Grades are Not Enough
Competitive applicants should:
- Meet with the Director of Academic Advising as early as possible, preferably in the first year.
- Make time for volunteer experiences in health care settings that will expose them to various aspects of the profession and allow them to work with different types of people. Experience with indigent peoples, inner city populations, and people in developing countries is highly recommended.
- Make arrangements to shadow a healthcare professional for a day or longer in order to experience the field first hand.
- Find opportunities for research experience.
- Stay abreast of health care issues by reading, and learning, about national and local debates about such issues as HMO’s, universal health care, capital punishment, abortion, childhood obesity, and physician-assisted suicide. When traveling, make every effort to learn about health care issues facing other countries.
- Develop a long-range plan for preparing for entrance exams (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc.).
- Have a viable, exciting alternative plan in case they are not accepted to the medical or professional school of their choice.