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Welcome to the Introductory Pre-Health Seminar August 28, 2007 The whole process Freshman/Sophomore year Work hard in your classes. Volunteer/Shadow/Attend speakers Attend workshops on personal statement/how to…/interviewing Junior Year Finish course work Continue to volunteer and shadow

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the whole process
The whole process
  • Freshman/Sophomore year
    • Work hard in your classes.
    • Volunteer/Shadow/Attend speakers
    • Attend workshops on personal statement/how to…/interviewing
  • Junior Year
    • Finish course work
    • Continue to volunteer and shadow
    • Exam Preparation
    • Take entrance exams
    • Apply to your schools…early!
  • Senior Year
    • Take hard classes
    • Wait for and then immediately fill out secondary application
    • Interview
    • Wait.
what we do
What we do
  • Advising
  • Committee letters to schools
  • Entrance exam review materials
  • Skills workshops
  • Misc. health information

What you need to do will be in RED

advising
Advising
  • We work with your academic advisor to make sure that you have all of the requirements met for your professional school program
    • Easy for medical school
    • More requirements for dental, vet, optometry, and PT
    • Have advising “cheat sheets” for all students to use
course requirements
Course Requirements
  • Medical School
    • CH105-6, 351-2, BI120-123, PH107-8
  • Dental School
    • CH105-6, 351-2, 461, BI120-123, 301, 303, 322, PH107-8, PS101
  • Veterinary School
    • CH105-6, 351-2, 461, BI123-123, 357, PH107-8, MA106-7, 260
  • Optometry School
    • CH105-6, 351-2, BI120-123, 301, 303, 410, PH107-8, MA 106, 260
  • Physical Therapy
    • CH105-6, 351, BI120-123, 301, 303, PH107-8, PS 101, 320, MA260 or PS310 + 2 more in Humanities (These vary by school)
    • Most Schools require HUMAN Anatomy and Physiology!!!
what you can do about coursework
What you can do about coursework
  • Get A’s and B’s the first time through
  • Really learn the material…the first time
  • No binge studying
  • Change the way you learn!!!!!
  • Read! Read! Read!
personalized assessment
Personalized Assessment
  • During your sophomore year, you must meet individually with me!
  • We look at transcript
  • We talk about professional development
  • We make an assessment and prediction of your success.
  • This meeting is mandatory for all sophomores…so expect it
professional mentoring program
Professional Mentoring Program
  • In your sophomore year, you are paired with a practicing health-professional
  • It is a two-year commitment
  • Meet a minimum of 4 times in 2 years.
  • Discuss current issues, make connections with other specialists, shadow, etc.
  • Currently only set-up for pre-med, but will be expanding soon to dentistry and beyond.
what we do9
What we do
  • Advising
  • Committee letters to schools
  • Entrance exam review materials
  • Skills workshops
  • Misc. health information

What you need to do will be in RED

committee letters
Committee Letters
  • You’ll ask 5 or 6 faculty to write a short recommendation for you. Our office collects these. Hand these out at the end of the semester!!!
  • You’ll select a writer of your committee letter
    • This person should be a professor you’ve had for more than one class or a research or thesis advisor.
    • You can select this person later.
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Committee Letters
  • At the end of your junior year, the letter will be written.
    • This will include comments from all faculty recommendations and will include a list of activities and such as given to us by the Pre-Health Society.
    • Keep your Pre-Health file up-to-date! Judy Malarney is your best friend!
  • This committee letter is sent to the school in lieu of individual letters.
what we do12
What we do
  • Advising
  • Committee letters to schools
  • Entrance exam review materials
  • Skills workshops
  • Misc. health information

What you need to do will be in RED

exam preparation
Exam Preparation
  • Free Materials for Check-out
    • MCAT, DAT, GRE, OAT, VCAT
    • Practice exams, review books, study guides
  • Courses
    • MCAT and GRE prep courses in the spring semester…Princeton Review
  • Worry about this in the fall of your junior year and if you take a prep class, do so in the spring of your junior year.
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What we do
  • Advising
  • Committee letters to schools
  • Entrance exam review materials
  • Skills workshops
  • Misc. health information

What you need to do will be in RED

workshops
Workshops
  • Personal Statements
    • Learn how to write about why you want to be a…
      • Need to show that you are a virtuous person
      • Significant experience that helped you see what an MD/PT/DDS does in the real world.
      • Not necessarily a “save the world, world peace” statement
  • Interview skills
    • Learn how to talk to the folks in the admissions office.
    • Be yourself and talk with them…don’t try to be what you think they want.
  • Others
    • Medical ethics, faith and vocation, financial aid, how to apply, etc.
  • Many are combined with law or graduate school prep…it doesn’t matter
  • You need to attend these workshops and you need to begin thinking about these things now!!!
what we do16
What we do
  • Advising
  • Committee letters to schools
  • Entrance exam review materials
  • Skills workshops
  • Misc. health information

What you need to do will be in RED

when do i apply
When do I apply
  • Application preparation starts NOW!
    • Volunteer, shadow, class work, etc.
  • Formal application process begins at the end of your junior year
    • We’ll have a “How-to” seminar
  • Most professional schools use an on-line service.
some questions comments
Some Questions/Comments
  • I want to talk with post grads who’ve gone thru the process
    • Go to the pre-health speaker series
    • Job shadow
    • Mentor Program in your sophomore year
  • I need to know more about volunteer events and speakers
    • Go to the pre-health society meetings!
  • I want a database of med school info
    • We’re working on a better website for our office and will have links to many schools.
    • Go to www.aamc.org
    • Come see me!
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Some Questions/Comments
  • I want to know the admission requirements for my school.
    • Go online to your school’s web site and look them up.
  • I want IU admissions to visit Butler
    • They usually do. Participate in the Pre-Health Society and attend their meetings.
  • I want MCAT prep.
    • Worry about that in your junior year
  • I want an overview of the application process
    • Don’t worry about this right now. We’ll walk you through the process when you’re a junior. Just focus on classes and building your portfolio
reality check
Reality Check!
  • Are you qualified for a health profession?
    • Need strong science/math skills
    • Need drive and motivation and focus
    • Need to know how to study and delegate time
  • What else is out there?
    • Public health administration
    • Nursing
    • Non-health care related fields
  • What can I do besides a health profession?
    • Anything you’re passionate about and qualified for
  • I’ve always wanted to be a doctor!
    • Many have said this and aren’t
some statistics
Some Statistics
  • IU School of Dentistry
    • Tuition $32,961 / year
    • Applicants 1844
    • Matriculated 100
    • DAT 19s on all sections
    • GPA 3.52
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Some Statistics
  • IU School of Optometry
    • Tuition /board $37,051 / year
    • Applicants 371
    • Matriculated 75
    • OAT Total Science: 325 / 400

Academic Average: 325 / 400

    • GPA 3.46
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Some Statistics
  • PU School of Vet. Science
    • Tuition /board $27,162 / year
    • Applicants 121
    • Matriculated 43
    • GRE V: 467 Q: 631 A: 641
    • GPA 3.65
some statistics24
Some Statistics
  • IU School of Medicine
    • Tuition $23,276 / year
    • Applicants 2896
    • Entrants 280
    • MCAT 30.3
    • GPA 3.73
some statistics25
Some Statistics
  • University of Evansville
    • Tuition /board $31,310 / year
    • Applicants unknown
    • Entrants 50
    • GRE Not required
    • GPA 3.55