Pre-Health @ Princeton Office of Health Professions Advising Kate Fukawa-Connelly & Allison Smith Orientation 2013
Purpose • Convey basic information about Health Professions Advising (HPA) • Prepare pre-health students for course selection
What is Pre-Health? • Nurse Practitioner • Occupational Safety Specialist • Occupational therapist • Ophthalmologist • Optician • Optometrist • Osteopathic Physician • Perfusionist • Pharmacist • Pharmacologist • Phlebotomist • Physical Therapist • Physician’s Assistant • Podiatrist • Psychologist • Psychiatrist • Recreational Therapist • Surgical Technologist • Toxicologist • Veterinarian • Acupressurist • Allopathic Physician • Anatomist • Audiologist • Biomedical Engineer • Biostatistician • Certified Nurse-Midwife • Chiropractor • Dentist • Dietitian • Emergency Medical Technician • Epidemiologist • Genetic Counselor • Geneticist • Health Educator • Health Science Writer • Health Scientist • Massage therapist • Medical Illustrator • Naturopathic physician
The Role of HPA • To help you decide whether or not the field of medicine is right for you • To help you prepare both the academic and non-academic aspects of your health professional school candidacy • To guide you through the application process when you’re the strongest possible candidate
Academic Pre-Health Preparation There is no pre-med concentration or certificate A sampling of Princeton alums entering med school in Fall 2013:
Academic Pre-Health Preparationfor Medical School Fall Semester Spring Semester • General Chemistry CHM 201 • Biology – Life on Earth: Chaos & ClockworkEEB 211 • Organic Chemistry CHM 303 • Physics PHY 101 or 103 • Biochemistry MOL 345 • General Chemistry CHM 202 • Biology – Intro to Cellular & Molecular Bio MOL 214 • Organic Chemistry CHM 304 • PhysicsPHY 102 or 104 Math – English – Psychology/Sociology
Academic Pre-Health PreparationPre-Requisites for Med School • Students are encouraged to check specific school requirements, especially in their state of residence (about 70% of med students attend medical school in their home state). • Washington, Massachusetts, Texas and California schools require additional Biology course work. • Dental schools: pre-requisites are similar, and start with General Chemistry; many also recommend microbiology (MOL 380). • Veterinary schools: pre-requisites vary widely, but start with General Chemistry. Consult with an HPA advisor to plan the rest of your curriculum.
Academic Placement Credit If you use AP to satisfy Biology, General Chemistry, or Physics, expect to take advanced course work in the same discipline Students may choose to forfeit AP credit and take the introductory level courses. Speak with advisers about your options.
Academic Pre-Health Preparation • Go to our website: princeton.edu/hpa Pre-Health Basics • Download “Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions” for comprehensive course planning information • Kate & Allison will be at the Friend Center during final course selection on Tuesday to answer questions
Academic Pre-Health PreparationGeneral Recommendations for ‘17s • You must take all pre-health pre-requisites for a grade (not p/d/f) • Start with one science course (plus math) in the fall. • The great majority of pre-health students take General Chemistry in their first year. • Engineering students are the exception: they take General Chemistry, Physics and Math (if no AP). • There are many timelines by which to complete the pre-requisites. • For pre-med students, the MCAT exam will include content that draws from psychology and sociology. We will provide more details as they are available.
Resources for Course Selection • Academic Expo – upper-class pre-health students • HPA Advisers @ Friend Center • Faculty Advisers • Departmental Representatives • Pre-Health Peer Advisers • “Preparing for a Career in the Health Professions” handout • HPA web site: Questions of the Week http://www.princeton.edu/hpa/
Additional HPA Resources for Freshmen • Individual meetings with advisors • Drop in Hours • Appointments • Freshman Pre-Health Info Sessions • Dates & Times TBA via Vitals • HPA Vitals newsletter • Doctor Is In & professional school visits • HPA Library resources • Physician shadowing list • Email questions: email@example.com
FinalWords • Find the balance between academics and co-curricular activities. • Explore something new. • Get some meaningful clinical experience before sophomore year. • Find your own path to health professions school.