Welcome to the Medical Sciences First & Second Year Q & A. Medical Sciences Office. Located in the back of 148 Smith Campus Center (Career Development Office is up front). Medical Sciences Coordinator: Paula Goldsmid Administrative Assistant: Brenda Reynolds. No need to take notes!.
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No. of schools
(Total= approx. 120) Pomona courses
Biology 2 semesters 119 Bio 40,41M/C
Physics 2 semesters 119 Physics 51 a,b
Gen Chem 2 semesters 118 Chem 1a,b or 51
Org Chem 2 semesters 113 Chem 110 a,b
Calculus/Math 1 or 2 sem 15 Math 30, 31
College Math 1 or 2 sem 17 Stats/other math
Biochemistry 1 semester 10 Chem 115
No. of schools
(Total N=120) Pomona courses
English 1 or 2 sem 81 Many possible
Behavioral Sci 1 or 2 sem 10 Many Possible
Social Sci 1 or 2 sem 10 Many possible
Humanities 1 or 2 sem 13 Many possible
No One College Major is best!
You must maintain a strong GPA in college, in both science courses and overall, if you expect to be admitted to a health-science professional school. Although many factors are taken into account in the admission process, grades from college are probably the most important single evaluative factor.
( linked under Academics on Pomona’s home page)
Entering professions related to health constitutes the single largest career goal stated by students at Pomona College.
At Pomona, “pre-medical” refers to preparation for any of the health professions. Many exciting possibilities await you: “medicine” means more than M.D.!
This meeting is to provide you with some information about the medical sciences program at Pomona College, and to eliminate some myths about the process of getting into health professions schools. In brief, there is not any one way you must follow to enter these professions -- there are many paths toward your goal.
This meeting is Schoolsintended to be informal -- To make best use of our time, unless something is unclear, please hold questions until the end.
Nicole Weekes (Chair), Psychology and Neuroscience Program
E.J. Crane, Chemistry
Wayne Steinmeitz, Chemistry
Frances Hanzawa, Biology
Kirk Jones, Physical Education
Elizabeth Crighton, Politics
Kyla Tompkins, English and Women’s Studies
Neil Gerard, Associate Dean of Students
Paula Goldsmid, Medical Science Office
No health professions school requires that applicants major in particular subjects to the exclusion of others. Schools are interested in broadly-educated students, which is what Pomona College provides with its liberal arts education. Your chance of acceptance is not increased if your major in science, or if you choose not to major in science. We advise you to major in the academic area in which you are most interested.
Requirements for each allopathic (M.D.) medical school, plus a lot of other useful information, are described in the book Medical School Admission Requirements, which may be purchased from the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N Street, N.W., Washington DC 20037-1126, for about $25 on www.aamc.org . Also available in CDO library.
More information on osteopathic medical school is in the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, available online or free in print on http://www.aacom.org/
Requirements for other health professions schools are on their respective websites. See www.medsci.pomona.edu for links.
The Career Development Office library has a huge amount of information about careers in health-related professions.
Applicants, Acceptees & Matriculants Schools1991-2000 More recent Tables are available atwww.aamc.org/data/facts/start.htmSource: AAMC Data Warehouse: Applicant Matriculant File as of November 22, 2000
Most health professions schools look for evidence that applicants have first-hand knowledge of health care, as part of their assessment of the depth of your commitment to such careers. You can demonstrate this in a wide variety of ways, including, for example, working or volunteering in hospitals, in physician offices, in health care clinics and screening agencies, or in public health programs. Don’t wait until right before you apply.
Many students find it both enjoyable and worthwhile to do independent research, during the academic year and/or during summers. Research experience can enhance your application and provide more in depth and distinctive letters of recommendation, but it is not required unless you are considering a career with more emphasis on research than on patient care.
High grades and high MCAT scores alone will not get you into medical school. Medical and professional schools are interested in well-rounded applicants, those who have shown interest and ability to work with people.
Seek internships through the Career Development Office. Get involved in on-campus activities relating to health care, such as AIDS awareness committees, Medical Sciences Society, and consider becoming a Pre-Med Liaison. Take on leadership positions in student or community organizations, or in student and dormitory government. Become a Sponsor or RA. Write for Student Life or Collage.