HPPLC MCAT Prep Workshop – starting soon!


Are you preparing to take the revised MCAT exam? Register for the Health Professions and Prelaw Center’s MCAT 2015 Prep Workshop to help you prepare to take the revised MCAT exam in spring or summer 2015.

HPPLC’s MCAT Prep Workshop has been re-designed to help prepare students to succeed on the MCAT 2015 Revised Exam.  We will use the recently-released Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT 2015), as the most authoritative resource regarding what content is expected to appear on the new exam.  The Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review set will be used as well to guide review of important concepts.  The instructors for the course have thoroughly analyzed the guidelines provided by the AAMC on the foundational concepts to be tested in order to determine what skills students will need.  Each instructor will design his/her section of the course to help students develop the tools needed for success on the exam.  Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and independent reasoning skills, as well as test-taking strategies.

The course will begin the week of September 29, 2014.  Registration has started and spaces are available.  If you would like to enroll in the course, please respond at the links below and wait for further instructions.

The course fee is $650 and will be charged to your bursar’s account.  Books are not included in the cost of the course, and must be purchased separately (available online).  Students enrolled in the course will be provided one AAMC practice exam and class handouts free of charge (only one new exam for the revised test is scheduled to be released by the AAMC this year).

The course is designed to help students prepare to take the revised MCAT in spring or summer 2015.  It will run from the week of September 29, 2014 to April 8, 2015. Students register for either a Monday night or Wednesday night session.  Unfortunately, this course will not work for students planning to take the current MCAT on dates through January 2015 (the revised exam will be introduced in April 2015).

The teachers of our workshop are all experienced college instructors, with expertise in their respective areas of MCAT preparation. Please see the teacher biographies below for more information.

Please note that the MCAT 2015 Prep Workshop is not a substitute for completing college-level coursework in the content areas to be covered on the revised MCAT 2015 exam.  The approach of the course assumes that students have completed, or are in the process of completing, coursework that covers the basic concepts that appear on the MCAT exam.  The MCAT Prep Workshop focuses on further developing a student’s problem-solving and independent reasoning skills.

Not every student will need to enroll in a prep course in order to succeed on the MCAT.  Whether you are enrolled in our MCAT Prep Course or not, you are welcome to meet with a premed advisor to discuss strategies for MCAT preparation.  We want you to succeed!


WHEN:  Monday nights or Wednesday nights, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (students have the option of registering for either session and attend only one night per week).

FEE:  $650.00 (does not include cost of books).

TEXTS:  MCAT 2015 – The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, Fourth Edition.  Available at the AAMC website or from Amazon.

Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review: Created for MCAT 2015.  Available at Amazon.

Books must be purchased separately, and the cost of the books is not included in the fee for the course.

LOCATION:  Teter F258

HOW TO REGISTER:  Please register at the links below for the session that you would like to attend.  You will be sent instructions about how to complete the registration process.  To complete your registration you will need to submit a signed Tuition Deduction Authorization form to HPPLC that will be provided to you.

Register for the Monday Session: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8JWY2Z8.
Register for the Wednesday Session: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7J6FF8P.
In order to continue to offer this course at low cost to IU students the withdrawal policy will be very strictly enforced.  If you decide to cancel your registration you must do so in a timely manner according to the withdrawal policy stated on the authorization form so that another student can be allowed to register.

About our instructors:

LISA GERSHKOFF (Behavioral and Social Sciences and Statistical Reasoning): Lisa has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology (IU) and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, where she directs research in the Baby Language Laboratory.  The focus of her research is on the development of language in infants and young children.  Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on language and research methods and was the recipient of the 2014 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award.

KYLE HAGNER (Physics): Kyle has M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Purdue) and Physics (IU) with minors in Mathematics and Biology and is currently a Biophysics PhD student at IU. He has served as an associate instructor for the lab and discussion portions of General Physics II (P202) at IU and has served as a private tutor for various general physics and mathematics courses. His current research focuses on the evolution of the quaternary structure of highly conserved proteins.

SARAH LINDAHL (Chemistry): Sarah received her B.S. in chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for both her teaching and research. She has been an associate instructor for a variety of organic and inorganic chemistry courses as well as an individual tutor for undergraduate students taking general and inorganic chemistry. Presently, Sarah’s research focuses on the development of redox-activated metalloenediyne therapeutics.

JAKE ROSSMAN (Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills):  Jake Rossman is a new MCAT instructor eager to prepare test-takers for the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the exam.  He received a B.S. in Journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2006 before pursuing a career in public relations and journalism.  After scoring well on the LSAT exam, Jake returned to graduate school and earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2011.  Jake passed the bar for the State of Indiana and currently pursues a career in the legal profession.

AMBER YOUNT (Biology): Amber is a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry department at IU.  She has six years of experience as an AI for the A215 Human Anatomy and P215 Human Physiology courses and recently received the 2014 Outstanding AI award from the department of Medical Sciences.  Her current research is focused on cell biology and, more specifically, the mechanisms by which motor proteins organize a functional spindle during mitosis.

For more information please go to http://www.hpplc.indiana.edu/medicine/med-mcatws.shtml.