Presentation on theme: "The Nathan Smith Society Veterinary MedicineDental MedicinePublic & Global Health The Health Career Experience and Advising at Dartmouth."— Presentation transcript:
The Nathan Smith Society Veterinary MedicineDental MedicinePublic & Global Health The Health Career Experience and Advising at Dartmouth
Speakers Lee Witters MD, Faculty Advisor, Health Professions Program & Nathan Smith Society; Professor, Biology/Medicine/Biochemistry Sarah Berger, Health Professions Program Advisor Carl Thum, Academic Skills Center Another Key Person Annette Hamilton, Health Professions Program Administrative Coordinator And Some Other Very Special People Teaching Science Fellows Faculty/students representing dental & veterinary medicine Pre-health mentors from the Class of 2015
Sarah Berger Student Academic Support Center, Carson/Berry Weekly walk-in office hours (posted on NSS web site) Two Convenient Locations Where is Pre-Health Advising at Dartmouth?
Where is Pre-Health Advising at Dartmouth? Enter Here & Check The Electronic Map! Dr. Lee Witters 122 LSC Weekly walk-in office hours (posted on NSS web site) Two Convenient Locations
A “To-Do” List Join the listserv of the Nathan Smith Society one of two ways: 1.Sign sheets on clipboards being passed around 2.Blitz
A “To-Do” List Join the listserv of the Nathan Smith Society one of two ways: 1.Sign sheets on clipboards being passed around 2.Blitz Visit NSS web site (www.dartmouth.edu/~nss) and check out the ‘Getting Started’ menuwww.dartmouth.edu/~nss
Ten “Helpful Hints”
“Hints” #1 & #2 “Hints” #1 & #2 1. This is a challenging and time-consuming curriculum. You will need to develop new strategies and continually reassess (and maybe regroup). Everyone’s pace and track is different! 2. Be pre-emptive; don’t sit back and wait to “see how you are doing”. Utilize course resources, the Academic Skills Center and knowledgeable advisors. Plan your path carefully!
“Hints” #3 & #4 “Hints” #3 & #4 3. Learn to reflect periodically on the experiences you are having in and out of the classroom, the growth you are experiencing and your sense of purpose and motivation 4. You are not alone in this! There is a large pre-health community of other students and alumni, who are traveling (or have traveled) this same road, to help you.
Hint #5 5. Most Dartmouth students initiate application to med/vet/dental school at end of senior year or as alums, rather than spring of junior year, creating one or more “gap years”. EVERYONE SHOULD CONSIDER THIS OPTION TO SEE WHAT IMPACT THIS WOULD HAVE ON YOUR DARTMOUTH EXPERIENCE (examples: course flexibility, FSP/LSA, curricular/major options, avoiding “doubling up”, building your credentials, athletics)! Later is greater?
Hint #6 6. Dartmouth does not have a specific pre-med or pre- health curriculum. Major in what you enjoy and are interested in, but bear in mind that you must be able to demonstrate scientific aptitude and excellence. A wide experience in the humanities and social sciences is a real asset to a health career, as well. Not “premed”
Hint #7 7. Choose your first year courses (and especially your fall term courses) carefully with the advice of someone familiar with you, the courses and with the pre-health requirements. “Should I ease into a college science-based curriculum or not? Math Course? Chemistry Course? Biology Course? ?More than one of above ?None of the above Physics Course? Writing/English (2 courses required) First Year Seminar Writing 5; Writing 2/3 Consider other courses that emphasize writing and critical analysis of writing
Math Options General requirement: Two math courses (calculus, statistics) Math 3 Introduction To Calculus OR Math 8 Variable Calculus Math 1/2 Calculus With Algebra (by invitation) Statistics (Math 10; others) Take a Math course if needed for beginning chemistry sequence! Have Math 3 Credit? If you have Math 3 or 8 credit and are invited to enroll in a higher level Math class, you don’t “have” to do that!
Chemistry Options General requirement: Two terms general chemistry with lab; Two terms organic chemistry with lab; one term biochemistry Chemistry 5 General Chemistry (Second term is Chem 6) Chem 5 also available in winter term (Chem 6 in fall & spring) Math 3 (or Math 3 credit) Pre-Req Chem 10 (by exam) “ counts ” for 2-term general chem requirement Completion of Chemistry 6 or 10 in fall term Chemistry 57/58 (Honors) in winter/spring terms Pre-Req Chemistry 2 Quantitative Reasoning in Chemistry (by invitation or request) Enter Professor Siobhan Milde
Physics Options General requirement: Two physics courses (with labs) Physics 3 General Physics I Physics 4 General Physics II Offered winter & spring terms Math 3 Pre-Requisite Physics 13 Introductory Physics I Physics 14 Introductory Physics II Offered winter & spring terms Usually taken by intended physics/math/chem/engineering majors or with strong background in physics & math Many pre-health students defer physics till later, since it is not a pre- requisite for other required pre-health courses Math 3 and 8 Pre-requisite (or concurrent Math 8)
Biology Options Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Lab Courses Foundation Classes Biology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology) ** More are strongly recommended Biology 11 The Science of Life (no lab) Biology 2 Human Biology (no lab)
Biology Options Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Lab Courses Foundation Classes Biology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology) ** More are strongly recommended Biology 11 The Science of Life (no lab) Fall offering (Cooperation & Conflict Across Biological Systems) Spring Offering (Emerging Infectious Diseases)
Biology Options Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Lab Courses Foundation Classes Biology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology) Biology 2 Human Biology (no lab) Fall Offering Want background in human biology to orient your other studies? Uncertain about rigor of college science courses? Testing your interest in health or biology? ** More are strongly recommended
Biology Options Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Lab Courses Foundation Classes Biology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology) ** More are strongly recommended Biology 11 The Science of Life (no lab) Biology 2 Human Biology (no lab) How to Decide? Canvas (under ‘My Courses): Advising Test Results + Academic indices (SAT (verbal + math))+ AP test scores Strength of your background in Chemistry & Biology Uncertainties about interest in pre-health or hesitancy about college science courses Talking to an advisor
How Do I Decide Which Classes to Take? CEM 5 Many combinations possible (only some shown)! Have a conversation about YOU and your specific goals, aspirations and scholastic background with a knowledgeable advisor before committing to a specific class schedule and keep on talking to knowledgeable advisors as you proceed through Dartmouth! Walk-in D-plan help Friday, Sept 12, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; 125 Haldeman; new group every 30 minutes HPP offices (Student Academic Support Center; LSC) weekly (hours to be ed & as posted on home page of Nathan Smith Society)
Hint #8 8. Get to know your professors (as mentors & future letter writers) USE OFFICE HOURS!
Hint #9 9. Learn to write well! The process of med/vet/dental school application will emphasize your verbal reasoning skills and ability to write well-structured and reasoned essays (MCAT; applications to schools). In addition to working with professors, use the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWiT) whenever you have the opportunity.
Hint # Participate in extracurricular activities that abut on the health care profession and service to society; sustain your involvement, so that your humanity, creativity and impact are evident.
Courses (GPA, Science GPA) MCAT DAT GRE Extracurricular Experiences Letters of Evaluation Personal & Professional Characteristics Skills & Abilities Clinical Exposure Altruistic Service Scholarly Activity (outside classroom) Elements of a Successful Application to Medical/Vet/Dental School
Evaluating Beyond Grades,MCAT/DAT/GRE Scores and Prior Experiences in Health Active listener Problem solver Communicator (oral, written) Critical thinker Multilingual Resiliency Integrity/Judgment Adaptability Persistence Motivation Intellectual curiosity Empathy Altruistic service Skills & AbilitiesPersonal & Professional Characteristics
Nathan Smith Society Events Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Terms A Sampling DHMC /VA Shadowing Program Community Veterinary Shadowing Program Community Dental Shadowing Program Dartmouth Ears (a patient visiting program at DHMC/VA) Dartmouth-Geisel Ethics Discussion Group Dartmouth Cancer Scholars Symposium on Gender Inequity in Health with Geisel Physicians for Human Rights ‘Dinner with a Doc/Vet/Dentist’ Program ‘Take a Med Student to Lunch’ Mentoring Program “Mock Admissions” Paying for Medical School (Geisel Financial Aid office) Senior Night DC/Geisel Nights NSS Research Opportunities Database MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MPH programs
Dental & Veterinary Contacts at Dartmouth Dentistry –Dr. Robert Keene or –Ryan Lisann 15 –Elisabeth Schricker 17 Veterinary Medicine –Suzanne Rosen 15 –Angela Jin 15
Pre-Health Mentor Corps Stephanie Chavez 14 Sara Heard 15 Rachael Williams 15 Max Jentzsch 15