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Premedical Advisory Program
 
 
Four-year schedule for a pre-med student

Shown below is the type of schedule that a student, who is serious about gaining admission to a doctoral program in the health professions, ought to follow:

Freshman Year:
* Begin taking courses in the sciences.  Earn good grades.
* Attend events sponsored by the Premedical Advisory Committee (e.g., Health Professions Day, Kaplan presentation, guest speakers).
* Begin to browse the internet to learn about the health professions.
* Shadow professionals in your field(s) of interest.   (Keep a log of such activities.)
* Look for opportunities to exhibit leadership and to perform community service.

Summer after the freshman year-- Review materials from your science classes in preparation for the admissions exams (which are now only two years away). Consider getting a job in a setting that involves health care.  Continue to learn more about health care in a variety of ways.

Note: It is of the utmost importance that you prepare for the admissions tests more seriously than you have prepared for anything else in the past. Strong test scores are needed to validate strong academic credentials.

Sophomore Year:
* Continue to take courses in the sciences and to earn good grades.
* Continue to attend events sponsored by the Premedical Advisory Committee.
* Apply for admission to the Premedical Advisory Program by January 31. (Applications can be obtained from the chair of the committee.)
* Browse the internet to learn about specific health professional schools.  Contact the schools to get additional information.
* Consider participating in the college's Career Mentor Program.   Find other ways to be exposed to people whose careers are in health care.
* Look for opportunities to exhibit leadership and to perform community service.

Summer after the sophomore year--
Review materials from your science classes in preparation for the admissions exams (which are now only one year away). Consider getting a job in a setting that involves health care.  Arrange to shadow health-care professionals.
Junior Year:
* Finish taking the science courses needed to prepare for the admission exam.  Earn good grades.
* Continue to attend events sponsored by the Premedical Advisory Committee.
* Reapply for admission to the Premedical Advisory Program by January 31.
* Consider how you are going to make final preparations for the admission exam.  There are several organizations (e.g., Kaplan) that can be hired to help you prepare.  It is likely to be to your advantage to enroll in one of these courses, although they are expensive.
* Apply for the entrance exam.  It is normally advisable to prepare for a spring test date (toward the end of your junior year), since you should be planning to work on your applications in the summer after your junior year.
          Test dates:
          Medical -- MCAT (on computer, offered about 25 times per year from January through September)
          Dental -- DAT (on computer, offered throughout the year)
          Optometry -- OAT  (on computer, offered throughout the year)
          Veterinary -- MCAT (see above) or GRE (on computer, offered throughout the year)

* Contact health professional schools of interest to learn the details of the process of applying for admission. Some professions (such as medicine) have an admissions service; others require you to apply directly to the individual schools.
* Late in the junior spring, begin the process of gathering recommendations for the Committee. The Premedical Advisory Committee compiles a recommendation letter that is sent to the schools to which you are applying; many schools require such a "committee letter."

Summer after the junior year-- Begin the application process. If you did not take a spring entrance exam (or if you did not do well on the spring exam), continue to study for a second chance at the exam.  Find
a job in a setting that involves health care.  Arrange to shadow health-care professionals.  Visit the professional schools in which you are most seriously interested.
Senior Year:
* Complete the application process.
* Take the entrance exam again, if necessary.
* Develop contingency plans.
* Participate in a mock interview, with members of the Premedical Advisory Committee, as a part of your preparation for the interviews at the professional schools.
* Even after you learn that you've been admitted to the school of your choice .... Find ways to prepare yourself as well as possible for the education and career that lie ahead.


You must have been accepted into the Premedical Advisory Program in order to be offered a mock interview and to have a letter of recommendation compiled by the Committee. Be sure to apply for the Program in a timely manner. Completed applications are due each year by January 31.


 

 

 

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