Applying to Health Professional School
Spring Quarter 2017 Seminar
GEN ST 297 Section H: Applying to Health Professional School
Instructor: Dan Poux (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Details: Spring Quarter, Tuesdays 2:30 – 4:20
The seminar will cover preparing an application, writing an effective personal statement, gathering letters of recommendation, choosing schools, and interviewing. Class time will be spent on group work, short lectures, and visits from experts, such as admissions officials. Grades will be based on in-class assignments, participation in interview exercises, and occasional out-of-class writing assignments, such as drafts of personal statements and professional school applications.
Unlike most academic seminars, this course will require students to direct their inquiry inward and assess themselves realistically and honestly in order to present themselves as unique and competitive candidates. Students will discover their own strengths and challenges in this process, and they will reflect not only on their readiness but also on their motivation and life experiences.
The seminar is open to anyone applying to graduate-level health professional school during the 2016 application season, including applicants to medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, podiatric, or veterinary medical schools.
Are You Ready to Apply?
The following resources will help you identify the strengths and possible areas of improvement in your application to health professional schools.
Applicant Self Assessment – reflect on your readiness to apply based upon a series of questions related to grades, entrance exam scores, clinical exposure, leadership experience and commitment to service.
Health Professional School:
Allopathic Medical Schools
Osteopathic Medical Schools
Texas Medical Schools
Physician Assistant Schools
Veterinary Medicine Schools
Physical Therapy Schools
Writing Activity Descriptions & Personal Statement
OUGL Writing Center – The OWRC offers specialized assistance through all stages of the writing process; make an appointment online or simply drop in
CLUE Writing Center – Staffed by undergraduate and graduate student tutors; no appointment needed
UW School of Medicine webinar – covers how to convey your motivation, life experiences, and preparation for a medical career in your application
EXPD Undergraduate Research Program – provides assistance in writing about your research experience to highlight the skills you gained and how they will fit with professional programs
Husky Leadership Initiative – helping students develop a personal leadership philosophy and grow into socially-responsible change agents and effective community leaders
Getting Great Letters of Recommendation
AAMC Brochure for Letter Writers – guidelines about how to write a letter and key areas of interest to medical schools
Finding a Good Match with Schools
Directories of Health Professional Schools:
AAMC Worksheet for identifying good fit
List of medical schools that accepted >50% of their matriculants from out of state in 2014
Acing the Interview
Link to UW medical school webinar on the medical school interview
Overview of UW medical school’s interview process
The AAMC Organization of Student Representatives has compiled a list of questions to ask before and during the interview process
Financing your Education
Each branch of the US Military offers Health Professions Scholarships to aspiring doctors, dentists and other health professionals. Contact the following for more information:
Sgt. Felicia Mills, 206-242-9357, Felicia.email@example.com,
Sgt. Crystal M. Westbrook, 253-874-1232, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Lt. Joshua Turner, 808-285-2300, Joshua.email@example.com,