Med Educators Blog

Articles published in 2021

Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Course Updates

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | September 23, 2021

Throughout the development phase of our MCAT program, we conduct countless interviews and surveys with our students to see what is at the top of their “wants” list, and to find out which types of tools they find most valuable.

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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Preparing for the MCAT Begins on Day 1

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | August 20, 2021

While studying for the MCAT in earnest won’t actually begin until about 6 months before a student is going to take the test, the more they can practice using the information they are learning now, the better they will not only retain the information, but make it second nature.

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Pre-Med Student Success Story: Claire Kyoung

July 27, 2021

As a Korean American who immigrated to the United States at the age of 8, I observed both the Korean and American attitudes towards medicine and women’s health. I believe my identity will help ease patients into confiding in healthcare professionals about their concerns.

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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Breaking Down the Realities of a Truly Transparent Score Improvement Claim

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | July 13, 2021

When Kaplan makes a score improvement claim, we will have a representative sample of students, truly comparable test scores that we are comparing, and a transparent process for conducting the analysis and presenting the results.

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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Maximizing Summer By Minimizing Distractions

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | June 10, 2021

Rest is important, and summer naturally provides an opportunity to catch up on it. However, there is something to be said about finding activities that keep you both mentally, physically, and emotionally active.

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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Preparing for Application Season

by Petros Minasi, Jr., Sr. Director, Pre-Health Programs | May 13, 2021

With the opening of medical school application season around the corner, for this month’s "Myths and Tips" I reflect on the summer ahead for pre-meds as they put the finishing touches on their medical school applications.

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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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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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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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Pre-Med Myths & Tips: Selecting an MCAT® Test Date

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

In addition to mastering the content and critical thinking skills necessary for success on the MCAT, students will greatly benefit from taking a little bit of time to reflect and plan out how their MCAT preparation is going to fit into their overall academic and personal life.

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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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