Presentation on theme: "Choosing a Health Professions School – Finding the Best Match Health Professions Advising Program Informational Seminar Series Informational Seminar Series."— Presentation transcript:
Choosing a Health Professions School – Finding the Best Match Health Professions Advising Program Informational Seminar Series Informational Seminar Series Trinity College Developed by Bill Church – Spring 2009
Health Profession Schools Attended by Trinity College Graduates Connecticut Connecticut University of Connecticut University of Connecticut Massachusetts Massachusetts Boston University Boston University Tufts Tufts University of Massachusettes University of Massachusettes New Jersey New Jersey UMDNJ-RWJ UMDNJ-RWJ Vermont Vermont University of Vermont University of Vermont Arizona Arizona University of Arizona University of Arizona Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine New York Albany Albert Einstein Columbia Mt. Sinai NY Medical College New York University SUNY Downstate University of Rochester Washington DC Georgetown International Schools St. Georges/Grenada
Sources of Information Medical School Admissions Requirement Medical School Admissions Requirement Individual School Webpages Individual School Webpages HPAC Faculty HPAC Faculty
University of Massachusetts School of Medicine University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
From AAMC WebPage It's a process similar to choosing an undergraduate school (only much more intense) Ask yourself these questions: Do I prefer a small or large school? Do I like a large class or a small class? Am I interested in a career in research, in clinical practice in academic medicine? While every school offers opportunities to prepare for careers in all areas, the variety of curricular experience varies from school to school. Try to select schools that fit best your career goals. Which schools have a learning approach that emphasizes primary care, patient education, prevention, and preparation for community practice? What schools have a teaching approach that will work well for me? What kind of financial resources will I need to attend medical school? What are the costs? What types of financial aid are available at the schools I am considering? Are the schools in a location that meets my needs? Are the schools connected to a university or are they free-standing institutions?
Area of Service Location of School of Medicine – Urban, Suburban, Rural Type of physician you want to become – Academic or Practicing Student Organizations Level of Community Engagement – Optional or Required Living Amenities – On-campus dorms, apartments/condos, subsidized rents Initiation of clinical exposure Lecture vs. Problem-Based Learning International service learning – Optional or Required Science Course Curriculum – Organ-based vs. Departmental- based Factors for Consideration
Commitment Track record reflecting a desire to serve the public through: Community involvement. Community involvement. Volunteer service. Volunteer service. Tutoring. Tutoring. Cultural activities. Cultural activities. Scholarly pursuits. Scholarly pursuits.
Committee Decision Leave quantitative variables out of the final decision as individual items of great importance, and answer simple questions: How will this candidate contribute to and benefit from the learning climate at your institution? How will this candidate contribute to and benefit from the learning climate at your institution? Will accepting this candidate be in line with the mission and the values of the school? Will accepting this candidate be in line with the mission and the values of the school?
Scoring the Application Scholarly activities Scholarly activities Depth of involvement, independence, productivity Depth of involvement, independence, productivity Leadership and Honors in Service Roles Leadership and Honors in Service Roles Student government, ethnic centers, Peace Corps, teacher Student government, ethnic centers, Peace Corps, teacher Originality and creativity Originality and creativity Academic, service or artistic accomplishments: innovation, legacy Academic, service or artistic accomplishments: innovation, legacy Non-academic accomplishments or required work Non-academic accomplishments or required work Sports, arts, business or other organizations Sports, arts, business or other organizations
Barometer for Participation in Any Extracurricular Activity Showing up Showing up for a long time LeadershipAdvocacyInnovationLegacy
Explicit Educational Goals 1. To assure excellence in clinical medicine. 2. To develop effective communication skills with patients, colleagues, and the public. 3. To promote leadership training in the various branches of medicine. 4. To promote ethical and moral behavior, the humane and caring practice of medicine, and a sense of obligation to improve the health of the public. 5. To promote cultural competency in the science and practice of medicine. 6. To teach the skills necessary to sustain a lifetime of learning.
Advice and Resources Consult the Medical School Admissions requirements (MSAR) Consult the Medical School Admissions requirements (MSAR) AAMC Curriculum Directory AAMC Curriculum Directory AAMC Curriculum Directory AAMC Curriculum Directory Evaluate emphasis on research, clinical experience, grades, student initiatives, flexibility… Evaluate emphasis on research, clinical experience, grades, student initiatives, flexibility… Individual Medical School Websites and Catalogs Individual Medical School Websites and Catalogs Network with current and former students Network with current and former students
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