Chicago Medical Live Center

We welcome you to prep for the USMLE® in Chicago — the “Windy City”!


Kaplan Medical center is located in the heart of downtown, surrounded by world-famous theaters, restaurants, blues clubs, sporting events, and some of the best museums in the country. Chi-town is a melting pot of different cultures with charm of a small town and all the attractions of a big city. Social activities abound-from the city’s multiple sports teams to the nightlife-to give you a well-deserved break from studying. As its name suggests, Chicago will blow you away!

Top 5 things to do:

  1. Go to the beach at Lake Michigan for sunbathing, rollerblading, bike riding, volleyball, or jogging.
  2. Visit the world famous Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Museum of Science & Industry.
  3. Grab a slice (or two) of Chicago’s world-famous deep-dish pizza. Don’t forget your fork!
  4. Take a walk in Millennium Park and take photos Fountain and “The Bean”.
  5. Catch a Bulls or Blackhawks game at the famous United Center.


QUICK FACT
34% of Illinois’ practicing physicians are internationally educated, a percentage only topped by 2 other states! As a result, you are likely to find many mentors in the Illinois MD community to consult as you advance in this process.

Houston Medical Live Center

Prepare for the USMLE® in Houston, and you’ll soon learn why “everything is bigger and better in Texas.”


From the spacious apartments, to the world’s largest Medical Center, and Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston certainly lives up to its reputation. Houston has one of the youngest, diverse populations, as well as cheapest cost of living in the U.S. On your days off from studying, visit Discovery Green Park for a kayak boat ride, Saturday Yoga sessions, or Summer Salsa dancing. Hungry? The city is also a foodies’ dream, with over 11,000 restaurants of seemingly infinite cuisines to sample. Yes, you’ll be busy alright…busy enjoying life.

Top 5 things to do:

  1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing famous work like the Menil Collection.
  2. Meditate at the Rothko Chapel, a sanctuary for anyone looking for solitude and tranquility.
  3. Visit the Museum of Natural Science, and catch a movie at the IMAX theater.
  4. Shop at the Houston Galleria, the 4th largest indoor mall in the nation.
  5. Explore Rice Village, just blocks away from Kaplan, for an array of shops, spas, restaurants, and pubs.


QUICK FACT
The Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest group of medical institutions and associations, is located within miles of Kaplan. This access provides a multitude of opportunities for our USMLE candidates for research positions, observerships, externships, and, ultimately, residency positions.

Miami Medical Live Center

Prep for the USMLE® in Miami, quite appropriately dubbed the “City Beautiful”.


Our medical center is centrally located amidst all the must do’s in Miami-including 140 dining establishments and gourmet shops. Miami Beach has evolved into an urban metropolis with all the amenities of a beach-town and a big city. You’ll enjoy its a thriving arts scene, busy business center, and some of the best hotels in the world-all surrounded by natural wonderland with turquoise waters, skyscraper palms. Not to mention its high-octane nightlife when study hours are over. You’ll be living the dream while you’re working towards your dream—need we say more?

Top 5 things to do:

  1. Visit the world famous South Beach—a major entertainment destination.
  2. Take a stroll down Lincoln Road for the best people watching in Miami, or cozy up in a fancy bar with haute cocktails.
  3. Visit the Venetian Pool, Douglas Entrance, the Village of Merrick Park Shops, or Biltmore Hotel.
  4. Uncover the hidden spots of the Midtown/Wynwood area with an eclectic vibe of venues.
  5. Visit the Everglades-home to one of our nation’s rarest animals, the endangered Florida panther.


QUICK FACT
According to the NRMP 2014 Match Data, more than half of Florida’s first year open positions for residency training were filled by International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

New York Medical Live Center

Prep for the USMLE in New York City — the biggest city and the cultural mecca of United States.


Our six-story center, which is the original building owned by the founder (Stanley Kaplan), is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan. The center sits among some of the tallest buildings in the world and is nestled blocks from the world-famous attractions-Central Park, the shopping strip on 5th Avenue, the glowing Times Square, the Theater District, and the world-famous Carnegie Hall, to name a few. During study breaks, take advantage of hundreds of restaurants, rooftop bars, museums, shops, and famous landmarks all in the area and around New York City. No wonder they call it the city that never sleeps!

Top 5 things to do:

  1. Take a walk at the Flatiron District’s Madison Square Park.
  2. Have a picnic and bird watch in Central Park.
  3. Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  4. Catch a Broadway show in Midtown’s Theater District.
  5. Shop at the boutiques and stores along the famed and classy 5th Avenue.


QUICK FACT
According to US News (Best Hospitals, US News 2014-2015), no metro area can top New York City, with two hospitals on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll and 55 U.S. News-ranked hospitals within its metro area.

Pasadena Medical Live Center

Come prep for the USMLE® in Pasadena-one of the earliest Los Angeles area cities to be settled, best known by its passion for historic preservation.


There’s something about sunny weather year round that keep your spirits high-and studying at the beach somehow makes your workload more manageable. After a long week of hitting the books, students typically unwind with a game of soccer or a stroll around the beautiful Rose Bowl. Others prefer to enjoy the excellent restaurants and shopping immediately available by simply walking out of the center’s front door. And of course, the plentiful and eclectic nightlife of Los Angeles is often the weekend favorite. Talk about the good life!

Top 5 things to do:

  1. Visit Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Theater, The Whiskey, The Hollywood Bowl, and the Palladium.
  2. Check out performances in the world-famous Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.
  3. Loosen up at the Laugh Factory, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Comedy Store, and Improv.
  4. Take a walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or see the filming of television show.
  5. See the natural beauty of the nearby Descanso Gardens and Huntington Gardens.


QUICK FACT
California hospitals are in desperate need of Spanish-speaking doctors who understand the culture and needs of the Hispanic community. Only 5.2% of the physician workforce in California is Hispanic, compared to 36% of the state’s population. Furthermore, almost 35% of California’s 13 million Hispanics reside in medically underserved areas (MUAs), compared to 20% of the total population