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1 Pamela B. Matheson, Ph.D. Associate Director of Pre-Health Advising January 2014

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3 Timetables What are schools looking for? How to choose programs? How to put together a great application? How to submit a great application? Some other important stuff.

4 To enter school in August 2015: Spring 14 or earlier May - June 14 August 14 October 14 January 15 Pre-Application Workshops Entrance Exams Application Services open Secondary applications First deadlines & Interviews Final deadlines *medical school dates - although similar for dental and vet

5 APPLICANTS MATRICULANTS Undergrad 3.66 Non-science GPA 3.44 Science GPA Undergrad 3.75 Non-science GPA 3.63 Science GPA MCAT 28.3 Overall: MCAT 31.2 Overall: *mean for 2012 cycle

6 Overall acceptance rate: 45% GPA MCAT Total >75% >50% * All applicants

7 MCAT Is there a correlation between MCAT score and GPA (and admission)? Admission to MD/DO Schools by MCAT Score and GPA: MHC Graduates Applying n = 54 accept = 27 (50%) TOTAL n = 230 accept = 133 (58%) n =93 accept = 74 (80%) n = 45 accept = 15 (33%) 12 GPA 3.5 MCAT Source: AAMC and AACOM data GPA n = 38 accept = 17 (45%) Accepted Not Accepted

8 141 US & 17 Canadian Allopathic Schools (MD): 45,266 applicants for 20,479 spots 30 Osteopathic Schools (DO): 14,945 applicants for 5,574 spots 30 Veterinary Schools (DVM): 6,766 applicants for 3,200 spots 64 Dental Schools (DMD): 12,039 applicants for 5,311 spots *current number of schools and acceptance data from most recent cycle available (2011 or 2012)

9 A disclaimer..

10 MORE THAN JUST NUMBERS GPA, MCAT, Courses, Educational Pursuits Source: Dr. Ron Garcia Stanford University School of Medicine

11 Importance of Admission Data to Admissions Officers at 113 Medical Schools in their decisions to invite interviewees and offer acceptances (scale is 1-5 where 5=extremely important and 1=not important) GPA: Cumulative Science and Math (3.7) GPA: Cumulative (3.6) MCAT Total Scores (3.5) Letters of Recommendation (3.4) Community Service: medical (3.3) Personal Statements (3.2) Medical/clinical work experience (3.2) Community service: non-medical (3.1) Leadership (3.0) Completion of premedical requirements (3.0) Experience with underserved populations (2.7) Source: AAMC

12 66.7% acceptance rate for all health professions applicants known to Office for cycle 66.7% acceptance rate for medical school* admissions for those matriculating in Fall % acceptance rate for the 8 wellqualified** medical school applicants *Includes Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) schools **GPA>3.2 and MCAT total >29

13 Arizona Maryland UMass Bay Path Mt. Sinai UNC Chapel Hill Boston Univ. Oregon Rutgers Colorado State PCOM UNECOM Columbia Royal Vet. College Uniformed Services Cornell Stanford University of Alberta Dartmouth SUNY Buffalo UPenn Drexel SUNY Stony Brook UT Southwestern Duke & Duke-Singapore SUNY Upstate VA Tech Emory Temple Vanderbilt George Washington Tufts Virginia Commonwealth Harvard Tulane Vermont Howard U. Florida Wake Forest Jefferson U. Hawaii Wisconsin Kansas U. Iowa Yale U. Oklahoma

14 Curriculum Teaching methods Specialties Affiliations (hospitals, research, service programs) Timing of clinical experience Average entering GPA, test scores Location, size, demographics, cost of living Residencies Tuition, financial aid Reputation

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16 Alerts your advisor and the Committee to your intent to apply. Helps get you organized. File contents (accessible to advisor): Pre-application Resume Transcripts Letters New version will be on Pre-Health Website soon

17 Every aspect of your qualifications Solid, consistent performance Exceptional traits, personal experiences That you have chosen this career through a thoughtful, fully-informed process Enthusiasm, motivation, professionalism Exquisite attention to detail

18 Biographical data Resume section Exam scores Official transcripts Essay(s) Recommendation letters Interview There are a large number of resources important to your planning, preparation and submission of applications, and they can be found at:

19 Primary Application Biographical Data Resume Section Primary Essay Official Transcripts Test Scores Secondary Application School-specific Essay Letters of Recommendation Interview

20 Biographical Data self explanatory Resume Section blocks to provide dates, locations and brief descriptions of work, internships, activities, etc. * most meaningful experiences go for variety Exam scores MCAT, DAT internally reported through application service and attached to your primary application. GRE must be sent from ETS to schools. Practice tests determine if you are ready Transcripts Official transcripts from every institution sent directly to application service (or to school if not using application service)

21 The most personal (and personalized) part of your application package Your best chance (other than the interview) to stand out from the pack Catch the reader s attention Tell a compelling, original story Highlight pertinent biography, but don t be redundant Make your essay memorable First draft should be reviewed soon!

22 4-5 individual, one committee Individual: Professors (1 in science) who know you well Research mentors Clinical internship mentors Leadership/Community Service Committee: Authored by a faculty member on behalf of the Committee, draws from individual letters, scores, transcripts

23 All of your letters should go directly to your account at Interfolio: $19.00 for one year $39.90 for three years $57.00 for five years Recommenders can submit electronically or in hard copy We pull copies back into your file for your committee letter author s reference Once your individual letters are all in, you must formally request your committee letter You send letters from Interfolio to the schools (or to the centralized application service) ** see handout for more detail

24 Individual or Group Open file or Blind, some schools are now doing Multiple Mini Interviews Tours, informal aspects of the day, insider information and the duality of the acceptance decision Be prepared: Know as much as you can about their program Know your application inside and out Prepare topics you want to cover Have questions for them Practice beforehand Dress properly Write a thank-you note

25 What do the schools require? Know about the contents of the exams Complete courses first! Preparation Self-study On-line practice Commercial prep courses Scheduling Opportunity to re-take but used as last resort

26 Medical School, Osteopathic Medical School: MCAT Take old MCAT if you can (last one is Jan 2015) Register at Feb 11 th : June Sep 2014 Feb 13 th : Oct 2014 Jan 2015 Dental School: DAT Register at Veterinary, Nursing, Public Health: GRE (usually) Register at Foreign students may need to submit TOEFL scores

27 American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) School of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) Pharmacy College Application Service (PHARMCAS) Physical Therapy College Application Service (PTCAS) Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS) Links to all can be found at: NOT ALL PROGRAMS USE THE CENTRALIZED SERVICES!

28 Professionalism Financial records Background checks

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30 Application Opens: May 1st, 2014 Submit in early June (usually 1 st Thursday) Deadline: Aug Dec (depends on school) Application Fee: $160, $35+ Finding a school: MSAR online Financial Assistance Also helps with MCAT fees, Self-Assessment package NNHSC.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment

31 Application opens: May 5, 2014 Submit after June 1, 2014 Deadline: Oct 14 March 15 Application Fee: $195, +$35 Finding a school: 2014 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book Financial Assistance: Fee Waivers available APPLY EARLY (Before you complete application, limited number available)

32 Application Opens: June 3, 2014 Submit: as early as possible Deadline: begin admitting Dec 1 Application Fee; $244, $90+ Finding a School: 2013 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools Financial Assistance: search on FAP GeneralInstructions/Pages/FeeAssistanceProgram.aspx

33 Application Opens: early June 2014 Submit: as early as possible Deadline**: October Application Fee: $190 (19 schools), +$95 add Finding a School: VMSAR Financial Assistance:???

34 Not all PH schools participate in SOPHAS Application Opens: continuously, but with a blackout period typically in August & September Submit & Deadline: all materials before each due date Application Fee: $120, +$45 Finding a school: Use Search for Academic Program link Financial Assistance: Fee Waivers available APPLY EARLY (Before you complete application, limited number available)

35 All 21 Optometry schools participate Application Opens: July 1, 2013 Deadline: differs by school, CAS closes June 2, 2014 Application Fee: $150, +$50 Finding a school: Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry Financial Assistance: No Fee Waivers available

36 Application Opens: June Deadline: differs by school Generally Nov Mar Application Fee: $150, + ~$65 Finding a school: Financial Assistance: Fee Waivers available APPLY EARLY (Before you complete application, limited number available)

37 Not all PT schools participate in PTCAS Application Opens: July Deadline: differs by school Application Fee: $135, +$40 Finding a school: Financial Assistance: Fee Waivers available APPLY EARLY (Before you complete application, limited number available)

38 Not all PA schools participate in CASPA Application Cycle Runs: April 17, 2013 Mar 1, 2014 Deadline: differs by school Application Fee: $170, +$40 Finding a school: Financial Assistance: Fee Waivers available APPLY EARLY (Before you complete application, limited number available)

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