.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Jeff Weil, Regional Medical Programs Director

by Jeff Weil, Regional Medical Program Director | April 13, 2021

 I believe that my background enables me to see challenges from various perspectives and offer solutions that benefit administrators, faculty, and students.

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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Embracing Rest in a Time of Chaos

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | April 8, 2021

For students studying for the MCAT, it is vitally important to plan on taking at least one day (or at least one evening) off per week, where their only goal should be to recharge.

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KMHS Alumni: Işıl Yenice Balevi, M.D.

by Kaplan Medical Honor Society | April 5, 2021
Kaplan Medical Honor Society

Catch up with Kaplan Medical Honor Society alumni, Işıl Yenice Balevi, M.D., to learn more about her path from studying in Turkey to becoming an M.D. in the United States.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Kim Canning, Executive Director, Kaplan Partner Solutions

by Kim Canning, Director, Kaplan Partner Solutions | March 23, 2021

I have had a wide variety of roles and responsibilities at Kaplan which has been fun and challenging, but my most rewarding and interesting role has been my current job. I absolutely love our mission and building long lasting relationships with our partners.

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Meet the Kaplan Experts: Susan B. Greger, M.D., Clinical Knowledge Assessment Manager

by Susan B. Greger, M.D., Clinical Knowledge Assessment Manager | March 18, 2021

My favorite part of medicine has always been the teaching aspect, whether it was educating patients about health conditions and their treatment or mentoring medical students and residents throughout their medical career journey.

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White Paper: Examining the Values of Implementing Virtual Simulation into Medical Curricula

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | March 15, 2021

In the new Kaplan Medical white paper, “Examining the Values of Implementing Virtual Simulation into Medical Curricula,” I take a look into the ways in which VS can help prepare your students for success on their board exams and their careers as doctors.

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Cognitive Load Theory and Creating Expert-Students

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | March 10, 2021
Kaplan Medical

Most students in the first month of medical school are not expert-students yet. Even a goal like “pass the test” is too broad and needs to be broken down. Focusing on these smaller goals is the way they find focus.

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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: The Financial Burden of Applying to Med School

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | March 9, 2021

This year, even more so than before, students are concerned about the financial investment applying to medical school carries with it, so we thought we focus this month’s edition of “Myths and Tips” on ways students can reduce that burden.

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Tag Me In: INBDE Integrated Prep Solutions

by Elijah Schwartz, MS, MSEd, BCBA-candidate, Learning Strategist & Adam Underwood, DDS, PhD, Kaplan Dental Content Advisor | March 8, 2021

Fortunately, while studying for the INBDE takes a lot of time and effort (both for administrators and professors as well as our beleaguered students), the benefits of investing in quality preparation reach far beyond the test day.

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Pre-Med Day 2021: All Access

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | March 4, 2021

Kaplan's inaugural Pre-Med Day brought together a lineup of insightful and inspiring conversations among med school experts, physicians, and current med students to offer pre-med students resources and support as they prepare for their upcoming MCAT® test dates and med school applications.

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KMHS Alumni: Gianfranco Bittar Carlini, M.D.

by Kaplan Medical Honor Society | March 1, 2021

Catch up with Kaplan Medical Honor Society alumni, Gianfranco Bittar Carlini, to learn more about his path from studying in Venezuela to becoming an M.D. in the United States.

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Webinar in Review: Beyond COVID-19: Utilizing Virtual Simulation for Student Success

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | February 25, 2021

In our recent webinar titled "Beyond COVID-19: Utilizing Virtual Simulation for Student Success," our panel of experts discussed ways in which virtual simulation can help bridge the gap between learning in the classroom to practicing in the real world.

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Webinar in Review: Adapting to the Evolution of MCAT® Summer Programs―Through COVID & Beyond

by Kim Canning, Director, Kaplan Partner Solutions | February 19, 2021

In our recent webinar titled "Adapting to the Evolution of MCAT® Summer Programs―Through COVID & Beyond," our panel of experts discussed the challenges of developing virtual summer programs in 2020, and key takeaways for educators as they plan for a successful summer 2021.

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Flashcards vs. Immersive Learning: What Language Courses Have To Say About This Debate To Medical Education

by Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI, VP of Medical Academics, Kaplan Medical | February 17, 2021

If traditional approaches to learning, such as flashcards, are tedious and proven to be less efficient, why do they remain so popular?

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