SWFOER MCAT Prep Course Spring 2018
Total Students Registered in Spring 2018: 106
Dates: January 17, 2018, to May 4, 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.
Saturdays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Application Deadline: January 16, 2018
The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is pleased to host the Southwest Foundation for Osteopathic Education and Research MCAT Prep Camp. In spring 2018, SWFOER is offering a one-semester MCAT prep camp at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) for individuals interested in going to medical school. This course is designed to help strengthen MCAT scores and train pre-medical students to become competitive when applying for medical school admission. The 17-week camp provides a strong learning environment designed to improve interview skills and teach students how to create a strong application packet. Participating students are expected to approach this unique experience with a commitment to scholarship and excellence.
Over 90 hours of in-class test prep instruction covering the four sections of the MCAT featuring:
- MCAT instruction from experienced faculty
- Presentations from BCOM faculty
- Mock interviews and application material workshops
- Networking with peers who share the same interests
- Presentations on obtaining and/or volunteering for health-related job experiences
Who is Eligible?
- New Mexico residents / El Paso residents / community members / Pre-med students from Southwestern US, or NMSU / UTEP / WNMU / UNM students
- Persons who demonstrate passion and commitment in pursuing a health career
- Persons who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Students who have completed at least 3-credit hours of biology, 3-credit hours of physics, 3-credit hours of general chemistry and 3-credit hours of organic chemistry or are currently enrolled in those classes.
- Students who are passionate to finish their DO or MD degree
- Students who are willing to work in the Southwestern United States after finishing their residency.
- Participants must commit to the full 17-week program including mandatory orientation and graduation (80% attendance is mandatory to receive course completion certificate)
- Participants are required to attend all of the group and individual study sessions
- Participants must comply with the BCOM policies regarding conduct, academic honesty, and lawful behavior
- Participants should be willing to remain in contact with BCOM beyond the course
- Participants are expected to bring their own laptop and purchase their own MCAT textbooks
- Participants must plan to take the MCAT test as soon as possible after finishing the course
- Participants should be willing to share their MCAT test scores to get course outcomes
Spring 2017 Couse Outcomes
- So far, 9 students from spring 2017, scored 500 or higher (521, 513, 509, 502, 501, 501, 501, 501)
- 50% of the students got pass scores on their MCAT
- This course helped our community students to raise their MCAT scores on average of 30%.
- See a featured story of the program here.
Application Deadline Jan 16, 2018
Application deadline has passed.
Samuel Kadavakollu Ph.D. (Dr.K)
Dr. Kadavakollu graduated from New Mexico State University and Andhra University, and has been serving the state of New Mexico in various faculty positions for the past 10 years. Dr. Kadavakollu earned his undergraduate degrees triple majoring in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, then continued on to a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry at Andhra University, India. He then obtained his Ph. D. in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University. Dr. Kadavakollu has an excellent background in test preparation, interactive teaching, medical education, flipped classrooms, community outreach, and has received various awards in Teaching.
In 2012, Dr. Kadavakollu began working at Western New Mexico University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Natural Sciences Department. While at Western New Mexico University he taught Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Chemistry for Life courses. Dr. Kadavakollu’s research interest includes designing novel small molecules for cancer therapy and published more than 10 research article in peer-reviewed journals, while his pedagogical research interests are improving underrepresented student populations in sciences, using expansive technology in flipped classroom teaching, and increasing physician population in the Southwestern parts of the United States. Dr. Kadavakollu received Western New Mexico University’s Professor of Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014, and then both the Professor of the Year Award and Professor of Excellence in Research Award in 2015. Additionally, in the past five years Dr. Kadavakollu has worked as a Visiting Professor at the Southwest Center for Health Innovation in Silver City, NM, and the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Kadavakollu ran numerous extremely successful Exam Prep Summer Camps for several years. These Exam Prep Summer Camps increased participating students’ ACT scores by 28 percent and MCAT scores by 44 percent. For the past two years Dr. Kadavakollu has offered community MCAT Prep Courses for Pre-Med Students in Las Cruces and El Paso areas, and will be offering an ACT Prep Course in Summer 2018 for Las Cruces / El Paso High School Students.
Dr. Kadavakollu worked as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry for four years before beginning his teaching career. Now, as an Assistant Professor at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, he is sharing his knowledge with not only future doctors, but also with other high school and college students hoping to improve test scores on some of the most important exams they will take in their academic careers.