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The process of applying to medical school is often considered long and complicated. The Health Professions Advising Office is here to support you through that process. We hope this information will help make the process easier.

In the past five years, the AAMC and HHMI released two papers that recommended the development of innovative approaches to premedical education. The first paper, "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (SFFP)" outlines a set of scientific competencies and quantitative skills that should be mastered by premedical students. The second paper, “Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians” recommends physicians to have a conceptual framework in these disciplines to understand socioeconomic and cultural determinates of health and to address health care disparities.

Concurrently the AAMC also conducted a review of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is the standardized test that all students must take in order to apply to medical school. As a result of the MCAT review and the AAMC/HHMI study, there is a new MCAT that will be implemented in the spring of 2015.

Your undergraduate career is an important preparation in many ways. At the most basic level, you will be meeting medical schools' specific course requirements and working to master material that you will be tested on via the MCAT; however, you will be doing much more than that. You will be developing critical thinking skills and a breadth of exposure to ideas and experiences that will lead to your success in medical school and in the field.

What do these changes mean for you?

You will be completing your premedical studies during a time of evolution in the pre-medical requirements. While it is not clear yet exactly what impact these changes will have on specific pre-medical course requirements at individual medical schools, Haverford is very involved in making plans for these possible changes. We recognize that there will be some uncertainty moving forward, but we believe that if you plan to take the traditional course requirements for medical school admission, it will be a good and productive way to begin your college career. Stay in touch with the Coordinator of Health Professions Advising who can provide advice and support in choosing classes while you explore a career in medicine.

First & Second Year Students

Learn about required and suggested courses, sample schedules, and extracurricular preparation.

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