Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Allied Health Professions
Dr. Michael E. RhodesChair, Preprofessional Health CommitteePhone: 724-805-2360
The following statement by the American Association of Medical Colleges is directed to premedical students but is just as relevant to those interested in other health professions. The original statement may be found at the following link: (https://www.aamc.org/students/considering/gettingin).
How can I prepare myself academically for medical school?
You'll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Entrance requirements at most medical schools include completion of course work in biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and English.
But a liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician, so it's important for your college experience to be well-rounded. Taking courses in the humanities and the social sciences will help you prepare for the "people" side of medicine. The ideal physician understands how society works and can communicate and write well.
Extracurricular activities also are important. You may want to volunteer at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical health care experience.
For more information on building a strong foundation during your undergraduate years including academic preparation, extracurricular activities and personal attributes review Chapter 2 in the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) guide book. Learn more
How do I choose the right school for my premedical education?
Here are some questions to ask when you consider a college or university. Your career guidance counselor or science teacher can help you find the answers. You also should consult the many college guidebooks found in your school's guidance office, local libraries, and bookstores.