Preparing for Medical School
Start Building Your "Resume"
Medical students are expected to acquire specific skills as well as degrees that assist them in the theoretical aspects of their career. These skills include:
- Dedication to various causes
- Involvement and commitment
- Leadership and management
- Communication skills
- Research and scientific inquiry
In addition to academics and skills students must acquire before entering the field of their choice, other activities will support them in gaining the experience they need in their workplace. These activities include:
- Pre-professional Observations - Job shadow a healthcare professional to gain insight on daily tasks and work environment
- Volunteer work - Demonstrate your commitment to a cause and/or community
- Clubs and Organizations - Join an organization, participate in leadership positions and actively engage with membership
This will provide the written proof of your fluency in scientific inquiry and writing, both of which are skills that support a student pursuing a career as a healthcare professional. Keep in mind that research is a crucial aspect of this field and therefore, it will influence your career significantly.
You can also connect to your university's alumni and network with medical doctors at hospitals within a close proximity of your home. This will allow you to learn from their experiences and understand what you can expect from this career path.
LinkedIn is a great way to get started.
IU East Majors to Consider
Students are required to pass particular courses that aid them in preparation for medical school. Speak with your academic advisor to ensure you are on the right path.
- B.S. Biochemistry
- B.S. Biology
- B.S. Human Life Science
Medical School Programs
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Continue to work hard toward your dreams. Yes it will be challenging, but the hard work and dedication will be worth it. So follow your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up!Lauren Heitkamp, IU East Alum, Optometry School Attendee
Preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The MCAT is required for all students entering Medical school, and has four main sections that are all multiple-choice questions:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Living Systems
- Physchological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills