Junior Year Spring Timeline

February 1, 2015

Junior Year Spring Timeline

–        Develop your game-plan and timeline for preparation for the next administration of the admission exam for your field of interest.  For those planning to take the MCAT in preparation to be a part of the 2016 entering class, you should have a detailed schedule / study plan for the next few months.

–        Make final adjustments and edits to your personal statement. (The initial draft should have already been completed). If you haven’t already, start working on your personal statement!!  Don’t put this off.  It will take you longer to write than you think and you will need time to get it reviewed by multiple people, edited and revised, and reviewed again; all in time for an on time application.

–        Start finalizing your list of schools you are interested in applying.  I say finalize because the initial list should have been started sometime last semester.  If not, start working on it NOW.  Applications are costly, so you want to put careful thought and consideration into the schools you plan to apply to.   Check out an old post to give you some guidance on how to proceed.

–        Gently remind faculty members about your letters of recommendation!  I say, remind, because again, this should have already been done.  If not, request them today.  Your faculty members are inundated with requests for LOR, make sure that yours is one of the first one’s they will write.

 

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Sophomore Spring Timeline

January 11, 2015

Sophomore Spring Timeline

–       Seek out opportunities for leadership on campus, preferably in an organization associated with your field of interest, but truly, any leadership role on campus will be regarded positively on your application.

–       Keep your grades up!  A strong academic record is an vital part of a competitive application.

–       Finalize your summer plans!!!!  If you don’t have any plans, make some immediately. Many students devote the summer after their sophomore year to test preparation, research, regular shadowing etc.  The bottom line is to use this valuable time well!  You do not want to be sitting at home doing nothing, or working at the Gap so you can get a good discount.  This time is for doing something that will support your application to medical, dental, graduate, pharmacy school etc.  There are many PAID research opportunities available but deadlines have past or are fast approaching so, if you have no plans lined up, find some now!

Seek out opportunities to demonstrate your interest in the field of your choice. Shadowing and volunteering during this time period will also help those who are still undecided about which path to take.

Continue working on an activity journal where you document the health related activities you have participated in. This will serve as a good foundation when you prepare to write your personal statement. Start your journal now, and keep adding it to as you engage in a new activity.

If you are planning to attend medical school, start working on and updating the Works and Activities worksheet. The works and activities worksheet is an important part of the AMCAS application. See the link to a blank works and activities form below.

 

Additional information and resources

AAMC overview of Works and Activities section: 

Tips for writing your most meaningful experiences description

Sample Entries for AMCAS Works and Activities Form

Activities and Work -edited

 


Senior year timeline and interview questions

September 15, 2014

I had the pleasure of speaking at last week’s OBMA meeting. Heres some of the valuable information you missed.  Dr. Vanterpool and Dr. Moss provided their insights as well!  Please make an effort to attend the meetings arranged for your benefit!

For seniors, your prime focus is getting your AMCAS or AASDAS applications sent out, and preparing for interviews.  Attached you’ll find your tips and some questions for both traditional and MMI type interviews.

OU Fall Timeline – Senior

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Junior Year Timeline and Supplements

September 15, 2014

I had the pleasure of speaking at last week’s OBMA meeting. Heres some of the valuable information you missed.  Dr. Vanterpool and Dr. Moss provided their insights as well!  Please make an effort to attend the meetings arranged for your benefit!

Juniors, this is an important year for you, tons to be done!. Two areas of emphasis for you are:  AMCAS activities and work page, and your personal statement. Attached are some questions to consider before you begin to write your personal statement and a sample AMCAS, activities and work experience page. The AMCAS activities and work experience section is a daunting section that will take more time than you think.  One way to save yourself the hassle is to start compiling a list of applicable experiences AS YOU DO THEM, rather than waiting till fall of your senior year to try and remember all the activities you participated in.  Attached is a sample activities and work page that you can save on your desktop and update as you engage in an extracurricular activity, while the number of house, project leader, and contact info, etc are still available .  Also, you can begin to reflect on the activities and start brainstorming ideas for a personal statement. Trust me, needing to fill out AMCAS is closer than you think!

 

 


Sophomore Timeline and Sample AMCAS Activities Page

September 15, 2014

I had the pleasure of speaking at last week’s OBMA meeting. Heres some of the valuable information you missed.  Dr. Vanterpool and Dr. Moss provided their insights as well!  Please make an effort to attend the meetings arranged for your benefit!

For sophomores, one additional focus for you should be beginning to/ continuing to be involved in extracurricular activities. The AMCAS activities and work experience section is a daunting section that will take more time than you think.  One way to save yourself the hassle is to start compiling a list of applicable experiences AS YOU DO THEM, rather than waiting till fall of your senior year to try and remember all the activities you participated in.  Attached is a sample activities and work page that you can save on your desktop and update as you engage in an extracurricular activity, while the number of house, project leader, and contact info, etc are still available .  Also, you can begin to reflect on the activities and start brainstorming ideas for a personal statement. Trust me, needing to fill out AMCAS is closer than you think!

 

OU Fall Timeline – Sophomore

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Freshman Timeline and Study Tips

September 15, 2014

I had the pleasure of speaking at last week’s OBMA meeting. Heres some of the valuable information you missed.  Dr. Vanterpool and Dr. Moss provided their insights as well!  Please make an effort to attend the meetings.  Valuable information is shared that you don’t want to miss.

OU Fall Timeline – Freshman


Fall Timeline

September 24, 2012

September / October/ November Checklist

 

FRESHMAN YEAR

Congratulations! You survived your first month of college! Your goals for the next two to three months are:

  1. Work on developing consistent study habits.  This will serve you well in undergrad and in professional school. Figure out what works for you and keep doing it!   ( See list of study recommendations below)
  2. Focus on building a solid academic foundation.  Your job is to ace those first semester classes.
  3. Get involved in OBMA, SNMA, The dental club, and any other organizations that may be interest to you – Yearbook, newspaper, the quiz team, Spanish club, NAPS.  Just find something that you like!    This advice isn’t limited to campus based activities either, if there are community organizations ( Boys and Girls club, etc) that spark your attention, definitely look into getting involved there as well.  A word of caution: Be sure to balance your extra-curriculars with your school work however and try not to take on TOO much.   The volume of information you are responsible for in college if usually greater than what was expected in high school so you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with extra activities.

Study Tips

  1. Skim the information before each class, every night!  Look at major heading, read the summary at the end of the chapter if there is one available.  This makes  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!  I know, I know…how are you supposed to have time to do this, right?  Make the time!
  2. Be engaged in class!  Pay attention and take notes!
  3. Review after class, everyday.
  4. On the weekend, review all your notes from the week and make a concise typed weekly review sheet.
  5. Use index cards, or some other PORTABLE study tool.  Use them during your down time ( waiting around before class starts, or before chapel, or while in line in the cafeteria, while you’re sitting under the dryer in the beauty room…you get the idea 🙂
  6. Draw things out on an erasable board (or a glass sliding door or mirror…I’ve seen it done) – charts, diagrams, flowsheets.  The more times you write it out the easier things will stick.
  7. Find one or two likeminded people to study with.  Each of you has to be committed to studying, rather than socializing.   You can choose to come together and teach each other certain concepts after you have all read and had your own personal study time, or you could just be in the same room together but studying independently, then maybe at the end of your session, share and review as a group.
  8. Make up tests for yourself.  Consider doing your typed weekly review of your notes in question and answer format.

RESOURCES

So you want to be a doctor https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/basics/280558/right-career.html

Aspiring Dentists http://www.aspiringdentist.com/

AAMC Timeline   https://www.aamc.org/students/download/175214/data/timeline.pdf

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Freshman year has come and gone.  Your goals for the next two to three months are:

  1. In the event that last year did not turn out as you anticipated, START FRESH AND START STRONG. Last year’s short comings do not have to define your college experience or derail your plans for a career as a healthcare professional.
  2. Continue to solidify study methods that were successful for you last year.  Stamp out any methods that weren’t so successful.
  3. Look for volunteer opportunities, extra curricular activities you enjoy, meaningful leadership opportunities.  Now that you’ve had a good taste of  college life, you have a better idea of how much time you need to study and how much time you have for extra curriculars, so get involved.  Take leadership roles where the opportunities arise.
  4.  Start looking at potential summer programs and research opportunities and keeping deadlines in mind.  Summer programs begin to accept applications around Dec, Jan.  You want to know now what the requirements are and be familiar with the application process so that when the applications open up, you’re first in line. Also, keep an eye out around the department and at club meetings for available opportunities.

RESOURCES

http://www.aspiringdentist.com/

http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/aadsas/Pages/default.aspx

Summer Programs https://healthou.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/dont-let-your-christmas-break-go-to-waste/  (scroll to the middle of the post)

 

JUNIOR YEAR

By now, you should have a fairly good idea of what your professional plans after graduation are.  (Its OK, if you don’t…) Here are your goals for the next few months:

  1. Check in with your advisor to make sure that you have adequate time to complete your remaining requirements over the next two years.  Knowing this early, will help you know if you have to CLEP a course or two; do correspondence, or go to summer school.  This becomes important because  you don’t want to “waste” a summer doing a class ( you found out about at the last minute) when you could be doing research or shadowing, or gaining exposure to the field or another experience to add to your AMCAS, AADSAS, or PharmCAS application.
  2. Start making a broad list of professional schools you want to apply to.
  3. If you’re NOT sure what your professional goals after graduation are, that’s OK too, but you need to start looking to figure that out.  Take some time and truly reflect on yourself and your life goals.  Take time to seek God’s face on what direction He would have you go in.  Talk with your academic advisor about your uncertainty.  If you are going back and forth between two or three career options, try and do some shadowing with someone from each field ( good places to look are your church, your advisor may have some guidance, and I’m always willing to help if able,  just leave a comment after this post)

Resources

AAMC Website  http://www.aamc.org

MCAT website  https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

MSAR website https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/msar/

http://www.ada.org/3219.aspx

HealthOU post on starting your list: https://healthou.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/pick-a-school-any-school/

 

SENIOR YEAR

You are on your way!  Your hard work has paid off, but you’re not done yet.  Here are your goals for the next few months

  1. If your AMCAS /  AADSAS / Pharmcas application is not submitted yet, ( and you are planning to enter professional school in August 2013)  GET IT IN ASAP!
  2. If your secondary applications aren’t complete, GET THEM DONE NOW!
  3. If you’re planning to retake the MCAT, PCAT, or DAT and still hope to enter professional school in Fall 2013, then I hope your application is submitted (with plans to submit your new higher score once it becomes available) and I hope you’ve been studying like crazy to ensure you get that higher score you’re looking for.
  4. Start thinking about and planning for your interviews.

–          Find a nice suit.

–          Do interview prep questions

–          Research the schools you have interviews for thus far; both to find out the format of interviews they typically have and to gather information about the particular program so you can ask good questions when you’re there.

–          Schedule a mock interview with your academic advisor.

–          Bear in mind that most schools are now turning to the Multiple Mini Interview format, so try and familiarize and prepare yourself  for that style of interviewing.

5. Continue to work hard.  Yes your application may be in, and the schools won’t use these grades to determine your eligibility for professional school, but you still want to finish strong.

RESOURCES

Pharmcas Application Deadlines for each school http://www.pharmcas.org/applicants/deadlines.htm

AMCAS Application deadlines for each school https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/deadlines/63142/amcas_deadlines.html

(A similar outline of deadlines by school for dental school was not readily available, but individual deadlines for each school you plan to apply to can be found at that particular institution’s website)

Interview Questions  (Just a sampling.  There are tons of others available on the internet)

1. http://www.futuredoctor.net/questions_and_answers1.shtml

2. http://gradschool.about.com/cs/medicalinterview/a/medquest.htm

Interview questions to ask https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/109762/35_questions.html

HealthOU post on interviewing  https://healthou.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/dont-let-your-christmas-break-go-to-waste/  (scroll to the bottom for some interviewing tips)