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1 Pre-Health 101 Workshop September 3, 2009 Jim Johnson, Ph.D. Director, Pre-Health Professions Program Loyola University Chicago

2 Pre-Health Professions Program  Pre-Health List-Serve:  Who We Are Pam Deters Kevin Kauffman Theresa Ehrhart Jim Johnson  Where Sullivan Center 262 and Environs Phone:

3 Some Resources  (Increasing Diversity in Medicine)  (Fr. & Soph. Summer Program)  (NIH Research Programs)  (Loyola Stritch School of Medicine Summer Program)  (NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates)  (Summer Undergraduate Programs - AAMC GREAT Group)  (LUC Fellowship Office)  (LUC Center for Experiential Learning and LUROP)

4 Some More Resources  MSAR and Other Siblings  (Allopathic Medicine)  (Osteopathic Medicine)  (Dental)  (Pharmacy)  (Physical Therapy)  (Optometry)  (Physician Assistant)  (Veterinary Medicine)  (ALL!)

5 Generally Speaking Two Sets of General Selection Criteria  Set 1 Academic Record Standardized Test Clinically-Related Experiences  Set 2 Pursuit of Values (Extracurricular) Letters of Evaluation Processing and Articulation of Motivation Research Professional Behavior Special Circumstances

6 Generally Speaking  Academic Record Rigor Breadth Excellence  Cumulative GPA  Science GPA (BCPM) Major?  Required Courses?  Follow Your Heart

7 Generally Speaking  Standardized Test MCAT When? How Many Times? MCAT Preparation:  htm

8 Generally Speaking  Exposure to Health Field High School vs. College Shadowing vs. Volunteering Summer vs. School Year When to Start? When is too Late?  Semester before application  Academic year before application Not a Family Affair! Journaling

9 Generally Speaking  Pursuit of Values (e.g., extracurricular activities) Follow Your Heart Very Wide Range of Valuable Activities Don’t Put Cart before the Horse Do Get Involved

10 Generally Speaking  Letters of Evaluation Get to Know your Faculty Get to Know Supervisors and Mentors in Clinical Settings Pre-Medical Advisor or Committee

11 Generally Speaking  Processing and Articulating Motivation Knowing it for Yourself is not Enough Convincing a Critical (although not mean) Audience Journaling Individual and Distinct Research the Field

12 Generally Speaking  Research Intrinsic Interest Passive Learning is not Enough  Just tell me what to do and I’ll do it is likely not enough Self-Directed Learning = Life Long Learning

13 Generally Speaking  Professional Behavior Institutional Action Credit History Criminal Background Check  Web-Based Communities MySpace Facebook  Interactions with Loyola Community

14 Generally Speaking  Special Circumstances Infinite Possibilities  Full-Time Work  Illness  Difficult Period of Life  Length of Distance Traveled  Other…. Blame vs. Explanation

15 Pre-Health Professions Program  What Pre-Health Professions List Serve  Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee  Register 2 years prior to entrance to medical school Early Assurance Program Pre-Health Award

16 Generally Speaking Journey Toward Greater Independence “We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness, which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us.” – Marcel Proust

17 Generally Speaking Understanding of Interdependencies Student Health Care Professional Citizen


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