PRE-MEDICINE & PRE-HEALTH - Xavier University

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PRE-MEDICINE & PRE-HEALTH - Xavier University

MEDICAL SCHOOLAPPLICATION PROCESSThe following offers a pre-professional health checklist,which helps to guide Xavier students who are interested inentering medical school or pursuing careers in other professionalhealth care fields. For further details about this process, visitwww.xavier.edu/health-advising/Four-Year-Timeline.cfm.Freshman Year• Visit and register with the Director of Pre-ProfessionalHealth Advising.• Begin investigating potential health careers.• Develop strong study skills and maintain an excellent GPA.If needed, seek tutoring help to develop better studytechniques through Xavier’s Learning Assistance Center.• Participate in volunteer work, internships or employment inthe health field. Also be involved in extracurricular activitieswhich interest you.• Participate in Xavier University’s Pre-Med Society.• Do research: Read about health professions and talk withupper-class pre-med students.Sophomore Year• Research admission requirements for medical school andother health professions schools.• Devise a plan for intensive MCAT (or other admission test)preparation.• Meet with the pre-professional health director to discussyour program and plans.• Maintain an excellent and competitive GPA.• Consider participating in research.Junior Year• Continue admission test preparation.• Maintain an excellent and competitive GPA.• January: Turn in your autobiography to provide the HealthSciences Committee with your information that will be usedfor your letters of recommendation. Also submit your signedBuckley Amendment Waiver, waiving access to your letter ofrecommendation.• February: Register for admission tests.• March: Sign up for a mock interview with the HealthSciences Committee.• April: Take the MCAT (or another admission test).• May: Access online application services such as AMCAS,AADSAS, etc.• June: Complete and submit your applications.Senior Year• Begin receiving secondary applications, which must becompleted and returned promptly.• Request Health Sciences Committee letters ofrecommendation from the pre-professional health directoras schools ask for them.• Prepare for and participate in interviews with medical orother schools.• Decide which school you’ll attend, or regroup and plan fornext year’s application process.THE PROGRAMPre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, pre-optometryand other pre-health areas: While students cannot declareacademic majors in any of these areas, they can take advantageof comprehensive preparation for admission to professionalschools with the assistance of Xavier’s Health Sciences Committee,comprised of the pre-professional health advisor and facultyteaching the natural sciences.Pre-pharmacy major: Colleges of pharmacy require a minimumof two years of undergraduate study and include certain requiredcourses for admission. Xavier provides a curriculum that satisfiesthe minimum preparation for admission to most colleges ofpharmacy. Approximately half the courses taken by a prepharmacystudent are from biology, chemistry and physics.Students are advised to meet regularly with the pre-pharmacyadviser to be well-informed about all current prerequisites andprepared to apply for admission. If the required courses havebeen completed, Xavier students have the choice of applyingto a college of pharmacy after two years of study or afterearning a baccalaureate degree. For more information aboutthe pre-pharmacy major, visit www.xavier.edu/chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy.cfm.ADVISING SUPPORTAll Xavier students are assigned a faculty advisor in their academicmajor/area of study. To assist students to prepare for successfuladmission to their choice of health profession schools, Xavier alsoprovides specific advising through the Office of the Directorof Pre-Professional Health Advising. This office specializesin providing students with course selection, time managementtips, information about individual medical schools, MCATpreparation advice, and help with letters of recommendation andmock admission interviews. The office also can assist students infinding alternative careers in or out of medicine and ways to getexperience in health care settings.Xavier University’s Health Sciences Committee is comprisedof science faculty from biology, chemistry and physics whoare committed to encouraging student access and success inprofessional health careers. With the Director of Pre-ProfessionalHealth Advising, the committee works with students on theirpreparation for application to professional graduate healthprograms in important ways:u Writing a composite committee letter of recommendation forprofessional health schools.u Conducting a mandatory mock interview that helps prepare anapplicant for admission interviews.u Offering guidance on professional health and science-relatedgraduate programs and career options.CHOOSING A MAJORWhile medical schools do not require a specific major of theirapplicants, many pre-medical students at Xavier choose to majorin natural science, chemistry or biology because they are veryinterested in science and understand that one of these majorsalso provides a strong foundation for a variety of career options.According to the Association of American Medical College’sMedical School Admission Requirements: “Medical schools


ecognize the importance of a strong foundation in the naturalsciences—biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics—and most medical schools have established minimum courserequirements for admission. These courses usually represent aboutone-third of the credit hours needed for graduation. This approachdeliberately leaves room for applicants from a broad spectrum ofcollege majors.”It’s important to understand that “pre-med, pre-vet and predental”or similar programs are not majors; they instead signal thestudent’s career intention or goal. For this reason, Xavier studentsare advised to major in a discipline they enjoy, in which they willperform well and which may serve as a basis for further graduatework or employment if they choose not to apply to medical schoolor are not admitted.Meeting requirements: At Xavier, students are advised to atleast declare a minor in natural science if they choose a nonsciencemajor and hope to have a career in the medical field.This academic minor ensures that a student will be preparedwith at least the minimum prerequisite science courses necessaryfor most medical school admission. Medical school admissioncommittees value a breadth of educational experiences, andXavier’s liberal arts Core Curriculum allows students to takecourses in a wide variety of subject areas.As a rule, there are minimum requirements for each professionalhealth school, and a student must at least meet the minimalrequirements in coursework for the schools to which they apply.Xavier students are advised to exceed the minimum requirementssince admission to professional health schools is extremelycompetitive.Electives: Another important part of a student’s academicprogram is the choice of electives. Because professional schoolsvalue diversity and a broad liberal arts background in theirstudents, it’s helpful to balance science courses with study thatdevelops communication skills and broadens understanding ofhuman existence. Elective courses should also be challenging, sostudents should choose courses at the highest level for which theyare qualified. Participating in honors programs such as Xavier’sUniversity Scholars program is an excellent indicator of a student’sdesire for challenging learning experiences.Grade point average: Admission committees consider allgrades important, especially science grades. They are presumedto be indicators of ability, motivation, achievement and timemanagement skills, as well as predictors of student performancein more difficult professional programs ahead. As a generalguideline, the minimum grade point average (GPA) for a freshmanpre-medical or pre-dental student should be approximately 3.2 ona 4.0 scale. By junior year, the GPA should be at least a 3.6 for apre-med, and for a pre-dental student, at least a 3.2. In evaluatingapplicants’ grades, consideration is also given to the number anddifficulty of courses and to the consistency of a student’s grades.For more information, visit www.xavier.edu/health-advising/Academic-Expectations.cfm.MCAT: The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is astandardized test that measures aptitude and achievement inscience and other areas that are related to the study of medicine.Most medical schools require that students take the MCAT priorto admission.OUTCOMESXavier graduates are practicing in a range of fields of medicine,professional health care and related careers. For moreinformation about health careers and professions, visit www.xavier.edu/health-advising/Careers-in-Health-Care.cfm.Xavier graduates have been accepted to a wide range ofmedical and other professional health schools. Here is a sample.For more information, visit www.xavier.edu/health-advising/Alumni-Outcomes.cfm.• Boston University School of Medicine• Case Western Reserve University• Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine• College of Mount Saint Joseph (graduate physical therapy)• Creighton University• Duke University• Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School• Georgetown University• Indiana University (Schools of Medicine & Dentistry)• Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine• Loyola University Chicago• Medical College of Ohio, Toledo• Marquette University, College of Dentistry• Marshall University• Medical College of Georgia• Medical College of Wisconsin• Mercer University• Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine• New York College of Osteopathic Medicine• Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine• Northwestern University• Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine• Ohio State University (Schools of Medicine, Dentistry,Pharmacy, Optometry, Veterinary Sciences, and graduatephysical therapy)• Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine• Purdue University• Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine• State University of New York at Buffalo• St. Louis UniversityUniversity of Cincinnati (Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy,Physical Therapy and graduate nursing)• University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine• University of Iowa• University of Kentucky (Schools of Medicine, Pharmacyand Dentistry)• University of Louisville (Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)• University of Maryland• University of Missouri• University of Nebraska• University of Pennsylvania• University of Southern California, School of Optometry• University of Tennessee• University of Virginia• Washington University• Wayne State University• West Virginia University


SPECIAL PROGRAMSXavier students may apply to the XU Pre-Med Scholars Program if theyhave successfully completed at least one year of college (not advancedstanding) with a 3.0 or better cumulative and science GPA. Motivation for amedical career and maturity are also qualities of successful applicants to theXU Pre-Med Scholars Program. Applications and letter of recommendationforms are accepted on a continuous and rolling basis.A special admissions pathway into medical school is the University ofCincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM) program called ROSE (Research,Observation, Service, Education). ROSE is a program for Ohio residents inwhich students apply to UCCOM after the fall of their sophomore year ofcollege. High academic standards, both in GPA and MCAT expectations, plusthe extensive summer research and physician mentoring that are part of ROSE,make this a very desirable program.Another special admissions pathway into medical school is the MedicalUniversity of Ohio’s MEDStart Program, an early admission programdesigned to accept college students during the junior year of theirundergraduate education. This program allows students to enroll in theMedical College of Ohio’s School of Medicine program for the next academicyear, following completion of the four-year baccalaureate education. TheMedical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is not required for acceptance intothe MEDStart Program, but certain rigorous undergraduate and high schoolacademic criteria are required to qualify for application.Xavier hosts a national chapter (Ohio Kappa) of Alpha Epsilon Delta,the national pre-professional health honor society. Upperclassmen whodemonstrate exemplary service and scholarship in pre-professional healthstudies are invited to join. Students also may choose to participate in studentgovernedpre-med and pre-dental society clubs to engage in group serviceevents and other activities outside the classroom.CORE CURRICULUMThe foundation of Xavier’s success is its commitment to its Jesuit heritage.The Core Curriculum embodies Xavier’s mission and philosophy of educationand serves as a valuable foundation for all undergraduate students. Withinthe Core, the four-course Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Focus fostersstudents’ understanding of socially significant issues through study of thehumanities, especially literature, philosophy and theology, as well as the socialand natural sciences. Along with courses in their major, Xavier students alsotake Core courses in: cultural diversity, English composition, fine arts, foreignlanguage, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, science, social scienceand theology.XAVIER AT A GLANCEFounded in 1831, Xavier University is a JesuitCatholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, annuallyranked among the nation’s best universities.Its three colleges offer 85 undergraduate majors,54 minors and 11 graduate programs to 7,019total students, including 4,368 undergraduates.FOR MORE INFORMATIONOFFICE OF ADMISSIONPhone: 513-745-3301877-XUADMIT (982-3648)Fax: 513-745-4319Email:xuadmit@xavier.eduWeb:www.xavier.eduPRE-PROFESSIONAL HEALTH ADVISINGKara Rettig-Pfingstag, MA, DirectorPhone: 513-745-3691Email:rettigk@xavier.eduWeb:www.xavier.edu/health-advisingOn Campus: 105B Albers HallOffice of Admission3800 Victory ParkwayCincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131Xavier is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Information in this brochure is correct as of 8/11.

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