Presented as a public service by your friendly neighborhood premed committee Joel M. Bach, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Engineering Division Assistant Director, BELS Associate Clinical Professor, UCD Orthopaedics Hugh A. King, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, BELS Program Cynthia Norrgran, M.D. Lecturer, BELS Paul D. Ogg, Ph.D. Lecturer, BELS What the Committee Does Recommendation letters Mock interviews General premed advising All contacts should be initiated through Prof. Bach. There are 2 deadlines for recommendation letters May 15th, we need an email (to Prof. Bach) indicating your intention to apply in the upcoming application cycle 1 month before your first deadline, we need an email (again to Prof. Bach) indicating a formal request for a committee letter The officers of the Premed Society will be preparing a timeline/checklist for applying to med school. The formal request must include the following: Completed waiver form (on the Premed society web page) Current resume Your GPA and MCAT scores Details of your volunteer experiences (if not in your resume) Details of your medical experiences (if not in your resume) Details of anything else we should know about you for inclusion in a letter Suggestion of which committee member(s) knows you best. We can only write letters based on what we know about you The quality of our recommendation will be relative to what we know of you in the areas we detail in the letter If we don’t believe we can write you a good letter we will let you know Our template for letters will be available on the premed society web page. Letters will be uploaded through Interfolio You will therefore need to sign up for an account A formal request for a letter will need to be issued through Interfolio. The performance of CSM students in med school interviews has been a weak point We therefore propose to hold group mock interviews once per semester One-on-one may be arranged on a case-by-case basis, subject to committee member availability. We’d like to start keeping better statistics in order to help future students. We therefore request that you keep us informed of: What courses were most useful in helping you prepare for your MCAT Where you apply Where you get interviews Where you get offers Where you ultimately go Any follow-up info once you are in school. Info that the committee will make available: Our schedules and contact info. Again, Prof. Bach should be the initial point of contact. Waiver form for recommendation letters Template of recommendation letter (so you know what we include) Boilerplate advising info (suggested courses, key points from the rest of this presentation, etc.). Don’t take the MCAT until you are ready Applying for med school before you’ve gotten adequate medical experience may be OK, if you use it as a chance to learn, and take advantage of feedback Do not underestimate the importance of hand-on medical experience and the interviews. A 4.0 GPA with a 45T on the MCAT isn’t likely to get you in if you have no experiences and/or you blow the interview. For the new class, only 25% of the students came right from their undergrad education. Last year it was only 16% Each student applies to an avg of 13 schools Nationwide it is expected that there will be a 30% increase in enrollment by 2017 In his presentation at CU Premed Day, Dr. Winn (Asst. Dean for Admissions) stressed Being a doctor is not about you, it is about a desire to serve/help others Being able to connect with your patient is equally as important as how smart you are If your school accepts a course, so will CU. Academics Accomplishments – evidence of commitment and excellence Health related activities – 500 hours is reasonable, must have hands-on experience (patient interactions) Community service – valued highly, it shows a willingness to go beyond yourself Extracurricular activities – show growth, challenges, values What have you done outside your comfort zone Interview is the most important variable Letters of rec also very important. June 1st the earliest Nov 1st the latest Secondary apps Aug 15-Dec 31 Interviews Oct-Mar Notify of status March 30 Don’t apply until you are ready. School Attended & Competitiveness level Major(s) & Difficulty level Last 2 year GPA mean & Overall GPA Reapplicant?, Couseling? Followed recommendations? Post-baccalaureate coursework & advanced degree? Experiences Research or other scholarly projects Leadership Medical Non-academic accomplishments Challenges/Life Experiences Most important single criteria for CU Anything in your personal statement is fair game Communication, listening, and relational skills carry a great deal of weight Speech, body language, eye contact, clarity, etc. are important Critical thinking skills Self reflection – introspection, awareness of human condition, awareness of your ethics and values, your strengths & weaknesses Personal development What have you done outside your comfort zone and how did it change you Personal attributes – maturity, leadership, tolerance, sense of humor, teamwork Personal experiences – have you faced challenges? If not, have you worked with people who have? Knowledge of profession Have thoughtful questions for your interviewers Don’t just “check the boxes” – show depth and meaningfullness Be personable. Suggestions to get out of your comfort zone included hospice and AIDS counseling Suggested that you journal about your experiences so you can practice for the interviews and be ready to go in depth MS with a good GPA can help compensate for low UG GPA They don’t look down on prereqs from community colleges, but don’t go there just for grades Interviewers don’t see GPA or MCAT until after interview OK to explain low early GPA if you can discuss how you turned it around. uchsc.edu/som/admissions aspiringdocs.org Norma Wagoner, PhD Associate Dean for Admissions Robert Winn, MD Assistant Dean for Admissions Class size of 160 3,660 applicants for 2008-2009 55% completed secondary applications 314/505 Colorado applicants interviewed (62%) 279/1,497 non-Colorado applicants interviewed (19%) 573 interviews 2 interviews per applicant = 1,146 interviews 268 offers UC Boulder 36 Colorado State 15 U Denver 6 U Pennsylvania 5 U Michigan, Colorado College, Dartmouth 3 each Brigham Young U, and U California Berkeley 2 each U Oregon, Puget Sound, U Washington, Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, US Military Acad, US Naval Acad, U Colorado Colo Springs, Notre Dame, U Wisconsin-Madison 59 other colleges and universities in entering class 71 women, 89 men median MCAT 32 Q median GPA 3.71 Age range – 21 to 49 35% of the class is 25 years or older median age – 24 years, 3 months 1 student has a PhD in physics 24 students have Master’s degrees 23.75 % entered directly from College Organized by Systems, not medical subjects Basic Science and Clinical Science co-course directors Phase 1 and 2 – 18 months of integrated basic science, clinical learning, and translational thinking Phase 3 and 4 – 28 months of newly integrated clinical rotations in 12 blocks, followed by 10 months of Phase 4 clinical electives Foundations of Doctoring (3 years) Threads (4 years) Humanities, Professionalism and Ethics (4 years) Medicine and Society (4 years) Cultural Competency and Diversity (4 years) Informatics and Evidence Based Medicine (4 years) Mentored Scholarly Activity (4 years) Rural Track Global Health Track Leads Program– Health Disparities, Health care reform Research Track Proposed tracks: Biomedical Ethics, Medical Humanities, Clinical Service, Medical Education and Women’s Health Traffic rules March 30, 2010 – all students will be notified of status by Colorado’s Office of Admissions, including Alternate List status. May 15, 2010 – AMCAS requires that students withdraw from all but one medical school. Students may remain on alternate lists and with any new offer, again reduce the number held to one. Questions?
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