Beginning Your Pre-Health Career
Submitting your application to medical or dental school is just the end of a long road. Successful applicants begin in the first and second semesters to lay the foundations of a strong application. Visit this site often to know what you can do NOW to make your future happen.
A Pre-Med Student's Guide to Medical School
General Pre-Health Orientation
2017-2018 Pre-Health Mentors
The Road Not Taken
Physical Therapy Experience
Current Course Requirements
Know The Process!
Undergraduate Student Research
Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory (CHE1047L)
Pre-Health Information Booklet
Click here for a year-by-year graph timeline for preparing for medical school.
General Pre-Health Orientation: This PP presentation from the General Orientation in September 2015 will provide an overview for students thinking of or starting the pre-health track (medical, dental, or any allied health program.) It is crucial to begin as underclassman to lay a solid foundation for your application.
Pre-Health Peer Mentors are upperclassmen completing the application process who were specially chosen by the Pre-Health Office to assist underclassmen on a variety of issues, including course selection, MCAT and DAT prep, extracurricular activities and other topics. They are a valuable resource, so please feel free to contact them via the emails listed below.
Be sure to sign up for the YU Pre-Health Listserve to stay current on all events and other important information. Email your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
Your Options: MD and DDS are not the only roads you can take. Speak with the Pre-Health Advisor about your options, such as Pharmacy, Optometry, Physician's Assistant, and Physical Therapist. Click here for more information on each of these careers and more.
When planning your next semester, please consult these current course requirements:
Click here for student abstracts on the most up-to-date research being conducted at Yeshiva.
YU has many joint programs with local universities, including Optometry at SUNY College of Optometry and Physical Therapy with New Jersey Medical College. For more information, visit http://yu.edu/yeshiva-college/combined-joint-programs/.
It's not too early to understand the application process, including the importance of interview.
The Art of Getting Admitted – The Medical School Interview
ARTICLE OF INTEREST: Ten Reasons to Consider a Glide Year. http://hpa.princeton.edu/sites/hpa/files/hpa_glide_year_ten_reasons.pdf
Pre-Health Suggested Reading List: Books of interested to keep you up to date on the health profession.
More Readings: Click this link for more suggested readings.
The General Chemistry course sequence at Yeshiva College is comprised of General Chemistry I (CHE1045R) and General Chemistry II (CHE1046R) lectures as well as our Intensive General Chemistry Laboratory (CHE1047L). The General Chemistry lectures are standard courses comparable to those at any other institution. Our General Chemistry Laboratory is slightly different than those at other institutions. We require/offer only a single semester of an intensive laboratory for the General Chemistry course sequence. Standard labs at other institutions include about 3 hours of experimentation per week whereas our intensive labs require 4 hours of experimentation per week. This extra hour allows us perform more complex experiments that teach students multiple skills at once, thus allowing us to cover all the essential content of a two-semester sequence in a single semester course.
For students in their first and second years of undergraduate school beginning a pre-health track, there are many things you can do now to make the application process go more smoothly as you reach your junior and senior years. The document below is divided into chapters which provide useful information on transcripts, letters of recommendation, volunteering and other aspects of applying. There are significant changes to the 2015 MCAT exam. Please be sure to review the new requirements and other changes on the site below.
Welcome Letter from Lolita Wood-Hill, Director of Pre-Health Advisement: A message from Mrs. Lolita Wood-Hill, Director, Pre-Health Advisement
The Basics: An overview of what you should do now to lay the foundation for your application to medical or dental school.
Your Pre-Health Advising Team: Beyond the Pre-Health Advising Office, there are a number of different sources around YU to help you through the process from beginning to end.
Pre-Health FAQs: Check here for answers to basic pre-health questions.
Planning Your Time at Yeshiva: An overview of what you should be doing each year to lay the foundation for a strong application.
Looking At Your Grades: An important article by Mrs. Wood-Hill about on how medical and dental programs view your GPA.
What Medical And Dental Schools Are Looking For: Acceptance to Medical, dental, osteopathic and other health related schools rely heavily on quantitative numbers such as GPA (both overall and science) and MCAT/DAT scores. However, this is not the whole picture. They also take into consideration many non-tangible traits as listed below. The Pre-Health Office will discuss the following traits in the Committee letter transmitted to the schools on your behalf.
Your Pre-Health Application Profile: See how you rank in the areas that medical and dental schools consider the most important.
Post Baccalaureate Options: GPA not competitive? Find the latest information on post-graduate programs to boost your GPA before applying to medical and dental schools.
Guide for Pre-Dental Students: Although much of the application process is similar for all pre-health students, this chapter highlights some unique differences pre-dental students should be aware of.
Pre-Health Clubs: Joining one of the Yeshiva pre-health clubs offers valuable opportunities to meet other pre-health students and to show leadership abilities.
Research: An overview of "wet lab" and other clinical experience which are a vital part of the application.
MD-PhD Programs: If you want to focus on research, learn about this special degree which combines medicine and research.
Volunteering: A list of local area hospitals and clinics where Yeshiva students can find volunteer opportunities to strengthen their overall application. This is important for both pre-medical and pre-dental students.
Letters of Recommendation: It's never too early to start compiling letters of recommendation. This chapter explains how, why and how many.
Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation: Helpful guidelines for faculty and others writing letters of recommendation.
Request for Recommendation: Each letter of recommendation should be accompanied by this waiver.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT): What you need to know about the DAT.
Medical College Acceptance Test (MCAT): What you need to know about the MCAT.
Helpful Websites: Consult these websites to find useful information from AMCAS, AADSAS, ACCOMAS and others.