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Why Choose Pre-Med at Eastern?

Pre-med and other students preparing for a career in the health professions are challenged to strive for academic excellence in their chosen major, while cultivating a love for rigorous scientific thinking and a desire to be instruments of God’s healing hands. Many of our students participate in this healing process through medical mission trips to countries like Bolivia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Recent graduates of the Pre-Med track at Eastern have attended or are attending the following medical schools and programs:

  • University of Virginia School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Temple University Schools of Dentistry and Medicine;
  • Tufts University School of Dentistry
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kirksville of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev M.D. program in International Health and Medicine,
  • Arcadia University (Physician Assistant Programs).

Our small class sizes facilitate learning, and unique course offerings such as Medical Botany, Christian Medical Ethics, Embryology, and Structural Basis of Human Disease enable students to holistically prepare for their future medical careers. Near to Philadelphia, Eastern’s ideal location close to seven major medical schools, a variety of physician assistant programs, and numerous hospitals and research laboratories provide plentiful opportunities for internships and volunteer experiences. Pre-med science majors can join a research group on campus in the biology or chemistry departments. Pre-med advisor Dr. Maria Fichera offers students step-by-step guidance and support for the following pursuits: pre-medical, dental, veterinary, podiatric medicine and pre-physician assistant studies.

General Pre-Med Requirements

As Pre-Med students, you must start planning early by setting out the right course of action geared toward your career goals. Medical schools do not require that you choose a specific undergraduate major. Therefore, no matter which major you choose, you need to take the following courses (preferably by the end of the junior year or earlier) to prepare yourself for admission:

  • English (composition and literature):  1 year (one semester of each)
  • Chemistry (including labs; majors Chemistry, General and Organic): 2 years
  • Physics (including labs): 1 year; Calculus I is a prerequisite
  • Biology (including labs): 1 year

Due to the changes in the MCAT exam scheduled for 2015, students taking the MCAT that year and thereafter should also take:

  • Biochemistry I
  • Statistics
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • (Cell Biology, Molecular Biology - recommended),

Websites to Help Plan a Medical Career
The amount of helpful material and links found at these web sites is enormous. Please spend some time going through this to educate yourself a bit.  Then contact Dr. Maria Fichera, the Pre-Med advisor to help you plan your future at Eastern University in preparation for medical school.

American Association of Medical Colleges: http://www.aamc.org/
Exploring medicine as a career: http://www.aamc.org/students/considering
Careers in medicine: http://www.aamc.org/careersinmedicine

Applying to Medical School 
US Medical (Allopathic - MD) School Listing: http://www.aamc.org/medicalschools.htm
Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR): http://www.aamc.org/msar (or see your Pre-Med advisor for details)
Preparing and applying: http://www.aamc.org/students/applying

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
(http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm) tests verbal reasoning, physical sciences, biological sciences and writing and is now computerized.   You should plan on taking the test the April or May of your junior year in order to apply for admission for the fall after you graduate from Eastern (register in March the latest)

FAP- Fee Assistance Program - http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/fap/  Phone: 202-828-0600; Feb. deadline for April test date

AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service
Go through AMCAS when applying to American Medical Schools (allopathic): http://www.aamc.org/audienceamcas.htm  
Phone: (202) 828-0600
E-mail- amcas@aamc.org
AMCAS begins accepting completed applications in June of the year prior to your entrance into medical school and apply early (in June or July).

Oct.-Dec deadline for AMCAS receipt at some medical schools (depends on the school); you’ll get supplemental applications from the medical schools interested in you during this period or before. However, applying early (during the summer) is essential.

Minority Student Resources
University of Pittsburgh Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP): an intensive summer experience designed for underrepresented minority students who are interested in medicine. The program focuses on strengthening academic skills, building motivation and providing broad exposure to the field of medicine. See http://www.medschool.pitt.edu/pdfs/SUMMRAPP01-02.pdf  for the application or call the Office of Student Affairs/Minority Programs at 412-648-8987.  Apply early (deadline is usually early March 1st but program is limited to 12 students).

SNMA (Student National Medical Association) http://www.snma.org/ : the oldest and largest organization focused on the needs of medical students of color and underrepresented communities.

Osteopathic Medicine
Are you interested in osteopathic medicine? Osteopathic medicine is a well-established form of medical practice in the United States. It combines the benefits of modern medicine like prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology with the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic Medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education, and preventive medicine.

If you are interested in Osteopathic medical schools, the application service is called AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service) Phone: 301-968-4190  http://www.aacom.org
Processing of completed application begins in June and each school has its own deadline. Again, being an early applicant is essential.

Other Excellent Web Sites

Other Important Contacts for Pre-Med Students

Health Professions Scholarship Program with US ARMY

Currently, the United States Army is offering two, three, and four year scholarships for students in medical, dental, or optometry schools and two and three year scholarships for students in veterinary, and clinical psychology schools. This scholarship covers tuition, books, and other expenses related to their education and approved by their dean. Additionally, students selected to receive the Health Professional Scholarship will receive a stipend of approximately $1,900.00 per month while enrolled. Selected students will be commissioned as 2LT in the US Army reserve while enrolled and will be commissioned captains in the active army upon graduation. The service obligation is one year active duty for each scholarship year with a minimum obligation of three years in active duty.

Christian Medical & Dental Associations (Headquarters)
PO Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
Phone: 423-844-1000
Toll Free: 888-231-2637
Fax: 423-844-1005

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations exist to motivate, educate, and equip Christian physicians and dentists to glorify God by through living out the character of Christ in their homes, practices, communities and around the world; pursuing professional competence and Christ-like compassion in their daily work; influencing their families, colleagues, and patients toward a right relationship with Jesus Christ; advancing Biblical principles in bioethics and health to the Church and society.

Project MedSend
Project MedSend offers grants to repay student loans owed by healthcare professionals while they serve as medical missionaries in medically underserved areas of the world. Grant Applicants must (1) be under the authority of a collaborating sending agency (an "Associate"); (2) be within 18 months of leaving for career medical missions service; (3) show fiscal responsibility and stewardship maturity; (4) be in the process of paying off their student loans as soon as earning begins (internship, residency, practice). For additional requirements, contact http://www.medsend.org/.

MMI (Medical Missionary International)

InterServe (medical missionary opportunities)

Volunteering and Practical Experience (for Pre-Med and Pre-PA)
Besides grades and standardized tests, research opportunities and volunteer experience with patients add dimension to your application.  It is essential to volunteer at a hospital, clinic or work with a doctor in your field of interest to gain some real exposure to medicine.  You may wish to do this during the summers in your hometown or see next page for some local volunteer opportunities close to Eastern University.  This experience is extremely important!  How are these experiences assessed by medical school admission committees?  Three criteria are used: length of time invested, depth of experience, and lessons learned.  Those who wish to apply to schools of osteopathic medicine (DO programs) must have shadowed a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.).

Local Volunteer Opportunities (Near Eastern's St. Davids Campus)

Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA
Call Volunteer Department at 610-526-3058

Esperanza Health Center

Parkview Medical Office Building- Lower Level
1331 E. Wyoming Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(Phone) 215-831-1100
(Fax) 215-831-0500
Please contact Ted Voboril, Director of Development at (215) 831-1100 or by e-mail at tv@esperanzahealth.com

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497

Volunteer Services Department
For more information please contact Tina McDonnell, Director, Volunteer Services, volunteerservices@fccc.edu or 215-728-2804

HUP (Hospital of University of Pennsylvania)
3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Premed Volunteer Program

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Volunteer Program

Wissahickon Hospice of UPHS (U of Penn Health Services)

1 Presidential Blvd, Ste 125
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
610-617-2400/ 800-700-8807 (phone)
610-617-2409 (FAX)

Montgomery Hospital
1301 Powell Street at the junction of Powell and Fornance Sts, Norristown, PA

Paoli Hospital
255 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA
call 610-648-1099 or email mckeed@mlhs.org

Pennsylvania Hospital
8th and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia
call 215-829-5187

Phoenixville Hospital
140 Nutt Road in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
call 610-983-1424

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