2016 Central Application Workshop. A Guide to Success for the 2016 Matriculation Year

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1 2016 Central Application Workshop A Guide to Success for the 2016 Matriculation Year

2 QUESTIONS? CONTACT US! PHONE: ROOM: DM 331A FIU Pre-Health Subscribe to our weekly bulletin!

3 Required Entrance Exams Health Profession Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Optometry Veterinary Physician Assistant Podiatry Entrance Exam MCAT DAT PCAT OAT GRE GRE or MCAT MCAT

4 Personal Statement Your statement is a vital tool 1. It provides the Admission Committee a picture of you 2. It demonstrates YOUR unique qualifications for and commitment to the profession 3. It is your chance to sell yourself beyond the entrance exam score & GPA numbers Deadline for Review: BEFORE March 1!

5 Personal Statement Length Character Limits 5,300 4,500 Application Service AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) 4,500 AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) 4,500 PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) 4,500 OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service) 5,000 VMCAS (Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service) 5,000 CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) 4,500 AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Services)

6 More on the Personal Statement 1. Make a plan to make your essay flow Create an outline with what you want to get across What makes you different? What tells YOUR story? 2. Don t just list your qualities, SHOW them! 3. Do NOT treat sample statements as a recipe! 4. Make it a PERSONAL statement, but keep the focus on YOU! 5. Make it come full circle 6. Revise, Revise, Revise!

7 Application Essentials Faculty Evaluations Letters of Evaluations Competitive Admission Test Scores Personal Statement or Essay Transcripts Calculate GPA s (BCPM, AO, Cumulative) Personal Achievements/ Experiences

8 Applications can be Submitted ~ June 2015 **BUT some applications open to be filled out ~ May 2015** Profession Application Service Opens Medicine, M.D. Medicine, D.O. Dentistry, D.M.D AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) June June Pharmacy, PharmD PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) June Optometry, O.D. Veterinary, D.V.M Physician Assistant, P.A. Podiatry, D.P.M OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service) VMCAS (Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service) CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Services) July June April August

9 Application Close-Out Dates Profession Application Service Closes Medicine, M.D. Medicine, D.O. Dentistry, D.M.D Pharmacy, PharmD Optometry, O.D. Veterinary, D.V.M Physician Assistant, P.A. Podiatry, D.P.M AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service) OptomCAS (Optometry Centralized Application Service) VMCAS (Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service) CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Services) November- January December- April November- March January - May October September October - April

10 Wait there s more! Credit check Institutional Actions/Criminal record U.S. citizen/permanent resident avoid provocative names & consider using a new address solely for applying Facebook, Instagram, etc. be careful with what you post! Keep it clean and professional

11 Choosing Schools Health Profession Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Optometry Veterinary Physician Assistant Podiatry Website Guide aamc.org (allopathic) MSAR aacom.org (osteopathic) adea.org aacp.org opted.org aavmc.org aapa.org aacpm.org

12 Committee-Friendly Applications Dentistry Medicine Optometry Pharmacy Veterinary *CAS for PA and Podiatry are less adapted for Committee Letters

13 FIU PPAEC Committee Documents Instructor Evaluations 6 permanent FIU faculty only *(at least 1 non-science)* Faculty Letters of Recommendation 2 Science 1 Non-Science 1 Professional (VERY HIGHLY recommended) Personal History Questionnaire Be complete and detailed! Personal Statement/Essay Primary Application Transcripts (Non-FIU)

14 FIU Committee Requirements Health Profession Admission Test Score GPA Medicine MCAT > 26* >3.3 BCPM/ Overall Physician Assistant GRE >152 (50%) Verbal and Quant Veterinary Podiatry Dentistry DAT > 18/18 Pharmacy PCAT > 400 Optometry OAT > 300 >3.5 BCPM/ Overall >3.0 BCPM/ Overall

15 Committee vs. Advisor Letter During Committee Interviews each applicant is ranked: Most Highly Recommended Very Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Recommended No Ranking is given in an Advisor Letter 26 MCAT eligible for Committee Interview and Letter MCAT eligible for Advisor Letter 22 MCAT students are urged to retake MCAT

16 The Committee Interview: What to Expect Who are your Committee Members? Three faculty members and you. What questions should I expect? Questions about you and your experiences and a few ethical or topical questions. How do I prepare for my interview? Review your personal history questionnaire and central application. Most questions will come from what you have written in these documents, so make sure they re well-written! REMEMBER! You CAN (and SHOULD) submit your central application BEFORE you go through committee! Schools do not look at letters until the secondary application is received AND reviewed.

17 FIU Letter Interview Timetable Documents Personal Statement/Essay Personal History Questionnaire Instructor Evaluations/Letters Primary Application (Completed) Official Non-FIU Transcripts Due Date Before March 1 st April 1 st June 1 st 2 weeks prior to interview 2 weeks prior to interview

18 Secondary Applications Complete and return secondary applications PROMPTLY No more than two weeks! Begin writing secondary applications BEFORE you receive them! Visit studentdoctor.net for the prompts. Secondary applications are as detailed as the primary application If you apply to too many schools it will be impossible to promptly complete all secondary applications!

19 FIU Application Statistics

20 2013 Matriculation Medicine Ranking No. Accepted % Accepted VHR HR RP R Total Dentistry Ranking No. Accepted % Accepted VHR HR RP R Total MCAT: Overall Avg.= 28.8 Range = DAT Averages: Total Science = 19 Academic = 18

21 2014 Matriculation Medicine Ranking No. Accepted % Accepted MH VHR HR R Total Dentistry Ranking No. Accepted % Accepted MH VHR HR R Total MCAT: Overall Avg.= 29.1 Range = DAT Averages: Total Science = 19.6 Academic = 19.2

22 Percent Total 2014 MCAT Scores* 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% FIU National 10% 5% 0% 3 to 7 8 to to to to to to to to to 45 MCAT Score Range

23 QUESTIONS? CONTACT US! PHONE: ROOM: DM 331A FIU Pre-Health Subscribe to our weekly bulletin!

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