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MCAT Public Office Hours – Data and Figure Interpretation

Dr. Anthony LaFond, Next Step’s Director of MCAT Content, conducted this public office hours session. Students enrolled in our online MCAT course have access to several of these office hour sessions per week; this is a chance for those who are not currently enrolled in our course to experience what these sessions are all about. This particular session focused on mathematics and data interpretation on the MCAT.   Dr. Anthony covered what types of math you will see in each section of the MCAT and went over several practice questions with attendees. He also discussed tips on handling certain types of MCAT questions, making it easier for you to tackle them both in practice and on test day. Check out a recording of this session below.   Unlike the lesson videos, this is not just a lecture. The office hour sessions are intended to be interactive. They will be conducted by one of our senior MCAT experts and will focus on specific MCAT content, but students will have the ability to ask and answer questions on mic. If you have a question, you can simply type your question into the chat box or click the “raise your hand” button and ask.   Our goal at Next Step is to make sure that you have the resources needed to prepare for the MCAT and your future career. This public office hour session is a sampling of what our course students have access to on a regular basis. If you’re interested in our online MCAT course, click here. We also have several practice test bundles, including a free practice bundle, as...

MCAT General Chemistry: 3 Dangerous Misconceptions about Acids and Bases

If you’ve taken the MCAT before, or if you’re in the midst of the MCAT prep process, you probably understand the importance of acid-base chemistry. This topic is one of the highest-yield of any in general chemistry, and perhaps more importantly, it relates to amino acids, organic chem, and more. But watch out! Even the most seasoned MCAT students often fall victim to mistaken ideas about acids and bases. Here are 3 misconceptions that we hope will never trip you up again: Myth #1: pH ranges from 0 to 14. Many students firmly believe this, but it is entirely false! Remember, pH is equal to the negative logarithm of the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution. Consider this example: a student adds 10 moles of HBr to 0.1 L of distilled water. As a strong acid, HBr completely dissociates, so we now have 10 moles of H+ in 0.1 L H2O. (10 moles) / (0.1 L) = 100 M H+. Next, find the negative log of this value. 100 is equal to 102, so let’s find -log(102). Log(102) = 2, so -log(102) = -2. We see that in this highly concentrated solution, the pH is actually negative! Note that pH can also exceed 14 in highly basic solutions. Myth #2: Ka of Species A ∙ Kb of Species A = Kw. This myth appears most often in reference to polyprotic acids, so let’s consider H2PO4-, which is the conjugate base of phosphoric acid. If you fall victim to this myth, you may think that the product of the Ka of H2PO4– and the Kb of H2PO4– is equal to...

2017 MCAT Dates

2017 MCAT dates have officially been released by the AAMC! They haven’t announced when registration opens just yet, but take a look at the 2017 MCAT dates below: january 2017 19jan8:00 amMCAT Test: January 19, 2017Scores released on February 21, 2017 Time(Thursday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 28jan8:00 amMCAT Test: January 28, 2017Scores released on February 28, 2017 Time(Saturday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More march 2017 31mar8:00 amMCAT Test: March 31, 2017Scores released on May 2, 2017 Time(Friday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More april 2017 22apr8:00 amMCAT Test: April 22, 2017Scores released on May 23, 2017 Time(Saturday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 28apr8:00 amMCAT Test: April 28, 2017Scores released on May 30, 2017 Time(Friday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More may 2017 13may8:00 amMCAT Test: May 13, 2017Scores released on June 13, 2017 Time(Saturday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 18may8:00 amMCAT Test: May 18, 2017Scores released on June 20, 2017 Time(Thursday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More june 2017 1jun8:00 amMCAT Test: June 1, 2017Scores released on July 6, 2017 Time(Thursday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 16jun8:00 amMCAT Test: June 16, 2017Scores released on July 18, 2017 Time(Friday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 17jun8:00 amMCAT Test: June 17, 2017Scores released on July 18, 2017 Time(Saturday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 29jun8:00 amMCAT Test: June 29, 2017Scores released on August 1, 2017 Time(Thursday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More 30jun8:00 amMCAT Test: June 30, 2017Scores released on August 1, 2017 Time(Friday) 8:00 am Organizer AAMC Learn More july 2017 21jul8:00 amMCAT Test: July 21, 2017Scores released on August 22, 2017 Time(Friday) 8:00...

What Should You Do After Your Interview Day

The medical school interview day is stressful. The first thing you’ll likely feel like doing is call your parents and/or significant other and let them know how it went. You’ll want to get into the car and take a deep breath and try to go over every question that was asked and your responses. You’ll second guess what you said, wonder if you answered the ethical question “right” and kick yourself for not saying hello to the medical students making themselves available to talk. While it’s okay to have your doubts about your interview, there is nothing that you can do about it now. The only thing that you can do is prepare for your next interview, assuming you have another one.   The first thing that you should do is prepare some thank you notes for your interviewers. Check with the school to see if it’s okay to send paper thank you notes. Some would prefer email. I personally prefer email because it’s immediate. A good thank you note should be professional and articulate. This isn’t a tweet or Facebook post. This is a professional correspondence that may end up in your admissions folder. If you remember anything significant from your interview, try to use that in your note. Make them think about that same moment. The more you can be top of mind, the better.   The other thing you should do is a debrief. The definition of debrief is simple: “a series of questions about a completed mission.” Your mission was your interview day. If you were like me and started analyzing everything even before the...

4 Tips to Make Your Interview Day Less Stressful

The medical school interview is the last big hurdle between you and an acceptance to medical school. You already survived your premed classes. You suffered through primary and secondary applications. You emptied your bank account on an MCAT prep course, applications, and traveling to your interview day. The last thing you want to do is head into your interviews stressed out. These four tips will help ensure that you are nice and relaxed and ready to impress on your interview day:   Tip 1 Know the Location Simple right? Unfortunately, every day students roll up to the interview late because they got lost, didn’t know where to park, or forgot or misplaced the information about the meeting location. If your travel schedule allows for it, do a drive by of the campus. Find the parking lot, walk around and find the office where you are supposed to be going to. My campus at New York Medical College was pretty locked down, so it was hard to walk around a lot, but you could still get a general idea of where you are going. If the instructions that the school sends out don’t include parking information, it would be in your best interest to find out that info before your interview day.   Tip 2 Arrive Early Another simple one. But again, you’d be surprised how hard it is for students to show up early to the interview, even though it is one of the most important days as a premed student. Did you catch how I said arrive early? Not on time. Early. In the military we say “early...

3 Ways to Kill Your Chances at an Acceptance at Your Interview

While this may be stretching the truth a little bit, you need to go into your interview day with the thought that your acceptance to that school is yours for the taking. You need to assume that the interview can only hurt you. If you go into your interview with that mentality, then you should be as prepared as possible and not screw it up. Unfortunately, every interview day is met with acceptance killers. In this post I will discuss three common ones.   Number 1 – Getting into an Argument Hopefully your interviews are very conversational and easy going. Sometimes they aren’t though and you need to be prepared for that. Some interviewers like to put stress on students. Some interviewers and interviewees just don’t mesh very well. When this happens it is very easy for you to get defensive about some of your answers and be put off by some of the questions. No matter what happens during your interview, the last place you want to take it is to an argument. If you feel like the interviewer is leading you down that path, you need to step back and think. Maybe he or she is trying to provoke you to see what your response is, maybe they are just having a bad day. Your job during the interview is not to prove that you are right. Your job is to prove that you can communicate well under pressure. Arguing is proving the exact opposite.   Number 2 – Lack of Eye Contact Physicians communicate with patients for a living. They need to communicate with nurses, peers...

Gift of Life Webinar

Most people who are pursuing careers in the medical field want to make a difference in the world around them. Gift of Life Marrow Registry makes one such difference. As one of the leading marrow and cell registries, they work hard to find matches for patients in need. Gift of Life has been helping others for 25 years making over 3000 matches and compiling over 250,000 registered donors. Next Step partnered with Gift of Life on this webinar to show you what a difference they make and how you can help. For premed students, becoming a doctor and making a difference can seem like a lifetime away. Your classes and MCAT prep may take up a majority of your time; but there’s always time to give back. Gift of Life discusses how you can help, covering the background of marrow donations and how each match is made. You can see patients they’ve helped and the difference they’ve made. See what this company is all about and how you can help them make a difference too. We have partnered with many different professionals and experts to bring you information that is not only relevant but accurate. Our goal at Next Step is to make sure that you have the resources needed to prepare for the MCAT and your future career. We have several practice test bundles, including a free practice bundle, as well as one-on-one MCAT tutoring services and a new online MCAT course. If you utilize our tutoring services or enroll in our course, you will receive customized plans that work at your pace and focus on the areas...

Program Spotlight Temple University Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy

Premed students have options once they complete their undergrad studies. Some immediately enter medical school while some students, who are interested in bringing up their grades or focusing on a more specialized field, begin a post baccalaureate or Master’s program. Temple University’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy offers a Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics. Urban Bioethics is a relatively new and growing field that many students may not have heard of. Next Step has partnered with Temple University to discuss what Urban Bioethics is and what students would be studying if they chose to enter the program. A program like this would interest students who are aware of what is going on in the world around them and are interested in changing things for the better. This degree can be earned as a stand-alone degree or alongside a medical degree, meaning you can earn your MA without postponing your dreams of becoming a doctor. Check out this webinar to learn what this program is about and how you can help change the world for the better. We have partnered with many different professionals and experts to bring you information that is not only relevant but accurate. Our goal at Next Step is to make sure that you have the resources needed to prepare for the MCAT and your future career. We have several practice test bundles, including a free practice bundle, as well as one-on-one MCAT tutoring services and a new online MCAT course. If you utilize our tutoring services or enroll in our course, you will receive customized plans that work at your pace and...