Pre-health advising occurs on multiple levels and serves students’ needs by providing medical-career counseling services and other tools for success. Faculty members are available to assess students’ overall preparedness, including grades and internship or volunteer experience. Faculty give students feedback, help them with personal statements and refer them to career counseling if necessary.

Josh Quinn, medical careers coordinator, meets with students individually and in groups. Please make sure to contact Josh if you have an interest pursuing any health career. Less formal advising comes in the form of peer-to-peer advising: upperclassman who are members of the Pre-health Society, a student-run organization, meet with underclassmen to provide advice and support. In addition, the Society arranges for alumni in healthcare fields to meet with current students. They also coordinate visits from graduate-school admissions representatives and arrange trips to graduate schools for information sessions. David Gibson ’17 is president of the Pre-health Society, Kristin Sheetz ’16 serves as secretary, and Bar Hass ’16 is the events coordinator. This fall, the Pre-Health Society has many exciting events planned. The GWU School of Nursing will give a presentation on September 25 at R-MC. In addition, Pre-health Society members will visit the VCU School of Medicine on September 27.

Interested in pursuing a health career? The chart below gives an overview of the steps you should take. Contact Jim Foster (jfoster@rmc.edu) or Josh Quinn (joshuaquinn@rmc.edu) for more information.

Health Professions Process

First Year

  1. Express interest in a Health Career to the Medical Careers Coordinator
  2. Complete Focus 2 Assessment to reaffirm interest
  3. Attend medical career interest meeting and join pre-health society
  4. Take at least 2 science courses, keeping in mind chemistry pre-requisites must be taken in sequence, and talk to an academic advisor
  5. Consider taking EMT course
  6. Develop a plan to complete most pre-requisites by end of junior year
  7. Get Health Care experience over the summer
  8. Research and consider health career options and professional schools

Sophomore

  1. Meet with Medical Career Coordinator to review first year
  2. Take at least 2 science courses, organic chemistry or physics highly recommended for certain tracks
  3. Research professional schools and review specific pre-requisites
  4. Consider SURF, internship, or other summer opportunities
  5. Get more Health Care experience over the summer

Junior

  1. Meet with Medical Careers Coordinator to review sophomore year
  2. Complete pre-requisites course work, if possible
  3. Prepare for the Admission Test multiple practice tests are a must!
  4. Meet with R-MC PMAC in the spring semester (medical and dental school)
  5. Take the Admissions Test, make sure you are ready before taking it
  6. Complete Central Application (e.g., AMCAS, AADSAS, PTCAS)

Senior

  1. Meet with Med Career Coordinator to review junior year
  2. Complete required course work 
  3. Complete Secondary Applications as necessary
  4. Follow up on Committee and other Required Letters
  5. Schedule interviews as offered, if applicable, conduct simulated interviews through Edge Program
  6. Wait to hear back about admissions (don’t stress, this can be a long wait)
  7. Consider options for a bridge year to improve your application and apply in the next cycle, or choose your school and prepare to matriculate into Professional School!