Below are some helpful tips on how to enter coursework into your AMCAS application.
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Entering AP Credits on the AMCAS Application. You do not need to enter course hours for AP coursework.
Entering a class and a lab. Note that Middlebury College does not grant separate credits for labs.
It’s also fine to combine the class and lab since they are just one credit.
This is a common mistake!!! Even though Middlebury College does not award credit for a lab, do not forget to list it!!
Here is sample course work taken abroad. Note that each course in this program was worth 0.8 credits.
Here is sample course work taken at an outside institution. Note that separate course and lab credits were awarded for General Chemistry.
List your First Year Seminar (FYSE) as an English (ENGL).
Bonus: What’s wrong with how CHEM 103 is listed?
You’ll be asked to enter your STATUS, YEAR and TERM. Status and Year are self–explanatory; see the Example 7 above. For courses taken at Middlebury, use the 4-1-4 term designation rather than the semester system calendar designation. 41 refers to the FALL semester, 4M is WINTER TERM, and 42 is SPRING semester. Bonus: What’s wrong with the top 3 entries in Example 3?
Most students will list their Statistics class under MATH because AMCAS states that applicants should, “classify strictly on the primary content of the course.”
This is a screenshot from an application that has been verified by AMCAS. You’ll note that AMCAS converts the Middlebury course + lab credit hours (1) to semester hours (4.00) as suggested by Middlebury: The suggested equivalent for one undergraduate course is 3.3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours. Courses with an associated lab noted on the transcript may be considered the equivalent of 4.0 semester hours.
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We are happy to announce that new MCAT test preparation products from the AAMC are now available to help students prepare for the exam.
Written by the developers of the exam, these official products include the first full-length practice exam with scoring and a Section Bank of 300 practice questions emphasizing biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. More information on the products is below.
Official MCAT® Practice Exam (Scored) 1
The practice exam is the first official full-length exam that offers scaled scoring information for the new exam. It is a 230-question practice exam that mirrors the actual MCAT exam in both length and functionality. ($35)
Official MCAT® Section Bank
The Section Bank delivers 300 all-new practice questions written by the test developers in three sections (natural, behavioral, and social sciences) with an emphasis on biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. ($45)
Don’t forget to check out a new interactive demo tool, which allows students to practice with the exam features, including highlighting, striking out features, and using the mark question button.
If you didn’t catch this story on NPR last week, it is worth reading/listening to. See the full story here.
I remember what came across is that whatever I thought of someone, when I first met them or first walked by them, it rarely panned out once I got to know them, and the stories that emerged from these people, what they have lived through and as you learn, each one is very different from another, but each one has a remarkable story. … I hope in these stories what emerges is the real resilient spirit of people who have really, really been dealt a bad hand in life and suffer from all those social determinants of poverty.
How does tiny Xavier University in New Orleans manage to send more African-American students to medical school than any other college in the country?
Read the full NYT article by Nikole Hannah-Jones here.
This is an interesting read by Jessica Evert, MD, Executive Director, Child Family Health International, Faculty, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine. Read the full article here.
There is a perfect storm brewing- the lack of regulation of undergraduate students’ scope of activities in resource-restricted healthcare settings + ultra-competitive medical/health professions school admissions environment + undergraduate students’ desire to gain hands-on patient care experience because they think it will boost their medical/health professions school applications…The world’s poor, whether in our own backyard, or in a community across the globe, have been victims of the notion that any medical care, regardless of how and who provides it, is a good thing. More contemporary understanding of global health and development, as well as critical examinations of short-term global health activities, point out significant opportunity costs and potential downfalls of such care.
What is the Difference Between Psychology and Psychiatry?
Although psychology and psychiatry are both professional that work with individuals suffering from grief, trauma, and mental disorders, their approach to treatment and their education are very different. A psychologist studies the human brain and mind through lab tests, surveys, and interviews; some psychologists specialize in counseling patients who are suffering from mental disorders, while others research and predict behavior of individuals who suffer from certain disorders, and then find methods of personal development for those individuals. On the other hand, psychiatrists, as medical doctors, specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental health disorders. Psychiatrists are able to write prescriptions to help patients manage their disorder.
Here are the Steps to a Career in Psychology or Psychiatry:
|Step #1: Undergraduate Education||Usually graduate with a B.A. in psychology||Usually graduate with a B.A. in either biology, chemistry, or biochemistry|
|Step #2: Applying to Graduate Program||Determine whether a Psy.D or a PhD is a better option for your interests||Determine which medical school is best for your interests|
|Step #3: Admissions Requirements||Finish all prerequisite classes and take the GRE||Finish all prerequisite classes and take the MCAT|
|Step #4: Attend Graduate Program||A Psy.D takes between 4-7 years to complete, and a PhD takes between 5-7 years to complete||Medical school last 4 years and then residency training programs in mental health takes another 4 years|
|Step #5: Become Licensed||Individuals must complete a 1-2 year internships before they are able to apply for a license to practice psychology||Apply for a license to practice as soon as finishing residency program|
|Step #6: Become Board Certified||
Apply through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
Apply through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
What are the degree options for a Career in Psychology?
|Degree||Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D)||
PhD in Psychology
|Job Description||The focus of this degree is to train individual with the knowledge for direct clinical intervention (e.g. diagnosis and treatment of mental illness)||PhD programs in psychology train students in three major specialty areas for a post-graduate career in either teaching and/or research|
|Years of School||4-6 years||5-7 years|
|Admissions Test||Graduate Records Examination||Graduate Records Examination|
|Licenses||(1) Must complete a 1-year full time supervised clinical internship & (2) pass the national licensing exam (EPPP)||There is no license, but in order to graduate from the program, individuals must write an present a dissertation and pass an oral examination|
|Annual Salary||10%-90%: $70,000-$150,000||10%-90%: $48,000-$200,000|
|Job Outlook||12% growth between 2012-2022||11% growth between 2012-2022|
- Research Psychology programs before you apply. The American Psychological Association (APA) website is a good place to start.
- Complete course requirements.
- Gain observation experience by shadowing an a psychologist or psychiatrist.
- Take the Graduate Requirement Exam (GRE) or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
- Personal Statement: The personal statement is a critical component of your application to pharmacy school. The personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, so it is important to take it seriously. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee understand who you are. Once you have a draft of your personal statement, bring it CCI to be reviewed by one of the Peer Career Advisers or schedule an appointment with Mary or Hannah.
Pre-Medical students, check out this Washington Post Article b
It found that “an alarming” 1 in 2 physicians report at least one symptom of burnout and that they’re twice as dissatisfied with their work-life balance than those in other professions. Within 10 years of joining an academic medical faculty, 5 of every 10 doctors leave, and four leave academic medicine entirely.
And that is just as concerns about a coming physician shortage are reaching a fever pitch. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortfall of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025 as doctors retire, aging baby boomers need more care and mandates of the Affordable Care Act kick in.
The following was an email sent to all undergraduate health professions students on August 8, 2015:
Dear Health Professions Student,
We hope you’ve been having a wonderful summer! Whether at the beach, in the lab, atop a mountain or in a far-flung clinic, we trust that you have had some exceptional experiences these past few weeks and we are eager to welcome you back on campus and hear about your summer.
As many of you have seen in our handouts or learned in our information sessions and advisory meetings, the Middlebury College Department of Physics was working to develop an alternative 2nd semester physics course option for non-physics majors. This course, PHYS 0111, covers optics, thermodynamics and wave theory, all topics which are covered on the MCATS and deemed useful for medical school coursework. Like Newtonian Physics (PHYS 0109), the course has a Calculus I requirement but does not require Calculus II, a requirement for Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 0110).
Unfortunately, the Department of Physics has let us know that they will not be able to offer PHYS 0111 with a lab in the spring of 2016 as planned. As the lab component is required by medical schools, this will mean that PHYS 0111 will not be an option for satisfying the 2nd semester physics course for pre-medical students. We recognize that many of you have built schedules around the assumption that this physics class would in fact be taught in Spring 2016 and we wanted to give you ample time to reconfigure your schedule if necessary. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like to discuss your 2015-2016 course schedule in view of this development.
Mary Lothrop, Director, Health Professions & STEM Advising
Hannah Benz, Health Professions & STEM Advisor