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The Struggle With Consistency In Shadowing And Volunteering

Session 160 Consistency is key but what happens when there are areas of consistency in your application but your shadowing and clinical are not? How will this be viewed? Watch out for our upcoming podcast Board Rounds, our new podcast for first and second year medical students to help them study for Step 1 or…

Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 7

Session 127 We are joined by Clara of Next Step Test Prep as we break down some more of Next Step Test Prep’s full length then exams. This week, we’re in the Bio/Biochem section, Passage 7, which is all about white blood cells, viruses, and bacteria and how they respond in the body of mice.…

AAMC MCAT Passage and Questions Review Breakdown

Session 12 Today, we are diving into the AAMC MCAT Mini-Test e-Book CARS passage and questions. We’re using our MCAT CARS techniques to crush the passage! Once again, we’re joined by Jack Westin from JackWestin.com, the leading MCAT CARS section prep company. Today is basically the first day delving into an actual MCAT passage. AAMC…

Disclosing a DUI Didn’t Hold Him Back from Med School

Session 319 Matt is a premed with multiple acceptances to med school, even with a big red flag on his application—a DUI. Learn what happened and how he talked about it on his medical school application. Meanwhile, we have a lot of resources available for you as you go through this path. Do check out…

Former OPM to Pediatric Resident—It’s Possible

Session 159 Today, our student is a former OPM who has matched into a pediatric residency. Just a reminder that it is completely possible, so what is stopping you? If you haven’t yet, please register for an account at the Nontrad Premed Forum so you can join a collaborative community of students and ask away!…

MCAT CARS and What’s Happening to Scientific Research

Session 11 Link to the full article: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/three-trends-threaten-science-research-by-jeremy-j-baumberg–2018–09 Scientific knowledge and technological innovation, as Yuval Noah Harari emphasizes in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, are among the key drivers of economic progress. Yet there is remarkably little reflection taking place about the state of science today, despite significant challenges, rooted in globalization,…

Next Step Full Length 10, Bio/Biochem Passage 6

Session 126 Passage 6 is filled with lipoproteins, and maybe a little Hepatitis C. Follow along with the handout on our blog post for this MCAT bio/biochem passage. We’re joined as always by Clara of Next Step Test Prep. If you’re interested in practice full-length exams, check out Next Step Test Prep and use the…

Ultimate MCAT Guide

Beginning 2015, aspiring pre med students should be more prepared than ever as new changes on the MCAT exam have recently been approved by the Association of American Medical Colleges or AAMC. The first since the year 1991, the changes made to the MCAT 2015 exam are intended to help and train medical students for the ever evolving and changing health care system to better address the needs of the continuously growing and changing population.

The ShortCoat Podcast: Mouths Wide Open

Original Article: Mouths Wide Open Aline Sandouk discusses with her co-hosts the recent breakthrough in her research–which is pretty much that she’s experiencing the exact opposite of what PhD students fear, and that her research may just have a path forward.  Whew!  And while we couldn’t answer any listener questions this week–hang in there, Madeline and…

How Does Affirmative Action Affect Medical School Admissions

Session 158 This week, our poster is from Canada planning to apply to medical school who is curious whether there the U.S. has got some affirmative action policies in place to help support underrepresented applicants get into medical schools. All our questions are taken directly from the Nontrad Premed Forum. If you haven’t yet, register…
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