Medical School Overview. Medical School ProgramsMD DegreeMD/PhDMD/MPHMD/JD. Medical School Overview. 1st 2 yearsThe curriculum is devoted primarily to interdisciplinary biomedical science courses taking place in lecture halls, conference rooms and laboratoriesThere are small group learning ses
1. How To Be A Successful Medical School Applicant Ade Olasunkanmi
Class of 2009/BALSA Co-President
NYU School of Medicine
2. Medical School Overview Medical School Programs
3. Medical School Overview 1st 2 years
The curriculum is devoted primarily to interdisciplinary biomedical science courses taking place in lecture halls, conference rooms and laboratories
There are small group learning sessions that emphasize topics covered in lectures
There are also courses in which students interact with patients, learn the basics of patient-doctor communication, acquire physical examination and diagnostic skills
4. Medical School Overview 2nd 2 years
In both inpatient and outpatient settings, students learn to apply clinical skills and the biomedical sciences knowledge of the 1st 2 years to problems of human diseases and illnesses
Required clerkships during the 3rd/4th year include
Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology, Ambulatory Care, and Radiology
There are also elective months during the 3rd/4th years during which the student can do research or pursue other areas of interest
5. Preparing For Medical School General Requirements
Additional courses, not required, but very helpful
Anatomy & Physiology
FUN and LOTS OF FUN
6. Preparing For Medical School DO NOT FORGET the mighty GPA
Take those classes that could get you easy As to boost your GPA
Plan on how and when you want to take your required classes
Taking organic chemistry, genetics and molecular biology in one semester could either mean you are a genius or you have not put much thought into it
7. Preparing For Medical School Anybody could sit down and study all day and get As
What sets you apart is that you could get your As and also be good at other things
Mentoring other students
Volunteering outside the school
8. The New Computerized MCAT
9. The New Computerized MCAT It is NOT and adaptive test
The test is a fixed form, currently
The new test has the same content focus as the paper test
Test now offered multiple times during the year
You are allowed to take the exam 3 times in a given year, but you can ONLY register for one exam date at a time
Scores are released 30 days after test
10. The New Computerized MCAT Resources
MCAT Practice Online
Remember, the aamc website is your friend (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm)
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
11. The Personal Statement Your personal statement says a lot about you
Write, rewrite and rewrite!
Give your personal statement to 2 or 3 people to critique
One of the people to read your essay should preferably be someone who doesn’t know you
For example, one of your creative writing English professors
Take criticism in stride. Don’t get offended
12. The Application Choose the schools you want to apply to thoughtfully
Know the schools’ application procedures
Your letters of recommendation are important
Ask if your professor would be willing to write you a letter
Don’t wait too late before you start asking for letters of recommendation
ONLY ask professors who know you well enough
A generic letter of recommendation will not do you any good
13. The Application Submit your applications early
It is your responsibility to call the schools and make sure that your file is complete
14. Everything in your application is fair game
Why you are interested in school
Current events: assisted suicide, Universal Health Care, HPV vaccine, cloning
Hypothetical social and ethical situations
Be prepared to ask at least 2 questions at the end of the interview
The Interview*: Topics for Discussion
15. The Interview If possible, do mock interviews
Before your interview, research the school
On the day of the interview, dress professionally
Remember, anything on your application is fair game
Always, ask your interviewer questions
DO NOT ask questions you could find the answers to on the school’s website
16. Types of Interviews Faculty
Student (most common mistake: being too casual, comfortable with your interviewer)
17. Appropriate Dress: Men suit (black or blue)
polished dress shoes
hold off on cologne
18. Appropriate Dress: Women suit (black, blue, or tan; pants or skirt)
closed toe shoes
pantyhose (bring extras)
hold off on perfume
19. Appropriate Dress Ways to be individual/ creative
men: ties (sharp, crisp colors)
women: scarves, accessories
open toe shoes, sandals
dresses, short skirts
20. Basics about the Interview BE ON TIME. BE ON TIME.
Research the school prior to the interview
If flying, bring light luggage that you don’t have to check in
*** Be polite to everyone. (Treat everyone as a potential admissions interviewer)
21. Basics about the Interview Turn off your cell phone
Winter time: wear boots, bring shoes.
Be prepared to go on walking tours.
Bring mints, mirror.
Did I mention be on time!! If you will be late, call the school’s Admissions Office.
22. Purpose of the Interview: Mutual Exchange of Information Gather information about your character.
Give applicant an opportunity to explain interests or accomplishments which do not come across adequately on application.
Allow interviewer to provide additional information about the school.
Key Point: You are your own salesperson!
23. Preparing for the Interview Reread your application and personal statement before your interview.
Bring interview invitation and information with you.
24. Know yourself. Be able to express yourself. Think about how you can express the following:
Areas/attributes of importance in preparing for a career in medicine.
Your past experiences and accomplishments that relate to these areas.
Your strengths and weaknesses in the following areas: academics, personal attributes, and motivation.
Preparing for the Interview
25. Preparing for the Interview Again, research the school
Check out their websites
Pick a few things that you like about the school
Strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum
Do mock interview
26. The Interview Start off with a firm handshake, address the interviewer with title (Dr.)
Maintain good eye contact
Relax and be yourself
Answer the question that you are asked
Answer clearly and concisely
27. The Interview, cont. Be humble. Avoid any trace of arrogance.
Avoid inconsistencies in your responses to different interviewers.
Avoid the appearance of fatigue
28. Communication Be mindful of nonverbal communication
Lack of focus
Nail biting , toe tapping, hair twirling
Avoid the non-essentials: like, umm, yeah