resources for medical school
and school for other health professions
Resources to start you thinking • Medical school • Dental school • Veterinary school
Resources to start you thinking
Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
These summer programs, intended for low-income or underrepresented college freshmen and sophomores, introduce students to what medical or dental school might be like. All those accepted receive housing, a living stipend, and transportation to the site (there are many around the country to choose from). http://www.smdep.org/
A free online health careers resource for students and advisors
This website can help you decide if a health career is right for you. In includes a page of questions to help you decide if health careers are a good fit for your interests and personality, as well as preparation timelines for dental, medical, veterinary, optometry, and podiatric schools. There are also search pages for research and learning opportunities (e.g., summer programs similar to the one described above), medical schools and other post-graduate programs, and funding for those programs. http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/
American Medical Association’s Med School page
Medical School and Residency: Research graduate and medical education programs, access educational resources about becoming a physician and get tools to help guide your career path.
When it comes to the practice of medicine in the United States, you can’t get more authoritative than the American Medical Association. This site features information about various health careers and the required licensure. There are also links to articles, subscriptions to free e-newsletters, and, best of all, a link to FREIDA, a complete database of accredited medical schools.
Medically inspired is a Global non-profit organization dedicated to premed students. We have made it our goal to make the premed years as trouble-free as possible.
Sign up for the free membership in order to gain access to a newsletter, advice, and links.
Medical Student’s Resource Guide
This website has so much information! As you can probably guess by its subtitle, this site is a resource for those already in medical school as much as it is for those looking to apply. However, there are plenty of resources for both groups of people (and reading the information for those already in school will give you a sense of what it might be like).
There are two separate sets of links: The left sidebar links to information on the subjects of student loans, essay editing, test prep, financial aid, and medical schools. Scroll down the middle section of the page to find links to the Medical School Forum and information about medical student finances, USMLE, medical careers, and premed resources. You can also find information about the pros and cons of Caribbean medical schools.
most useful links for current undergraduates are probably “Medical
School Admissions” and
“Medical School Search: Are your MCAT
scores competitive?” The latter, if you enter your MCAT
you an alphabetical list of programs with color-coding for
competitive”, and “less competitive”,
which might give
you a vague sense (just based on this one factor--it’s by no
foolproof) of how easily you might get in to each program (click on
get the school averages).
Official Website of MCAT: the Medical College Admission Test
This test is essential for admission to medical school. It has four sections (Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences) and 22 testing dates per year. Starting in January 2007, all MCAT tests will be computerized. The scores are valid for three years. This website has one test’s worth of free practice questions, and additional practice tests for $40 each (or several with an $80 membership). You can also register for the official test online.
Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
This service enables you to apply to multiple medical schools with just one application. It is expensive, but most medical schools in the United States require you to use it, and a fee waiver is available (which, if awarded, would reduce the cost of the MCAT, as well).
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
This site provides a similar application service for schools with a more holistic (and still scientific) approach to medicine. For more details about what osteopathic medicine entails, and how to use their application service, see their website:
For further information on applying to medical school, contact Dr. Dale Pederson in the Biology department (email@example.com), sign up for an appointment to talk to Dixie in the URGO office, and/or stop by to browse the book Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR™), which is an essential resource for the process.
Dental Education Association
Use this website to learn all about dental school. The link “Student Applicant and Advisory Information” in the center frame is especially helpful. You can also use the application on this site to apply to most dental schools.
Admission Test (DAT)
Dentistry has its own standardized test, required for admission all U.S. dental schools. It attempts to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability, and is available in computerized form almost every day of the year. Students should have taken at least one year of biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry before taking the test, in order to do well on the Natural Sciences section (90 minutes). The other three sections are as follows: Perceptual Ability (60 minutes), Reading Comprehension (60 minutes), and Quantitative Reasoning (45 minutes). Please see the website for more details and to register.
of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
This website is a comprehensive resource for veterinary school. You can use it to both research and apply to schools. (The site links to VMCAS, one application that can be used to apply to multiple schools—a great time saver.) But be careful when navigating this site! Clicking on the links in the left sidebar provides different results than hovering over those same links, and both methods provide important information. Explore thoroughly! And check the application requirements for each school. Most of them require the GRE (and some the GRE bio subject test), but some will accept the MCAT instead.