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Premedical Student Checklist

Year One
  Meet with prehealth advisor to discuss overall premedical curriculum
  Begin prerequisite coursework - this typically begins with the Biology and/or the Inorganic Chemistry sequence
  Become involved in prehealth organizations and extracurricular activities on campus

 

 

Gain clinical experience in health fields through shadowing, volunteer, employment (i.e. CNA, EMT), and internship opportunities - keep records of your experiences
  Seek out opportunities to do service to the underserved (e.g. Vista Health Corp, Peace Corp, Community Health Center volunteer, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, etc)
Year Two
  Meet with prehealth advisor to discuss current coursework, activities, and to begin thinking about preparations for the MCAT exam
  Continue prerequisite coursework
  Continue to gain clinical experience
  Focus on building relationships with professors, advisors, and medical professionals - they are future sources for evaluations
  Attend Health Professions fairs in your area to learn more about schools of interest
  Stay involved in prehealth organizations and continue community service  work - look for leadership opportunities
  Continue to keep records of experiences
Year Three - Fall
  Consult with prehealth advisor regarding letters of evaluation (inquire about the availability of a prehealth committee)
  Continue prerequisite coursework
  Continue to gain clinical and community service experience
  Explore available research opportunities
  Stay involved in prehealth organizations, volunteer experiences, and extracurricular activities
  Begin serious preparation for the MCAT exam (offered in April and August each year)
  Set aside time to work on personal statement - revisit and rework statement over a period of time
Year Three - Spring
  Meet with prehealth advisor to review the details of your application
  Contact those who will be writing evaluations for you - give them plenty of time to write a quality letter
  Research medical schools that are of interest to you - contact each school to inquire about their specific admissions criteria and, if possible, schedule a time to visit campus
  Continue prerequisite coursework
  Continue to gain clinical and community service experience and stay involved in prehealth activities
  Take MCAT exam
  Start the AACOMAS application process and arrange to have your transcripts sent
Year Three - Summer
  Apply to AACOMAS as early as possible - applications can be submitted in June for the fall of the following year
  Submit secondary application materials upon receipt
  Periodically contact each school to verify your application status
  Continue community service
Year Four
  Meet with prehealth advisor to prepare for upcoming interviews - if possible, complete a mock interview
  Review www.studentdoctor.net for current and past feedback on your schools of interest
  Complete prerequisite coursework - if possible, enroll in upper-level science courses such as Biochemistry and Gross Anatomy
  Continue to gain additional clinical and/or research experience
  Stay involved in prehealth organizations and volunteer activities
  Continue community service
  Periodically contact each school to verify your application status
  Share news of upcoming interviews and acceptances with those who helped along the way - prehealth advisors, professors, physicians, family, and friends