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College of Science l Mr. Robby Bowen l Ms. Kim Kubicek l Ms. Courtni Guidry l Ms. Krista Baron l Ms. Rachel Singleton l Ms. Martha Cedotal, Asst. Dean.

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3 College of Science l Mr. Robby Bowen l Ms. Kim Kubicek l Ms. Courtni Guidry l Ms. Krista Baron l Ms. Rachel Singleton l Ms. Martha Cedotal, Asst. Dean

4 Medical & Dental School l 2 years Basic Sciences Step 1 Licensure exam (USMLE) l 2 years Clinical Rotations Step 2 Licensure Exam l Post-graduate Residency Step 3 Licensure Exam l Licensure

5 LSU l 1200 entering freshmen declare PMED/PDEN l ~400 LSU students apply to medical/dental/optometry/podiatry school l LSU students are accepted

6 Application Procedure l Core course requirements l Test scores l Formal application l Faculty & Committee letters

7 Four Year Plan

8 Freshman Year l Focus on academic performance l Develop maturity and independence l Work on core requirements l Explore majors l Read!!

9 Sophomore Year l Choose a major l Develop relationships with faculty l Get Clinical Experience l Get involved l Summer Programs l Read!!

10 Junior Year l Maintain good grades l Finish core requirements l Build your resume (clinical experience, leadership, etc.) l Attend Application meeting (Fall) l Take MCAT/DAT (Spring) l Apply to professional school

11 Senior Year l Complete degree requirements l Professional School Interviews l Keep in mind a parallel plan

12 LSU Medical School Statistics l Average overall GPA: ~3.7 l Average science GPA: >3.7 l Average MCAT composite score is ~30 (9+ in each category) l BS/BA degree l Limited out of state resident seats (up to 40 in New Orleans)

13 Out of State/Private Medical Schools Louisiana residents wanting to go out of state: l 3.8 GPA l 32+ MCAT Composite minimum l Competing with applicants nationwide

14 LSU Dental School Statistics l ~3.6 Overall GPA l ~3.6 Science GPA l 20 Academic Average DAT l 19 Perceptual Ability DAT l No subtest scores below 18

15 Choosing a Major l Students can choose any major but you need a good science foundation l Choose what you enjoy and earn good grades l Take as many science courses as possible

16 Non-science Majors l Science GPA is crucial l Above average overall GPA l Extra science course work l MCAT/DAT implications l Possibly earn a science minor Biological Sciences Chemistry

17 Core Requirements l Biology 1201/1208, 1202/1209 l LSU Dental: MBIO and BCH now required l LSU Med-Shreveport requires 2 additional semesters of BIOL; l General Chemistry 1201, 1202, 1212 l Organic Chemistry 2261, 2262, 2364 l Physics 2001, 2002, 2108, 2109 l English 6-9 hours of credit l Changes coming—statistics/Biochemistry

18 Core Requirements l At least 90 hours of credit l Complete an undergraduate degree l Many schools may have additional requirements (calculus, genetics, psychology) l Always check with admissions office at any school of interest

19 Suggested Courses l Biology 4087 (biochemistry) l Biology 3156 (devl. zoology) l Biology 4160 (vert. physiology) l Biology 4104 (histology) l HUEC 1110/3010 (nutrition) l KIN 2500 (human anatomy) l EXST 2201 (statistics) l Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology l Bio-ethics

20 Suggested Courses l Interpersonal Communication l Pre-dental students Jewelry making Ceramics

21 Good Advice l Take labs with lectures l Don’t put off math l Balance science with non- science l Take advantage of free tutoring, supplemental instruction & learning assistance

22 Good Advice l Visit faculty during office hours l Know your degree requirements l Challenge yourself academically, taking the easy way out doesn’t help in the long run; remember the competition. l Take Personal responsibility!!!

23 Advanced Placement l Prerequisite courses should be taken in residence l Check the policy at the medical/dental schools you are interested in attending l Preference is given to courses earned in classroom with a grade

24 Admissions Committees ask 3 questions: l Can the applicant “do it”? grades; MCAT/DAT; semester loads; time management; juggle responsibilities; critical thinker; handle stress; l Will the applicant “do it”? challenges self; works hard; team player; perseveres; solves problems; motivated for right reasons; l Should the applicant “do it”? Compassionate? Caring? Good communication skills; ethical? Honest? Integrity? Professionalism ?

25 Competency Based Admissions Interpersonal Competencies Service oriented Social/Interpersonal Skills Cultural Competence Team Work Oral Communication

26 Competency Based Admissions Intrapersonal Competencies Integrity and Ethics Reliability and Dependability Resilience and Adapatability Capacity for Improvement

27 Credentials l Academic Record l Extracurricular Activities l Test Scores l Personal Characteristics l Letters of Evaluation

28 Academic Record l GPA l Course loads l Upper Division Credits l Research l “W” grades

29 Average Course Loads l 15 to 17 hours per semester l MCAT/DAT semester l Work schedule is considered l Should be advancing in your major/taking higher level courses

30 Research l Faculty members need good, dependable student assistants l Opportunity to get to know faculty l Shows responsibility and interest l Active learning

31 Extracurricular l Clubs/Organizations l Work l Volunteer service l Medical/Dental experience

32 Health Related Experience l Local hospitals-paid or volunteer l Doctor’s offices l Nursing homes l Hospice

33 Dental Experience l Work l Observe different practices and specialty areas l Volunteer l Extremely Important for Pre- dental students!

34 Health Related Student Organizations l Alpha Epsilon Delta l Pre-Dental Society l Minority Science Pre-Professional Society l Student Christian Medical Association l Multiculturalism in Healthcare

35 Good Activities l Get actively involved in 1 or 2 organizations (quality over quantity) l Seek leadership positions l Keep record/journal of your activities and volunteer experiences l Read journals to keep current on health-related issues l Goal is to learn and develop skills

36 Current MCAT l Computer based test format l 32 Administrations on 30 days (January, April, May, June, July, August, September) l 4.5 hrs. in length; AM/ PM test times. l Results in 30 days (14 days in future) l Register 3-4 months in advance: Prometric Testing Centers/LSU Testing Center

37 Current MCAT l Physical Science l Verbal Reasoning l Biological Sciences l Possible score of 15 on each subtest

38 BIG CHANGES FOR MCAT 2015 l 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;

39 BIG CHANGES FOR MCAT 2015 Psychological/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.

40 BIG 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 skills Integrate knowledge from many perspectives Understand connection between natural sciences and social sciences

41 More Info on MCAT 2015 l at/mcat2015/ at/mcat2015/ l expose yourself to as many different areas of knowledge as possible. l Free tutorial videos: l

42 MCAT l Register on-line ( l Review Courses Kaplan Princeton Review Practice tests at AAMC website

43 DAT l Online test administration l Prometric Registration Center l May be taken year round l May be repeated after 90 days; must obtain documentation after 3rd test. l Suggest Spring of Junior year l Registration on-line:

44 DAT l Natural Sciences Biology, Gen & Organic Chem l Perceptual Ability l Reading Comprehension l Quantitative Reasoning l Scores from 1-30

45 Personal Characteristics l Mature l Responsible l Intelligent l Honest l Hard-Working l Serving l Compassionate l Personable l Leader l Professionalism


47 Evaluation Letters l LSU Premed/Predent Committee l Faculty letters l Critically important part of the application process!!! l Get to know your faculty members

48 Important Publications l Medical School Admission Requirements (online version) l Admission Requirements of U.S. & Canadian Dental Schools

49 Application Process l months before enrollment— end of Junior year l Take AdmissionTest Spring-Jr Year l Two Stage Application: Online Standardized Application Service Individualized Secondary Application from each school

50 Professional School Application Services l Association of Medical Colleges Application Service-MD (AMCAS) l American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service- DO (AACOMAS) l Texas Medica/Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS)

51 Professional School Application Services l American Assoc of Dental Schools Application Service-DDS/DMD (AADSAS) l Optometry Centralized Application Service – 0D- (OPTOMCAS) l American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service- DPM-(AACPMAS)

52 Websites l American Association of Medical Colleges: l American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine l American Dental Education Association: l Association of Schools& Colleges of Optometry:

53 Nontraditional/Transfer Students l May want to speak with a Premedical/Predental Counselor

54 Career Options PODIATRY

55 PMED/PDENT LISTSERV /Facebook SIGN UP to keep informed about pmed/pdent news and events: Join LSU Premed/Predent Facebook Group l This 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.

56 Q & A

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