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									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
   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
     Current resume
     Your GPA and MCAT scores
     Details of your volunteer experiences (if not in your
     Details of your medical experiences (if not in your
     Details of anything else we should know about you for
      inclusion in a letter
     Suggestion of which committee member(s) knows you
 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
 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
   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
 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
 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
   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
 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
 OK to explain low early GPA if you can discuss how
  you turned it around.
    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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