|Posted by Christina Hansen, President on January 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM|
Thanks to everyone who came to today's meeting about medical school admissions! Our guest speaker Brent Ross, who is the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, shared some helpful information about becoming a competitive applicant. Here's a quick recap of those tips:
- have a competitive GPA & MCAT score (underclassman, don't forget you'll be taking a new version of the MCAT starting in 2015!)
- get healthcare experience (shadow physicians so you can be confident about choosing a career in medicine)
- apply early (complete your application by early August to be eligible for October interviews, and give your AMCAS up to 8 weeks to process)
- get recommendations from faculty who are familiar with you as a person, both inside and out of the classroom
- be well-rounded by exploring athletics, music, volunteerism, leadership roles, etc. but not at the expense of your academics
- be well prepared for your interview (don't be late, expect questions about anything & everything on your application, be knowledgeable about the healthcare system in general and have opinions about current issues (Affordable Care Act, obesity epidemic, etc.)
Check out the Association of American Medical Colleges website www.aamc.org/students and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's website www.oumedicine.com/collegeofmedicine for more details about the admissions process and medical school in general.
Good luck to everyone applying to summer undergraduate research programs! Most of the deadlines are in early February, so make sure you get those applications submitted ASAP.
HUGE congratulations to several of our seniors who have been invited to interview for medical/graduate programs! Best of luck as you take this important and exciting step in your lives
Be sure to "like" the OCU SGA Senior King and Queen 2014 facebook page and support Tri-Beta's nominee, Josh Graham!
Our next meeting will be February 13 with Dr. Dean Dawson, a Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology researcher from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Click here to learn more about about him or here and here to read about his exciting research on cell division recently published in Science.