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Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
Medical, Dental and Veterinary Applications
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  • 1. So, you wanna be a… doctor veterinarian dentist physician assistant physical therapist nurse practitioner etc…etc…etc. April 16, 2009
  • 2. Before you apply: <ul><li>Have you identified the schools you’ll apply to? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they have special requirements? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Are your prerequisites complete? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extracurricular </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When will you take your entrance exams? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you doing to prepare? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you have time to re-take them if necessary? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have you requested letters of recommendation? </li></ul>
  • 3. Application calendar overview <ul><li>To enter school in August 2010: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spring 09 Entrance Exams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May - June 09 Application Services open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>August 09 Secondary applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>October 09 First deadlines &amp; Interviews </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>January 10 Final deadlines </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 4. Why is this timeline so important?
  • 5. Why is this timeline so important?
  • 6. Identifying schools you’ll apply to <ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching methods </li></ul><ul><li>Specialties </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliations (hospitals, research, service programs) </li></ul><ul><li>Timing of clinical experience </li></ul><ul><li>Average entering GPA, test scores </li></ul><ul><li>Location, size, demographics, cost of living </li></ul><ul><li>Residencies </li></ul><ul><li>Tuition, financial aid </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul>
  • 7. Prerequisites <ul><li>Academic course requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-standard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extracurricular expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand your competition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stand out from the rest </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Understanding your competition Average MCAT Scores (Source: AAMC) AVERAGE MCAT Category Applied Accepted Matriculated Sch. Nat. Sch. Nat. Sch. Nat. Physical Sciences 6.6  8.7  8.9  9.8  8.9  9.7  Verbal Reasoning 7.4  8.4  9.7  9.3  9.7  9.3  Writing Sample P  O  O  P  O  O  Biological Sciences 6.9  9.2  10.2  10.2  10.2  10.1  Total 20.9 P  26.2 O  28.7 O  29.2 P  28.7 O  29.2 O
  • 9. Understanding your competition (Source: AAMC) Median Grade Point Averages BCPM = Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math All Other = all courses not classified as BCPM Cumulative = all courses AVERAGE GPA Category Applied Accepted Matriculated Sch. Nat. Sch. Nat. Sch. Nat. BCPM 3.38  3.40  3.67  3.60  3.67  3.60  AO 3.54  3.63  3.75  3.74  3.75  3.73  CUM UG 3.48  3.50  3.71  3.66  3.71  3.66 
  • 10. Applicants &amp; Matriculants by Primary Undergraduate Major (Source: AAMC) Understanding your competition
  • 11. In 2008, MHC students went to: <ul><li>Dartmouth, </li></ul><ul><li>Stony Brook, </li></ul><ul><li>Tufts, </li></ul><ul><li>Johns Hopkins, </li></ul><ul><li>Buffalo, </li></ul><ul><li>U. Penn, </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan State, </li></ul><ul><li>UCSF, </li></ul><ul><li>Cornell, </li></ul><ul><li>Mass General, </li></ul><ul><li>BU, </li></ul><ul><li>Penn State, </li></ul><ul><li>UNECOM, </li></ul><ul><li>Yale, </li></ul><ul><li>UCONN, </li></ul><ul><li>Toledo, </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago, </li></ul><ul><li>U. Washington, </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota, </li></ul><ul><li>Vanderbilt, </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Sinai, </li></ul><ul><li>Midwestern, </li></ul><ul><li>St. Georges </li></ul>Average GPA: 3.68 Clinical experience ranged from 75 to 1500 hours Degree Active Accepted year n DDS 4 3 2009 1 DO only 3 3 2008 19 DVM 7 4 2007 15 MD only* 22 10 2006 3 MD/DO 2 2 2005 2 MPH 2 1 2004 3 PA 1 1 2003 3 PT 1 1 2002 0 RN 5 3 2001 1 PHARM 2 2 2000 1 49 30 1999 0 1998 0 1997 1 49
  • 12. Is there a correlation between MCAT score and GPA (and admission)?
  • 13. Is there a correlation between MCAT score and GPA (and admission)?
  • 14. Entrance Exams <ul><li>What do the schools require? </li></ul><ul><li>Know about the contents of the exams </li></ul><ul><li>Complete courses first! </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial prep courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scheduling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to re-take </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Entrance Exams <ul><li>Medical School, Osteopathic Medical School: MCAT </li></ul><ul><li>Register at www.aamc.org </li></ul><ul><li>Dental School: DAT </li></ul><ul><li>Register at www.ada.org </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary, Nursing, Public Health: GRE (usually) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Register at www.ets.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foreign students may need to submit TOEFL scores </li></ul>
  • 16. On-line Application Services <ul><li>American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) </li></ul><ul><li>American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) </li></ul><ul><li>School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Therapy College Application Service (PTCAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) </li></ul><ul><li>Links to all can be found at: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/prehealth/resources.html </li></ul>
  • 17. American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) <ul><li>http://www.aamc.org/audienceamcas.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Available ~ May 5, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Submit in early June </li></ul><ul><li>$160, plus $31 per school </li></ul>
  • 18. American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) <ul><li>https://aacomas.aacom.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Accepting Applications ~ May 15, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>$155 and up (sliding scale) </li></ul>
  • 19. Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) <ul><li>http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/aadsas/Pages/default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Opens June 1, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>$195, plus $60 per school (sliding scale) </li></ul>
  • 20. Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) <ul><li>http://aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Opens early June 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>$135 and up (sliding scale) </li></ul>
  • 21. Schools of Public health Application Service (SOPHAS) <ul><li>http://www.sophas.org/index.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Open continuously, but with a black-out period typically in August &amp; September </li></ul><ul><li>$95 and up (sliding scale) </li></ul>
  • 22. Your Application
  • 23. The MHC Pre-Application and Your Advising File <ul><li>Alerts your advisor and the Committee to your intent to apply. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps get you organized. </li></ul><ul><li>File contents (accessible to advisor): </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-application </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resume </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transcripts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Letters </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 24. Things your application should reflect <ul><li>Every aspect of your qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Solid, consistent performance </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptional traits, personal experiences </li></ul><ul><li>That you have chosen this career through a thoughtful, fully-informed process </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Exquisite attention to detail </li></ul>
  • 25. The main parts of your application <ul><li>Biographical data </li></ul><ul><li>“ Resume” section </li></ul><ul><li>Exam scores </li></ul><ul><li>Official transcripts </li></ul><ul><li>Essay(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation letters </li></ul><ul><li>Interview </li></ul>
  • 26. <ul><li>Biographical Data – self explanatory </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Section – blocks to provide dates, locations and brief descriptions of work, internships, activities, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Exam scores – MCAT, DAT internally reported through application service and attached to your primary application. GRE must be sent from ETS to schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts – Official transcripts from every institution sent directly to application service (or to school if not using application service) </li></ul>
  • 27. Essays <ul><li>The most personal (and personalized) part of your application package </li></ul><ul><li>Your best chance (other than the interview) to stand out from the pack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catch the reader’s attention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell a compelling, original story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlight pertinent biography, but don’t be redundant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your essay memorable </li></ul></ul>
  • 28. Recommendations <ul><li>Usually three individual, one committee </li></ul><ul><li>Individual: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professors (1° science) who know you well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical internship mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Committee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authored by your Health Professions Advisor on behalf of the Committee, draws from individual letters, scores, transcripts </li></ul></ul>
  • 29. <ul><li>All of your letters should go directly to your account at Interfolio </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.interfolio.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommenders can submit electronically or in hard copy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can pull copies back into your file for your advisor’s reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Once your individual letters are all in, you must formally request your committee letter </li></ul></ul>Recommendations
  • 30. Interviews <ul><li>Individual or Group………Informed or Blind </li></ul><ul><li>Tours, “informal” aspects of the day, insider information and the duality of the acceptance decision </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know as much as you can about their program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your application inside and out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have questions for them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice beforehand (We’ll give you a mock interview~!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress properly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a thank-you note </li></ul></ul>
  • 31. Get all the help you can….. <ul><li>Give yourself enough time </li></ul><ul><li>Write multiple drafts, revise and refine </li></ul><ul><li>Use available resources </li></ul><ul><li>Get input on your essay </li></ul><ul><li>Proof read </li></ul><ul><li>Get good references </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your advisor informed </li></ul><ul><li>Request a practice interview </li></ul>
  • 32. QUESTIONS

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