Pre-Med Day 2021: All Access

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

Applying to med school is tough. What makes this process even more difficult for pre-med students is the impression that "everyone else" is doing better or more than they are to prepare. It's easy to assume that other applicants all have more clinical experience, better grades, more published research, and a better application timeline. But that's not necessarily true! There are many paths to medical school and each individual journey needs to be a good one for each individual student.

Through Kaplan's inaugural Pre-Med Day 2021, we not only gave students helpful advice on applying to medical school and studying for the MCAT®, we also offered real stories from physicians and current medical students - stories that redefined what is "normal" at every turn.

You'll hear from a pediatric specialist who had attended a Caribbean medical school, current med students who took multiple gap years (and not always to further their applications!), and current med students who attended community college and heard many people tell them they had no chance of becoming physicians.

When students ask, "What's the right way to get into medical school?" The answer that our panelists and presenters unanimously have to offer: The way that is most authentic for you.

We're pleased to invite you to watch the recordings from Pre-Med Day 2021 to learn about the application process and to help get students inspired about sharing their unique stories.

DR. DALE, M.D., DISCUSSES HOW TO BE A HOLISTIC DOCTOR

Dr. Dale Okorodudu, Pulmonary and Critical Care physician and Founder of Black Men in White Coats, speaks not only about how to practice holistic medicine, but also about how to be a holistic doctor and person. Ask yourself Dr. Dale’s 5 Questions from this video to stay focused on the big picture. 

Learn more: We can help students stay focused on the big picture.

A DAY IN THE LIFE: DOCTORS GIVE CAREER ADVICE AND SHARE EXPERIENCES

These doctors give you real talk on their day-to-day lives. Specialists include Dr. Chris Cimino (Neurology), Dr. Seth Meltzer (Cardiology), Dr. Ned Palmer (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics), and Dr. Sadhana Rajamoorthi (Family Medicine.) It’s never too soon to consider your specialty - and learn what med school and practicing as a physician will really be like. Walk a mile in their scrubs. 

Learn more: Discover resources that will help students prepare for their MCAT so they can achieve the career of their dreams.

HOW TO SPEND A MED SCHOOL GAP YEAR

These current med students used their gap years to work, have families, and hike the Appalachian Trail. In other words, not what you might traditionally expect. Gap years are usually seen as a way to gain additional clinical experience, improve your GPA by retaking classes, or author original research. However, it’s limiting to think of them in only those ways. There are MANY reasons to take a gap year and many valuable ways you can spend your time. Get inspired to make a big decision: What will you do?

Learn more: We can help students plan the best time to take the MCAT that matches their needs and goals.

5 STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR MCAT® SCORE

Your MCAT score can make - or break - your application. The good news is that a higher score is within your reach. Learn how in just 5 steps.

Learn more: Discover practical steps for improving MCAT scores.

BEFORE MED SCHOOL: PRE-MED ADVICE

These two current med students literally wrote the book on how to be a successful pre-med. Learn how to juggle activities and coursework while maintaining a personal life. Make your pre-med years count with advice from Elisabeth Fassas, author of “Making Pre-Med Count,” and Candicee Childs, author of “Lemons, Lemonade, & the Lemonade Stand: My Bittersweet Journey to Medical School.”

Learn more: Tips for planning a successful journey to medical school.

MED STUDENTS SHARE INSPIRING PRE-MED JOURNEYS

These current med students share highs and lows on their amazing journeys to med school. Can you get into med school after attending community college? They did. Can you get in after being out of school for 5+ years? They did. They are sure to inspire you and they’ll likely change your mindset about what you “must” or “should” do to get into med school. 

With:

Henry Siccardi - M3 at University of Connecticut, M.D./M.P.H. program

Rachel Tindal - M3 at University of Alabama-Birmingham, M.D. program

Elizabeth Minten - M1 at Harvard University, M.D. program

Adam Howard - M3 at Mayo Clinic, M.D. program

Learn more: This handy guide will help students count down the steps to medical school.

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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