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Clark University’s Medical Careers Advising Program. Presented by Dr. David Thurlow, Premedical Advisor and Chair, Premedical and Predental Advising Committee: C. Landee, T. Lyerla, D. Larochelle. Nursing. Physician Assistant. Chiropractic. Pharmacy. Nutrition. Sports Medicine.

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clark university s medical careers advising program

Clark University’s Medical Careers Advising Program

Presented by Dr. David Thurlow, Premedical Advisor and Chair, Premedical and Predental Advising Committee:

C. Landee, T. Lyerla, D. Larochelle



Physician Assistant




Sports Medicine

Occupational Therapy

Genetic Counseling

Public Health

Physical Therapy

Choices of Professions in Medicine:

Human medicine:

Allopathy (MD)

Osteopathy (DO)

Dentistry (DDS or DD)

Optometry (OD)

Podiatry (DPM)

Animal medicine: Veterinary (DVM)

Other related professions:


Planning for a career in medicine: e.g., allopathic (MD)

What does it take to get into medical school?

Medical schools will ask two questions:

1. Can you do the work in medical school?

Numbers and NCVs

2. Will you make a good doctor?

Letters, applications, interviews, and NCVs


1. Can you do the work in medical school?

Data medical schools will use to try to answer this question:

1. Undergraduate GPA (overall and science):

~ 3.5

2. MCAT scores:

~10 (out of 15) on each of the 3 sections

VR, PS, and BS

3. Non-cognitive variables (NCVs) as predictors of success:

Sense of self

Realistic self appraisal


Role models

Balance in recognizing and dealing with “discrimination”

Ability to identify and thrive in a community

Nontraditional (experience based) learning

Setting goals and receiving rewards


Will you make a good doctor?

  • i.e.,are you the type of person someone on the medical school’s admissions committee would identify as the type of person they would want as their own doctor?

Data medical schools will use to try to answer this question:

1. Positive letter of evaluation from Committee:

Based primarily on letters of reference from Clark faculty

2. AMCAS application: personal essay and list of experiences

3. Answers to questions on secondary applications

4. Interview

5. NCVs in all of the above





and Clinical






Faculty Letters



Committee Letter

AMCAS Application


Experience descriptions



Secondary Applications




Choosing Schools


Medical School Requirements (bold)

It is possible to complete them in 3 years

Year 1


Intro Chem IIntro Chem II

Intro Biol IIntroBiol II

xxx xxx

xxx Math*

Year 2


Organic IOrganic II

Math*Psychology* *not all schools

xxx XXX (Genetics or Microbiology)

xxx xxx

Year 3


Intro Physics IIntro Physics II

xxx (Cell orBiochem) xxx (Physiology)

English (any)English (any)

xxx xxx

Other desirable courses: computer science, Spanish


What we can provide for you:

  • 1. Curriculum
  • 2. MCAT
  • 3. Invited Speakers(First Wednesday Series)
  • Letters of Recommendation and

Committee Letter of Evaluation

  • 5. Extracurricular and volunteering activities
  • (ER volunteering program at St. Vincent Hospital)
  • AMCAS Application: Timing, Basic information,

List of experiences, and Personal statement

  • Secondary applications

8. Mock Interviews

  • 9. Where to apply: appropriate tier, compatible programs, suitable geography
  • 10. Networking: contacts with Clark alumni, conferences, open houses

Invited Speakers Program

Workshops and lectures by invited speakers: provide insight into how to prepare for the challenges of the medical profession and how to take advantage of the rewards.

Clark now hosts a two-year repeating cycle of workshops and lectures:

Year 1 Year 2

1) September – MCAT 1) September – MCAT

2) October – Ob/Gyn 2) October – Family

3) November – Pediatrics 3) November – End of Life

4) February – Emergency 4) February – Surgery

5) March – Medical School Admissions 5) March – Medical School Admissions

6) April – AMCAS 6) April – AMCAS


Emergency Room Volunteer and Shadowing Program

Clark University and St. Vincent Hospital are partners in a newly established program that provides the following opportunity for Clark premeds:

Applicants are recommended by Clark's Premedical Advisor. Accepted participants make a commitment of at least 50 hours over the year.

Participants work the first 35-40 hours in ER volunteer activities.

Shadowing opportunities may then be provided.

At the completion of the program, the participant submits a written summary of their experiences in the program to Clark's Premedical Advisor.

At the completion of the program, the St. Vincent volunteer coordinator submits a

letter of recommendation to Clark's Premedical Advisor.


Clark’s Prehealth Website:

  • Why Prepare for a Health Career at Clark?
  • Letter from Dr. David Thurlow, Prehealth Advisor
  • Experience
  • Individual Attention
  • Research Opportunities
  • Awards and Prizes
  • Invited Speakers Program
  • Emergency Room Shadowing
  • MCAT and AMCAS Workshops
  • Traditional Advising Services
  • Commit to Excellence
  • Applying for an M.D.: Overview
  • Applying to Schools
  • Application Process: AMCAS and Secondary Applications
  • Timeline and Deadlines
  • Choosing Schools
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interviews
  • Standardized Exams
  • Financing Medical School
  • What If I'm Not Accepted
  • Exploring Careers in Health
  • Types of Careers
  • Career Fairs
  • Conferences
  • Open Houses
  • Additional Links
  • Resources
  • Undergraduate Academic and

Extracurricular Priorities

  • FAQs
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • U.S. and Canadian Schools
  • Foreign Schools and Information
  • Health Professions Links
  • Other Prehealth Advising Web Sites
  • Useful Health Profession Publications
  • Minority Applicants
  • International Applicants
  • Choosing Courses
  • Choosing a Major
  • Getting the Grades
  • Standardized Exams
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Research Opportunities

What is the best way to approach your college career?

  • Explore
    • Courses
    • Majors
    • Campus activities
    • Community
  • 2. Enjoy
    • All of the above
    • Find your passion
    • Make time for you
  • 3. Focus
    • Grades
    • MCAT
    • Service
    • Application process

Final Thoughts

  • The health profession is one of the most rewarding
  • careers one can choose.
  • Medicine may be one of the most demanding
  • professions one can choose.
  • Start the process of becoming the type of individual to whom you would trust your own health and well being now.
  • There are many fields. You will have plenty of time to decide which is most attractive to you.
  • We are here to help. Please come see and talk with us soon and often.

New Articulation Agreements with MCPHS: Nursing, PA, & PharmD

Qualified Clark graduates will be offered assured admission to MCPHS programs leading to the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Physician Assistant Studies (PA), and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD).


  • Major in Biology or related field
  • GPA - Overall & prerequisites: 3.2, BSN; 3.4, PA and PharmD
  • Prerequisite courses (no grades below a C)
  • Notify MCPHS by Feb. 1 of senior year
  • Application must be complete and received by
  • Oct. 1 (BSN and PA - Jan. matriculation)
  • or Feb. 1 (PharmD – Sept. matriculation)

Prerequisite courses for transfer to MCPHS: BSN

BSN prerequisite Clark courses:

Chemistry I: CHEM 101

Chemistry II: CHEM 102

*Human Anatomy: BIOL 111

*Human Physiology: BIOL 240

*Microbiology: BIOL 109

*Statistics: MATH 217 (ECON 260) orMATH 218 orECON 160 or BIOL 106 or GEOG 110

*Human Development: PSYC 150 and PSYC 151 and PSYC 152

*requires additional Clark prerequisite (e.g., BIOL 101, PSYC 101)


Prerequisite courses for transfer to MCPHS: PA

PA prerequisite Clark courses:

*Human Anatomy: BIOL 111

*Human Physiology: BIOL 240

Chemistry I: CHEM 101

*Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 131

*Biochemistry I: CHEM 271

*Microbiology: BIOL 109

*Statistics: MATH 217 (ECON 260) orMATH 218 orECON 160 or BIOL 106 or GEOG 110

General Psychology: PSYC 101

*requires additional Clark prerequisite (e.g., BIOL 101)


Prerequisite courses for transfer to MCPHS: PharmD

Pharm D prerequisite Clark courses:

English I: Choice of writing course from ENG

English II: Choice of an additional ENG course

Biology I: BIOL 101 or BIOL 100

Biology II: BIOL 102

Microbiology: BIOL 109

Chemistry I: CHEM 101 or CHEM 103

Chemistry II: CHEM 102

Organic Chemistry I: CHEM 131

Organic Chemistry II: CHEM 132 or CHEM 134

Calculus I: MATH 120 or MATH 124

Probability & Statistics: MATH 217 (ECON 260) orMATH 218 orECON 160

or BIOL 106 or GEOG 110

Physics: Any PHYS course 110 or higher

Economics: Any ECON course of choice

Mathematics or Computer Science Elective: Any MATH course 113 or higher; or any CSCI course 115 or higher (in addition to Calculus requirement and Statistics requirement)

Introduction to Psychology: PSYC 101 or higher

Introduction to Sociology: SOC 010 or higher

Introduction to History or Political Science: HIST course of choice or GOVT course of choice

Humanities Elective: Any one course in ARTH, ARTS, CHIN, COMM, EPP, FREN, GERM, GRK, HEBR, HGS, JAPN, JS, LAT, MUSC, PHIL, PSTD, RER, SCRN, SPAN, TA, or UDSC (with the exception of UDSC 011)

Social Science Elective: Any additional course in HIST or GOVT (in addition to the History or Political Science requirement) or any WS course.

Behavioral Science Elective: Any PSYC course 105 or higher, or Any SOC course 090 or higher (this requirement is independent to Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology requirement)