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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.

Claudia Mikail, M.D., M.P.H.
Claudia Mikail, M.D., M.P.H.
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Jason De La Rosa
Jason De La Rosa
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Tom Taylor
Tom Taylor
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Maria Lofftus, J.D.
Maria Lofftus, J.D.
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Thomas Luten
Thomas Luten
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Raj Thakrar, M.D.
Raj Thakrar, M.D.
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Claudia Mikail, M.D., M.P.H. Claudia Mikail, M.D., M.P.H.

Consulting with Kaplan since: 2005

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

At Kaplan, Claudia has enabled countless college students, nontraditional applicants, and repeat applicants to achieve admission to their top-choice schools. With experience as a Princeton Regional Alumni Interviewer, Claudia provides expert insights into the admissions process of highly selective programs, from what makes a powerful and polished personal statement to how to shine at your interview.

Jason De La Rosa Jason De La Rosa

Education: BA, Southwestern University; MA, University of Chicago

Background:  Jason was recruited to develop and assess a Pre-Health Professions program from scratch at his university, where he has transformed the pre-health culture into a well-known and respected program. He has developed and served as course instructor for several pre-health courses and led out on several presentations/discussions in collaboration with health professions admissions officers and other pre-health programs as a member of local, state, and national health professions advising organizations. He has been instrumental in reviewing and facilitating the craftsmanship of personal statements, conducting practice interviews, and enacting change in curricular and experiential recommendations for his institution. He is especially interested in helping students understand how their personal values and goals align with their professional aspirations. Specialization in Texas health professions programs, as well as the TMDSAS and AACOMAS application systems.

Tom Taylor Tom Taylor

Consulting with Kaplan since: 1998

Education: BS from University of Connecticut


Tom served as the chief admissions officer at several different 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. He also served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Tom estimates that he has reviewed over 60,000 medical school applications and has read at least 200,000 letters of recommendation during his long career in admissions.

Maria Lofftus, J.D. Maria Lofftus, J.D.

Education: BA from the University of California San Diego, JD from the University of San Diego

Background: Over 40 years of leadership experience in graduate education with the University of California, the Association of American Medical Colleges and Kaplan.

Maria has recently retired from a long and illustrious career in graduate education at the prestigious University of California, San Diego where she was both the Assistant Dean for Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid at the School of Medicine and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Special Initiatives at the Rady School of Management. She is a recognized expert in the areas of medical school admissions, higher education assessment, evaluation and accreditation. She also served on the AAMC’s National Committee on Diversity and served as Chair of the National Committee on Admissions. While she enjoys working with all applicants, Maria says she has always found it most rewarding to work with the non-traditional student and reapplicant to achieve their goal of becoming a physician. As a life-long lover of writing, she also enjoys working with students to craft compelling personal statements and essays.

Thomas Luten Thomas Luten

Mr. Luten has served as the Director of Student Affairs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry where he coordinated recruitment activities, minority affairs, advising of all student organizations, financial aid, student residency and tutorial/retention services.

Educationally, Mr. Luten has completed all requirements, except the dissertation, for the PhD in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University, and has achieved both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Ohio State University. Most recently he is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Admissions Committee of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. His passions are graduate and professional school advising, - dental, law, MBA and medicine - with a particular interest in the oral health profession, diversity programs in health career education and student success.

Raj Thakrar, M.D. Raj Thakrar, M.D.

Consulting with Kaplan since: 2013

Education: B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, M.S. from Georgetown University

Background: Trustee to the University of Vermont, serving on the Educational Policies and Institutional Resources Committee

During his first year of medical school, Raj was elected to the Board of Trustees at the University of Vermont, a position that allowed him to work directly with the Administration at the College of Medicine. This only added to his knowledge of the application and student selection processes. He used his knowledge to successfully assist prospective applicants gain admission to medical schools. He accomplished this by understanding that medical schools determine candidacy based on the concept of an applicant being the right "fit."

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