Clark University’s Medical Careers Advising Program Presented by Dr. David Thurlow, Premedical Advisor and Chair, Premedic...
Choices of Professions in Medicine: Human medicine : Allopathy (MD) Osteopathy (DO) Dentistry (DDS or DD) Optometry (OD) P...
Planning for a career in medicine:  e.g., allopathic (MD) What does it take to get into medical school? Medical schools wi...
1.  Undergraduate GPA (overall and science): ~ 3.5 2.  MCAT scores: ~10 (out of 15) on each of the 3 sections VR, PS, and ...
1.  Positive letter of evaluation from Committee: Based primarily on letters of reference from Clark faculty 2.  AMCAS app...
GPA MCAT Faculty Letters Research Academics  Humanism Campus, Community, and Clinical Extracurricular Activities Curriculu...
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 Or...
What we can provide for you: <ul><li>1. Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>2. MCAT </li></ul><ul><li>3. Invited Speakers   (Firs...
Invited Speakers Program Workshops and lectures by invited speakers: provide insight into how to prepare for the challenge...
Emergency Room Volunteer and Shadowing Program Clark University and St. Vincent Hospital are partners in a newly establish...
Clark’s Prehealth Website:  www.clarku.edu/departments/prehealth
What is the best way to approach your college career? <ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Final Thoughts <ul><li>The health profession is one of the most  rewarding   </li></ul><ul><li>careers one can choose.  </...
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. Clark’s Prehealth Website: www.clarku.edu/departments/prehealth
  12. 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. 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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