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Applying to Graduate and Professional School Kent L. Barrus Pre-professional Advisor
Academic Factors Your Chosen Major <ul><li>No major is better than any other major for professional school. </li></ul><ul>...
Academic Factors Prerequisite Classes <ul><li>Medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>Dentistry. </li></ul><ul><li>Optometry. </li></u...
Academic Factors Other Required Classes <ul><li>University of Utah Diversity Requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>Books: MSAR, A...
Academic Factors Recommended Classes <ul><li>The value of additional upper division classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biochemi...
Academic Factors GPA <ul><li>An extremely important quantitative measure. </li></ul><ul><li>A great GPA does “NOT” guarant...
Academic Factors Standardized Test Scores - Other <ul><li>Pharmacy – PCAT or GRE. </li></ul><ul><li>PT/OT/Other graduate l...
Non-Academic  Factors “ The reward goes not to him with the greatest ability, but to him with the greatest determination.”...
Non-Academic Factors <ul><li>University of Utah Example- </li></ul><ul><li>“ As important as grades and test scores are, b...
Non-Academic Factors University of Utah Example- The three guiding principles for selection: <ul><li>Overall Excellence </...
Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation Extracurricular Activities <ul><li>The more diverse your background and experien...
Personal Statement Personal Statements – Common Topics <ul><li>The five common topic areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your mot...
Personal Statement Attributes Committee Look For: Realistic self-assessment Resourceful Accountable Cooperative Persistent...
Personal Statement The Most Common Essay Mistakes: <ul><li>Underestimating the Importance of the Essay. </li></ul><ul><li>...
Application Process Allopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>MD/ Ph.D ., MD/JD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Applications. </...
Application Process Allopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>MCAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcrip...
Application Process Osteopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>AACOMAS vs non-AACOMAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 out of 21 schools ...
Application Process Osteopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>MCAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcri...
Application Process Dental Schools <ul><li>AADSAS vs non-AADSAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>54 schools participate in AADSAS </l...
Application Process Dental Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>DAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul>...
Application Process Optometry Schools <ul><li>Independent Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>OAT S...
Application Process Podiatry Schools <ul><li>AACPMAS </li></ul><ul><li>AACPMAS vs non-AACPMAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 out ...
Application Process Podiatric Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 1 st  for Priority Consideration </li>...
Application Process Pharmacy Schools <ul><li>PharmCAS  vs  non-PharmCAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42 out of 84 schools partici...
Application Process Pharmacy Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>PCAT or GRE Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts ...
Application Process Physician Assistant Schools <ul><li>CASPA  vs  non-CASPA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>68 out of  134 schools ...
Application Process <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>GRE Scores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some schools may accept the MCAT ...
Standardized Tests Why Take Standardized Tests? <ul><li>Grades Don’t Tell the Whole Story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Great ...
Standardized Tests What are the Different Tests? <ul><li>MCAT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allopathic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Standardized Tests MCAT Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 17th or August 14 th </li></u...
Standardized Tests DAT Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any time of the year </li></ul></ul>...
Standardized Tests OAT Essentials <ul><li>COMPUTERIZED IN 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><...
Standardized Tests PCAT Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>January 24 th  2004, March 27 th  2...
Standardized Tests GRE Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any time of the year </li></ul></ul>...
Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Pace Yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forgo answering easy questions bec...
Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Use the ‘dot’ method </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put a small dot on the answer she...
Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Answer Every Question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlike the SAT, there are no pen...
Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>For Reading and Verbal Tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer the question only ...
Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Study for the test like you would a 4 credit class. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Th...
Standardized Tests Should You Retake a Test? <ul><li>Are your scores consistent with your grades? </li></ul><ul><li>Did yo...
What is your job as a freshman student? <ul><li>Work hard and get good grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Get as much out of the un...
Letters of Recommendation How do you get to know your professors? <ul><li>Arrive at your appointments on time. </li></ul><...
Letters of Recommendation Why are letters important? <ul><li>Judgment of your non-academic attributes. </li></ul><ul><ul><...
Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Options <ul><li>Individual Letters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages: <...
Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Options <ul><li>Committee Letters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages: </...
Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Tips <ul><li>Ask potential evaluators if they can write a ‘good’ lette...
Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation – Don’ts <ul><li>Don’t get a letter from family member. </li></ul><ul>...
Letters of Recommendation Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act <ul><li>Buckley Amendment  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your ...
Interviewing <ul><li>Keep up on current topics! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World and Local News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curr...
Interviewing What percentage of an applicant’s overall evaluation does the interview constitute? 8% 7 75-100% 33% 29 50-75...
Interviewing Why do schools interview? <ul><li>Intellectual Curiosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How you approach the unknown <...
Interviewing Why do schools interview? <ul><li>Communication and Interpersonal Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your p...
Interviewing Types of Interviews <ul><li>Open </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews has reviewed your application and personal ...
Interviewing Types of Interviews <ul><li>Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than one interviewer and/or interviewee. </li></...
Interviewing <ul><li>Practice your responses to questions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List five important things you want to ma...
Interviewing Any Questions? <ul><li>Don’t forget to have some good questions to ask. </li></ul>
Masters/Ph.D Programs What is it like in Graduate School? <ul><li>Masters (M.S. Degree) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Graduat...
Masters/Ph.D Programs How hard is graduate school? <ul><li>Attrition rate of some Ph.D programs is as high at 75% </li></u...
Masters/Ph.D Programs Choosing a Graduate School <ul><li>Talk to professors </li></ul><ul><li>Review graduate school poste...
Masters/Ph.D Programs Financing a Graduate School Education <ul><li>National Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>University Fell...
Masters/Ph.D Programs Graduate Record Exam (GRE) <ul><li>Take between your Junior and Senior years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I...
Masters/Ph.D Programs How do programs select students? <ul><li>GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation of undergraduate school </...
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  1. 1. Applying to Graduate and Professional School Kent L. Barrus Pre-professional Advisor
  2. 2. Academic Factors Your Chosen Major <ul><li>No major is better than any other major for professional school. </li></ul><ul><li>Major can matter for graduate programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage of Biology and Chemistry Majors. </li></ul><ul><li>140 Credit issue. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Academic Factors Prerequisite Classes <ul><li>Medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>Dentistry. </li></ul><ul><li>Optometry. </li></ul><ul><li>Podiatry. </li></ul><ul><li>Other. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Academic Factors Other Required Classes <ul><li>University of Utah Diversity Requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>Books: MSAR, ADEA, OPTED </li></ul><ul><li>Online Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Data Sheets. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Academic Factors Recommended Classes <ul><li>The value of additional upper division classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biochemistry. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Liberal Arts Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Only doing the minimums. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculus </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Academic Factors GPA <ul><li>An extremely important quantitative measure. </li></ul><ul><li>A great GPA does “NOT” guarantee admittance. </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative vs Science GPA </li></ul><ul><li>GPA from a “competitive” vs “non-competitive” school. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPA trends and standardized test scores. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Academic Factors Standardized Test Scores - Other <ul><li>Pharmacy – PCAT or GRE. </li></ul><ul><li>PT/OT/Other graduate level programs – GRE. </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary School – GRE. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VCAT no longer available. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chiropractics – Usually not required. </li></ul><ul><li>Medical – MCAT </li></ul><ul><li>Dental – DAT </li></ul><ul><li>Podiatry – MCAT or GRE </li></ul>
  8. 8. Non-Academic Factors “ The reward goes not to him with the greatest ability, but to him with the greatest determination.” -Voltaire
  9. 9. Non-Academic Factors <ul><li>University of Utah Example- </li></ul><ul><li>“ As important as grades and test scores are, by themselves they do not predict who will be successful in medical school. The demands of medical education and life as a physician are not for everyone. We consider how the applicant balances outside activities and responsibilities with schoolwork as an indicator of ability to deal with the rigors of life as a physician. The committee is interested in motivation for attending medical school and understanding of the medical profession. Commitment to community service, ethical behavior, compassion, leadership ability and communication skills are important characteristics of physicians. We expect applicants to be courteous, respectful and professional at all times.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dean of Admission </li></ul><ul><li>University of Utah Medical School </li></ul>
  10. 10. Non-Academic Factors University of Utah Example- The three guiding principles for selection: <ul><li>Overall Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of Experience </li></ul>
  11. 11. Bio 311 - Professional School Preparation Extracurricular Activities <ul><li>The more diverse your background and experience, the more interesting you will become to the admissions committee. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t avoid out of fear of a lower GPA. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your participation is ‘Active’ participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal anecdotes in your application. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Personal Statement Personal Statements – Common Topics <ul><li>The five common topic areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your motivation for a career as a physician. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The influence of your family / early experiences in life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The influence of extracurricular, work/volunteer activities on your life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your long-term goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your personal philosophy. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Description of irregularities in you record. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Personal Statement Attributes Committee Look For: Realistic self-assessment Resourceful Accountable Cooperative Persistent Resilient Reserve Supported Focused Active Learner Flexible Efficient Organized Purposeful Acknowledging limitations Seeking help when appropriate Accepting responsibility for learning Working well with others Completing tasks Accepting disappointment and moving on Good performance in activities without being distracted by them Not isolating self from others Concentration on task at hand Integrating and applying new information Willingness to change Making good use of time Systematically taking care of business Setting long-term and short-term goals
  14. 14. Personal Statement The Most Common Essay Mistakes: <ul><li>Underestimating the Importance of the Essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Using Excessive Detail </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to Make the Essay Personal. </li></ul><ul><li>Embellishing the Essay. </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to Proofread the Essay. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Application Process Allopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>MD/ Ph.D ., MD/JD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Applications. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AMCAS vs non-AMCAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>115 out of 125 schools participate in AMCAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online AMCAS Available around May 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Processing 1st to middle of June. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Early Decision Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadline August 1 st </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Fees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$160 for the first school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$30 for each additional school. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Application Process Allopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>MCAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TMDSAS / OMSAS </li></ul>
  17. 17. Application Process Osteopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>AACOMAS vs non-AACOMAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 out of 21 schools participate in AACOMAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of North Texas at Fort Worth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online AMCAS Available around May 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Processing begins June 1. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Fees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A graduated scale: </li></ul></ul>20- $655 16 - $555 12 - $455 8 - $345 4 - $250 19 - $630 15 - $530 11 - $430 7 - $315 3 - $220 18 - $605 14 – $505 10 - $405 6 - $295 2 - $185 17 - $580 13 - $480 9 - $375 5 - $275 1 - $155
  18. 18. Application Process Osteopathic Medical Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>MCAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Application </li></ul>
  19. 19. Application Process Dental Schools <ul><li>AADSAS vs non-AADSAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>54 schools participate in AADSAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Non-AADSAS - Louisiana State, Medical College of Georgia, Northwestern U., University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online AMCAS Available around May 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Processing begins June 1. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Fees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$195 for first school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$60 for each additional school up to ten. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$50 for each additional school from 11 to 20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$25 for each additional school over 20 </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Application Process Dental Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>DAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Application Process Optometry Schools <ul><li>Independent Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>OAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul>
  22. 22. Application Process Podiatry Schools <ul><li>AACPMAS </li></ul><ul><li>AACPMAS vs non-AACPMAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 out of 8 schools participate in AACPMAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New York and Midwestern University in Arizona </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online AMCAS Available around September 1 st . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Fees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Application Processing Fees: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 school: $50.00 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 schools: $75.00 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4+ schools: $100.00 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Application Process Podiatric Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 1 st for Priority Consideration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>July 31 st for Final Deadline. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MCAT, DAT, GRE Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts sent directly </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation sent directly </li></ul>
  24. 24. Application Process Pharmacy Schools <ul><li>PharmCAS vs non-PharmCAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42 out of 84 schools participate in PharmCAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online AMCAS Available around May 5th </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Application Process Pharmacy Schools <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>PCAT or GRE Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts sent to PharmCAS </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation sent to schools. </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Application Process Physician Assistant Schools <ul><li>CASPA vs non-CASPA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>68 out of 134 schools participate in CASPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online CASPA application available April 15 th . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Application Fees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduated Scale </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Application Process <ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>GRE Scores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some schools may accept the MCAT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transcripts sent to CASPA </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 letters sent to CASPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters may be submitted electronically </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sample Application </li></ul>Physician Assistant Schools
  28. 28. Standardized Tests Why Take Standardized Tests? <ul><li>Grades Don’t Tell the Whole Story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Great Equalizer of Undergraduate Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Important for Students Graduating from Schools not Well Known or Schools Who’s Reputation is Less than Other Schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determine the Test Taking Ability of an Applicant. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you Do Well on Medical School Exams? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you Do Well on a Licensing Exam? </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Standardized Tests What are the Different Tests? <ul><li>MCAT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allopathic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Osteopathic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podiatry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Veterinary and Pharmacy Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DAT - Dental </li></ul><ul><li>OAT - Optometry </li></ul><ul><li>PCAT – Pharmacy </li></ul><ul><li>VCAT – Veterinary (No Longer Offered) </li></ul><ul><li>GRE – Graduate Schools </li></ul>
  30. 30. Standardized Tests MCAT Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 17th or August 14 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines: March 12 th or July 9th </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idaho – Albertsons College (Caldwell), University of Idaho (Moscow), Idaho State University (Pocatello) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah – Utah State University, Southern Utah University, Weber State University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Exam Fee - $185.00 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous Fees ranging from $10 to $60 </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Standardized Tests DAT Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any time of the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give yourself at least 3 weeks to register </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idaho – Boise Sylvan Learning Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah – Ogden, Orem, or Salt Lake City Sylvan Learning Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Exam Fee - $160.00 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Score Sent to 5 schools, NOT AADSAS. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Additional score reports are $10 per school. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Standardized Tests OAT Essentials <ul><li>COMPUTERIZED IN 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>February 7 th 2004 and October 16 th 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines: December 29 th and September 7 th </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idaho – Idaho State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah – Weber State (Ogden) or BYU (Provo) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Exam Fee - $130.00 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Score Sent to 5 schools. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Additional score reports are $10 per school. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Standardized Tests PCAT Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>January 24 th 2004, March 27 th 2004, and October 25 th 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines: December 5 th , February 13 th , and September 12 th </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idaho – Idaho State University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah – Weber State (Ogden) or BYU (Provo) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Exam Fee - $69.00 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Score Sent to 1, 2, or 3 schools. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must arrange for PCAT score to be sent to PharmCAS if applying to PharmCAS schools. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Standardized Tests GRE Essentials <ul><li>When to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any time of the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines: December 5 th , February 13 th , and September 12 th </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to Take the Test </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idaho – Pocatello, Boise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utah – Ogden </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular Exam Fee - $115 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Score Sent to 4 institutions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Score Report $15 per Institution. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Pace Yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forgo answering easy questions because you spent to much time on harder questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mark up the Test Booklet (for paper-based tests) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underline important points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strike through wrong answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make calculations or drawings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Read the Entire Question Carefully </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t make an assumption as to the answer with thoroughly reading the question. </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Use the ‘dot’ method </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put a small dot on the answer sheet for a question that will require significant time to answer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put a question mark next to this question in the test booklet. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you run out of time on the test, you can go back quickly and fill in the answer sheet where you placed the dot. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This helps reduce the possibility of missing questions due to totally random guessing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps prevent frame shifting errors. </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Answer Every Question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlike the SAT, there are no penalties for guessing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your first instinct is more likely to be correct. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t change answers unless it is obvious that you misinterpreted the question. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Approximate the answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If the possible answers differ significantly from each other it is possible to approximate for quicker calculations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjust the numbers to be calculated by rounding off or move to a close number with a known trig function. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With most problems you will be able to tell which answer is a reasonable estimate. </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>For Reading and Verbal Tests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer the question only on the basis of the information given, NOT from prior knowledge. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes reading the questions and answers first can alert you as to what you should be looking for in the passage to be read. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For the Writing Sample </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice, Practice, Practice. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the Op-Ed pieces in major newspapers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typical Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Explain what the statement means </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Describe some situation in which you disagree with the statement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide justification for your disagreement. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  39. 39. Standardized Tests Test Taking Skills <ul><li>Study for the test like you would a 4 credit class. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are no ‘tricks’ or ‘strategies’ that can substitute for knowledge of a subject. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get a good nights sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive in plenty of time so you are not hurried. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat well before the test and during. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a poor standardized test taker, you can improve. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the Learning Assistance Lab </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. Standardized Tests Should You Retake a Test? <ul><li>Are your scores consistent with your grades? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you prepare adequately for the test? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you have the time and motivation to prepare for a second test? </li></ul><ul><li>Doing the same or worse a second time will hurt you. </li></ul>
  41. 41. What is your job as a freshman student? <ul><li>Work hard and get good grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Get as much out of the university resources as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know you professors. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Letters of Recommendation How do you get to know your professors? <ul><li>Arrive at your appointments on time. </li></ul><ul><li>Find time for extra appointments. </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest about any problems you may have with an application. </li></ul><ul><li>Always feel free to ask questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Have evaluators read your personal statement. </li></ul><ul><li>Let your evaluators know where you have been accepted. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Letters of Recommendation Why are letters important? <ul><li>Judgment of your non-academic attributes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maturity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc.. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will you make a good clinician? </li></ul>
  44. 44. Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Options <ul><li>Individual Letters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual letters of recommendation may be more favorable. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Less time commitment. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disadvantages: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools may disregard non-committee recommendations because they lack credibility. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Options <ul><li>Committee Letters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interview experience. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Application Preparation. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback on your application </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The reputation of a committee letter. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disadvantage: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time consuming process. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you are not a strong applicant, the letter will reflect it. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  46. 46. Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation Tips <ul><li>Ask potential evaluators if they can write a ‘good’ letter on your behalf. </li></ul><ul><li>Let your evaluator know the type of health profession school you are applying to. </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to furnish information about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Get at least two science evaluations. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity your evaluations. </li></ul><ul><li>Give sufficient lead time. </li></ul><ul><li>Collect evaluations after you finish a class. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of your evaluations. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Letters of Recommendation Letters of Recommendation – Don’ts <ul><li>Don’t get a letter from family member. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get letters from well known persons unless they know you well. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t procrastinate. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t act unprofessional around your potential letter writers – Ever. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Letters of Recommendation Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act <ul><li>Buckley Amendment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your rights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Waived rights is best. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Interviewing <ul><li>Keep up on current topics! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World and Local News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Industry Issues </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. Interviewing What percentage of an applicant’s overall evaluation does the interview constitute? 8% 7 75-100% 33% 29 50-75% 39% 34 25-50% 20% 17 0-25%
  51. 51. Interviewing Why do schools interview? <ul><li>Intellectual Curiosity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How you approach the unknown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you organize your thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your preferred learning style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have the desire for continuous learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Awareness and Cultural Competency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to people with different interests, religion, culture, economics, gender, age, ethnicity, language, education, and race. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What value do you place on these differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you modify your behavior to show respect for differences. </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. Interviewing Why do schools interview? <ul><li>Communication and Interpersonal Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your perception of yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your response when others have misunderstood you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your experiences with teamwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you handle criticism </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maturity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What have you done to explore a health career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What disappointments have you experienced in your life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What accomplishments are you most proud of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your definition of a leader </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. Interviewing Types of Interviews <ul><li>Open </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews has reviewed your application and personal statement. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewer will often refer to information in the application. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Semi-Open </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview has read your personal statement but nothing else. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewer will often seek answers to questions not found in your personal statement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview has never seen your application materials. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview will ask more open ended questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be annoyed that questions may be answered in your application. </li></ul></ul>
  54. 54. Interviewing Types of Interviews <ul><li>Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than one interviewer and/or interviewee. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to see how well you play with others. </li></ul></ul>
  55. 55. Interviewing <ul><li>Practice your responses to questions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List five important things you want to make sure the interview knows about you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List five powerful questions you want to ask during the interview. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe three ways you can contribute to your class. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your three most significant leadership qualities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of anticipated questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List of toughest questions you could be asked. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Review potential interview questions . </li></ul><ul><li>Learn all you can about specific schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Mock Interview. </li></ul>Preparing for an interview
  56. 56. Interviewing Any Questions? <ul><li>Don’t forget to have some good questions to ask. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Masters/Ph.D Programs What is it like in Graduate School? <ul><li>Masters (M.S. Degree) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Graduate Schools offer an M.S. degree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically 2 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis usually required. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ph.D Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1/5 of graduate schools offer Ph.D ONLY program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The rest offer combined M.S./Ph.D programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically about 5 years </li></ul></ul>
  58. 58. Masters/Ph.D Programs How hard is graduate school? <ul><li>Attrition rate of some Ph.D programs is as high at 75% </li></ul><ul><li>By comparison more than 90% of medical school students receive degrees. </li></ul><ul><li>Very few jobs in biology for B.S. degree students. </li></ul><ul><li>You usually must do a graduate level program to get a good job. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Masters/Ph.D Programs Choosing a Graduate School <ul><li>Talk to professors </li></ul><ul><li>Review graduate school posters </li></ul><ul><li>List programs that have degrees in your area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the school </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about and talk to researchers in your area of interest to find out if space is available in their lab. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Masters/Ph.D Programs Financing a Graduate School Education <ul><li>National Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>University Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>TA, Research Assistants </li></ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul>
  61. 61. Masters/Ph.D Programs Graduate Record Exam (GRE) <ul><li>Take between your Junior and Senior years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important for financial awards to be considered. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject test sometimes required </li></ul>
  62. 62. Masters/Ph.D Programs How do programs select students? <ul><li>GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation of undergraduate school </li></ul><ul><li>GRE scores </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of Goals </li></ul>
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