Pre-Medical

Pre-Medical

Meet With Your Counselor

Kristen Anderson

Pre-Health Counselor

Pre-Medical, Pre-Podiatry

Email: kristen.anderson@uvu.edu

Kristen Anderson

Chad Ostler

Assistant Director

First year Pre-Med & Pre-Dental

Email: ostlerch@uvu.edu

Chad Ostler

 

Academic Requirements

Medical schools determine their own individual requirements. It is your responsibility to research the specific requirements for each school you are interested in applying to.

Most schools commonly look for classes in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Math
  • Zoology

It is important that you stay in touch with your Pre-Health counselor to guide you in which courses to take.

Admission Test

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized exam designed to assess your problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles. Many medical schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than 3 years old. Be sure to have completed all MCAT prerequisite courses, and only take the MCAT when you are ready.

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Letters of Recommendation

Excellent letters of recommendation are essential part of your application. The best letters come from people who have spent time with you and have gotten to know you well. The number and type of letters vary from one medical school to the next.

You should ask individuals who can objectively assess things such as: Academic Ability, Maturity, Team Work, Compassion, Leadership, and Communication skills. You should avoid asking family members, clergy/bishops, and lab instructors. If you do not think someone will write you a strong letter of recommendation, do no ask them for one. A bad letter can kill your application even if the rest are stellar.

UVU uses a letter service called veCollect which allows you to send all LOR’s electronically to your chosen schools. Your veCollect account only goes from February-January (one year), it will then be deleted from the system. If you would like to re-use your same letters you will need to re-create an account and the letter records before we can upload them. For further questions about this process you can either call or email our office.

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veCollect Instructions veCollect
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Extracurricular

It is extremely important to be involved in activities outside of the classroom in order to be competitive for admission into medical school. Preparing to apply to medical school is not about checking boxes. Medical schools care more about what you learned from your experiences than what you actually did.

You can achieve this through:

  • Community/Volunteer Service
  • Leadership
  • Patient Contact
  • Research
  • Shadowing

Personal Statement

The personal statement is a personal essay explaining your motivation to seek a career in medicine. Use personal experiences to illustrate the characteristics you possess, things that have done to prepare, and reasons you want to be a physician. This is your time to describe who you are, what makes you unique, and why they should pick you.

Application

Most medical schools have rolling admissions. Offers for interviews and admission are made throughout the application cycle, the longer you wait to apply the fewer seats you will be applying for. Applying early is important, but does not make up for a poorly prepared application, apply when your application is ready. The following are links to the online service systems used to apply to MD, DO, and Texas schools.

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AMCAS AACOMAS TMDSAS
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