Here is a list of courses typically required or recommended by medical schools:
Required: At least two semesters of Biology
Required: BIOL 201
BIOL 221/221L/222/222L (A&P - highly recommended and needed for MCAT)
BIOL 309 (Genetics –recommended)
Also recommended: Cell Biology (BIOL 408) and Molecular Biology (BIOL 409)
Two semesters of General Chemistry (Inorganic Chem)
Required: CHEM 131,131L/132,132L
Two semesters of Organic Chemistry
Required: CHEM 331/332
Required for the MCAT and some schools: CHEM 351
Two semesters of General Physics – Required: PHYS 211/212 or PHYS 241/242 if you have calculus
Required: Two semesters; Statistics is required for the MCAT and some schools require calculus (you might first need to 'catch up' with a course like MATH 119).
Required: Two writing courses (If they are not designated "ENGL" the application services may not recognize them)
What Really Counts
Strong academic back ground and intellectual potential – excellent grades (GPA) and test scores (MCAT, DAT)
Evidence of the qualities of leadership and character
Knowledge and motivation in the field – Experiences (shadowing, volunteering)
Broad range of interests/talents - Extracurricular Activities
NONE – There is NO PRE-MEDICAL OR PRE-DENTAL MAJOR AT TOWSON! Be any major you want to be and PLEASE always remember that life does not always go the way we wish it would – so pick a major where you will be able to do something ELSE, if you are not successful in this application process.
Tasks for Pre-Professionals:
Before Applying to Professional School
Begin to take required courses
Meet regularly with your academic advisor and make yourself known to your professors who will be writing recommendations
Become involved in campus life activities
Acquire experiences in medicine or dentistry; Volunteer positions, jobs during break and summer, internships, etc.
Hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, clinics, dental offices – anywhere patients are being cared for by doctors or dentists
Why? Through these experiences you will gain insight and develop a unique perspective on your field. For the application process, they will demonstrate sincere interest in the field OR …
You may learn that medicine or dentistry is NOT the field for you!
Get information about specific Medical/Dental School prerequisites so you can intelligently plan your curriculum. Resource: the AAMC publication Medical School Admissions Requirements in the library or sold by AAMC (www.aamc.org) or American Dental Education Association's Official Guide to Dental Schools sold by the ADEA (www.adea.org/)
Select a MAJOR that is comfortable. Medical schools want mature, multi-dimensional students. You can major in any field, as long as you fulfill the medical school prerequisites.
Select a major that will prepare you for a career of interest if you decide, for whatever reason, not to become a physician or dentist
If you are pre-medical: Gather information about the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Find a mentor, perhaps a physician, medical student, or professor, who can advise you and provide a role model
Work with other Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental students in study groups or on special projects to prepare yourselves for the medical school curriculum
Go the extra mile, intellectually
Do extra, personal reading: fiction, nonfiction, news …
Study unique cases from medical journals or from the Internet
Learn about national, state, and local health care issues
Investigate ethical issues related to health care delivery
Learn to express yourself clearly in writing: Take writing intensive courses and/or choose courses that require you to write and to apply the information you learn to solve important and interesting problems.
Keep your GPA up – distinguish yourself: you will be competing against many students with 4.0 GPA
Investigate alternative career options:
An undergraduate major which will result in gainful employment, if not accepted into medical school
The Year in which You will Apply to Professional School
Study for upcoming admission tests (i.e. MCAT, DAT). Commercial preparation courses (Kaplan, Princeton Review, ExamKrackers) are expensive, but they are highly recommended. Remember, the students you are competing with for seats in medical or dental school are probably taking courses like these!
February: Acquire the pre-medical/pre-dental application materials required for the interview process in (detailed meeting in late February)
Register for MCAT or DAT or other admission test
Begin writing your resume’ and your personal statement for your upcoming Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Committee interview.
May: Committee Interview during Finals Week
Continue volunteer work and extracurricular activities
During the summer between Junior and Senior year, apply to the schools of your choice - applications for Medical School (AMCAS) begin June 1st, applications for Dental School (AADSAS) begin in the middle of May and are submitted to schools in June.
After Applying to Professional School
Retake MCAT if necessary
Provide Chair of Pre-Med/Pre-Dent committee with list of schools you applied to
Interview at schools
Inform the Pre-Med/Pre-Dent committee Chairperson of the outcome of your applications.