Getting Into Medical School
You've come this far. Our planning tools and medical school admissions experts help you with what's next.
Work with Kaplan’s medical school admissions experts.
Personalized, 1-on-1 help with every step of your medical school application with an admissions expert.
Expert review of your personal statement, secondary essays, or other medical school application essays from from an admissions expert.
Practice and prep for traditional or MMI style medical school interviews and get personalized feedback.
Planning guides and on-demand advice from our consultants to help you apply with confidence.
The medical school admissions process can feel overwhelming. Your admissions consultant can help you with every part of your application, from narrowing down your school list, to drafting your personal statement, and practicing your interviewing skills.
Our admissions experts have years of experience on multiple medical school admissions committees and know what makes an essay memorable and convincing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Medical School Admissions Consulting right for me?
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.
How does the service work?
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.
What are the credentials of the consultants?
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.
Does my consultant do the work for me?
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.
You've got this, our medical school admissions experts are here to help. Our consultants are experienced guides and mentors with a thorough knowledge of the medical school admissions process. They'll help you navigate your unique journey to medical school so you can apply and interview with confidence.
Education: BA from the University of California San Diego, JD from the University of San Diego
Background: After a 40 year career in graduate education, Maria recently retired from the University of California, San Diego - School of Medicine where she was the Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid.
Education: MD, Howard University, Bachelors and Masters from University of South Florida
Background: Dr. Scott is a Resident Physician in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia. As a Howard University student, he was the Vice President of Education and a medical school student admissions liaison, reviewing MCAT scores, personal statements and conducting residency interviews.
Education: BS from University of Connecticut
Background: Tom was the chief admissions officer at several 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. Tom is expert in all areas of the admissions process, including working with non-traditional students.
Education: BS, MS, Yale University; MD, University of Hawaii
Background: For the last five years, Dr. Kim has conducted interviews for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in microbiology and a medical degree from the John A Burns School of Medicine and has taught thousands of Kaplan students on the MCAT over the last ten years and coached them through the entire medical school admissions process.
Education: MD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; BS Iowa State University
Background: Dr. Bracke is a practicing Internal Medicine Physician. Dr. Bracke graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in both Biology and Psychology. She attended the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and later matched into the Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Education: B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, M.S. from Georgetown University, M.D. from the University of Vermont
Background: Dr. Thakrar has completed his first residency in general surgery and is currently completing a second residency in neurological surgery. He has worked with numerous students on all parts of the medical school admissions process.
Education: MD, UC Davis
Background: Dr. Brown graduated medical school at UC Davis in 2002 and stayed on to complete her residency and fellowship and then to work as faculty at the same institution. Dr. Brown served on the Medical School Admissions Committee at UC Davis , where she set the policy for their scoring system, provided guidance to interviewers, assessed applications, and reviewed personal statements.
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. Dr. Mikhail is a physician, professor, a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, a member of the American College of Medical Genetics, textbook author and a former Princeton Regional Alumni Interviewer.
Education: ABD, Michigan State University, Bachelor’s and Master’s from The Ohio State University
Background: As the Director of Student Affairs for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Mr. Luten coordinated recruitment activities, minority affairs, advised student organizations and tutorial/retention services. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Admissions Committee of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.
Education: MD, Northwestern
Background: Dr. Wojtanowicz served as a member of the medical school Admissions Committee at Northwestern interviewing medical school applicants, writing evaluations, and participated in the decision-making process to extend offers of admission. He is a Psychiatry resident at UC Irvine in southern California where he serves in a similar capacity.
Education: MD from University of Louisville School of Medicine
Background: Dr. Hoffmann is a board-certified physician with professional experience interviewing applicants for medical school and residency at the world's largest medical center, University of Texas - Houston, where she was also a medical school professor.
Education: DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Background: Dr. Mixon is currently a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation resident in Philadelphia, PA, and plans to pursue a fellowship in Sports Medicine/Performing Arts Medicine. She is expert in the AACOMAS application process and working with students to craft personal statements and applications specific to pursuing Osteopathic degrees.
Education: Princeton University: MA & PhD
Background: Over the last 25 years, Dr. Borges has advised over 2,000 applicants of widely varying backgrounds and is an expert in a wide range of graduate admissions areas, including working with students entering post-bacc before medical school and working with international students.