Pre-Health 101 Presented by: Dr. Pickett from Biology Dr. Crumrine from Chemistry Dr. Gangopadhyaya from Physics Dr. Johnson from Pre-Health Advising
Good Experiences: Building a Better Pre-Med Dr. F. B. Pickett Associate Professor: Biology Graduate Program Director Loyola MAMS Program
The Path to a Strong Application
There is a Lot of Lore Out There…What
Do Successful Applicants Have? Well…
Dr. Pickett’s Army of Pre-Meds Have Been
Chicago Youth Programs, Centro Romero
Loyola Literacy Program,
Muslim Women Resource Center (Devon and Western)
Many Deserving Service Oriented Non-profits in Chicago…Reach Out!!
Clinical Volunteering: WHERE?
In House: Loyola has 17 tenured/tenure track faculty researchers in Biology. Research Credit for BIOL 396 or 397 H
LUROP is your second step, after meeting an advisor. LUROP
Psychology Dept, Neuroscience, Chemistry all do Science Research and Mentor Students.
External Opportunities: Many labs throughout Chicago host student researchers. BIOL 398
Feedback from Medical School Deans,
M1s are people who give of themselves, have outstanding academics, strong MCAT scores and extensive volunteering.
M1s don’t get off track by cheating, stealing or hurting others or themselves. M1s are mature adults.
M1s are not people who embrace failure, waste time, make excuses or accept their own limitations. Go past where you are to get to your future.
Good Experiences: Building a Better Pre-Med
Chemistry Presented by: David Crumrine, Ph.D.
Surviving Chemistry, an important step toward a Healthprofessions Career
General Chemistry ~ HS Chemistry, but more detailed and more intense
Organic Chemistry ~a new language that will be vital for your career
Attend all lectures, discussion sects, & Labs.
Skim or read the chapter before lecture.
Read, in detail, soon after lecture.
Work all the suggested problems wo using the answer key. (It takes more time…)
Ask questions of friends and in discussion.
Ask questions of faculty, TAs, tutors.
Don’t stay up all night before an exam, etc.
Activation of Adriamycin by AN-9 www.latrobe.edu.au/.../lab/phillips/index.htm
Attend all lectures, discussion sects, & Labs.
Review the Gen Chem material in ~first 2 chapters so that you are prepared for new concepts.
Skim or read the chapter before lecture.
View Organic as a new language and work every day !
Depending on your learning style: take notes; make flash cards; make graphic organizers; etc.
Get a model kit to help with 3D perceptions.
Develop a study-buddy for questions or see a tutor.
Why do this?
These classes are easier than professional school, so develop good study habits now (better student)!
Your level of understanding will be tested by national admission tests. Study now and save your money (better consumer).
Competence in these areas will help you better understand details in biomedical classes as well as worldwide environmental, health, and safety issues (better citizen).
Serious study in all three sciences will improve your chance of getting admitted to professional or graduate school.
Research will help you decide if you want to be a healthcare professional or a Ph.D. (clinical practice vs research).
Physics Presented by: Asim Gangopadhyaya, Ph.D.
John Dykla 1973 John Cunningham 2005 Faculty Aleksandr Goltsiker 2004 David Slavsky 1982 Asim Gangopadhyaya 1989 Willetta Greene-Johnson 2004 Gordon Ramsey 1982 Thomas Ruubel 1987 Maria Udo 1997 Jonathan Bougie 2007 Albert Claus 1960 Jeffry Mallow 1976 Emeritii
Physics Department It is a small department with 7 tenure track or tenured members, three non-tenure track and two very active emeritii. We have about 90-100 majors, which places us at the top in nation in number of undergraduates in a BS granting dept. We have a very proactive curriculum committee that has added several new innovative programs in last 10 years. Freshman Projects Program that encourages research. Research with LUC faculty members and at other institutions. Nature of student-teacher-advisor-mentor relationship
We have two BBQs. In Christmas parties students and faculty take part in various social activities Students have a common place in “Issac and Al’s room” They have a dedicated computer room Undergraduate research with faculty member or outside As a student member of the department you would find Several faculty members have open door policy – students are always welcome. A very familial environment. You may even be a lab TA as an undergraduate
Major in Physics
2. Major in Biophysics-New Program (2008)
3. Major in Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics
4. Dual Degree Engineering Program
5. Dual Degree B.S./M.Ed. Teacher Education Program
6. Major in Physics/Computer Science
There are only a handful of universities in the US with undergraduate programs in biophysics. Biophysics is an interdisciplinary area that stands at the cutting edge of new developments in the sciences. B iomedical engineering, Nano-science, Bio-technology, Pre-health professions or Graduate studies in Biophysics. In the greater Chicago area, UIC has a biophysics concentration (not major) within their undergraduate physics program. Northwestern University and the University of Chicago have graduate programs in biophysics. BS with a major in Biophysics Students with interest in Pre-Health Profession An interdisciplinary major http://www.biophysics.org/education/biophyscareers.htm
Dual Degree Engineering Program Supportive, personal environment helps develop the skills and confidence needed for success in engineering; Entry into programs that are difficult to get into straight from high school; Allows more time for irreversible career decisions while exploring and confirming long-term goals; Leads to the completion of degrees in two reinforcing areas, one in physics and the other in engineering; Provides an extensive and yet focused education. A background in physics provides an excellent base for launching new careers in many different branches of engineering.
Undergraduate Research The best way to learn Thrill of finding something new Develops relation with a mentor that is very helpful in placement
Freshman Projects Entry to Undergraduate Research
Groups consist of 3-5 students
Working with a faculty member, each group writes a proposal for a project based on the material covered during the first semester.
Each project must include:
Design and construction of an apparatus
Data acquisition and analysis
Presentation in both written and oral form
Program Description Written about in Chicago Tribune
Current research projects involving students Jonathan Bougie --- Granular Physics John Cunningham --- Electronics John Dykla --- Theoretical Astrophysics Gordon Ramsey --- Theo. Particle Physics and Education Aleks Goltsiker --- History of Physics Asim Gangopadhyaya --- Theoretical Physics
Loyolans at National AAPT Meeting Austin TX – January 2003 L-R: Asim Gangoadhyaya; Chad Husko; Dr. Robert Richardson ( Nobel Laureate ); Brenton Knuffman; Gordan Ramsey
Stephen Reed - Univ. of Michigan - Applied Physics (2007) --- Post Doc at UT-Austin Sogee Spinor - Univ. of Maryland - Theoretical Particle Physics (2008) --- Post Doc at UW-Madison Matthew Quinn - Notre Dame - Nuclear Physics (2008) --- Post Doc at LU Medical Center (Medical Physics) Meghan Anzelc - Northwestern Univ. - Experimental Particle Physics (2008) --- Post Doc at NU Our students – recent Ph.D.s
Is Physics a good field to go into Med school? Rigorous and unusual education will set you free. MCAT – Last year, four of the five physics majors that took MCAT received 90% or higher. All in Med schools. They all have heard that one can go to med school with any major.
Where are our graduates studying Keith Carroll – Georgia Tech Brenton Knuffmann – Univ. of Mich. Luara Loiccono – Univ. of TX, Austin Veronika Walkosz – Univ. of IL, Chicago – Best TA award Chad Husko – Columbia, NYC, Fullbright to France Steve Snyder – Univ. of Minn. Matt Gonderinger – Univ. of Wisconsin Maciej Karcz – Indiana University Med school Adam Rensing, Michael Ly, Saudur Rehman, Alex Cravenue, and many others Students in Law school and other professional schools Ph.D. in physics
Charles Xxxxxxx But the person who best personifies what we do best is
Charles Xxxxxxx Joined LUC as 26 years old physics freshman But the person who best personifies what we do best is
Charles Xxxxxxx Joined LUC as 26 years old physics freshman Had personal problem during sophomore year But the person who best personifies what we do best is
Charles Xxxxxxx Shape invariance and the exactness of the quantum Hamilton-Jacobi formalism with Binder, Yevgeny; Gangopadhyaya, Asim ; Physics Letters. Section A, 2008; 372 (9) Joined LUC as 26 years old physics freshman Had personal problem during sophomore year Wrote a paper during senior year But the person who best personifies what we do best is
Charles Xxxxxxx Shape invariance and the exactness of the quantum Hamilton-Jacobi formalism with Binder, Yevgeny; Gangopadhyaya, Asim ; Physics Letters. Section A, 2008; 372 (9) Joined LUC as 26 years old physics freshman Had personal problem during sophomore year Wrote a paper during senior year Doctoral student at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque With full financial support But the person who best personifies what we do best is
Charles Xxxxxxx Shape invariance and the exactness of the quantum Hamilton-Jacobi formalism with Binder, Yevgeny; Gangopadhyaya, Asim ; Physics Letters. Section A, 2008; 372 (9) Joined LUC as a 26 years old physics freshman Had personal problem during sophomore year Published a paper during senior year Doctoral student at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque With full financial support A very happy alum But the person who most personifies what we do best is
Pre-Health Advising Presented by: Jim Johnson, Ph.D.
www.apta.org (physical therapy)
www.aapa.org (physician assistant)
www.aavmc.org (veterinary medicine)
Some More Resources
MSAR and Other Siblings
Pre-Health Professions Office
Damen Hall 201
To be added to Pre-Health Listserv:
Two Sets of General Selection Criteria
Pursuit of Values (Extracurricular)
Letters of Evaluation
Processing and Articulation of Motivation
Science GPA (BCP and BCPM)
MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE, etc.
MCAT for Example
MCAT Important Scores: 29, 31, 32; currently 30 or better should be minimum goal