7Freshman Year Focus on academic performance Develop maturity and independenceWork on core requirementsExplore majorsRead!!
8Sophomore Year Choose a major Develop relationships with faculty Get Clinical ExperienceGet involvedSummer ProgramsRead!!
9Junior Year Maintain good grades Finish core requirements Build your resume (clinical experience, leadership, etc.)Attend Application meeting (Fall)Take MCAT/DAT (Spring)Apply to professional school
10Senior Year Complete degree requirements Professional School InterviewsKeep in mind a parallel plan
11LSU Medical School Statistics Average overall GPA: ~3.7Average science GPA: >3.7Average MCAT composite score is ~30 (9+ in each category)BS/BA degreeLimited out of state resident seats (up to 40 in New Orleans)
12Out of State/Private Medical Schools Louisiana residents wanting to go out of state:3.8 GPA32+ MCAT Composite minimumCompeting with applicants nationwide
13LSU Dental School Statistics ~3.6 Overall GPA~3.6 Science GPA20 Academic Average DAT19 Perceptual Ability DATNo subtest scores below 18
14Choosing a MajorStudents can choose any major but you need a good science foundationChoose what you enjoy and earn good gradesTake as many science courses as possible
15Non-science Majors Science GPA is crucial Above average overall GPA Extra science course workMCAT/DAT implicationsPossibly earn a science minorBiological SciencesChemistry
16Core Requirements Biology 1201/1208, 1202/1209 LSU Dental: MBIO and BCH now requiredLSU Med-Shreveport requires 2 additional semesters of BIOL;General Chemistry 1201, 1202, 1212Organic Chemistry 2261, 2262, 2364Physics 2001, 2002, 2108, 2109English 6-9 hours of creditChanges coming—statistics/Biochemistry
17Core Requirements At least 90 hours of credit Complete an undergraduate degreeMany schools may have additional requirements (calculus, genetics, psychology)Always check with admissions office at any school of interest
19Suggested Courses Interpersonal Communication Pre-dental students Jewelry makingCeramics
20Good Advice Take labs with lectures Don’t put off math Balance science with non-scienceTake advantage of free tutoring, supplemental instruction & learning assistance
21Good Advice Visit faculty during office hours Know your degree requirementsChallenge yourself academically, taking the easy way out doesn’t help in the long run; remember the competition.Take Personal responsibility!!!
22Advanced Placement Prerequisite courses should be taken in residence Check the policy at the medical/dental schools you are interested in attendingPreference is given to courses earned in classroom with a grade
23Admissions Committees ask 3 questions: Can the applicant “do it”?grades; MCAT/DAT; semester loads; time management; juggle responsibilities; critical thinker; handle stress;Will the applicant “do it”?challenges self; works hard; team player; perseveres; solves problems; motivated for right reasons;Should the applicant “do it”?Compassionate? Caring? Good communication skills;ethical? Honest? Integrity? Professionalism?
24Competency Based Admissions Interpersonal Competencies Service oriented Social/Interpersonal Skills Cultural Competence Team Work Oral Communication
25Competency Based Admissions Intrapersonal Competencies Integrity and Ethics Reliability and Dependability Resilience and Adapatability Capacity for Improvement
26Credentials Academic Record Extracurricular Activities Test Scores Personal CharacteristicsLetters of Evaluation
27Academic Record GPA Course loads Upper Division Credits Research “W” grades
28Average Course Loads 15 to 17 hours per semester MCAT/DAT semester Work schedule is consideredShould be advancing in your major/taking higher level courses
29Research Faculty members need good, dependable student assistants Opportunity to get to know facultyShows responsibility and interestActive learning
30Extracurricular Clubs/Organizations Work Volunteer service Medical/Dental experience
31Health Related Experience Local hospitals-paid or volunteerDoctor’s officesNursing homesHospice
32Dental Experience Work Observe different practices Volunteer and specialty areasVolunteerExtremely Important for Pre-dental students!
33Health Related Student Organizations Alpha Epsilon DeltaPre-Dental SocietyMinority Science Pre-Professional SocietyStudent Christian Medical AssociationMulticulturalism in Healthcare
34Good ActivitiesGet actively involved in 1 or 2 organizations (quality over quantity)Seek leadership positionsKeep record/journal of your activities and volunteer experiencesRead journals to keep current on health-related issuesGoal is to learn and develop skills
35Current MCAT Computer based test format 32 Administrations on 30 days (January, April, May, June, July, August, September)4.5 hrs. in length; AM/ PM test times.Results in 30 days (14 days in future)Register 3-4 months in advance: Prometric Testing Centers/LSU Testing Center
36Current MCAT Physical Science Verbal Reasoning Biological Sciences Possible score of 15 on each subtest
37BIG CHANGES FOR MCAT 2015 4 subtests now: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; 65 items; 95 minutes; 25% BCH; 65% intro biol; 5% Gen Chem; 5% Org Chem.Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; 65 items, 95 minutes; 15% BCH; 5% Intro BIOL; 30% Gen Chem; 25% Organic Chem; 25% Physics;
38BIG CHANGES FOR MCAT 2015Psychological/Social/Biological Foundations of Behavior; 65 items; 95 minutes; 60% Intro PSYC; 30% intro SOCL; 10% Intro BIOL.Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills; 60 items, 90 minutes; Reading passages from humanities areas, social sciences, ethics, philosphy, cross-cultural studies, health. Designed to test analytical reasoning skills.
39BIG CHANGES FOR MCAT 2015-Implications Broader background of courses needed: Social Sciences, Statistics, Analytical Reasoning, Biochemisry;Focus on scientific inquiry and reasoning not memorizing and restating;Critical Analysis/Problem Solving;Goals: develop interdisciplinary science skillsIntegrate knowledge from many perspectivesUnderstand connection between natural sciences and social sciences
40More Info on MCAT 2015https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat2015/expose yourself to as many different areas of knowledge as possible.Free tutorial videos:https://www.khanacademy.org/science/mcat
42DAT Online test administration Prometric Registration Center May be taken year roundMay be repeated after 90 days; must obtain documentation after 3rd test.Suggest Spring of Junior yearRegistration on-line:
43DAT Natural Sciences Perceptual Ability Reading Comprehension Biology, Gen & Organic ChemPerceptual AbilityReading ComprehensionQuantitative ReasoningScores from 1-30
46Evaluation Letters LSU Premed/Predent Committee Faculty letters Critically important part of the application process!!!Get to know your faculty members
47Important Publications Medical School Admission Requirements (online version)Admission Requirements of U.S. & Canadian Dental Schools
48Application Process 15-16 months before enrollment—end of Junior year Take AdmissionTest Spring-Jr YearTwo Stage Application:Online Standardized Application ServiceIndividualized Secondary Application from each school
49Professional School Application Services Association of Medical Colleges Application Service-MD (AMCAS)American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service- DO (AACOMAS)Texas Medica/Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS)
50Professional School Application Services American Assoc of Dental Schools Application Service-DDS/DMD (AADSAS)Optometry Centralized Application Service – 0D- (OPTOMCAS)American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service-DPM-(AACPMAS)
51Websites American Association of Medical Colleges: www.aamc.org American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic MedicineAmerican Dental Education Association:Association of Schools& Colleges of Optometry:
52Nontraditional/Transfer Students May want to speak with a Premedical/Predental Counselor
54PMED/PDENT LISTSERV /Facebook SIGN UP to keep informed about pmed/pdent news and events:Join LSU Premed/Predent Facebook GroupThis is an LSU Community group page, so you will have to first join Facebook’s LSU community using your LSU address. Then search for “Pre-Med / Pre-Dent at LSU” to join the group.