Freshman

Course Selection

  • Gateway courses: BIOL 1020/1021, BIOL 1030/1031, CHEM 1030/1031, CHEM 1040/1041, MATH 1610, SCMH 1890.

Ask for Assistance

Sciences Center Classroom Building, home of the COSAM student advising

Gain Experience

  • Shadow professionals engaged in general and specialty practice in your chosen health profession. For premedical students, shadow both D.O. and M.D. physicians.
  • Volunteer at indigent-care clinics and nursing homes.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

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Get Involved

  • Become an associate member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), join the listserv, attend meetings and participate in its volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Continue core requirements and foundational science courses.
  • Gateway Courses: CHEM 2070/2071, CHEM 2080/2081, PHYS 1500, PHYS 1510, BIOL 3000.
  • Be prepared to choose a major field by the end of this year or 60 hours, whichever comes first.

Ask for Assistance

  • Use academic support services to improve your grades and prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) or Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
  • Meet with a career counselor┬áif still exploring options and with the pre-health counselor if a health profession is your goal.

Gain Experience

Get Involved

  • Continue participation in AED-sponsored community service and leadership opportunities, attend meetings and apply for national membership.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses: BIOL 3000, BIOL 4100, BCHE 5180/5190, STAT 2510.

Ask for Assistance

  • Schedule a graduation check with your academic advisor to prepare for graduation.
  • Attend PPAC meetings in January to learn about assistance with the application process to medical, dental, or optometry school.

Gain Experience

  • Take an online practice test in January and the actual MCAT by the end of May or DAT or OAT by the end of June.
  • Begin undergraduate research.
  • Finish PPAC requirements and apply to medical or dental school in June; optometry school in July.

Get Involved

  • Continue involvement with AED by attending meetings and other sponsored activities and by serving as an elected or appointed officer.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Meet with your academic advisor to select courses that fulfill graduation requirements and prepare you for your chosen professional school.

Ask for Assistance

  • Schedule a final graduation check to ensure you are on track to graduate.
  • Meet with the pre-health director to discuss completing a post-baccalaureate program before applying to professional school.

Gain Experience

  • Continue to shadow, conduct research, participate in extracurricular activities and volunteer in the community.
  • Begin/continue undergraduate research.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in student organizations in which you participate including AED.

General Information

Becoming a primary care provider is a highly competitive and time-intensive process. Individuals interested in pursuing these areas will need to begin taking advantage of volunteer and shadowing opportunities early. Strong academic performance is necessary to matriculate into professional school. Due to the competitive nature of the medical field, it is recommended that individuals develop a parallel plan in order to have a variety of options upon graduation.

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Interests

Holland's Code: SIR

  • Social
  • Investigative
  • Realistic

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ESFJ
  • ENFP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Relationships
  • Achievement
  • Recognition

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Problem Solving

Last modified: August 11, 2020