College of Arts & Sciences

Four-Year Action Plan to Get into Medical, Dental or Veterinary School

Freshman Year Goals:
  • Adjust and enjoy your academic and social life at college, remember school starts day one, studying starts day one.
  • GET GOOD GRADES – AVOID C’s!  You are not average! 
  • Get to know your instructors, mentors, TAs, upper level classmates
  • Start to build your network of contacts (the medical, dental, and veterinary business is very much a people-oriented profession)
  • Straighten out any academic difficulties you are experiencing NOW! 
  • Join Alpha Epsilon Delta as an associate member

Contact Dr. Moldow
E-mail Dr. Moldow (Roberta.Moldow@shu.edu) and say that you are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.

Summer between the Freshman and Sophomore Years:

  • Stay on track with Academic Requirements, including the model Biology and Chemistry programs
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities including enrichment programs in nearby medical schools
  • Volunteer or get jobs in places where some form of health care is being administered 
  • Consider doing research, e.g. in Biology or Biochemistry labs, that can continue throughout your college years
  • READ
  • Shadow a doctor

Sophomore Year Goals:

  • Don’t get into a slump or slack off; GET GOOD GRADES
  • Avoid distractions that lead students into academic trouble.  
  • Join Alpha Epsilon Delta 
  • Contact Dr. Moldow by e-mail at roberta.moldow@shu.edu

Summer between the Sophomore and Junior Years:

  • Take courses if necessary
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities including enrichment programs in nearby medical schools
  • Volunteer or get jobs in places where some form of health care is being administered
  • Consider doing research, e.g. in Biology or Biochemistry labs
  • Shadow a doctor
  • READ
  • Start looking at MCAT prep books

Junior Year Goals:

  • MAINTAIN GOOD GRADES
  • PLAN for MCAT or DAT EXAM in late spring or early summer (offered year round). Realistically, these exams cannot be taken unless you have a strong foundation in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. You need to consider when to take the exam and what review methods will be employed. Take a review course. This is not a short term project;  PLANNING AND DEDICATION TO THIS IS CRITICAL. Start studying in October  
  • Avoid distractions; this is the most demanding year for the pre-medical/pre-dental/pre-veterinary students
  • Request your Letters of recommendation be sent to Dr. Moldow by May 31.

Early Summer between the Junior and Senior Years:

  • Take MCAT or DAT
  • Set up a game plan for applying to medical school, regardless of when you plan to take your MCAT exam. This is a pretty extensive process. Get your personal statement ready.  
  • Apply to schools once you get your MCAT/DAT score back and discuss scores with Dr. Moldow.

Summer between the Junior and Senior Years:

  • Focus on your extracurricular activities, including volunteering and healthcare related jobs or research.
  • Work on secondary applications.

Senior Year Goals:

  • MAINTAIN GOOD GRADES
  • Finalize application with secondary applications
  • Prepare for your interview at medical, dental, or veterinary school
  • Get ready to celebrate your acceptance

Contact Us

Health Professions Advising Program
(973) 761-9053
Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration (Department of) Rm. 220

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