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Pre-Health Professions Advising Program

Academic Planning

 

Timeline for Post-Bac Applicants

This timeline is intended for post-bac students who are planning to matriculate into a medical program in 18 month’s time.  This is usually at the beginning of the semester prior to the application and standardized testing summer.

 

18 months prior to matriculation

 

October

Request letters of recommendation from faculty members and co-curricular educators using the Request for Letter of Recommendation (LOR) form.

 

Register to take the required admissions test as early as you are able so that you can be assured of taking the test on the date and in the testing center of your choice   LINK: Admissions Test Info

     

November

Begin to work on your Personal Information Form (PIF) in preparation for your Pre-Health Professions Committee interview. It is due February 15th.

 

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Begin to work on your application essay.  Remember that this is an extremely iimportant part of the application and should be prepared and proofed with great care.

     

December

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Register for an MCAT subject review course, if you are taking one.

     

January

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Begin to seriously study for the MCAT. Some sources suggest that a minimum of 20 - 30 hours should be set aside for this purpose each week. Take as many full-length practice tests as you are able.

 

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Contact the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office (LINK) to verify that recommendation letters have been received. If they have not, make appropriate contacts.

 

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Send your letter writers hand-written thank you notes once your letters are received..

 

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Request a credit report for financial aid purposes.

     

February

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If you are in need of a fee assistance program, all necessary documentation should be sent as early as allowable.

 

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Continue to study for the MCAT and take practice tests.

     

March

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Verify that all of your letters of recommendation have been received in the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office and that each letter is accompanied by a signed LOR request form.

 

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Continue to study for the MCAT and take practice tests.

 

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Obtain a copy of your transcript from the Registrar's Office at Messiah and every other institution where you have taken courses. Verify that they are correct.

 

 

 

 

 

April

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Attend at least one mock interview and/or interview workshop offered through the Messiah College Career Center.

 

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Schedule your Pre-Health Professions Committee Letter of Recommendation Interview .

     

May

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Arrange with the registrar to have copies of your Messiah transcript sent to the medical programs to which you are applying as soon as all grades are recorded (and verified by you).

 

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Carefully research application procedures.  Some schools do not participate in centralized application services, like AADSAS, AMCAS, etc..

 

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Work on your program application so that it will be ready to mail as early as is allowable.

     

June

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Submit your applications as soon as is allowable. Timing is vital due to rolling admissions policies.

 

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Continue to read and prepare yourself for possible interviews.

 

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Check your Messiah e-mail daily.

     

July/August

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Fill out secondary applications within two weeks of receiving them.
If you do not hear from the school to which you have sent your secondary materials within one month, contact the school to verify that they have been received.

 

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Contact Martha Smith to let her know the schools that have requested secondary applications and e-mail Martha and Cindi Tomes a list of complete and correct addresses to which you want your committee letter of recommendation sent.



12 months prior to matriculation

 

Sept. - May

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Notify Martha Smith about scheduled interviews.

 

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If you are fortunate enough to be accepted at more than one medical school,  make your choice and let the other schools know as soon as possible so that they can offer your seat to another applicant.

 

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Try not to be discouraged if you don't receive an acceptance early in the year. While acceptance letters may arrive as early as mid-October, they may arrive as late as the week or two after the start of school to replace dropouts (usually from an Alternate List).

 

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If you are not accepted into medical school, please see Martha Smith. The average age of an incoming medical student is 26. If you really want to be a doctor, careful planning in the next year or so should improve your chances considerably.

 

 

Guidelines for Securing a Pre-Health Professions Advising