Thinking of a career in medicine or the health professions?
Resources for pre-health professions at Connecticut College:
- The comprehensive Connecticut College Health Professions Handbook, a regularly updated Moodle site for current Connecticut College students.
- Check out The Student Doctor Network, a superb resource for those aspiring to a medical profession.
- For pre-health career advising and to learn of opportunities for gaining experience in a health care setting, current Connecticut College students may subscribe to the pre-health professions listserv. You'll receive emails from the official campus pre-health adviser Page Owen and Lori Balantic, both members in the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).
- Learn about the College's OVCS (Office of Volunteers for Community Service) student-run pre-health programs such as the Backus Hospital Practicum and Paramedic Internship Program.
- Visit the Connecticut College Pre-Health Club Facebook page.
- Look into EMT classes given on campus each semester by Connecticut College EMS.
- Find out where applicants with MCATs and grades similar to yours have been accepted and check out the performance of applicants from undergraduate schools you're considering at MDApplicants.com.
What qualities and background do medical schools look for in a candidate?
A science major is not a prerequisite for medical school, and you should not major in science simply because you believe this will increase your chances for acceptance.
Medical schools are most concerned with the overall quality and scope of your undergraduate work. The schools also recognize the desirability of including students in medical school classes who have a broad variety of interests and backgrounds. While there is some variation at the national level in the acceptance rates of applicants from different major fields of study in liberal arts programs, those majoring in certain areas of the humanities fared as well or better than science majors in gaining acceptance.
Medical schools want students with a high level of scholastic achievement and intellectual potential. This is measured by college grades, particularly science grades; recommendations from undergraduate faculty, including pre-medical advisers; MCAT scores; and interview assessments.
It is also important for you to demonstrate an understanding of course content in ways other than by grades achieved. This can be demonstrated by independent research and special projects.
Medical schools look for superior personal attributes: integrity, responsibility, leadership, social maturity, curiosity, common sense, perseverance, breadth of interest and motivation. These can be shown by having an experience in a health care setting (clinical), talking with health professionals, reading literature, performing community service and gaining exposure to research at the undergraduate level.