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Academic Planning for the Sophomore Year. Office of Academic Advising Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising. Academic Planning for the Sophomore Year. Introductions Overview and purpose of the program. What does it take to get into medical school?.

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academic planning for the sophomore year

Academic Planning for the Sophomore Year

Office of Academic Advising

Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising

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Academic Planning for the Sophomore Year
  • Introductions
  • Overview and purpose of the program
what does it take to get into medical school
What does it take to get into medical school?
  • Academic Achievement and Aptitude
  • Research Experience
  • Medically-Related Experience
  • Community and Public Service
  • Diverse Activities/Interests/Other Activities
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Qualities

Competencies!

a premed planning model
A Premed Planning Model

(see http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/health/premed_plan.html)

    • freshman year
    • sophomore year
    • junior year
    • senior year
    • summer following graduation
    • bridge year

What are the implications for:

  • Summer Courses
  • Timing of the MCAT
  • Study Abroad
  • “Capstone” experiences
  • Putting your “best foot forward”
today s focus academic planning what does realistic academic self assessment mean
Today’s Focus: Academic PlanningWhat does realistic Academic self-assessment mean?

First… who am I?

  • How have I adapted my time management skills to the academic demands of college?
  • How have I adapted my study skills to the academic demands of college?
  • Where do I stand in first-year science classes?
  • Where do I need to be academically to take a full science courseload as a sophomore?
  • How can I best assess my readiness?
  • How can I best assess my future academic options?
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Are you the student who was so dazzled by covered grades that you sort of forgot to do homework and develop good study skills?

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Are you the student who spends 24-7 in the library and doesn’t get involved in campus activities or service?

an academic self assessment
An Academic Self-Assessment…

1) Was my Fall 2010 covered GPA 3.0 or higher?

  • Yes = 1 point

2) Did I receive a B or higher in a Fall 2010 science course?

  • Yes = 1 point

3) Did I receive a B or higher on a Chemistry or Physics midterm in Spring 2011?

  • Yes = 1 point
the scoring scheme
The Scoring Scheme…

1 point or 0 points = Red light

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The Scoring Scheme…

2 points = Yellow light

the scoring scheme2
The Scoring Scheme…

3 points = Green light

the science and art of organic chemistry dr falzone
The science and art of Organic Chemistry – Dr. Falzone
  • What is Organic Chemistry really like?
  • How does Organic Chemistry differ from other areas of Chemistry?
  • How does success in Introductory Chemistry relate to success in Organic Chemistry?
  • How does success in first-year science courses relate to success in Organic Chemistry?
how to study for organic chemistry
How to Study for Organic Chemistry
  • Read the chapter material before (!) the lecture
  • Attend all lectures
  • Study every single day, do reviews weekly, and stay caught up!
  • Solve as many problems as possible
  • Study with a friend
  • Get help when you need it
assessing where you stand in organic chemistry once enrolled
Assessing where you stand in Organic Chemistry once enrolled
  • What are the warning signs?
  • Understanding the “hows” and the “whys”
  • When to consider withdrawing from the course? Implications?
  • When to consider repeating a course? Implications?
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Achieving Academic Success and a Strong Application to Medical School(advice from Pre-Professional and Academic Advising!)
  • Choose an academic major that reflects your academic passions and will maximize your academic success.
  • Have your academic transcript (and your resume) “tell a story.”
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Achieving Academic Success and a Strong Application to Medical School(advice from Pre-Professional and Academic Advising!)
  • Carefully consider the timing and sequencing of science/premedical requirements.
  • Don’t let your rush to medical school compromise the quality and depth of your JHU experience.
  • Develop a path to medical school that is unique to you (consider a “bridge” year or two…)!
final note how to spend your summers
Final Note:How to spend your summers…
  • Keep in mind the spirit and implications of pursuing “A Premed Planning Model.
  • Seek enriching activities that will “season” you as a future candidate for medical school.
  • Only pursue science in the summer if it makes sense. If you do take summer coursework,
    • Do not take more than one science sequence or combination of premedical courses.
    • If pursuing Organic Chemistry, be cautious about taking all three components in one summer.
    • Premedical requirements can be taken away from Hopkins; grades will ultimately appear on your medical school application.
final reminders
Final Reminders
  • Be sure to reference the “Premed Planning Guide” and you must be on the Pre-Prof listserv. Go to:

http://web.jhu.edu/prepro

  • Be prepared for Fall 2011 Course Registration

*** April 15 for freshmen ***

  • Get to know your instructors
  • Work with faculty advisors and academic advisors
  • Meet with a pre-med advisor
  • Attend Pre-Prof Office programs, specifically , the fall 2011 “Sophomore Premed Small Group Workshop”

Be Realistic and Make Wise Choices!!