Premedical Advisory Program at William Jewell
(for students interested in allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, optometry, and veterinary medicine)
Click here for links to other (non-Jewell) sites of interest to "premed" students.
William Jewell’s premedical advisory program is great preparation for medical school!
Medical schools are looking for students who have a strong background and abilities in the sciences, but you don’t have to have a science or pre-med major to go to medical school. In fact, Jewell doesn’t even offer pre-med as a major. (We have had students who have gone on to professional schools who have majored in --- besides the obvious biology, biochemistry, and chemistry --- history, music, and psychology.) Along with the specialization in a major and the broad-based program in the college's core curriculum, a pre-med student must also consider appropriate prerequisites for the field in which s/he is interested.
The Premedical Advisory Program provides advising for students interested in preparing for doctoral work in medicine, dentistry, optometry, and veterinary medicine. Students normally first apply to the program in January of their sophomore year. Following application, they are interviewed by members of the Premedical Advisory Committee. Admission to the program depends on the student's academic record and on a clear demonstration of interest in a career in a health profession.
Students who are admitted to the program in the sophomore year are required to reapply, if they are still interested, in the junior year.
Students in the program are supplied information about the career in which they are interested and alternative possibilities, advice and help on application to health professional schools, and a letter of recommendation sent under the auspices of the Premedical Advisory Committee. When a student has been invited to interview at professional schools, the committee will assist with preparation through "mock" interviews.
The letter of recommendation, which is sent to the health professional schools of the student's choice, is written by a member of the Committee. The letter is compiled from recommendations the student has solicited from professors in various disciplines and from recommendations of members of the Committee. The author of the letter extracts from these recommendations information and quotations that give the health professional schools an accurate representation of the student and of the student's capabilities.
The purpose of the Premedical Advisory Program is not only to help students prepare for graduate study in the health professions but also to support William Jewell College's stated mission, "to provide a sound liberal arts education of superior quality." The Committee encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them not only on campus, but also off campus. The challenge to the student is to become, as stated in the college catalog, "a thoughtful and self-disciplined person, responsive and sensitive to the needs of society."
Students interested in healthcare are encouraged to use their summers not only to prepare for admission tests but also for other activities that will make them better candidates. For example, we have had several students who have participated in Baylor's SMART (Summer Medical and Research Training) Program. Similar programs are listed on a website maintained by the AAMC.
It is not unusual for students in Jewell's premed program also to be involved in the college's Service-Learning program.
For information about an MD/PhD program, click here to view a page providing links about MD/PhD programs from the AAMC.
Members of the Premedical Advisory Committee
Dr. William Jewell Scholars Program (early acceptance into medical school)
Four-year schedule for pre-med students
Pre-med students' strategies for success
Preparation for interviews at professional schools
Writing the personal statement in the application
Sample letter sent to students applying for admission to Jewell's pre-med program
Information about admission tests, deadlines, and successful applicants
Many individuals pursue medical careers after receipt of a Bachelor's degree. However, it's possible that additional science courses and labs will be desired or required before a person is prepared to apply to medical school. Therefore, a number of schools now offer post-baccalaureate premedical programs. The AAMC maintains a searchable database that contains information on each program's length, size, purpose, structure, cost, admission requirements, and other characteristics.