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Title: Medical Schools in Georgia


1
Medical Schools in Georgia
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    http//www.emory.edu/WHSC/MED/
  • Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA
    http//medicine.mercer.edu/default2.htm
  • Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine,
    Augusta, GA http//www.mcg.edu/som/index.html
  • Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
    http//www.msm.edu/

2
Medical Schools in Georgia
  • Your best chance of admission is to a school in
    your state of residence.
  • Choose your school based on your fit with the
    school, their style, and mission.
  • Early admission deadline is in August and
    notification of status is in early October.
  • Regular admission deadline is typically in
    October or November depending on school with
    notification of status by March of the following
    year.

3
Medical School Admission Requirements
4
Medical School Admission
  • Course advice from MCG 2nd year med student
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Anatomy and/or Physiology
  • Immunology if available
  • Biostatistics if available (boards)

5
Medical School Admission
  • Course advice from MCG 2nd year med
    studentGeneral skills
  • Review of experiments
  • Data interpretation
  • Oral presentations
  • Writing assignments (essay questions or review of
    scientific literature
  • Wet labs
  • Keep textbooks as references

6
Admission Requirements
  • Completion of 90 semester hours or 3 years of
    undergraduate course work (requirement depends on
    school) for exceptional students.
  • Science degree is not required.
  • Most do not publish a set lower limit for GPA or
    MCAT score admission based on many factors
  • Georgia schools give preference to Georgia
    residents.

7
National Medical School Statistics for 2002
  • 33,625 applicants
  • Mean science GPA of 3.36
  • Mean total GPA of 3.46
  • Mean MCAT of 27.1
  • 16,488 accepted students
  • Mean science GPA of 3.54
  • Mean total GPA of 3.61
  • Mean MCAT of 29.7

8
Emory Admissions Statistics2002-2003
  • 112 students admitted
  • 13 under-represented minorities
  • 41 different undergraduate majors
  • Mean GPA 3.75
  • Mean MCAT32

9
MCG Admissions Statistics2003 Entering Class
  • 180 students admitted from 1448 applications
    received 825 from Georgia
  • Many different undergraduate majors but most are
    science or health-related majors (86)
  • Average GPA of 3.64
  • Average science GPA of 3.60
  • Mean MCAT of 28.9

10
Mercer Admissions Statistics2003
  • Average or mean GPA of 3.46
  • Average or mean science and math GPA of 3.36
  • Average or mean MCAT of 25.9

11
MCG Admissions Criteria for Evaluation
  • Responsibilities before medical school
    application
  • Extracurricular and community activities
  • Background
  • Where are you from? Is your area underserved?
  • Are you interested in practicing in an
    underserved area?

12
MCG Admissions Criteria for Evaluation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Why do you want to be physician?
  • Personal interview
  • MCAT scores
  • Grades from undergraduate, graduate, and
    post-baccalaureate programs

13
MCG Technical Skills
  • Intellectual capacity
  • Good communication skills
  • Physical ability to perform procedures
  • Emotional stability for stresses of medical
    school, residency, and practice.

14
MCG Admissions Criteria for Evaluation
  • Many criteria go into evaluation for medical
    school admission.
  • Emphasize your strong points.
  • Give the committee the most complete and accurate
    view of yourself as you can using the materials
    they allow you to submit.
  • Be truthful if you are caught lying you will no
    longer be considered.
  • Make good impressions on your potential
    references.

15
Responsibilities prior to applying to med school
  • Let the committee see the responsibilities that
    you balance.
  • Explain discrepancies or gaps in your academic
    record (i.e., hardship in your life that lead to
    poor performance one semester).

16
Extracurricular activities
  • Non-medical volunteering/activities
  • Choose something that you really believe in.
  • Medical volunteering
  • MCG now requires shadowing experience (no set
    numbers of hours).
  • Shadowing gives you a good idea of what a
    physician really does.
  • You can get BIOL3222 credit.
  • Volunteer at local hospital to get exposure to
    clinical side of medicine.

17
Extracurricular activities
  • School Clubs
  • AMSA national and local member.
  • Circle K (service organization)
  • Be active and if interested hold offices.

18
Background
  • Ethnicity and socioeconomic background
  • Programs at MCG and Morehouse that are designed
    to level the playing field for these groups of
    students.
  • Programs at MCG
  • http//www.mcg.edu/careers/specop/pipeline.htm
  • Programs at Morehouse
  • http//www.msm.edu/admissions.htm
  • http//www.msm.edu/admissions/summer2003.htm

19
Underserved areas of Georgia
  • Are you from an area of Georgia that is
    underserved or are you interested in practicing
    in such an area?
  • Be truthful about you career goals.
  • If this is not an area of interest for you, down
    play it on your application.

20
MCG Admissions Requirements
  • Letters of recommendation--Academics
  • Pre-medical advisor or the pre-medical
    committee
  • Science faculty
  • Research advisor

21
MCG Admissions Requirements
  • Letter of recommendationPersonal
  • Two such letters are required.
  • Choose someone who knows you well and can speak
    about traits that med schools are looking
    forprofessionalism, interpersonal skills,
    communication skills.
  • Ask a physician that you have worked with to
    write a letter for you (i.e., the physician that
    you shadow) other letters from medical personnel
    that you have worked with is O.K.

22
MCG Admissions Requirements
  • Letters of recommendationHints
  • Author should include information in addition to
    what the admissions committee can see on your
    transcript.
  • Get to know your potential references
    (professors, research mentors, medical personnel
    etc.) and make a good impression.
  • Ask the reference if they can write a good
    letter for you.
  • Give the reference ample time to write the letter
    (minimum of 3-4 weeks).
  • Mark I waive my rights to see this letter on
    the reference form.

23
Why do you want to be a physician?
  • Be truthful.
  • Be original and make yourself stand out against
    the sea of other students with good records.
  • Your statement should be well written and
    concise, yet long enough to tell your story.
  • Give you statement to several people to read for
    content, grammar, etc.
  • Write the statement well in advance so that you
    have ample time to modify it and make it perfect.

24
Personal Interview
  • Format will vary from school to school.
  • Could be a one on one interview.
  • Could be with several individuals.
  • By invitation
  • Opportunity to sell yourself and make yourself
    stand out.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Be prepared to talk about the things that you
    submitted with your application.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Make a good impression.
  • Books to prepare for med school may have
    typical sample questions for some schools.

25
Personal Interview-MCG format
  • Spend the day at MCG
  • 2 interviews
  • One on one interviews
  • Relaxed format closed file
  • Interview is a conversation interviewer is
    trying to get to know you.
  • Begin with biographical questions
  • Ask about school experiences
  • Ask about extracurricular activitiesbe prepared
    to discuss your volunteer work, why did you
    choose that charity or program, what did you gain
    from the experience?

26
Personal Interview-MCG format
  • How did you come to the conclusion that you want
    to be a physician?
  • Students ask questions of the interviewerprepare
    a mental list

27
MCAT performance
  • Test is required for admission, but no minimum
    score is posted.
  • The better you perform on the exam that better
    your application looks, but the score is not the
    deciding factor.
  • Test is given in April and August.
  • For the year that you are applying, it is
    recommended that you take the MCAT in April, but
    August is acceptable.

28
MCAT performance
  • You must take the MCAT no earlier than 3 years
    prior to your application submission.
  • No later than April for early admission for the
    year that you apply.
  • Registration deadline mid-March and test
    mid-April
  • No later than August for regular admission for
    the year that you apply.
  • Registration deadline early July and test
    mid-August.
  • Link to MCAT info.

29
Grade Point Average
  • No minimum posted.
  • Check the mean or average GPA posted for each
    school to get an idea of what is competitive.
  • Important but not the only factor that is
    considered.

30
MCG Admissions Personnel
  • Linda DeVaughn, Director of Admissions and
    Student Affairs
  • Dr. Mason P. Thompson, Associate Dean for
    Admissions and Student Affairs

31
Submitting Your Application
  • Applications must be submitted to AMCAS
  • AMCA website
  • Transcript are the most common cause for delays
    in processing applications.
  • Materials submitted to AMCAS must be received by
    AMCAS on the date specified by the school. LATE
    MATERIALS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

32
Submitting Your Application
  • It is your responsibility to check with AMCAS and
    the school to which you apply to ensure that all
    of your materials have been received.
  • AMCAS communicates with you by e-mail.
  • When all materials are received by AMCAS, they
    will verify your application against official
    transcripts.
  • Application may be returned if there are errors
    or omissions, so check carefully.

33
Submitting Your Application
  • Transcripts must be received directly from EVERY
    college or university you attendedeven if it is
    a single class.
  • Once your application is verified, AMCAS
    calculates your GPA, sends the application to the
    medical schools you choose, and notifies you that
    the application has been processed.
  • Processing time is normally 4-6 weeks at non-peak
    processing times with no problems or delays.
    Begin this process well before the submission
    deadline.

34
Submitting Your Application
  • Common problems for delay of processing
  • Missing or incomplete transcripts
  • Nonpayment of application fees
  • Errors or omissions on application.
  • Warnings or Errors
  • Missed e-mailsdetected as spam
  • Contact the admissions staff at MCG often to
    check on the status of your applicationthey
    encourage this.

35
Submitting Your Application
  • Deadlines
  • Deadlines apply to submission and
    web-certification (like a signature stating the
    application is complete and accurate) of
    materials and payment of application fees.
  • If you make changes or additions to application
    after the initial submission, you must re-certify
    and re-submit the application.
  • No exceptions for late submission, so do this
    early.

36
Submitting Your Application
  • Deadlines
  • Early Decision at MCG
  • 1159 pm EST August 1
  • If you miss the early submission deadline, I
    believe you will be rolled over to the regular
    admission category.
  • Regular Admission at MCG
  • 1159 pm EST November 1
  • Transcripts can be received by AMCAS beginning
    May 5.

37
Financial Aid
  • Apply before you know your acceptance status it
    takes a minimum of 90 days to process submitted
    materials (no later than May 1)
  • Total cost at MCG (2003-2004)
  • First year 13,794
  • Second year 18,342
  • Third year 17,959
  • Fourth year 11,918
  • First year costs for Emory are 31,025 for 2002-3
    AY.
  • First year costs at Morehouse are approximately
    25,000.

38
Financial Aid
  • Financial aid in the form of
  • Grants, scholarships, fellowships, and
    assistantshipsgenerally do not have to be
    repaid.
  • Work-study
  • Service commitmentan organization pays your
    medical school costs and you work for the
    organization for a certain length of time upon
    graduation
  • Student loansmust be repaid most common way to
    finance medical school costs.

39
Financial Aid
  • Your loans can also include money to live
    onmaximum that can be borrowed for subsidy.
  • Subsidy is for one person.
  • Average debt MCG medical school graduates is
    74,685 for class of 2003.
  • This must be repaid beginning during residency.
  • Average monthly payment is 800-900.
  • National average debt for graduates from public
    medical schools is 91,389 and 123,780 from
    private medical schools for class of 2002.

40
Financial Aid
  • Research ways to finance your medical school
    education well in advance.
  • MCG financial aid assistant director
  • Antoinette Esposito
  • Aesposit_at_mail.mcg.edu
  • 706-721-4901

41
Time line for Medical School Application
  • Plan well in advance
  • Fulfill the academic, volunteering, and shadowing
    requirements.
  • Application process is long and time consuming so
    start as early as possible begin in January,
    February, March of the year you intend to apply
    to medical school.
  • Have an alternate plan.

42
Time Line for pre-med students
  • What should you do immediately and continue
    throughout your college career?
  • Begin your science curriculum as soon as
    possible.
  • Consult with a science advisor (biology at CCSU)
    your freshman year (or as soon as you know you
    are pre-med) to ensure that you are on track.

43
Time Line for pre-med students
  • What should you do immediately and continue
    throughout your college career?
  • Participate in extracurricular activitiesno
    later than junior year.
  • Join student organizations and go to the
    meetings.
  • Actively participate in the clubs activities.
  • Hold an office in a student organization.
  • Volunteer with an organization whose cause
    interests you.
  • Experience the medical fieldknow what you are in
    for with a medical career.

44
Time Line for pre-med students
  • Sophomore year
  • Apply to summer enrichment programs or research
    programs.
  • Continue with shadowing and/or volunteer
    activities.
  • You should be well on your way to completing the
    basic, required course work for all medical
    schools.

45
Time Line for pre-med students
  • Junior year
  • Plan out upper level courses and set a target
    graduation date.
  • Set a target year for medical school application.
  • Plan to take the MCAT in spring or summer of this
    academic year.
  • Prepare for the MCAT
  • Self preparation.
  • Preparation course (Kaplan, Princeton Review,
    summer program).
  • Make sure you have taken the relevant course
    work.

46
Time Line for pre-med students
  • Junior year
  • Select schools that are of interest to you.
    Consider
  • Location
  • Size of school
  • Student population
  • Faculty/student ratio
  • Type of curriculm (approach to teaching)
  • Mission of school
  • Obtain information from those schools (internet,
    sent away for information, talk to representative
    that visit CCSU, visit school)

47
Time Line for pre-med students
  • Junior year
  • Obtain application materials from schools of
    interest (available June 1 for most schools)
  • Begin working on your application materials as
    soon as possible (Spring semester but no later
    than beginning of May).
  • Write statement and ask people to review it.
  • Ask references to write letters of
    recommendation.
  • Volunteer, shadow, do research, etc. during the
    summer.

48
Time Line for pre-med students
  • Senior year
  • Complete and submit applications and
    supplementary materials if not already completed.
  • Frequently check application status with AMCAS
    and medical schools.
  • Complete course workdo your best as your
    acceptance is contingent upon your satisfactory
    completion of your program.
  • Continue volunteer and shadowing efforts.
  • Prepare for interview.

49
Time Line for pre-med students
  • Senior year
  • Summer after graduation
  • relax before you begin the all consuming medical
    school experience.
  • Attend pre-matriculation at the the medical
    school to which you were accepted.
  • Continue with shadowing or volunteering if
    feasible.

50
Time Line for pre-med students
  • ASMC five step plan for becoming a competitive
    applicant
  • Complete required courses and do well in them.
  • Prepare for the MCAT.
  • Volunteer and shadow.
  • Get to know and make good impression on those who
    will write letter of recommendation.
  • Act in a professional manner.

51
Events AMSA could sponsor
  • MCAT preparation and practice tests.
  • Test taking strategies.
  • Advertisement of summer programs.
  • Workshops on writing your personal essay.
  • Mock interviews.

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Important Websites
  • http//www.aamc.org/
  • http//www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm
  • http//www.aamc.org/audienceamcas.htm
  • http//www.naahp.org
  • http//www.namme-hpe.org
  • http//www.snma.org
  • http//www.amsa.org
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