Junior Year - Deepening Your Focus as You Begin to Plan for Life after Dickinson

Fall Semester

  • Check in with your Faculty Pre-Health Advisor to talk about your academic status
  • Meet with the Career Center Pre-Health Professions Advisor to discuss your professional school plans and strategize the year ahead or exploratory time after graduation
  • Successfully complete first-semester required pre-health coursework and other degree requirements
  • Join and participate in Pre-Health Society meetings to meet alumni and speakers as well as to learn about various procedures or tools and careers. We will host educational or fundraising events for the campus to support our philanthropy too
  • If you are interested in allied health careers, dentistry or veterinary medicine, you are welcome to join one or more of the Career Interest Groups including Allied Health (for Physician Assistant, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, etc.), the VET Group for pre-vet students or the DDS Group for pre-dental students
  • Continue participation in paid/volunteer medically related activities. Record your hours and experiences so that you have materials ready to enter into your professional school application
  • Investigate:
    • Applying to Medical School. If you want to apply for another health profession, please contact the Career Center Pre-Health Professions Advisor for additional information
    • Begin preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other required test
    • Explore the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) before applying for your test
    • Preview the AAMC Minorities in Medicine to get information for groups underrepresented in medicine
  • Begin preparation and register for desired MCAT administration; visit MCAT Web site for available test dates. Contact the Career Center Pre-Health Professions Advisor for other testing information.
  • Attend the required Pre-Health Program Admissions Series fall meeting to learn more about professional school testing and the application year timeline
  • Request course evaluations from faculty members at the end of the semester


Spring Semester

  • Attend mandatory Pre-Health Program Spring Admissions Series Meetings, if you plan to apply for the upcoming cycle, and consult regularly with the Career Center Pre-Health Professions Advisor about:
    • your schedule for completion of school-specific requirements for application process
    • advice on career education options within healthcare
    • continuing participation in paid/volunteer medically related activities and record your hours as well as your experiences to benefit your application process
    • prepare for and take desired MCAT administration or other required professional school test
    • set your goal to complete professional school testing by April or May, at the latest
    • continue review of medical education and career options
  • Investigate appropriate professional school choices as well as how the process currently works
  • Successfully complete second-semester required Pre-Health Program and other degree requirements
  • Request course evaluations from faculty members at the end of the semester
     

Summer

  • Become familiar with and address necessary applicant responsibilities for your particular professional school application process
  • Complete professional school application if applying to attend in the fall immediately after graduation
  • Participate in a summer health careers program, if available, or another potential job or program
  • Take desired MCAT or other required professional school test administration
  • Attend summer school, if desired or necessary