Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


UNDERGRADUATE PRE-MEDICAL/PRE-DENTAL PROGRAM

Summary of the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Process

Required Courses

  • Two semesters of Biology (201 and one of the following: 213, 214, 309, 408 or 409)
  • Two semesters of Physics (211 + 212 OR 241 +242)
    • 241/242 require Calculus I (MATH 273) but medical/dental schools do not
  • Two semesters General Cemistry (110 + 111)
    • Sometimes referred to as “Inorganic Chemistry”
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (331 + 332)
  • Two semesters of Mathematics
    • PreCalculus and Calculus I or Statistics
  • Two semesters English
    • ENGL 102 + one other writing class. The advanced writing Gen Ed may “qualify” but if it is not listed as “ENGL” it may not be recognized as an English course.

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

Required Major?

  • 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. This process is HIGHLY COMPETITIVE: in 2007; Medical schools had 42,315 applicants for 18,858 spaces resulting in a 45% acceptance rate.

Calendar of Events:

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • 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
    • 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 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)
    • 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)
    • They have a great deal of information on their website at: www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm
    • Alternatively, you can call AAMC: (202)-828-0600; they will send a free PRACTICE EXAM
    • Talk to admissions officers at Medical Schools
  • If you are Pre-Dental:  Gather information on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).
  • Participate in special enrichment programs
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Seminars – at TU and local hospitals
  • 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.
    • Become computer literate:  At the very least, know the following:
      • Basic word processing
      • Telecommunications
      • Electronic mail (E-mail)
      • World Wide Web (WWW)
      • Sites (i.e. library resources)
  • 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

Junior Year

  • Sept-April: 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!
  • March/April: Acquire the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Application Paperwork required for the Interview Process in (Detailed Meeting in Late February)
  • Register for MCAT or DAT or other admission test (usually taken in Spring/Summer of Junior year)
  • Begin writing your resume’ and your personal statement for your upcoming Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Committee interview.
  • Interview Packet MUST be completed and be “complete” for you to be granted an interview.
  • Packet will include such things as a copy of your Personal Statement, transcripts (other than TU), at least 3 letters of Recommendations/Evaluations from science faculty, a photograph of yourself to identify you to the Committee members writing your Composite Letter.
  • Sign waiver form for your file at the point of submission of your materials to the committee
  • April: Sign up for your Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Committee interview
  • May: Committee Interview during Finals Week
  • Continue volunteer work and extracurricular activities
  • June: During 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.

Senior Year

  • Complete applications as needed
  • 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.
  • Continue to fill all course requirements
  • Continue volunteer work
  • Accept your offer !
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