Education Technology

MedSchoolCoach Launches Groundbreaking MCAT Go Audio Learning Experience with MCAT Podcaster, Sam Smith

MedSchoolCoach | March 08, 2022

MCAT tutoring and medical school admissions advising company, MedSchoolCoach, announces the launch of its newest MCAT resource, MCAT Go. The subscription-based audio learning tool allows students to study for the MCAT with vivid, concise, and memorable lessons covering all science topics that students need to know.

The MCAT Go audio learning experience was designed by MCAT podcaster, Sam Smith, who created the MCAT Basics podcast, with more than 1MM downloads and thousands of subscribers.

MCAT Go allows students to listen to lessons, while driving, exercising, or engaging in other activities. Unlike watching videos or reading a book, the audio learning strategy offers a learning experience that complements a student's other MCAT study materials and methods.

Key highlights include:
  • Engaging audio content - Informative and memorable MCAT audio lessons, divided into 450 chapters covering all the science topics needed for the exam.
  • Carefully-designed structure - Follow the MedSchoolCoach expert MCAT team's recommended order, which ensures students cover all of the main topics on the AAMC outline, at the right time.
  • Extensive quizzes and questions - Test mastery across 75 quizzes and more than 1,000 science-focused questions.
  • Self-paced learning - Study for the MCAT anywhere. Create custom playlists and rewind, fastforward, bookmark, and re-listen to any lessons as needed.

"One of our goals at MedSchoolCoach is to make the process of becoming a physician more accessible to more students. We offer countless free resources to help students study for the MCAT, as well as professional one-on-one tutoring, practice exams, and an MCAT Prep App. MCAT Go is the newest addition to our program. It is a truly unique and affordable learning experience, and students will quickly find that it is the most convenient way to score higher on the MCAT without breaking the bank,"

- Dr. Sahil Mehta, Founder and CEO of MedSchoolCoach.

About MedSchoolCoach:
MedSchoolCoach is the nation's leading medical education company,providing pre-med and medical school admissions consulting services, MCAT and USMLE/COMLEX tutoring, and unique products and experiences that help students become physicians.


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Epilepsy Foundation Partners with Vector Solutions to Offer Seizure First Aid Trainings to Educators

PRnewswire | August 01, 2023

The Epilepsy Foundation today announced a five-year collaboration with Vector Solutions, the leading provider of training and software solutions for K-12 and higher education institutions, to offer the Epilepsy Foundation's Seizure Recognition & First Aid Certification training in the Vector Safety and Compliance Course Library. This agreement will provide an easy and convenient way for educators and school personnel, who are already contracted with Vector, to take the seizure first aid training to better serve their students. There are 470,000 children living with epilepsy in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the opportunity for academic success is increased when students with chronic health conditions have a safe and supportive learning environment. "Our collaboration with Vector will give school personnel — who are required by state laws to take seizure first aid training — a place to do so easily and effectively through a familiar learning portal," said Brandy Fureman, Ph.D., chief outcomes officer, Epilepsy Foundation. "In addition, it will expand access to our seizure first aid training to school systems around the country using Vector's platform. Our end goal is to have a seizure safe nation where everyone who has a seizure feels safe, no matter where they are. This partnership is a stepstone toward that goal." In 2018, Kentucky led the charge to pass the nation's first-ever law requiring school personnel to complete seizure recognition and first aid training. Since then, the Epilepsy Foundation, family advocates and partner organizations have been working to pass similar Seizure Safe Schools legislation nationwide. The model Seizure Safe Schools legislation has five components, one of which requires all school personnel, including school nurses and teachers, to complete training so that they can recognize and respond appropriately and efficiently to students experiencing seizures. To date, almost half of the states have passed some form of Seizure Safe Schools legislation. For years, the Epilepsy Foundation has partnered with the CDC to build nationwide programs to ensure school personnel, first responders, seniors, caregivers, and the public are better trained to recognize seizures and administer first aid. The Epilepsy Foundation's seizure first aid trainings provide information to increase knowledge, skills, and confidence in recognizing seizures and safely administering seizure first aid. "We are excited to collaborate with the Epilepsy Foundation to deliver its trainings through our online learning management system," said, Rob Buelow, General Manager of Education at Vector Solutions. "The safety and well-being of students is paramount and educators must be properly equipped to address the unique needs of all students. Through this partnership, K-12 and higher education staff across the nation will be empowered to serve their students and ensure their health and safety." About the Epilepsy Foundation With a network of partners throughout the United States, the Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy. The Foundation connects people to treatment, support, and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. For more than five decades, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy to promote awareness and understanding, and to advocate for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, while also funding epilepsy research and supporting epilepsy investigators and specialists in their early careers. In partnership with the CDC, the Epilepsy Foundation has helped to improve access to care for people with epilepsy, expanded its digital reach and online resources in homes across the country, and trained more than 600,000 people in seizure recognition and first aid. The Epilepsy Foundation continues to focus on serving the epilepsy community through advocacy, education, direct services and research for new therapies. The trainings will be available in the Vector platform later this summer and school administrators who have a current subscription will receive notification when the trainings are live. About Epilepsy According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. 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PRnewswire | July 24, 2023

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PRnewswire | July 27, 2023

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