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  • 1. Clark University’s Medical Careers Advising Program Presented by Dr. David Thurlow, Premedical Advisor and Chair, Premedical and Predental Advising Committee (C. Landee, T. Lyerla, D. Larochelle, M. Wiser)
  • 2. Choices of Professions in Medicine: Human medicine : Allopathy (MD) Osteopathy (DO) Dentistry (DDS or DD) Optometry (OD) Podiatry (DPM) Animal medicine : Veterinary (DVM) Other related professions: Nursing Chiropractic Physician Assistant Nutrition Sports Medicine Public Health Genetic Counseling Pharmacy Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy
  • 3. Planning for a career in medicine: e.g., allopathic (MD) What does it take to get into medical school? Medical schools will ask two questions: 1. Can you do the work in medical school? Numbers and NCVs 2. Will you make a good doctor? Letters, applications, interviews, and NCVs
  • 4. 1. Undergraduate GPA (overall and science): ~ 3.5 2. MCAT scores: ~10 (out of 15) on each of the 3 sections VR, PS, and BS 1. Can you do the work in medical school? Data medical schools will use to try to answer this question: 3. Non-cognitive variables (NCVs) as predictors of success: Sense of self Realistic self appraisal Balance in recognizing and dealing with “discrimination” Setting goals and receiving rewards Leadership Role models Ability to identify and thrive in a community Nontraditional (experience based) learning
  • 5. 1. Positive letter of evaluation from Committee: Based primarily on letters of reference from Clark faculty 2. AMCAS application: personal essay and list of experiences <ul><li>Will you make a good doctor? </li></ul><ul><li>i.e., are you the type of person someone on the medical school’s admissions committee would identify as the type of person they would want as their own doctor? </li></ul>Data medical schools will use to try to answer this question: 3. Answers to questions on secondary applications 4. Interview 5. NCVs in all of the above
  • 6. GPA MCAT Faculty Letters Research Academics Humanism Campus, Community, and Clinical Extracurricular Activities Curriculum AMCAS Application Essay Experience descriptions Application Process Medical Schools Interview Secondary Applications Choosing Schools Committee Letter
  • 7. Year 1 Fall Spring Intro Chem I Intro Chem II Intro Biol I Intro Biol II xxx xxx xxx xxx (Precalc) Year 2 Fall Spring Organic I Organic II Calculus I* Calculus II* *not all schools Psychology XXX ( Genetics or Microbiology ) xxx xxx Year 3 Fall Spring Intro Physics I Intro Physics II xxx ( Cell or Biochem ) xxx ( Physiology ) English (any) English (any) xxx xxx Medical School Requirements ( bold ) It is possible to complete them in 3 years Other desirable courses: computer science, Spanish
  • 8. What we can provide for you: <ul><li>1. Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>2. MCAT </li></ul><ul><li>3. Invited Speakers (First Wednesday Series) </li></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation and </li></ul><ul><li>Committee Letter of Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>5. Extracurricular and volunteering activities </li></ul><ul><li>(ER volunteering program at St. Vincent Hospital) </li></ul><ul><li>AMCAS Application: Timing, Basic information, </li></ul><ul><li>List of experiences, and Personal statement </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary applications </li></ul><ul><li>8. Mock Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>9. Where to apply : appropriate tier, compatible programs, suitable geography </li></ul><ul><li>10. Networking: contacts with Clark alumni, conferences, open houses </li></ul>
  • 9. Invited Speakers Program Workshops and lectures by invited speakers: provide insight into how to prepare for the challenges of the medical profession and how to take advantage of the rewards. Clark now hosts a two-year repeating cycle of workshops and lectures: Year 1 Year 2 1) September – MCAT 1) September – MCAT 2) October – Ob/Gyn 2) October – Family 3) November – Pediatrics 3) November – End of Life 4) February – Emergency 4) February – Surgery 5) March – Medical School Admissions 5) March – Medical School Admissions 6) April – AMCAS 6) April – AMCAS
  • 10. Emergency Room Volunteer and Shadowing Program Clark University and St. Vincent Hospital are partners in a newly established program that provides the following opportunity for Clark premeds: Applicants are recommended by Clark's Premedical Advisor. Accepted participants make a commitment of at least 50 hours over the year. Participants work the first 35-40 hours in ER volunteer activities. Shadowing opportunities with an ER physician are then provided. At the completion of the program, the participant submits a written summary of their experiences in the program to Clark's Premedical Advisor. At the completion of the program, the ER physician submits a letter of recommendation to Clark's Premedical Advisor.
  • 11. Clark’s Prehealth Website: www.clarku.edu/departments/prehealth
  • 12. What is the best way to approach your college career? <ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Enjoy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All of the above </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your passion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make time for you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MCAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application process </li></ul></ul>
  • 13. Final Thoughts <ul><li>The health profession is one of the most rewarding </li></ul><ul><li>careers one can choose. </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine may be one of the most demanding </li></ul><ul><li>professions one can choose. </li></ul><ul><li>Start the process of becoming the type of individual to whom you would trust your own health and well being now. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many fields. You will have plenty of time to decide which is most attractive to you. </li></ul><ul><li>We are here to help. Please come see and talk with us soon and often. </li></ul>

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