Health Professions: 2012 Fall Introduction to Pre-Med Meeting
Meeting for First- and Second-Year Students Considering Pre-med, Pre-vet, and Pre-dental 9 October 2012
Late Breaking News• New MCAT effective January, 2015 – Will test competencies – ability to apply knowledge. – Medical schools are planning to evaluate competencies in the absence of a definitive list of pre-requisites in the admissions process. – Middlebury College faculty are already in the process of re- ordering course material to address competency based testing. – New test will be two hours longer than current exam.
Five Most Commonly Asked Questions1. Which courses do I need to complete in order to qualify for admission?2. Is it possible to complete the medical school prerequisites if I don’t major in science or if I want to study abroad, or if I want to have a life?3. What is the cycle for completing requirements and applying to medical school?4. Besides taking premedical courses, what else should I do to make myself an irresistible applicant for medical school?5. Why does the HP advisor go on and on about reviewing Handbook I on the HP website and reading the newsletter blog?
1. Which courses must I complete in order to qualify for admission to medical, dental, and veterinary school? – Biology (one year+) – Chemistry (two years, including biochemistry) – Physics (one year) – Math (statistics and/or calculus) – Behavioral Science
2. Is it possible to complete the medical school prerequisites if I don’t major in science or if I want to study abroad, or if I want to have a life?a. Take one or two premedical courses over the summerb. Study abroad for one semester or a summer rather than the whole yearc. Plan to matriculate to medical school one year after graduating from Middleburyd. Complete premedical science courses after graduation in a continuing education program or through a premedical post baccalaureate program
3. What is the cycle for completing requirements and applying to medical school?• Complete prerequisites by the end of the junior year if you wish to enter medical, dental, or veterinary school the fall following college graduation.
4. Besides taking premedical courses, what else should I do to make myself an irresistible applicant for medical school?a. Take courses that truly interest you. Be a happy, active and fulfilled liberal arts student.b.Test your interest in health care through research and clinical experiences.c. Pursue formal internships during Winter Term or summer – applicants who are really committed tend to have a series of pertinent experiences.
5. Why does the HP advisor go on and on about reviewing Handbook I on the HP website and reading the Newsletter blog?a. Details ins and outs of preparation for and application to medical school (Handbook II).b.Newsletter blog has up-to-date listings of events and opportunities for health professions students.
Tips for Premed Hopefuls from Your Advisor1. Stay abreast of issues in the field. Read articles, journals, and books. Attend presentations by various health professionals who visit campus. Get involved with the premedical society.2. Follow your passions.3. Special opportunities for early admission to medical school…4. Take advantage of all that Middlebury has to offer.