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Health Professions Advising Foundation Talk


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General information about health professions (premedical) advising at George Mason University. These slides were given for talks introducing the advising system in October 2006.

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Health Professions Advising Foundation Talk

  1. 1. Preparing for the Health Professions Emil T. Chuck, Ph.D. Health Professions Advisor & Term Assistant Professor of Biology George Mason University
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>I want to get into medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, etc. schools. </li></ul><ul><li>I was told you were offering food. </li></ul>Why are you here?
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Introduce myself. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades and scores are necessary but not sufficient. </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline for freshmen/sophomores </li></ul><ul><li>Process and timeline for juniors (EY 2008). </li></ul>Why am I here?
  4. 4. Mission Statement <ul><li>To educate, support, and prepare George Mason students and alumni for careers in the health professions through effective advising, research, recruitment, and collaboration. </li></ul>What Health Professions Advising Should Be
  5. 5. Advising Vision <ul><li>Website ( </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General information for all prospective students, current students, faculty, and administration. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links, documents, and data. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Listserver (PREHEALTH-L) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulletins and “newsletters” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes any “advertising” for programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Surveys@Mason (still experimental) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part 1 of pre-application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplemental evaluation online forms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WebCT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate discussion board, calendar, and assignments to prepare for health professions application process. </li></ul></ul>Effective advising using electronic resources
  6. 6. The Glorified Life Do you want to be any of these doctors?
  7. 7. The health professions <ul><li>Diabetes (CDC data 1994 vs. 2000) </li></ul>It’s about a team taking care of patients.
  8. 8. The health professions <ul><li>Diabetes (a subset of professionals) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal Medicine/Endocrinologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutritionist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nurse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optometrist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podiatrist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical and Occupational Therapist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acupuncture and oriental medical specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public health </li></ul></ul>It’s about a team taking care of patients.
  9. 9. Question <ul><li>Your favorite health care professional. </li></ul><ul><li>Your least favorite health care professional. </li></ul><ul><li>You. </li></ul>Think of five adjectives or phrases that describe...
  10. 10. Are you ready? <ul><li>Intellectual ability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aptitude in synthesizing, evaluating, and applying new and complex information (scientific or non-scientific) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to understand and assess problems as well as employing imaginative and innovative solutions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity to work with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to collaborate and cooperate as a team member, and to act with sensitivity or empathy towards others. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project and time management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to complete assignments and tasks in a reliable, professional manner with available resources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to act autonomously and independently, capacity to analyze situations and make decisions. </li></ul></ul>The seven criteria of a great health care professional.
  11. 11. Are you ready? <ul><li>Written and oral communications skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to explain complex concepts to diverse audiences. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-management and self-awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal development, maturity, and emotional stability in coping with a variety of life situations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity for personal integrity, professionalism, and honesty. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, with ability to address both areas with confidence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to adapt to stressful or unfamiliar situations. </li></ul></ul>The seven criteria of a great health care professional.
  12. 12. Are you ready? <ul><li>Observational or aesthetic appreciation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivated creativity or observational skills in appreciating visual, auditory, or literary works. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Laboratory, manual, or tactile skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aptitude in performing manual or delicate tasks, such as those in a laboratory, on a sports field, or other areas involving instruments or devices. </li></ul></ul>The seven criteria of a great health care professional.
  13. 13. Preparation for a Career <ul><li>Science coursework (grades and test scores) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To show you can handle a rigorous scientific curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To demonstrate your competency with the fundamental science requirements. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get to know your professors (science and non-science) for reference letters. </li></ul>Your pre-application years
  14. 14. Preparation for a Career <ul><li>Significant experience in the profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin early (even summer after freshman year). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with and serve others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you enjoy working in a clinical environment? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you work in a different clinical environment? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shadowing (sophomore/junior year). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in summer programs (freshmen or sophomores only). </li></ul></ul>Your pre-application years
  15. 15. Preparation for a Career <ul><li>Gain knowledge of challenges facing the profession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read about health- or science-related issues. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to podcasts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in research programs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in general education, public policy, or health advocacy programs. </li></ul></ul>Your pre-application (and beyond) years
  16. 16. The Application Timeline <ul><li>Complete all science prerequisites. </li></ul><ul><li>Register for the MCAT ( six months ahead ), DAT, OAT, GRE. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify target programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-application, personal statement, and solicit evaluation letters (by fall semester) </li></ul><ul><li>MSAC interview (spring semester). </li></ul>Your application year (mostly juniors or seniors).
  17. 17. The Application Timeline <ul><li>Complete all science prerequisites. </li></ul><ul><li>Take the MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit central application essays and forms. </li></ul>Your application summer.
  18. 18. MSAC evaluation letters <ul><li>MSAC schedules interviews during spring and early summer. </li></ul><ul><li>MSAC writes composite evaluations for all applicants by August 1 (hopefully July 1). </li></ul>NOT an option for medical and dental applicants!
  19. 19. MSAC evaluation letters <ul><li>To schedule an interview: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete a pre-application form (online). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit a first draft of your personal statement (WebCT). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit a passport-photo-like image (online). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify evaluators (online). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Return original forms needing signatures (mail). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Declare special programs to which you are applying. </li></ul></ul>NOT an option for medical and dental applicants!
  20. 20. MSAC evaluation letters <ul><li>MSAC Pre-applications will be available around October 1. </li></ul><ul><li>Deadlines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>December 1: pre-apps, PS, prelim evaluators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>January 1: photo, signed forms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intend to notify by mid-December. </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews start by mid-January. </li></ul>NOT an option for medical and dental applicants!
  21. 21. Standards & Expectations <ul><li>MSAC expects a GPA of 3.00 or higher. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appeals require an interview with Dr. Chuck. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MSAC will no longer require scores at the time of interview. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MSAC expects students to have above average test scores and have a realistic understanding of one’s chances for admission. </li></ul></ul>Understand your chances of getting in...
  22. 22. Standards and Expectations Understand your chances of getting in... AMCAS 2002-2006 (43 of 133 GMU accepted) 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 1.75 2.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 BCPM uGPA MCAT score
  23. 23. Standards and Expectations Understand your chances of getting in... AADSAS 2005 (4 of 23 GMU accepted) 10.0 12.0 14.0 16.0 18.0 20.0 22.0 24.0 1.75 2.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.25 3.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 BCP uGPA Average DAT (AA, PAT, SCI)
  24. 24. Summary <ul><li>Study effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Get experience in clinical/research settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay out of legal or academic trouble. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the future you choose to live. </li></ul><ul><li>Work on the seven criteria (one facet each day). </li></ul><ul><li>Envision yourself as a health professional. Behave like a health professional. </li></ul>The habits you set today will help you become a physician tomorrow.
  25. 25. Summary <ul><li>Refer to the health professions advising websites. </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the PREHEALTH-L listserv. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend programs organized by pre-health organizations. </li></ul>The habits you set today will help you become a physician tomorrow.
  26. 26. Summary <ul><li>Meet with prehealth advisor... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One or two appointments a year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freshmen and Sophomores </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One appointment each semester: applicants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freshmen or sophomores applying for competitive summer or early enrollment programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Juniors and seniors </li></ul></ul></ul>The habits you set today will help you become a physician tomorrow.
  27. 27. Ask for Any Further Questions
  28. 28. Thank You for Coming! Close with encouragement and thanks to the audience.