Applying to Medical School in 2009 and Beyond by mrbelding

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									Applying to Medical School in 2009 and
               Beyond




                    • Lee Witters (NSS)
                    • Kim Sauerwein
                      (Career Services)
                    • Annette Hamilton
                      (Career Services)
               First Things First

• Make your intention to possibly apply known to our
  advising system..i.e. SIGN IN
• Have an individual conversation with an advisor as
  to whether 2009 is the optimum time for you to be
  applying to medical school or whether you should
  consider delaying till 2010 or later
• Familiarize yourself with all the sources of
  information
• KEEP TO ANNOUNCED DEADLINES!
Some Medical School                Dartmouth
Admission Statistics:       • # applicants: 156
     2008 Matriculants      • # accepted: 116 (74%)
                            • # schools/applicant: 20
      National              • # acceptances/applicant: 3
•# applicants: 40, 854      • GPAs accepted:
                               – Overall: 3.55 (2.88-3.98)
•# accepted: 18,651 (45.7%)    – BCPM: 3.48 (2.56-3.97)
•GPA all applicants: 3.50   • GPA not accepted:
 (3.40 BCPM)                   – Overall: 3.28 (2.34-3.75)
•GPA accepted: 3.66            – BCPM: 3.12 (1.85-4.0)
 (3.60 BCPM)                • MCAT
•MCAT all takers               – Accepted :
  8.4VR/8.7PS/9.2BS/26.2/O        •10.8 VR/10.8 PS/11
                                   BS/32.4Q
•MCAT accepted applicants         •Ranges: 26-41(total)/L-T
  9.5VR/9.8PS/10.2BS/29.2/P – Not Accepted:
                                  •10VR/10PS/11BS/31/Q
         Is this the right time?
OVERALL GPA
• >3.3 overall GPA 80% were accepted
• <3.3 overall GPA 59% were accepted
BCPM
• >3.3 BCPM              89% were accepted
• <3.3 BCPM              50% were accepted
MCAT
• >30 MCAT          79% were accepted
• <30 MCAT          48% were accepted
Timeliness
• Earlier than Sept 1    82% were accepted
• Later than Sept 1 53% were accepted

Other factors: Clinical Experience/Exposure,
  Community Service, Research Experience, List of
  Schools (# and appropriateness relative to one’s
  “credentials”)
        Applying to Medical School in 2009
                   and Beyond
•Overview: Where is help? (Lee Witters/Kim Sauerwein)
  Important web sites:
 – NSS (www.dartmouth.edu/~nss)
      • Several links in “Must Reads & Links” section including Alumni Advice network

 –   NSS Blackboard site (need to self-enroll; see instructions on
     NSS home page)
      • All important documents and podcasts to be posted here in „Pre-Health Information‟
        >>>>‟Medical School‟ folder

 –   Career Services
     (www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/students/gradschool/med/index.h
     tml)
 –   American Association of Medical Colleges
     (www.aamc.org/students/applying/start.htm)
      • Links on right: AMCAS, MCAT, AspiringDocs.org, Medical Schools/More Resources
                            Timeline
      Fall               Winter            Spring               Summer
      -Determine if                        -Workshops           -Submit
      this is the best                     -LETTERS             AMCAS
      year for you to    -Workshops        -MCAT                application
      apply                                -Begin AMCAS         (primary);
08-   -Ask for
                         -Ask for
                                           application,         target date
                         LETTERS
09    LETTERS                              incl. personal       6/30
                         -Early MCAT       statement &          -Begin
      -Sign up for       (or sign up for   school list
      early MCAT                                                secondary
                         spring/summer     -Transcript (after   applications
                         )                 spring term)
                                                                -Send
                                                                LETTERS
      -Complete
      Secondaries        -Interviews &     -Decision Day:       -Get ready for
09-   -Schools           Offers            May 15               classes!
10    should have
      everything by
      now
      Applying to Medical School in 2009
                 and Beyond
• The MCAT exam, registration and preparation
  – When/where?
  – How to prepare?
  – Other issues: testing accommodations; fee assistance
         Composite Letter of
•
               Evaluation of 2007 or
    REQUIRED unless you are class
  previous
• No more than six (6) writers including your
  composite writer.
• 3-5 writers will write supporting letters, you will
  submit supporting documents
• Release to Composite Writer form (processed in
  the order that they are received)

• Additional letters (after composite) – talk to
  Annette
            Credentials (LEO)
• Open your LEO file leo.dartmouth.edu
  – Waiving your rights of access
• Who will be your letter writers?
  – TWO science faculty who‟ve taught you
  – Major professor
  – Extracurricular letter
• Ask letter writers – give them timelines
• Create & submit supporting documents
  – Autobiographical Sketch
  – Resume
  – Transcript
• Timelines/Deadlines (Agreement form)
 Questions?


The REAL LEO:
Annette Hamilton
 (603) 646-3377
  Timeline Agreement Sheet
• Please review, sign and return to Kim
  by the end of this meeting
     Applying to Medical School in 2009
                and Beyond
       A Few “Heads Up” For Later Meetings
• Winter Term Workshops :
    – How to Ask for Letters, Post-Bac Programs, Getting Started on a
      Personal Statement and “Gap Year” activities
• The AMCAS application
    – Issue of institutional action
    – Release date early May; suggested submission date
      end of June
    – Spring workshops (how to fill out; personal statements)
•   Choosing schools: How to decide?
•   Secondary applications
•   The interview and the decision making
•   What if I am planning to apply in later years?
                    Summary of Deadlines
                  (Ideal (i.e. target) & Final)
         Task                   Ideal (target)       Final
                                    date           deadline
Taking MCAT                   By June 13         By August 7
Submitting                    June 30            Sept 1
AMCAS
Submitting 2o                 Sept 1             Oct 1
Apps
                 Documents to Career Services
       Timeline Agreement
                              ASAP               April 1
Composite Letter Worksheet
                              March 2            May 1
     Supporting Documents
                              May 1              July 1
         Supporting Letters
                              May1               July 1
Applying to Med School
     Booklet 2009
     www.dartmouth.edu/~nss
     www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc


Blitz Updates on 1st and 15th
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