Your responsibilities as a pre-med student
- There are important deadlines during the pre-med process. Make sure you know what these are. Your adviser will help you with this.
- Get to know your professors so they can get to know you. This is important so that they can write meaningful letters of recommendation for you when you apply to medical school.
- Realize that all U.S. medical schools require general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology courses.
- Realize that all medical schools require that you take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). This is a computer-based test that covers biology, general chemistry, physics, verbal reasoning and your ability to communicate in writing.
- Realize that it will be of benefit for you to take other, more specific courses in addition to the ones that are required by all medical schools prior to taking the MCAT.
- Take time to carefully tentatively plan your schedule to incorporate all of these courses. Realize that you will need to take at least two science courses most semesters. Meet with your academic adviser at least once a semester to help you with this.
- Know that there are two options for medical education: allopathic (M.D.) schools and osteopathic (D.O) schools. Learn about the difference between them and determine which one you want to pursue.
- Know that, in most cases, you are going to need a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 to get into medical school for both your cumulative GPA and your BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) GPA.
- Know that some medical schools require additional courses other than those required by all medical schools. Examples of courses required for some, but not all, medical schools are calculus, biochemistry, psychology and humanities. Research medical schools early to determine what the pre-requisites for each school are.
- Realize that good grades are not all that is necessary to get into medical school. You should also seek the following:
- Hands-on patient care experiences
- One to three job-shadowing opportunities
- Opportunities to learn about and experience cultures other than your own
- Opportunities to be involved with scientific research
- Worthwhile volunteer opportunities.
- UW-L Involvement Center: http://www.uwlax.edu/uc/involvement/volunteerops.htm
Your adviser is available to help you with all of the above. Please always feel free to contact them at anytime with questions!