Pre-Medicine Timeline

There is not a specific timeline for many of the activities that are required for medical school, but we recommend that all premed students look over the timelines provided below and modify them to fit their individual schedules and goals.

TIMELINE 1
For those who plan to enter medical school immediately following their senior year of undergraduate work.

Freshman year

  • Focus on coursework and how to be a successful college student
  • Work on earning a strong GPA
  • Learn how to study
  • Begin working on prerquisite courses, especialy biology and chemistry (we do not recommend that you take biology, chemistry and physics together during freshman year). Many premed students take BIO 110 and BIO 111 as well as CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 during their freshman year.
  • Begin community service
  • Shadow a physician in a field that interests you
  • Consider obtaining CNA or EMT certification during the upcoming summer
  • Research various medical careers and define what interests you about the field
  • Remember to relax and enjoy the college experience

Sophomore year

  • Continue to focus on doing well in your courses.  Maintain a strong GPA.
  • Many premed students take CHEM 331 and CHEM 332 as well as PHYS 220 and PHYS 221 during their sophomore year although some will wait until the junior year to take the physics courses.
  • Continue community service
  • Look for leadership opportunities
  • Start or continue clinical experience; shadowing, volunteering or paid
  • Meet with the prehealth advisor
  • Look for research opportunities
  • Consider who to ask for letters of recommendation

Junior year

  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Finish your science prerequisites
  • Continue community service
  • Continue clinical experience
  • Continue leadership activities
  • Conduct research in your major
  • Study for the MCAT
  • Take the MCAT – after you have finished the science prerequisites
  • Obtain letters of recommendation
  • Work on your personal essay – attend a personal essay writing workshop
  • Fill out AMCAS – attend the AMCAS workshop
  • Submit AMCAS and apply to medical school in June or July
  • Submit letters of recommendation

Sophomore year

  • Prepare for interviews – attend an interview workshop
  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Ensure that you have fulfilled all required prerequisites
  • Continue community service, leadership activities and clinical experience
  • Continue research experience
  • Fill out and submit secondary applications
  • Submit letters of recommendation if you have not already done so
  • Prepare a “Plan B” in case you are not accepted this year

TIMELINE 2
For those who plan to take a year “off” between their undergraduate program and medical school.

Freshman year

  • Focus on coursework and how to be a successful college student
  • Learn how to study
  • Begin working on prerquisite courses, especialy biology and chemistry (we do not recommend that you take biology, chemistry and physics together during freshman year). Many premed students take BIO 110 and BIO 111 as well as CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 during their freshman year.
  • Begin community service
  • Shadow a physician in a field that interests you
  • Consider obtaining CNA or EMT certification during the upcoming summer
  • Research various medical careers and define what interests you about the field
  • Remember to relax and enjoy the college experience

Sophomore year

  • Continue to focus on doing well in your courses.  Maintain a strong GPA.
  • Many premed students take CHEM 331 and CHEM 332 during their sophomore year. Some students also elect to take PHYS 220 and PHYS 221 as well, althought some wait until the junior year to take the physics courses.
  • Continue community service
  • Look for leadership opportunities
  • Start or continue clinical experience; shadowing, volunteering or paid
  • Meet with the prehealth advisor
  • Look for research opportunities
  • Consider who to ask for letters of recommendation

Junior year

  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Finish your science prerequisites
  • Continue community service
  • Continue clinical experience
  • Continue leadership activities
  • Conduct research in your major; consider attempting a research publication
  • Consider participating in an activity that takes you outside your comfort zone

Sophomore year

  • Ensure that you have fulfilled all required prerequisites
  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Continue community service, clinical experience, leadership activities
  • Continue research in your major
  • Study for the MCAT
  • Take the MCAT – after you have finished the science prerequisites
  • Obtain letters of recommendation
  • Work on your personal essay – attend a personal essay writing workshop
  • Fill out AMCAS – attend the AMCAS workshop
  • Submit AMCAS and apply to medical school in June or July
  • Submit letters of recommendation
  • Prepare for interviews – attend an interview workshop
  • Plan activities for glide year

Glide year

  • Ensure that you have fulfilled all required prerequisites
  • Continue community service, leadership activities and clinical experience
  • Continue research experience if possible
  • Consider a special research program, employment in the health arena or travel abroad during this year
  • Fill out and submit secondary applications
  • Submit letters of recommendation if you have not already done so
  • Prepare a “Plan B” in case you are not accepted this year

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