Penn State College of Medicine to Hold a Primary Care Day

If graduate schools and business schools hold an open house, information sessions, or other networking get-togethers, medical schools also have their own way of welcoming and preparing their prospective students. For this purpose, The Penn State College of Medicine is hosting its Primary Care Day on October 23, 2010.

What exactly is Primary Care Day?

Primary Care Day is like an open house with a slight difference. Prospective students from University Park can come in for a day and get to know more about the medical program, including the admissions process. During Primary Care Day, the prospective students may get some tips about the application process, especially since they can actively interact with current students and faculty. Primary Care Day is held every fall at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

What are the event and contact details for the Primary Care Day?

Primary Care Day is to be held on October 23, 2010. It begins at 8:30 am. The event is free to prospective students and other guests alike. A free lunch is also served. Access to registration forms is available online. For those who have queries about the event, they can contact Diane Ferron at or phone 717-531-1534.

Preparing for the MCAT

The MCAT is crucial to landing that important medical school interview. A good one can eclipse the fact that the applicant does not have as much medical background as other applicants with lower MCAT scores. On the other hand, a bad one can weigh down an otherwise good set of credentials. The MCAT is not really the most accurate indicator of how a person will do in medical school but applicants still need to do well in this standardized test. Standardized tests, no matter what the field, become one of the best bases of admissions committee on how good an applicant is because these tests help gauge a student’s ability to analyze things.

Doing well on the MCAT

So, students who are planning to take the MCAT should not feel bad about shelling out $1,000 to $2,000 for a test prep course. The amount can turn out to be a great investment. Working under a prep course may help applicants to cover the large amount of material needed to be learned for the MCAT. Practice tests will also help applicants get a feel of the real MCAT.

Actual techniques

Those who are preparing for the MCAT should have a study plan or a schedule of topics to cover over a period of time. They must go through practice tests to develop proper test taking skills.