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  1. 1. MEDICAL SCHOOL and other Health Professions The how, what, where and when’s of gaining admission to the doctoral medical professions.
  2. 2. Doctoral Health Professions <ul><li>Allopathic Medicine (MD) </li></ul><ul><li>Osteopathic medicine (DO) </li></ul><ul><li>Dentistry (DDS) </li></ul><ul><li>Podiatry (DPM) </li></ul><ul><li>Chiropractic (DC) </li></ul><ul><li>Optometry (OD) </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary Medicine (DVM) </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Allied Health Professions <ul><li>Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Physicians Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does a med career entail? <ul><li>Baccalaureate Degree </li></ul><ul><li>4-years of Medical/Professional School </li></ul><ul><li>3-11 years post-graduate training </li></ul><ul><li>Debt: $60,000-$145,000 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Medical Schools (Ohio) <ul><li>CWRU </li></ul><ul><li>CINNCINATI </li></ul><ul><li>NEOUCOM </li></ul><ul><li>MCO* </li></ul><ul><li>OSU </li></ul><ul><li>WRIGHT STATE </li></ul><ul><li>OU-(OSTEOPATHIC)* </li></ul>
  6. 6. OTHER HEALTH-PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS <ul><li>CHIROPRACTIC- National, New York </li></ul><ul><li>DENTAL-OSU </li></ul><ul><li>OPTOMETRY-OSU </li></ul><ul><li>PODIATRY-OCPM (Cleveland) </li></ul><ul><li>PHARMACY-Cinncinati, ONU, OSU, Toledo </li></ul><ul><li>VET-OSU </li></ul>
  7. 7. Admissions Requirements for Professional School <ul><li>A STRONG Academic Record! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MCAT/DAT/VET/OAT scores </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Letters of Recommendation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>science faculty recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>there is no University Committee for letters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indicators of Desire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>professional experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteerism, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Required Courses <ul><li>General Biology with lab </li></ul><ul><li>General Chemistry with lab </li></ul><ul><li>General Physics with lab </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Chemistry with lab </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics (preferably Calculus) </li></ul><ul><li>English </li></ul>
  9. 9. Course Questions <ul><li>Do I really need to take calculus? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember, it’s called a competitive process because you’re competing. So, if the school has a choice between students with and without calc and the same GPA, who gets in? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is it okay to drop a course? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As long as it’s not indicative of a pattern. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Recent Stats <ul><li>Out of 41,003 applicants in 1998, 17,379 (42.4%) matriculated to Allopathic Med School. YSU placed 23% in allopathic programs </li></ul><ul><li>Avg. MCAT score of matriculants: v-9.6, p-9.9, w-P, b-10.2 </li></ul><ul><li>Avg. GPA of matriculants: BCPM-3.52, non-science 3.65, total-3.57 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Timetable <ul><li>First and second years: study and perform, get some experience </li></ul><ul><li>Junior spring: admissions test (MCAT), start the application process for June opening date </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Junior summer: retake admissions exams (if needed) </li></ul><ul><li>Senior fall: complete applications (Oct/Nov deadline) </li></ul>
  12. 12. NO-NO’S <ul><li>Poor grades (D’s and F’s) - excuses are easy…good grades are hard </li></ul><ul><li>Job - If you must work, try to keep it under 12 hrs/wk. Getting into Professional School is a FULL TIME job </li></ul><ul><li>Doing this for anyone/anything but your own personal/inner desire. </li></ul><ul><li>Doing it for money / prestige (i.e. believing what you watch on TV) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other things to consider <ul><li>The median age for admissions to allopathic schools is over 24. “If at first you don’t succeed…” </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what else you could do with your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine is an ever-changing field. The kinds doctors you might get to be will be vastly different what we have now. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Information Sources <ul><li>Dr. Kim </li></ul><ul><li>The YSU PreHealth Web Site </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Medical School Admissions Requirements and other authoritative publications </li></ul><ul><li>N.B.- Other students may or may not be a reliable source of information. Verify! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Announcements <ul><li>Check the Prehealth Web Site for regular updates </li></ul><ul><li>If interest exist, a PreHealth newsgroup can be put into place. </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming on-campus visits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwestern College of Chiropractic - Feb 24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine - March 11 </li></ul></ul>