Pre-medical career pathway



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Program of Study

PRE-MEDICAL

CAREER PATHWAY

The following curriculum does not lead to an Associate in Arts Pre-Medical Degree. However, students could fulfill requirements for a Natural Sciences Degree by completing 18 units of science and math coursework to include a minimum of 2 Biological Sciences, 2 Physical Sciences and a math course beyond Intermediate Algebra.


Admission to medical school is highly competitive. Admittance is usually based primarily on the candidate’s academic achievement in a college program and performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Educational philosophies and goals, specific undergraduate course requirements, academic commitment beyond required course work, honors, extracurricular activities, leadership, application, essay, research, clinical experience, community service, volunteerism, and other qualifications for admission vary among the nation’s medical schools. However, they all stress the importance of a strong foundation in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry and physics.), highly developed competence in English communication skills, both written and spoken; capacity for quantitative thinking, represented by mastery of mathematics, and the scientific method; a foundation for an ever-increasing insight into human behavior, thought and aspiration, through study of man and his society, as revealed by a breadth of social sciences, fine arts and humanities. Knowledge of a modern foreign language, specifically Spanish is strongly recommended. Computer literacy is now very necessary for almost all medical schools. Many schools recommend computer science courses and require entering students to have a computer.
Medical schools do not require you to major in a particular field. It is possible to major in any one of a large number of disciplines, integrating the course requirements for medical school. In choosing an undergraduate major the student should give careful consideration to select a major area of study that interests them and that will provide a foundation necessary for the pursuit of an alternative career, if necessary. “Pre-Med” is not a major at the University for an Undergraduate Degree. While many successful applicants major in one of the natural sciences, a science major is NOT required for admission to medical school.
COMMON COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR MOST MEDICAL SCHOOLS

UNITS


BIOL

200

Principles of Biology

5

BIOL

201

Principles of Biology

5

BIOL

202

Molecular Biology/Genetics (highly recommended)

4













CHEM

111

General Chemistry

5

CHEM

112

General Chemistry

5

CHEM

205

Quantitative Analysis (highly recommended)

4













CHEM

211

Organic Chemistry

5

CHEM

212

Organic Chemistry

5













ENGL

100

Freshman Composition

4

ENGL

102

Freshman Composition & Literature

3













PHYS

101

General Physics

4

or PHYS

201

Engineering Physics

(4)

PHYS

102

General Physics

4

or PHYS

202

Engineering Physics

(4)



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Pre-Medical

Career Pathway



PRE-MEDICAL


ENGL

100

Freshman Composition

4

ENGL

102

Freshman Composition & Literature

3













PHYS

101

General Physics

4

or PHYS

201

Engineering Physics

(4)

PHYS

102

General Physics

4

or PHYS

202

Engineering Physics

(4)


Community college pre-med students who plan to transfer to a university need to complete the general education required of the transfer institution, complete the requirements of the undergraduate major and may complete the courses required by the medical school.

MATHEMATICS: Trends in medical education require the medical student to be adequately trained in mathematics. Almost all schools recommend one year of mathematics. Since calculus is recommended in several medical schools, and in some instances required, it is advantageous to complete one year of calculus or at least one semester of calculus. The second semester course may be math statistics or computer science, depending on the specific medical school requirement. Your undergraduate major will help further define your choice of mathematics requirements.
ELECTIVES: Additional science course work in biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, molecular biology, quantitative analysis chemistry and upper division biological science courses is considered part of the academic commitment beyond the minimum required course work. Spanish is strongly recommended and computer literacy is mandatory.
For more information concerning the above listed requirements at individual schools look up the specific medical school website. The following are ten from a multitude of medical school websites:
Harvard Medical School

www.hms.harvard.edu

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

www.hopkinsmedicine.org

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

www.llu.edu/llu/medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine



www.med.stanford.edu

U.C. Davis School of Medicine



www-med.ucdavis.edu

U.C. Irvine College of Medicine



www.med.uci.edu

U.C. Los Angeles Geffen School of Medicine



www.medstudent.ucla.edu

U.C. San Diego School of Medicine



http://medicine.ucsd.edu

U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine



www.som.ucsf.edu

U.S.C. Keck School of Medicine



www.usc.edu/schools/medicine
For further programming and more detailed information about specific medical school programs and requirements you are encouraged to consult The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR), published annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It is an excellent resource book to help students approach their goals realistically. Each medical school’s specific requirements are detailed in the MSAR. Copies may be purchased via the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) web site: www.aamc.org. Another recommended web site you may want to consider is The Princeton Online Review (www.review.com/medical/) which provides comprehensive information for researching the complexities of medical school admissions.




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THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Employment of physicians and surgeons will grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2010 due to the continued expansion of health career industries. The growing and aging population will drive overall growth in the demand for physician services. Future physicians may be more likely to work fewer hours, retire earlier, have lower earnings, or need to practice in under-served areas. Opportunities should be very good in rural and low-income areas, because some physicians find these areas unattractive due to lower earnings potential. Unlike their predecessors, newly trained physicians face radically different choices of where and how to practice. New physicians are much less likely to enter solo practice and more likely to take salaried jobs in group medical practices, clinics and integrated healthcare systems.


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