Q. Do I have to major in Biology or another science?
A. No, in fact some med school committees especially look for students with well-rounded academic backgrounds. But, you still have to complete all the pre-med requirements and that fits more easily with science majors.
Q. Can I go abroad?
A. Yes! And please try to do so if you can. Talk to the committee about specific sites that might allow you to do things like complete a hospital-based internship, complete a pre-med requirement like physics, or take the MCATs abroad.
Q. What if my grades aren’t as good as I wish they were?
A. You have several options. If the problem is one or two semesters where there is a reason for it (a parent was ill, you were training for the Olympics, etc.) you can explain that in your personal statement. If your science grades are particularly low, it is a good idea to go to a post-bac program after graduation and show what you can do now that you are serious about it. There are also many, many wonderful options in the health care field besides being an allopathic physician. Talk to a member of the committee to help you explore these.
Q. I am sure I want to go to medical school after graduation. What do I need to do?
A. First, register with the Health Professions Advisory Committee. You will get lots of information on how to go through the process and also about on-campus workshops, speakers, etc. To register, contact Professor Chris Swart or Kathy Mallinson.
Q. I thought I wanted to go to medical school, but now I am not sure. Are there other options?
A. There are many other options. These include being a naturopathic or osteopic doctor, a dentist, optometrist, nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychologist, or pubic health specialist. Talk to a committee member to learn more.
Q. Besides completing the pre-med required courses and taking the MCATs, what else should I do?
A. Getting some practical experience can really help round out your application. This can be doing research in a lab on campus, doing significant volunteer work at a local hospital or clinic, or completing Health Fellows. See a member of the committee for more ideas.