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1 Lafayette College Health Professions Advising Program Professor Nancy Waters Faculty Health Professions Advisor Dr. Julia Goldberg Associate Dean Health Professions Ms Simona Glaus HP Administrative Assistant 30 September 2014 Medical, Dental, Podiatry, Optometry and Veterinary Aspirants Pre-Application Meeting

2 HPAC What? Health Professions Advisory Committee Where? 105 Scott Hall Who? Prof Waters, Dr Goldberg, + 5 faculty Why? HPAC reviews & interviews you before you apply for admission. HPAC writes a Composite Letter of Evaluation (CLoE) to submit on your behalf. It is seen as an independent barometer of your file!

3 Our Purpose: To remind you of the timetable ahead and elements needed To flag changes and updates in application processes both on campus and nationally To review your portfolio and give feedback and guidance To provide you with data that allows you to self-assess your decisions going forward

4 remember… We interface with Career Services to help you explore ALLIED HEALTH areas: Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Doctor of Pharmacy Nursing (RN, BSN, MSN) Nurse Practitioner (NP) Physician Assistant (PA) Physical/Occupational Therapy (PT, OT) Public Health practitioners (MPH) Targeted Post-Baccalaureate Programs ….among others

5 …shout out for HP/CS events Other Ways to Practice Medicine October 3 rd Rob Coombs ‘95 DC, Ashley Palmer ’03 D Pharm NIH trip, Washington DC October 14 th Candid Conversations HP speaker series October 16 th Dr Nick Leasure So You Think You Want to be a PA? October 21 st William Duryea, PhD, PA Homecoming HP Open House Alumni and Student Networking Event October 25 th (registration required) Application Mechanics Session October 30 th How to select a school Session November 20 th Halloween deadline for CS January Externships! Also…Practice interviewing at:

6 …and some peer options too! American Chemical Society, Biology Club, Engineers Without Borders, Neuroscience Club, Psychology Club,… Student National Medical Association- Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students; MPAS, new student club! Association of Future Healthcare Professionals; AFHP, new student club! The Vet Club

7 How will schools choose the physicians of tomorrow? Who will best fulfill the mission of the school? Who will serve the nation’s healthcare needs? Qualifications desired in applicants: scholarship accomplishments intellectual curiosity emotional maturity character interest in medicine sensitivity to others communication skills sense of care for others commitment to service critical thinking skills problem-solving skills

8 Undergraduate Preparation for Admission to Graduate Schools in Health Professions Each HP school sets their own criteria and standards…but all weight several key areas: Academic/Science grades (45-55%)* Admissions tests (20-25%)* Health-related experiences Research experiences Community service and volunteer work Recommendation Letters (especially CLoE) HP school interview * Percentages as reported by NAAHP.

9 AMCAS: In August 2013: -48,014 applicants (up from 32,650) for 20,055 seats -typically ~14 school applications -mean age=24 -GPA=3.54/3.69; MCAT=28/31 -Major LS=54.3/53.5% SS=11/11% Hum=4.2/4.8% PhS=10.3/11.5% The landscape now?

10 AACOMAS: In August 2014: -17,944 applicants (up from 9900) for 6192 seats -typically ~9 school applications -mean age=24 -GPA=3.43/3.5, MCAT=26/27 -Major LS=68/69% SS=11/9% Hum=7/7% PhS=7/7% The landscape now?

11 How important are good grades ? Applicant Matriculation Year Acceptance ratio for GPA 3.60 + Acceptance ratio for GPA 3.59-3.20 Acceptance ratio for GPA < 3.20 Overall acceptance ratio ALL GPAs Lafayette 2008-2013 aggregate data (MD + DO) 96.4% (54/56) 63.5% (47/74) 41.7% (5/12) 74.6% (106/142) National 2008-13 aggregate data MD only * 64%34%18%45% During the same period, 75% of student applicants (21/28) to dental school were accepted, and 100% of 11 applicants to veterinary school gained admission! * Source:,, Lafayette College, effective 2014

12 GPA Decoded ! A: You are doing great so keep it up A- You are doing well, but work harder B+ You can do better B Your performance is average, and health professions schools have high standards B- This is for honey, not for a career in health professions …what schools require from you might differ from what Lafayette requires, but the more important question is…What do YOU require from YOURSELF?

13 …MCAT2015? Schools prefer MCAT2015 for 2017, will require it for 2018 application cycle Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior mcat/mcat2015

14 …Other Admissions Tests? MCAT (old): 32 with GPA 3.6+ DAT: 20-21 with 3.6 GPA OAT: 340-350 with 3.5 GPA GRE for vet schools: ~160 each for verbal and quantitative; 3.4-3.8 GPA GRE for PA schools: ~155-160 each for V & Q; 3.4-3.5 GPA ….but quality & consistency matter too!

15 Preparation – Academic coursework  Graduate with a major/minor that suits you. Perform well in foundational natural science courses. As Juniors/Seniors:  By now you should have completed most from among: 2 Introductory Biology with laboratory 2 General Chemistry with laboratory 2 Organic Chemistry with laboratory 2 Physics with laboratory 2+ Mathematics to include at least 1 calculus plus statistics Biochemistry at least 3 Writing-Intensive Courses (e.g. English 110, FYS, VAST, plus two additional “W” courses)  Some HP schools have added specific requirements (e.g. nutrition or microbiology or immunology). Check out YOUR preferred schools! If a course is not offered at Lafayette, plan ahead to enroll at another institution during summer or at an LVAIC school during the academic year.

16  Other relevant courses include: A&S 222 Medical Anthropology Biol 213 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Biol 251 Human Physiology (HPAC recommended) Biol 274 Bioinformatics Biol 340 Molecular Medicine CM 151 Introduction to Computational Science NSc 201 Introduction to Neuroscience Phys 220 Medical and Biological Physics Psych 240 Health Psychology Rel 223 Religion and Medicine …plan early since most of these have prerequisites, check MSAR, ADEA for guidance, especially since those are crucial to performance on MCAT2015 !  Do not delay in making good selections! Your choices rapidly constrain your Degrees of Freedom!

17 And you already know about…… Advanced Placement. Summer School Pass/Fail Study Abroad Research Electives Be true to who you are to be broadly well-educated

18 Preparation – Co-curricular Experiences Internships/Externships Shadow ACTIVELY! Volunteer at a shelter. Make every experience count clinically. Show your commitment. Consult with your Gateway Advisor early and often! Extracurricular Activities demonstrate time management work in a hierarchy master communication exhibit collaboration provide evidence of sincere dedication ENHANCE don’t IMPEDE your academic record! Read about healthcare, health news. …be PASSIONATE! It is your LIFE!

19 Insightful Personal Essay (see space limitations at each Admissions Service) Use resources of the WA Program to your benefit! Make it perfectly error-free. Well-Honed Interview Skills Be articulate, maintain good eye contact and confident body posture! Practice! A lot! Read! Prepare! Some obvious topics? healthcare reform, euthanasia, HIV, Ebola, resistance to vaccination, emerging infectious diseases, obesity, cancer, aging, end of life issues. Others? Your favorite course, book, leisure activity. Be able to answer: “How has SOMETHING IN YOUR RECORD prepared you for a medical career?” Timely Application Submission/Turnaround With rolling admissions the later you apply, the more intense is competition for fewer available slots. Plan time to complete requests for secondary applications quickly!

20 Academic Integrity and Conduct HAVE INTEGRITY!!! Practice Principles of Intellectual Honesty; Make judicious choices in your behavior! Exhibit high personal standards of ethics— cheating, plagiarism, alcohol/drug violations, vandalism, etc. all compromise your character AND your HP application. Applications REQUIRE that the Dean report all disciplinary warning, action and/or conduct violations! Think before you ACT!

21 When Should You Apply? For most students, Spring/Summer of the SENIOR year is OPTIMAL. Why? Deeper experiences, enhanced maturity, great insight, stronger technical capabilities, competitive dossier of research, clinical internships/externships, and suitable extra- and co-curricular experiences….entering the HPAC application queue as a SENIOR means you will have a gap year prior to matriculating. If you plan to attend in the fall immediately upon graduation, you must commence application in Fall-Spring-Summer of your JUNIOR year. If you begin application as a junior, but reconsider to delay as a senior or beyond, your decision to re-activate and update your file in the next cycle in subject to all stated deadlines; check the website for forms! Choose the timeline that works best for YOU! >small group advising October/November >Greensheet solo advising January/February HPAC works with YOU when your package is ready!

22 Application Timeline for: -core coursework completed successfully -multiple competitive experiences in HP settings -recruit 3-5 recommenders in November 2014 to write for you -sit for solo “greensheet” advising January/February 2015 -submit completed Dean’s Clearance Form 1 February 2015 -submit completed Personal Information Form 1 March 2015 -submit completed Curriculum Vitae 1 March 2015 -arrange for all waivers/letters/disclosures by 1 March 2015 -interview on-campus with HPAC in April/May 2015 -submit List of HP Schools and waivers by 1 May 2015 -sit for MCAT by 1 May 2014 to have scores by 1 June 2015 -open application services begin ~4 June 2015 -2 ndary requests extended starting July 2015 (2-7 day return) -interview invitations August 2015 continuing to April 2016 -if successful attend school beginning August 2016 …and if NOT?!?!?!!?

23 …enter the GAP year (NOT a ‘year off’ by any measure) What to do??? Assess your portfolio REALISTICALLY. Enhance targeted clinical activities. Find innovative and compelling ways to broaden your experiences and raise your competitiveness among applicants! >delay your entry to HP school >enhance your portfolio and chance for admission With a gap year, you enter on-campus HPAC application cycles during your senior year or within the year following, not your junior year; you complete secondaries and interviews in the subsequent year! …But you STILL MUST meet on campus deadlines for submitting your materials so HPAC can work with you!

24 Components of a Successful Application Strong Admissions Test Score (MCAT, DAT, OAT, or VCAT/GRE), taken as early as possible when you are ready! Plan on 500 hours! Limited test dates and locations. Early registration reduces costs. TESTING FEES (scores reported 1-4 weeks): MCAT$300 DAT $385. OAT $270 GRE general$185 GRE subject test fees $150 APPLICATION FEES (verification 4-6 weeks): AMCAS$160+ $34 AACOMAS$195 + $35-50 ADEA AADSAS$244 + $90 OptomCAS $150 + 700 VMCAS$190 + $95

25 Not too soon to consider financing… Median cost for 4 years of HP school: $278,455 (private) or $207,868 (public) Median debt for 4 years of HP school: $174,000 Federal loans: 6.8-7.9% Undergraduate indebtedness: $29,400 Residency training salaries average $55,300 annually for 3+ years, so an added debt load of ~$30,000 yearly

26 Your Ongoing Obligations? 1) Study – Maintain your grades! 2) Be strategic (May & June) and prepared for your application test! 3) APPLY EARLY! APPLICATION PORTALS OPEN ~ 1 June 2015! 4) Get additional PRACTICAL experience over Interim 2014-2015; volunteering, externships, internships deadlines at CS is Halloween! Summer 2015 ONLY counts on 2 o applications! 5) Complete your undergraduate RESEARCH experience, with resultant product (poster, paper, etc.) by 1 June 2015. 6) Provide evidence of commitment through COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CO-CURRICULAR EXPERIENCES. Hone your people and social skills, leadership, teamwork, work ethic. 7) Have one or two specific backup plans! Be able to articulate them and meet reapplication deadlines!

27 All of us at Lafayette look forward to your success! We want to help further your career plans! Stay abreast of what is happening by visiting our web site: Register for and Attend HPAC events; BE PROACTIVE & TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER!!!

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