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AMSA General Meeting (10/21)

Keynote Speaker: Charles Scruggs (HPAC)
What is Pre-Health?

Path to going on to professional school

Not typically a major

Nowhere else you can go with that “major”

Health Career Tracks

Optometry, Veterinary, PA, Dentistry, etc.

Many of them require the same types of prerequisites

Health Administrator

Business aspect of it (CEO or President of health related organizations)

There are many other things to consider when choosing why you would want to be a doctor (besides “helping people”)

Annually

150 UCR students apply to Med School

50 are accepted

24/50 accepted to Haider Program

150 apply to Pharmacy school

80-85 are accepted

40-60 apply to dental school

20-25 are accepted

*Similar for other health professions

Competitive Pre-Health Applicant

Academic Preparation

Extra-curricular activities

Personal characteristics

 

Q: Let’s say someone did average in Chemistry; Is it possible to take higher level chemistry courses and do better rather than retake the same course?

A: Yes, that will average in and schools will see that you improved. It is better to take higher level classes and do well rather than retake the class and not get an A.

 

Most health professional schools do NOT accept AP credit.

Health professional programs require a C grade or above (Although C- is passing in UCR)

Average GPA’s

Medicine-3.6

Dentistry-3.5

Pharmacy-3.4

Others-At least 3.4

 

Get Involved

Clinical (VERY important!)

Volunteering

Research

Leadership

Honors

Tutoring/Teaching

Personal Characteristics

Integrity

Social Skills

Teamwork

Communication

Reliability

etc.

 

Find Support

Surround yourself with positive organizations, peers, and advisors that you can lean on

Website to check out for more information on medical careers:

explorehealthcareers.org

 

HPAC Services

Information, information, information

Individual/small group advising

Speakers

Opportunities

Student Resource Room

PEER MENTORS

etc.

Contact:

www.hpac.ucr.edu

Peer Mentor: 1114 Pierce Hall

Email: hpac@ucr.edu

Author: Palak Parwal