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Welcome to the Health Sciences Information Meeting for First Year Students 2012. “ Summer ’ s coming. How does pre-med camp sound? ”. Purpose of this meeting. This meeting is to provide you with some preliminary information about preparing for a career in the health sciences

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welcome to the health sciences information meeting for first year students 2012
Welcome to the Health Sciences Information Meeting for First Year Students 2012

“Summer’s coming. How does pre-med camp sound?”

purpose of this meeting
Purpose of this meeting
  • This meeting is to provide you with some preliminary information about preparing for a career in the health sciences
  • Slides from this presentation will be posted on: www.medsci.pomona.edu
outline
Outline

Meeting I

  • Pomona College Resources
  • Scope of the Health Professions
  • Academic Preparation
  • What you should be doing now

Meeting II (Nov/Oct - TBD)

  • Preparation beyond first semester
  • What you should be doing now
health sciences office
Health Sciences Office
  • Located in Smith Campus Center 148, sharing space with the Career Development Office (which you should also visit)
    • Director of Health Sciences: Paula Goldsmid
    • Administrative Assistant: Brenda Reynolds
other resources
Other Resources
  • Visit Pomona’s Pre-Health website often:www.medsci.pomona.edu
    • for advice about applying to health professions schools, event announcements, links to information about health professions, and instructions for signing up on the Pre-Health listserv. PowerPoints including this one will be posted there.

Visit the Career Development Office (CDO) in person and online for excellent library resources on health professions, internship opportunities, general career counseling, and referrals to Pomona alums in the health professions.

health science listserv
Health Science Listserv
  • Everyone who signed into the meeting will automatically be subscribed to the PREMED listserv
    • If at any point you want to unsubscribe, follow instructions on:
      • http://www.medsci.pomona.edu/
    • If reading this on the web and not yet subscribed, do it via:
      • http://www.medsci.pomona.edu/
health sciences committee
Health Sciences Committee

Matt Sazinsky (Chair), Chemistry

TahirAndrabi, Economics

David Becker, Biology (spring)

Peter Flueckiger, Japanese

Lorn Foster, Politics

Jo Hardin, Mathematics

Kirk Jones, Physical Education

GhassanSarkis, Math

Laura Perini, Philosophy

Dan Tzuang, Assoc. Dean of Students

Paula Goldsmid, Health Sciences Director

health sciences liaisons
Health Sciences Liaisons

Seniors

  • Nicola Lew
  • Vanessa Ho
  • Connie Wu

Juniors

Jessica Lin

. Mitsuko Yabe

Sophomores

  • Andrea Diaz

Liaisons are students who have been selected to help answer your questions about preparing for careers in the health sciences

Email addresses are posted on www.medsci.pomona.edu

health professions
Health Professions
  • There are many ways to contribute to improved health care
    • Become familiar with them!

Medicine

      • Allopathic (M.D.)
      • Osteopathic (D.O.)
      • Podiatric (D.P.M.)
      • Veterinary (D.V.M.)

Dentistry

health professions1
Health Professions

Allied Health Professions

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Physicians Assistant
  • And Many Others
public health
Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Services Administration
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Behavioral Sciences/Health Education
    • For more information:
      • http://www.asph.org/
      • http://www.whatispublichealth.org/
academic preparation for health professions
Academic preparation for health professions
  • What should I major in?
  • What courses do I need to take?
  • When should I take these courses?
what should i major in
What should I major in?

No One Major is Best!

what should i major in1
What should I major in?

Generally, health science fields are interested in broadly-educated students, which is what Pomona College provides with its liberal arts education.

Your chances of acceptance are not increased if you major in science, or if you choose not to major in science.

Major in the academic area in which you are most interested.

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Science Subjects Required by 10 or more U.S. Medical Schools(Responses from 134 Medical Colleges offering the M.D. degree)

Subject Duration No. of Schools Pomona courses

______________________________________________________________

Biology 1 year129 Bio 40,41C

Physics 1 year 122 Physics 41, 42

Gen Chem 1 year 122 Chem 1a,b or 51

Organic Chem 1 year 124 Chem 110 a,b

Biochemistry 0.5 year increasingChem 115

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Science Subjects Required by 10 or more U.S. Medical Schools(Responses from 134 Medical Colleges offering the M.D. degree)

Subject Duration No. of Schools

Pomona courses

_________________________________________________________

Calculus½-1 year 20 Math 30, 31

College Math ½-1 year32 Stats/other math

other health professions entry requirements
Other Health Professions’ Entry Requirements
  • Dental Schools’ requirements are similar to those of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.
  • Veterinary, Optometry, Physical Therapy, and other health sciences schools’ requirements are less standardized.
  • Check requirements of schools in which you are especially interested on their web, as you get close to application time.
mcat 2015 new changes influence course requirements prerequisites
MCAT 2015New Changes Influence Course Requirements/Prerequisites

CURRENT MCAT

MCAT 2015

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Writing Sample
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical & Physical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis/Reasoning
something of which to be aware
Something of which to be aware...
  • New MCAT exam in 2015
    • No Writing Sample
    • Less Organic Chemistry and Physics
    • More Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • More data analysis
    • New Behavioral and Social Science subtest
      • items taken from Intro Psych & Intro Sociology
consider coursework in behavioral and social sciences
Consider Coursework in Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Psychology* Psych 51
  • Sociology* Soc 51
  • Anthropology
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Science Technology and Society

*2015 MCAT prep includes material taught in Intro Psych and Intro Sociology

familiarize yourself with requirements early
Familiarize Yourself with Requirements Early

Medical School Admission Requirements

https://www.aamc.org/students/considering/

Osteopathic Medical College Information Book:

http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/cib/Pages/default.aspx

ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools

http://www.adea.org/publications/Pages/OfficialGuide.aspx

when to apply when to take courses
When to apply?When to take courses?

Many health profession schools prefer their first-year students to be a bit older, more mature, and have more experience. The average age of first-year students in medical school is about 24 years. And there may be things you want to do before starting on this long road.

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One of many possible schedules if recommendation from QSA* is to take any science courses (and you want additional experiences before entering medical school – i.e. the “most common” schedule)

Also consider in planning:

English course

Psychology/Sociology**

Upper division science

**2015 MCAT prep includes intro Psych and Intro Sociology

*Quantitative Skills Assessment

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One of many possible schedules if recommendation from QSA* is to take Math 29 and only one lab science course (and you are most interested and/or strongest in Biology/Neuro)

Also consider in planning:

English course

Psychology/Sociology**

Upper division science

Study Abroad

**2015 MCAT prep includes intro Psych and Intro Sociology

Years 3 and 4

Ochem & Biochem

Math 31

Physics 41 & 42

*Quantitative Skills Assessment

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One of many possible schedules if recommendation from QSA* is to take Math 29 and only one lab science course (and you are most interested and/or strongest in Chemistry)

Years 3 and 4

Ochem & Biochem

Math 31

Physics 41 & 42

Also consider in planning:

English course

Psychology/Sociology**

Upper division science

Study Abroad

**MCAT prep includes intro Psych and Intro Sociology

*Quantitative Skills Assessment

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One of many possible schedules if recommendation from QSA* is to take Math 29 and defer Chem and Bio to sophomore year

Years 3 and 4

Ochem & Biochem

Math 31

Physics 41 & 42

Also consider in planning:

English course

Psychology/Sociology**

Upper division science

Study Abroad

**2015 MCAT will cover Intro Psych and Intro Sociology

*Quantitative Skills Assessment

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If Recommendation from QSA* is to take any science courses (and you want to enter medical school immediately after graduation – not the usual schedule but OK for some)

Also consider in planning:

English course

Psychology/Sociology

Upper division science

Study Abroad

*Quantitative Skills Assessment

other post graduate options to meet requirements and improve gpa
Other Post-Graduate Options to Meet Requirements and Improve GPA

Post-Bac Program – Take necessary courses to prepare for med school and complete requirements.

If GPA is on the low side, this can help to improve it.

Masters Programs - Further study in a specific field or specialty.

Does not count toward undergraduate GPA but demonstrates commitment and that you can handle advanced work.

* Each has different benefits

To be discussed more as you progress through college

non science subjects required by 10 or more u s medical schools
Non-Science Subjects Required by 10 or more U.S. Medical Schools

Subject Duration # of Med Schools

______________________________________

English* 1 or 2 sem 85

*Note: ID1 will count toward 1 semester of “English”. If taking two semesters, we recommend taking an English course, however other writing intensive courses may count toward English requirement, depending on the medical school.

behavioral and social sciences
Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • It has been well-established that approximately half of all causes of morbidity and mortality in US are linked to behavioral and social causes
    • National Center for Health Statistics, 2002
  • “The committee believes that each medical school should expect entering students to have completed course work in the behavioral and social sciences during their [undergraduate] education”
    • Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2004
non natural science subjects currently required by u s medical schools
Non-Natural Science Subjects Currently Required by U.S. Medical Schools

Subject Duration # of Med Schools

  • Behav & Social Sci 1 or 2 sem 9
  • Humanities 1 or 2 sem 15
is there life after academic death
Is there life after “academic death?”

What if I screw up my first semesters?

what are medical schools looking for
What are Medical Schools Looking for?
  • Grades/GPA
  • MCAT Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Community service/volunteer work
  • Research – medical/clinical/basic science
  • Leadership Experiences
  • Have you tested your desire to be a doctor?
  • Do you have personal characteristics associated with success in health professions?
  • Have you become the best version of yourself?
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In surveys, admission officers expressed interest in measuring varied attributes

Integrating Information

Critical thinking

Logical reasoning

Scientific reasoning

Verbal reasoning

Biology

Written communication

Cell/Molecular Biology

Integrity

Oral communication

Professionalism

Biochemistry

Organic Chemistry

Personal maturity

Intellectual curiosity

Self discipline

Reliability

Teamwork

Genetics

Quantitative analysis

how do you prove it
How do you prove it?

PART II coming soon…

What do I need to do to become the best version of myself?

the end for now
The End…for now

Any Questions?