While most BGSU pre-medicine graduates go to medical schools in Ohio, others are attending or have recently earned medical degrees from Harvard, Baylor, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania and Emory. A number of alumni also enroll in M.D./Ph.D. programs and pursue careers in biomedical research.
Dependent upon individual backgrounds and interests there are numerous ways students can prepare for medical school through BGSU’s pre-medicine program. Medical schools in general expect students to have a bachelor’s degree before entering.
Medical schools require a minimum of English, mathematics and a year each of general and organic chemistry, biology and physics. Typically in the spring of the junior year, students must also take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This all-day test measures knowledge in physical and biological sciences, reading and problem-solving skills, and also includes writing two short essays. There is also a special admissions program between BGSU and the University of Toledo Medical Center (see Project MEDStart).
Common majors for students interested in pre-medicine (not an offered major) are applied health science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, microbiology followed by psychology. For the few who anticipate a non-science major, it is recommended to include science majors’ chemistry or biology in the first year and perhaps take an appropriate math course.
Basic medical sciences courses taught in the first two years of medical school require a strong foundation of biology and biochemistry. Successful candidates to medical school almost always have taken more than the minimum required courses in biology and biochemistry and usually perform better and will probably attain higher scores on the science sections of the MCAT.
Students should also seek opportunities to observe, volunteer or work in a hospital or nursing home environment. This experience exposes students to those who are ill and helps to determine how students will respond to medically and psychologically stressful situations.
The faculty in the chemistry, biology and applied health sciences departments advise students interested in medicine and other health care fields. These departments offer sizable faculties, with many of their members active in research. Students are encouraged to actively participate in undergraduate research with individual faculty. There are also active undergraduate societies in biology, chemistry and pre-medicine which offer excellent opportunities to become acquainted with other students with similar interests.
Students who decide not to go to medical school or who are not admitted the first time they apply have a number of other career options. Some go on to earn an advanced degree and do research in that area. Others decide to work at the bachelor’s level as a chemist, biochemist, microbiologist, etc. Still others obtain teaching certificates or pursue other health fields. Applicants whose primary interest is medical school are often able to strengthen credentials and reapply successfully.
This is an option for early notification of admission to the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC). All students who maintain a 3.7 GPA and score a minimum of 29 on the ACT or 1250 on the SAT are guaranteed to receive an admissions interview from UTMC.
Applicants must complete some specified courses but may elect any major. A major in chemistry or biology is not a requirement. As long as the above criteria are met, there is no limit to the number of applicants. Application is made in the fall of the junior year. Successful applicants receive notification in the following January and are exempted from taking the MCAT. Additional information is available at 419-372-9494.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
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NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Pre-Medicine, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S23.html.