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					APPLYING TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE




Advisors:
Jacqueline Sedgwick, MD
Aparna Sreenivasan, PhD


                          Robert Lerrigo
                            UCSF – MS3
OUTLINE
 About Me
 Project Goals

 Timelines

 MCATs

 Extracurriculars

 Taking a Year Off

 Available Resources

 Questions
ABOUT ME
 3rd Year UCSF Medical Student
 Working at Natividad Medical Center,
  completing the Family Medicine clerkship
 Continuing community project:

       CSUMB PreHealth Advising
PROJECT GOALS
   Create long-term solutions to CSUMB’s
    PreHealth advising needs:
     Dynamic online repository for application
      information
     Revised course timetables
     MCAT aids and resources

   Help initiate the CSUMB chapter of the
    American Medical Student Association (AMSA®)
       Students helping students: Mentor-mentee pairs
   Identify existing barriers to application process
TIMELINES
   Application process: 18 months
   Preparation process: several years

   Know the course requirements:
       CSUMB Premedical Pathway
           http://catalog.csumb.edu/undergrad-education/majors/biology/course-pathways/premedical-freshman-
            pathway

       AAMC General Course Requirements
           https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/

       MSAR
           https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/msar/




 Create a Four-Year Plan*
 The earlier you submit your AMCAS,
the better!
       June 1, first day submission
      TIMELINE – PREMED FRESHMAN PATHWAY
         Freshman        Sophomore                          Junior                          Senior
CHEM     110/L,      211, 212
         111/L
BIO                  240/L, 241/L                    242/L, 300                  311, 320/L, 310,
                                                                                 414, 490
PHYS                                                 220, 221
MATH/    MATH 150,                                                               STAT 100 or 250
STAT     151
ENVS     211         212
CST      101
FYS      100
Language 2           3
Others               Creative/Artistic Expression;
                     Literature and Popular
                                                     Community Participation     Upper division Service Learning;
                                                                                 Culture & Equity; MLO 9 Service
                     Culture                                                     in Biology (all 300 level or above)
                     Vibrancy Activity               Vibrancy Theory


                                                     Concentration               MLO 10 Bio Capstone and Adv
                                                                                 Elective
                                                     Democratic Participation;
                                                     US Histories
SAMPLE TIMELINE FOR APPLICATION
DIRECTLY AFTER UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
 First and second year – finish premedical
  requirements, participate in prehealth activities
  such as volunteering, research,
 Third year – continue prehealth activities, maintain
  a strong GPA, take MCAT, and find recommenders
 Summer after third year – apply online using the
  AMCAS, the earlier the application is submitted,
  the better!
 Fourth year – Secondary applications, received
  invitations to interview, matriculate by May 15
      TIMELINE – MCAT DATES 2011
Test Date                      Exam Start          Registration      Regular Registration Closes*   Late Registration Closes**   Tentative Score Release Date
                               Time                Opens             11:59 p.m. ET                  11:59 p.m. ET                After 5 p.m. ET

Friday, January 28, 2011       8 a.m.              October 6, 2010   January 14, 2011               January 21, 2011             March 1, 2011


Saturday, January 29, 2011     1 p.m.              October 6         January 15                     January 22                   March 1

Saturday, March 26, 2011       8 a.m.              October 6         March 12                       March 19                     April 26

Saturday, April 9, 2011        8 a.m.              October 6         March 26                       April 2                      May 10

Saturday, April 16, 2011       8 a.m.              October 6         April 2                        April 9                      May 17

Friday, April 29, 2011         1 p.m.              October 6         April 15                       April 22                     June 1

Saturday, May 7, 2011          8 a.m.              October 6         April 23                       April 30                     June 7

Friday, May 20, 2011           8 a.m.              October 6         May 6                          May 13                       June 21

Saturday, May 21, 2011         8 a.m.              October 6         May 7                          May 14                       June 21

Thursday, May 26, 2011         1 p.m.              October 6         May 12                         May 19                       June 28

Thursday, June 16, 2011        8 a.m. and 2 p.m.   TBD               June 2                         June 9                       July 19

Wednesday, July 6, 2011        1 p.m.              TBD               June 22                        June 29                      August 9

Saturday, July 16, 2011        8 a.m.              TBD               July 2                         July 9                       August 16

Thursday, July 28, 2011        8 a.m.              TBD               July 14                        July 21                      August 30

Friday, July 29, 2011          8 a.m.              TBD               July 15                        July 22                      August 30

Friday, August 5, 2011         1 p.m.              TBD               July 22                        July 29                      September 7

Saturday, August 6, 2011       8 a.m.              TBD               July 23                        July 30                      September 7

Friday, August 12, 2011        8 a.m. and 2 p.m.   TBD               July 29                        August 5                     September 13

Thursday, August 18, 2011      1 p.m.              TBD               August 4                       August 11                    September 20

Friday, August 19, 2011        8 a.m.              TBD               August 5                       August 12                    September 20

Tuesday, August 23, 2011       1 p.m.              TBD               August 9                       August 16                    September 27

Thursday, September 1, 2011    1 p.m.              TBD               August 18                      August 25                    October 4

Friday, September 2, 2011      8 a.m. and 2 p.m.   TBD               August 19                      August 26                    October 4

Thursday, September 8, 2011    8 a.m.              TBD               August 25                      September 1                  October 11

Saturday, September 10, 2011   1 p.m.              TBD               August 27                      September 2                  October 11
MCAT: WHEN DO I TAKE IT?
   When you are prepared:
       When course material is fresh
       When you’re done studying
       Test prep courses (Kaplan, etc.) are popular, but not required:
           know deadlines and test prep center locations (San Jose, La Jolla)
   At the very latest, aim for a summer MCAT the year you are
    applying (>1 year before the start of medical school)
     Scores obtained before submitting AMCAS
     Taking a June test  scores in by July: The option of retaking the test
     Consider taking the MCAT earlier: June 1 AMCAS submission
   Keep in mind:
       You can only register for one test at a time
       July and August test dates fill up quickly
       Retaking the MCATs may mean taking the test at another location
       Medical schools don’t review applications until receiving the MCAT
        scores: September test scores of the year of application may delay the
        date when the application will be reviewed
MCAT: THE BASICS
   Medical College Admission Test
     An important exam
     Know your enemy
          Computer-based
          Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and
           Biological Sciences
   Have a plan:
    1)   Start your research early
    2)   Read up on essentials from the AAMC
    3)   Take a free practice test: Your baseline
    4)   Commercial review courses vs. self-studying
    5)   Explore the forums (StudentDoctor.net)
What are my chances of getting in?
EXTRACURRICULARS*
 Medical schools want to know why you want to be
  a doctor
 Passion, dedication, progress
 Shadowing clinicians:
     Contact local hospitals
     Contact your childhood doc
   Volunteering:
     Hospital Auxiliary
     Social work
   Evidence of academic rigor
       Research
       Publications
TAKING A YEAR OFF
 Is not frowned upon, may in fact be beneficial
 Most students take 1-2 years off after graduating

 Most common reasons:
     Students feel burnt-out
     Students need time to build their application

   Post-baccalaureate programs
       http://services.aamc.org/postbac/
 Time for reflection
 Time to satisfy your interests
TAKING A YEAR OFF: COMMON OPTIONS
 Volunteering in health and non-clinical settings
 Internships/fellowships in your field of interests
 Studying abroad
 Medical mission trips
 Becoming active in school groups
 Shadowing physicians
 Clinical/laboratory research
 Coordinating projects, teaching
 Peace Corps
 Becoming an EMT
 Armed Forces – Reserves
AVAILABLE RESOURCES
   Student Doctor Network
       www.studentdoctor.net
   Premedical Career Pathway Research – Stanford
       www.pcpr.beagooddoctor.org
   Association of American Medical Colleges:
    Makers of the MCAT and AMCAS
       www.aamc.org
   American Medical Student Association
       www.amsa.org
   MCAT Review Courses
       princetonreview.com/home.asp
       www.kaplan.com
GENERAL ADVICE
   You are not alone:
     Talk to advisors
     Talk to upperclassmen
     Scour the message boards and take notes
     Do not be intimidated by others – you have strengths
      nobody else has
   The Personal Statement:
     Be honest
     Display your values and your passion
     Do not reiterate everything that’s been written
      elsewhere in the application – emphasize what is
      important
     Journal writing: ask yourself every month why you
      want to become a health care professional.
INTERESTED IN STARTING AN AMSA
CHAPTER?
   Member benefits:
     Access to national AMSA scholarships, internships,
      shadowing opportunities
     Involvement in a well-known medical organization
     Involvement in health care politics

   Contact Chanelle Shamoun,
    cshamoun@csumb.edu
QUESTIONS?

				
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