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Pre-med Advisor and Committee

Pre-med Advisor

A competent pre-med advisor can make a big difference in guiding you through the admissions process successfully. Most pre-med students don't know anything about the admissions process or what to do to get into medical school. The pre-med advisor is the first stop to help you determine what courses you may have to take at your university or college to graduate with a useful degree while also fulfilling all medical school course requirements at the same time.

Basically the advisor is there to help you gain admission to medical school. The advisor will also be familiar with local shadowing, volunteer or clinical opportunities and may suggest faculty members who have previously worked well with pre-med undergraduate students on research. A pre-med advisor is also able to look at your specific situation and give you some direction and advice tailored to your unique circumstances.

Advisors typically have all kinds of useful information such as which medical schools give tuition breaks or scholarships to students from your state, which medical schools have admitted large numbers of students from your undergraduate institution or from your state in the past. These schools should be on the top of your list of medical schools to apply to.

Often, pre-med advisors or pre-med offices maintain email lists and distribute lots of good information, reminders about deadlines coming up and meetings or forums that you can attend. At these meetings you have a chance to meet staff from medical school admissions offices, local physicians and current medical students who share a wealth of knowledge about medical school admission and their own experiences.

In short, pre-med advisors are great resources. Go see your advisor!! Hopefully your school has one. If not, check to see if another school in your area has one you can make an appointment with.

Pre-med Committee

Many undergraduate institutions have pre-med committees, often chaired by a pre-med advisor. Most medical schools require a letter of recommendation from a pre-med committee, or at least prefer a letter from a pre-med committee over other faculty letters. The pre-med committee may meet with you in an interview or other format to get to know you better. They then write a letter of recommendation in your behalf which is sent to the medical schools you have applied to. This letter is sent out about the same time you are returning your secondary applications to the medical schools. You can find out more about recommendation letters in the pre-med requirements section under recommendation letters.

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