Presentation on theme: "Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond"— Presentation transcript:
1 Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond Lee WittersSarah BergerAnnette Hamilton
2 Some Medical School Admission Statistics: 2012 Matriculants # applicants: 139% alumni: 83%% lst time applicants accepted: 84%# schools/applicant: 19# acceptances/applicant: 2.7 (1-10)GPAs accepted:Overall: ( )BCPM: ( )GPA not accepted:Overall: ( )BCPM: ( )MCATAccepted :10.6VR/11.8PS/11.7BS/34.1/QNot Accepted:8.9VR/9.6PS/9.5BS/28/QDartmouthSome Medical School Admission Statistics: Matriculants# applicants: 43, 542# accepted: 19, 597 (45%)GPA all applicants: (3.44 BCPM)GPA accepted: 3.68 (3.63 BCPM)MCAT all takers8.4VR/8.8PS/9.3BS/26.5/OMCAT accepted applicants VR/9.9PS/10.3BS/29.5/PNationalBCPM=Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Math (also Neuroscience (not Psych), Some Engineering)VR=Verbal Reasoning, PS=Physical Sciences, BS=Biological Sciences
3 Factors Influencing Admission Statistics OVERALL GPA>3.3 overall GPA 95% of ‘accepted’; 70 % of ‘not accepted’BCPM GPA>3.3 BCPM % of ‘accepted’; 37% of ‘not accepted’MCAT>30 MCAT % of ‘accepted’; 57% of ‘not accepted’Timeliness (Application verified before Sept 1 (= early August submission date)80% of ‘accepted’; 63% of ‘not accepted’OTHER DATAScience GPA < 3.3; MCAT <30: Only 3% acceptedOther factors:Clinical Experience/ExposureCommunity ServiceResearch ExperienceList of Schools (# and appropriateness relative to credentials)Personal statement & InterviewLetters of evaluationUtilization of advising services
4 Elements of a Successful Application to Medical School Courses (GPA, Science GPA)MCATLetters of EvaluationExtracurricular ExperiencesPersonal & Professional CharacteristicsSkills & AbilitiesClinical ExposureAltruistic ServiceScholarly Activity(outside classroom)
5 Evaluating Beyond Grades,MCAT Scores and Prior Experiences in Health Skills & AbilitiesPersonal & Professional CharacteristicsResiliencyIntegrity/JudgmentAdaptabilityReliability/DependabilityPersistenceMotivationIntellectual curiosityEmpathyAltruistic serviceActive listenerProblem solverCommunicator (oral, written)Critical thinkerMultilingual
6 First Things FirstMake your intention to possibly apply known to our advising system..i.e. SIGN INHave an individual conversation with an advisor as to whether 2014 is the optimum time for you to be applying to medical school or whether you should consider delaying till 2015 or laterFamiliarize yourself with all the sources of informationKEEP TO ANNOUNCED DEADLINES!
7 Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond Overview: Where is help?Important web sites:NSS (www.dartmouth.edu/~nss)Several links in “Medical School” section including Alumni Advice network &‘Medical School Application ’(podcasts, documents)NSS Blackboard site (need to self-enroll; see instructions on NSS home page)All important documents and podcasts to be posted here in ‘Pre-Health Information’ >>>>’Medical School’ folderAmerican Association of Medical Colleges (www.aamc.org/students/applying/start.htm)Links on right: AMCAS, MCAT, Aspiring Docs.org, Medical Schools/More Resources
8 Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond: A POP QUIZ! Should I apply in 2014?When should I take the MCAT exam and how should I prepare for it?When should I begin to ask for letters of evaluation and how does the Dartmouth letter system work?How does the actual AMCAS application process work and what dates am I aiming for to complete it?
9 Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond: A POP QUIZ! Should I apply in 2014?EVERYONE needs to have an individual one-on-one conversation with Sarah or Lee now to select an application year that best fits your credentials and your aspirations
10 Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond The MCAT exam, registration and preparationWhen/where? Cost? ($240) Details: Official GuideHow to prepare? MCAT Survey: ‘How NSS Prepares’Other issues: testing accommodations; fee assistancePostedon NSS homepage
11 The ApplicationAMCAS application (released early May; earliest submission early June; ideal by late June/early July)Personal information (issue of institutional action/misdemeanor/felony)Grades from all institutions (with transcripts (paper))Personal statementActivities & ExperiencesSchool list (how to decide?)$$$ ($160 (one school); $35 for each additional school)Letters of evaluationMCAT ScoreSecondary applications (more essays; more $$)Interview invitation (Sept to mid-March)
12 Composite Letter of Evaluation REQUIRED unless you are class of 2011 or previousNo more than six (6) writers including your composite writer.3-5 writers will write supporting letters (these + your composite letter = composite packet)Who will be your letter writers?TWO science faculty who’ve taught youMajor professorExtracurricular letter
13 Credentials Consult Documents in “Medical School Application 2014-15 ” on NSS web site Open your Interfolio accounthttps://account.interfolio.com/dossier/signup?institution_id=4849Waiving your rights of accessAsk letter writers – give them timelinesCreate & upload supporting documentsAutobiographical SketchResumeTranscript (“official” from Registrar (order on-line))Release to Composite WriterAdditional letters (after composite) – talk to AnnetteTimelines/Deadlines (Agreement form)
15 Timeline Fall Winter Spring Summer 13- 14 14-15 - Is this the best year for you to apply?-Ask for LETTERS-Sign up for early MCAT-Workshops-Early MCAT (or sign up for spring/summer)-Open Interfolio account-LETTERS-MCAT-Begin AMCAS application, incl. personal statement & school list-Transcript (after spring term)-Submit AMCAS application target date 6/30-Begin secondary applications-Send LETTERS14-15-Complete 2° by early Sept-Schools to have everything by now-Interviews & Offers- Update Letters-Decision Day: May 15-Get ready for med school classes!
16 Timeline Fall Winter Spring Summer 13-14 14-15 - Is this the best year for you to apply?-Ask for LETTERS-Sign up for early MCAT-Workshops-Early MCAT (or sign up for spring/summer)-Open Interfolio account-LETTERS-MCAT-Begin AMCAS application, incl. personal statement & school list-Transcript (after spring term)-Submit AMCAS application target date 6/30-Begin secondary applications-Send LETTERS14-15-Complete 2° by early Sept-Schools to have everything by now-Interviews & Offers- Update Letters-Decision Day: May 15-Get ready for med school classes!
17 Summary of Deadlines (Ideal (i.e. target) & Final) TaskIdeal (target) dateFinal deadlineTaking MCATBy mid-JuneAugust datesSubmitting AMCASJune 30Sept 1Submitting 2o AppsOct 1Documents Due (to HPP Office or Interfolio)Timeline AgreementASAPApril 1Composite Letter WorksheetEnd of winter term classesMay 1Supporting DocumentsJuly 1Supporting LettersRelease to Composite WriterMay 15Composite LetterSeptember 1
18 Timeline Agreement Sheet Please review, sign and return by the end of this meeting or to HPP office in Carson Advising CenterComposite Letter Work SheetSubmit by end of winter termto Annette Hamilton
19 Applying to Medical School in 2014 and Beyond A Few More Things Medical Application NewsletterWinter/Spring Term WorkshopsHow to Ask for Letters, Getting Started on a Personal Statement, Filling out the AMCAS Application, Choosing Schools, Interviewing, Post- Bacc/Gap Year OptionsFee WaiversInvestment of your time to do all of this
20 Early Assurance Program for Dartmouth College Class of 2015 Web site for application:https://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/admissions/early_assurance/Geisel Admissions Officers Andrew Welch, Bill Brown & Aileen Panitz willing to speak to interested students
21 Streamlined application to identify up to five students a year Evidence of potential to become outstanding physiciansCharacter, experiences, academic skills, broad education (holistic evaluation)Potential to work with patients from a variety of backgroundsNeed not have completed all of med school course requirements, but a sufficient number to give a good basis for evaluation of overall performanceMCAT examination not requiredOpportunity for gap year experience
22 TIMELINEApplication Deadline 1 October 2015Application Fee $130Letters of Reference 2-5, suggest two from science facultyInterview Notifications By late OctoberInterviews November – first week JanuaryProgram Decisions Late January
23 CONTINGENCIESCandidate reply within two weeksBinding unless candidate withdraws from program OR applies to other programsCommensurate academic performanceCommensurate involvement in activitiesCompletes following year AMCAS Application (no fee)Criminal background check