Category: Medical School / Medicine

Pre-Med Navigator: New Khan Academy Study Materials; Paying for Medical School Through Service

AAMC Pre-Med Navigator
February 2016
New Study Materials Complete the Khan Academy MCAT Collection
Like others who are preparing for the MCAT exam, you probably wonder how you can prepare for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section, which doesn’t require you to study specific content. The Khan Academy MCAT Collection now includes new study and guidance materials for this section of the MCAT exam to help you get started. With the addition of these materials, the Khan Academy MCAT Collection is now complete! It covers all of the content tested on the MCAT exam, and includes 1,100 videos and 3,000 review questions to help you study.
Learn more about studying for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section here.
Paying for Medical School Through Service
One of the frequently asked questions we get from aspiring medical students is "How will I pay for medical school?" Nearly 80 percent of graduating students reported having outstanding educational loans at the end of medical school, according to the most recent AAMC Medical School Graduation Questionnaire. Some students who want to borrow less, or who want to have some or all of their loans forgiven, might want to consider providing medical service for a particular organization, employer, or program after medical school (or licensure). In return for their service, they receive the benefit of loan forgiveness or loan repayment. You might not be aware of some of these service commitments that provide loan forgiveness or repayment, but they can significantly offset the cost of a medical education.
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Applying to SMDEP – a Free Summer Enrichment Program
Summer enrichment programs are a great way for you to explore career options and get experience in the medical field. The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free six-week program for freshman and sophomores who are underrepresented in medicine and dentistry. Get answers to the top five frequently asked questions, and be sure to submit your application by the March 1, 2016 deadline.
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Resource Highlight
Holistic Review Medical School Admissions
Have you ever heard the term, Holistic Review? Learn what it is and how it’s implemented in the admissions process.
We also want to remind you that registration for the second half of the MCAT testing year will open in just a few days! On February 10, June-September test dates will open. If you plan to register, be sure to check out these top ten tips to help you get ready. And don’t forget to follow@AAMC_MCAT for updates and announcements!
FIRST Tip of the Month
Applying to medical school involves more than just paying the application fee. Read over FIRST’s "The Cost of Applying to Medical School" fact sheet to prepare for some of the admissions-related costs that you will need to be prepared for when you start the application process.
Brought to you by FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) – an AAMC service that provides free resources to help you make wise financial decisions.
Important Dates
February 10
MCAT registration for June-September test dates opens
February 23
January 22 and 23 MCAT Scores Released
March 1
SMDEP Application Closes
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Free Virtual Medical School Fair on February 4

Tami and I are thrilled to announce that the AAMC will be hosting the first Medical School Virtual Fair on February 4, 2016, from noon to 8:00pm (EST). The Medical School Virtual Fair will offer your students an opportunity to interact with admissions representatives from 25 of the nation’s medical schools, as well as current medical students. AAMC staff will also be available to provide a comprehensive review of the various components of the application process, services, and resources available.

Registration is FREE for this event, so please encourage your students to attend. If you have an interest in learning about the medical schools participating, you are encouraged to sign up also! Register here:

Tips for attending a virtual fair and other resources for pre-med students can be found in the recently launched newsletter, the AAMC Pre-Med Navigator. We encourage you to subscribe to this monthly newsletter, and share the link with your students.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please contact the AAMC Advisor Support Team at 202-828-0950 or via email at advisors.

Kind regards,

Tami Levin, Director, AAMC Premedical and Applicant Resources

Becky Rice, Director, AAMC Services Outreach

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Registration for MCAT Exam Dates June – September starts Feb 10

Please be advised registration will open on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 for the June-September MCAT exam dates. As a reminder, registration is currently open for January, April, and May dates.

For more information on registration, please visit:

If you have any questions, please email us at advisors.

Best Regards,

Judy Byrne

Judith Byrne
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Pre-Med Workshop at Osteopathic Medical School in Oregon

Join Us on March 5th in Lebanon, OR


Pre-Med Advisors and Students Workshop

"Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine"

Dear Joyce,

Register here to secure your spot in our upcoming Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine Workshop!
This workshop will help educate you and your pre-med students about osteopathic medicine and the educational opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. The event will be held at WesternU / COMP-NW in Lebanon, Oregon on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8 am to 5 pm.
Representatives from PNWU-COM, ATSU-SOMA, and AACOM will also be present to help students find their fit in the future of medicine.

Complete information on this workshop is available at


David Tate, Executive Director



1327 SE Tacoma #326, Portland, OR 97202

Please share this information with anyone interested in a career in medicine!


Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Lebanon, OR: All about Osteopathic Medicine!

Did you know that DO doctors are licensed for exactly the same work and responsibilities as MD doctors?

This is a very early notice about an inexpensive all-day conference. Driving time to Lebanon OR is about 6 hrs one way, so you’ll need accommodation for the night before. I have visited this campus and learned a lot about DO medicine.

The DO medical school in Yakima, WA also has an annual visitation day: normally the first Saturday in April. Yakima is about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle. I have visited there as well and highly recommend it.

Joyce Fagel, M.A.

Academic Adviser, Advising & Counseling Center

Room 5229

Phone: 206-546-6984

For appointment: 206-546-4559

Northwest Osteopathic Advancing Wellness through the

Medical Foundation Osteopathic Approach / 503.222.7161

NW Wellness Conference for PreHealth Advisors & Premedical Students

Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Lebanon, OR

All about Osteopathic Medicine!

The Foundation is proud to present a full day of presentations and discussions on osteopathic

medicine and why it might be the best choice for students looking to have a career in


The conference is on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Lebanon, OR on the campus of Western

University / College of Osteopathic Medicine – Pacific, 200 Mullins Drive, Lebanon,

Oregon 97355

The workshop fee is $15 for those that register on line and $25 at the door. The fee covers

breakfast, the opening presentation "What Makes Medicine Osteopathic?" and lunch.

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. at concludes at 5:00 p.m. On line registration is available at:

Representatives from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

and several osteopathic medical schools will be on hand to answer questions and give students

and advisors information on their programs.

The final outline for this conference is still being developed – highlights of the day’s

workshops will include:

􀁸 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Medicine

􀁸 History and Philosophy of Osteopathic Medicine

􀁸 Medical School Application Process – ABC’s and Insights

􀁸 Developing an effective Personal Statement

􀁸 Mock Medical School Interview

􀁸 Medical School Curriculum

􀁸 Interview Experiences and Reports

􀁸 Residencies: Matching Specialties

􀁸 Hands-on Activities

The workshops are being coordinated by John T. Pham, DO. Dr. Pham is Vice Chair and Assistant

Professor of Family Medicine at COMP-NW.

The Northwest Wellness Conference is also a one-day opportunity for physicians, hospitals, medical

schools, and the general public to come to and explore how we Advance Wellness through the

Osteopathic Approach. During the day there will be seven concurrent workshops on a wide variety of


􀁸 Introduction to Osteopathic Medicine for Pre-Med Advisors and Students

􀁸 The “How to” of Residency Development for Hospital and Clinic Administrators

􀁸 The Business of Medicine for Residents and Physicians just starting their practice

􀁸 Faculty Development for Physicians than serve as preceptors and clinical faculty

􀁸 Osteopathic Medical Manipulation for MDs

􀁸 Wellness Workshop for Physicians and others interested in finding wellness rather than finding


􀁸 Workshop for State Association Executive Directors and Board members

You can get information on all aspects of the conference at

Please contact Foundation Executive Director David Tate at 503-222-7161 for additional information.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference on the campus of Western University / College

of Osteopathic Medicine – Pacific, 200 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon 97355

Announcement of 2016 MCAT Testing Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the MCAT 2016 testing calendar is now available. Registration for the first half 2016 testing year (January – May) will open in late October 2015, and we will announce the date in the coming weeks. Please encourage your students to follow us on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for regular updates and announcements.

Also, we will be holding a webinar on October 6, 2015, from 1:00-1:45 PM ET to discuss the upcoming testing year and to answer your questions. We hope you will be able join us. To attend, please register.

Kind Regards,
Judy Byrne
Senior Director, MCAT Business Operations


“Acing Your Med School Interviews” Webinar from the AAMC: Tips from the Experts

Students can learn how to prepare for—and succeed at—medical school interviews. Get insights and advice directly from medical school admission officers. After a brief presentation from our panelists, there will be the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.

Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm eastern

Online registration is free, but space is limited. Use this link to register for the event:


Iris Gibbs, MD,Associate Dean of MD Admissions, Stanford University School of Medicine

Lina Mehta, MD,Associate Dean for Admissions, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Ed Daniel, PhD,Director of MD Admissions, Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida

Students can find more information about preparing for a medical career by To view the recording of our previous ‘Ask Admissions’ webinar “Mission Fit: Applying to the Right Medical School for You”, please visit our website. The direct link is: