Interview with MCAT for Me Founders Eric and Amy

Session 04

Session 4

In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Eric and Amy from MCAT for Me, a new business aimed at shaking out the world of MCAT test prep. Eric and Amy are both undergraduate students at UC Davis. MCAT for Me was born out of necessity when Amy learned about the pretty high cost of MCAT prep.

Listen in as they talk about their premed path, volunteering, MCAT preparation, and a wealth of free resources that you can access from their site.

Here are the highlights of the conversation with Amy and Eric:

Amazing programs at UC Davis for undergraduate students:

  • Student-run clinics
  • Internships in the UC Davis Medical Center set up exclusively for UC Davis undergrads
  • Volunteering and research opportunities

Eric’s background:

Growing up exposed to pharmacist parents and to his family’s businesses

  • Currently a senior at UC Davis with a major in biomedical engineering
  • Planning to apply to DO and MD schools
  • Considering MD/PhD and MD/MBA programs
  • Choosing UC Davis as his undergraduate school because of a medical school nearby

Amy’s background:

  • Growing up exposed to artist parents
  • Interest in autism and the cognitive aspect of psychology
  • Currently a junior at UC Davis as a Psychology major with emphasis on Biology
  • Volunteering at one of the student-run clinics catering to the underserved Asian population in Sacramento providing primary care and cancer screening
  • Amy is the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the clinic – hard work yet rewarding!
  • Choosing UC Davis primarily based on location and proximity to family
  • Involved with research since Freshman

Eric’s MCAT preparation:

  • Choosing Princeton Review over Kaplan
  • Spending around $2,100 for a 10-week course
  • Studying for 10 weeks (perfect amount of time – not too long, not too short)
  • MCAT not as a fact-based test, rather based on concepts
  • MCAT is a lot less knowledge and facts but more on comprehending the questions
  • Not taking many classes but getting a 37 on the MCAT

About MCAT for Me:

  • Free MCAT test prep company offering a different style of learning (more visual)
  • They have about 50 YouTube videos with now over 3,000 views in just 2 months
  • Conceiving the idea of teaching people for fun
  • Teaching as the best way of learning
  • Putting up at least 1 video per day and releasing the website after 150 videos
  • Various study plans available
  • Free MCAT question of the day

Some pieces of advice for premed students:

  • Being happy with what you’re doing goes a long way.
  • Don’t worry about things that aren’t completely obvious to you right now.
  • Just have fun and everything will work out well.
  • Focus on yourself and go on your own pace. At the end of the day, you’re only competing with yourself.

Links and Other Resources:

Session 003: Picking a Premed Undergraduate College and a Premed Major

Choosing an undergraduate school


2008 Science Article about the MCAT Test Format

Khan Academy

Kaplan MCAT Test Prep

Princeton Review MCAT Test Prep


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