Presentation on theme: "The Health Career Experience and Advising at Dartmouth"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Health Career Experience and Advising at Dartmouth The Nathan Smith SocietyVeterinary MedicineDental MedicinePublic & Global Health
2 SpeakersLee Witters MD, Faculty Advisor, Health Professions Program & Nathan Smith Society; Professor, Biology/Medicine/BiochemistrySarah Berger, Health Professions Program AdvisorCarl Thum, Academic Skills CenterAnother Key PersonAnnette Hamilton, Health Professions Program Administrative CoordinatorAnd Some Other Very Special PeopleTeaching Science FellowsFaculty/students representing dental & veterinary medicinePre-health mentors from the Class of 2015
3 Where is Pre-Health Advising at Dartmouth? TwoConvenientLocationsSarah BergerStudent Academic Support Center, Carson/BerryWeekly walk-in office hours (posted on NSS web site)
4 Weekly walk-in office hours (posted on NSS web site) Where is Pre-HealthAdvising at Dartmouth?Enter Here & CheckThe ElectronicMap!TwoConvenientLocationsDr. Lee Witters122 LSCWeekly walk-in office hours (posted on NSS web site)
5 A “To-Do” ListJoin the listserv of the Nathan Smith Society one of two ways:Sign sheets on clipboards being passed aroundBlitz
6 A “To-Do” ListJoin the listserv of the Nathan Smith Society one of two ways:Sign sheets on clipboards being passed aroundBlitzVisit NSS web site (www.dartmouth.edu/~nss) and check out the ‘Getting Started’ menu
8 “Hints” #1 & #21. 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!
9 “Hints” #3 & #43. 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.
10 Hint #55. 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 isgreater?
11 Hint #66. 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”
12 “Should I ease into a college science-based curriculum or not? Hint #77. 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?Writing/English (2 courses required)First Year SeminarWriting 5; Writing 2/3Consider other courses that emphasize writing and critical analysis of writingChemistryCourse?BiologyCourse?MathCourse?PhysicsCourse??More thanone of above?None of theabove
13 Take a Math course if needed for beginning chemistry sequence! Math OptionsGeneral requirement: Two math courses (calculus, statistics)Have Math 3Credit?Math 3IntroductionTo CalculusORMath 8Variable CalculusMath 1/2CalculusWith Algebra(by invitation)Statistics(Math 10; others)Take a Math course if needed for beginning chemistry sequence!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!
14 Professor Siobhan Milde Chemistry OptionsGeneral requirement: Two terms general chemistry with lab;Two terms organic chemistry with lab; one term biochemistryChemistry 2QuantitativeReasoningin Chemistry(by invitation orrequest)EnterProfessor Siobhan MildeChemistry 5General Chemistry(Second term is Chem 6)Math 3(or Math 3 credit)Pre-ReqChem 5 also available in winter term (Chem 6 in fall & spring)Chem 10 (by exam) “counts” for 2-term general chem requirementCompletion ofChemistry 6 or 10in fall termChemistry 57/58(Honors)in winter/spring termsPre-Req
15 Introductory Physics I Introductory Physics II Physics OptionsGeneral requirement: Two physics courses (with labs)Many pre-health students defer physics till later, since it is not a pre-requisite for other required pre-health coursesMath 3 and 8Pre-requisite(or concurrent Math 8)Math 3Pre-RequisitePhysics 3General Physics IPhysics 13Introductory Physics IPhysics 4General Physics IIOffered winter &spring termsPhysics 14Introductory Physics IIOffered winter &spring termsUsually taken by intended physics/math/chem/engineering majors or with strong background in physics & math
16 Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Biology OptionsMinimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labsBiology 11The Science of Life(no lab)Biology 2Human BiologyLab CoursesFoundation ClassesBiology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology)** More are strongly recommended
17 Biology Options Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs The Science of Life(no lab)Fall offering(Cooperation & Conflict AcrossBiological Systems)Spring Offering(Emerging Infectious Diseases)Lab CoursesFoundation ClassesBiology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology)** More are strongly recommended
18 Biology Options Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Human Biology(no lab)Fall OfferingWant backgroundin human biology to orientyour other studies?Uncertain about rigor of collegescience courses?Testing your interest in healthor biology?Lab CoursesFoundation ClassesBiology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology)** More are strongly recommended
19 Minimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labs Biology OptionsMinimum** required: 2 Biology courses with labsHow to Decide?Canvas (under ‘My Courses): Advising Test Results + Academic indices (SAT (verbal + math))+ AP test scoresStrength of your background in Chemistry & BiologyUncertainties about interest in pre-health or hesitancy about college science coursesTalking to an advisorBiology 11The Science of Life(no lab)Biology 2Human BiologyLab CoursesFoundation ClassesBiology 12 (Cell Biology) Biology 13 (Genetics) Biology 15 (Microevolution) Biology 16 (Ecology)** More are strongly recommended
22 How Do I Decide Which Classes to Take? 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 minutesHPP offices (Student Academic Support Center; LSC) weekly (hours to be ed & as posted on home page of Nathan Smith Society)CEM 5Many combinations possible (only some shown)!
23 Hint #88. Get to know your professors (as mentors & future letter writers)USE OFFICE HOURS!
24 Hint #99. 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.
25 Hint #1010. 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.
26 Elements of a Successful Application to Medical/Vet/Dental School Courses (GPA, Science GPA)MCAT DAT GRELetters of EvaluationExtracurricular ExperiencesPersonal & Professional CharacteristicsSkills & AbilitiesClinical ExposureAltruistic ServiceScholarly Activity(outside classroom)
27 Intellectual curiosity Empathy Altruistic service Active listener Evaluating Beyond Grades,MCAT/DAT/GRE Scores and Prior Experiences in HealthSkills & AbilitiesPersonal & Professional CharacteristicsResiliencyIntegrity/JudgmentAdaptabilityPersistenceMotivationIntellectual curiosityEmpathyAltruistic serviceActive listenerProblem solverCommunicator (oral, written)Critical thinkerMultilingual
28 Nathan Smith Society Events Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer Terms 2013-14 A Sampling DHMC /VA Shadowing ProgramCommunity Veterinary Shadowing ProgramCommunity Dental Shadowing ProgramDartmouth Ears (a patient visiting program at DHMC/VA)Dartmouth-Geisel Ethics Discussion GroupDartmouth Cancer ScholarsSymposium 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 NightDC/Geisel NightsNSS Research Opportunities DatabaseMD/PhD, MD/MBA, MPH programs
29 Dental & Veterinary Contacts at Dartmouth DentistryDr. Robert Keene orRyan Lisann 15Elisabeth Schricker 17Veterinary MedicineSuzanne Rosen 15Angela Jin 15
30 Pre-Health Mentor Corps Stephanie Chavez 14Sara Heard 15Max Jentzsch 15Rachael Williams 15