Your Guide to Navigating the Pre-Med Process
Intern: A Doctor's Initiation
Intern is Dr. Sandeep Jauhar's story of his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question his every assumption about medical care today. Residency―and especially its first year, the internship―is legendary for its brutality, and Jauhar's experience was even more harrowing than most. He switched from physics to medicine in order to follow a more humane calling―only to find that his new profession often had little regard for patients' concerns. He struggled to find a place among squadrons of cocky residents and doctors. He challenged the practices of the internship in The New York Times, attracting the suspicions of the medical bureaucracy. Then, suddenly stricken, he became a patient himself―and came to see that today's high-tech, high-pressure medicine can be a humane science after all.
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician
In his acclaimed memoir Intern, Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City hospital. Doctored, his harrowing follow-up, observes the crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending cardiologist.
Hoping for the stability he needs to start a family, Jauhar accepts a position at a massive teaching hospital on the outskirts of Queens. With a decade's worth of elite medical training behind him, he is eager to settle down and reap the rewards of countless sleepless nights. Instead, he is confronted with sobering truths. Doctors' morale is low and getting lower. Blatant cronyism determines patient referrals, corporate ties distort medical decisions, and unnecessary tests are routinely performed in order to generate income. Meanwhile, a single patient in Jauhar's hospital might see fifteen specialists in one stay and still fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition.
The Health Care Handboook
A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System
Written by two former students from the Washington University School of Medicine with foreword by Dr. William Peck, former dean of the School of Medicine, this handbook gives one of the clearest explanations of the numerous components that comprise the U.S. health care system. This is the perfect resource for any premedical or medical student who wants to better understand health care delivery systems, insurance and economics and issues related to health care policy and reform - excellent for anyone preparing for a medical school interview or for someone who simply wants a more cogent explanation of this complex topic.
Washington University PreHealth Website (Resource Page)
Contains a comprehensive list of resources regarding pre-professional examinations, test preparation, studying abroad, campus resources and career exploration. For ease of use some of the specific links within this site are contained below. Includes information on the Personal Information Review (PIR) and a link to the Washington University International and Area Studies Program for studying abroad.
Application and Admission Timeline
This general guide from the AAMC will prepare college students for the medical school application and admission process. Consult your prehealth advisor to devise and individualized schedule that works best for you. If applying to a Texas allopathic medical school, click here.
Cornerstone - The Center for Advanced Learning
At Cornerstone, undergraduates have access to the support services they need to succeed academically. When students want to take that extra step to move from comprehensive to mastery, they can find the support they need at Cornerstone. For the medical school applicant, Cornerstone offers both an MCAT Review Course and unique Personal Statement Workshops.
The Career Center
The Career Center serves as an invaluable resource for everything from finding summer internships and medically related jobs to resume help and interview preparation. Students are advised to take time to explore the Career Center's website to see everything it has to offer. For help assessing your interests and whether medical school, nursing school or other graduate study in the health fields are the right next step, schedule an appointment with a pre-health career advisor by calling (314) 935-5930.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research is to promote and facilitate research by undergraduates. It does so by facilitating undergraduate research by maintaining a knowledge base of available opportunities, by uniting students and mentors, and by assisting with funding. The office promotes undergraduate research by providing forums for presentation of research, by assisting students in making effective presentations, and by informing our community of these activities. Click here for summer research opportunities.
The Washington University Pre-Health Handbook
This exhaustive resource covers a wide variety of topics specific to the Wash U student. Created by the Pre-Health team, this handbook includes information on course planning, obtaining letters of recommendation, GPA and MCAT information and a whole host of other topics relevant to not just pre-med students but students interested in other health professions as well.
Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Did you know there is a nearly endless number of WU Community Service Groups that involve almost any activity that you can think of? The Community Service Office is a great place to look for activities that will get you involved both locally and throughout the world. Definitely check this site out!
This section gives an extensive list of hospitals, hospices & non-profit organizations that students may contact to inquire about volunteer positions. A long list of non-medical volunteer organizations is also available on the last page.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Career Page and Volunteer Page
Barnes-Jewish Hospital has numerous paid, part-time and volunteer positions for students and individuals of varying education and experience levels. This site contains is an excellent place to look for jobs and opportunities within the medical center. Students are encouraged to take time exploring this site. Finding a job is never easy, but this site makes it easier!
St. Louis Children's Hospital Volunteer Page
St. Louis Children's Hospital offers several opportunites for students to volunteer. These include a long-term student volunteer program, a summer student program and volunteer opportunities SLCH sponsored camps. Take a look for more info.
GAP Year Resources
Thinking about taking a year off after medical school? The GAP year is a great way to broaden your horizons, experience the world, gain more clinical experience or improve your academic credentials. The list is almost endless. This section gives an exhaustive list of resources regarding the gap year divided into categories.
Guidelines for Premedical Students Providing Care Abroad
While many students have had beneficial experiences through involvement in patient care activities abroad, and services have been provided to people in need, the potential for harm and abuse in these situations cannot be ignored. This list of guidelines from the AAMC will help you make appropriately cautious decisions before engaging in a clinical experience overseas.
Commonly Asked Interview Questions and the Mock Medical School Interview
Being prepared for your medical school interview means having a general idea of the types of questions that might be asked. It also means taking the time to do a practice interview so that you'll be comfortable for the real thing. Click on each heading above to learn more.
Medical School Headquarters
This website has the same mission as MedPrep and was started to help focus the vast amount information available to premed students. It includes weekly podcasts covering valuable and interesting topics for the premed student. Information is updated frequently so check back to this site often.
The Student Doctor Network
A non-profit educational community for students and doctors spanning all health professions. This site contains an comprehensive list of resources not just for the pre-med student but for anyone interested in the health professions. The medical section of SDN contains pre-medical forums that include an enormous amount of topics ranging from school-specific discussions to pre-medical FAQs. This is a definite resource that ALL pre-med students should bookmark.
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) for Medical School Admissions
The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) has recently been adopted by several U.S. medical schools as part of the admissions process. This format is very different than a traditional interview.
Whichever method you choose to use to study for the MCAT, it is strongly advised that you have a well structured plan. This may include a review course, practice exams, study aids or a combination of all three. Look here to learn everything about the MCAT exam including a comprehensive list of courses and study materials that will help you excel on this very important exam.
AAMC Facts Page
The AAMC FACTS tables comprise the most comprehensive and objective data on U.S. medical school applicants, matriculants, enrollment, graduates, Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) applicants, and MD/PhD students available to the public free of charge.
Medical School Admission Requirements® (MSAR®)
Now available online!
This is a must-have resource - often called the "bible of medical school guides" - is the #1 source for medical school applicants. And it's now available online! The MSAR contains information on newly accredited medical schools, application procedures and deadlines, selection factors such as MCAT & GPA data, medical school class profiles, costs and financial aid packages, MD/PhD and other combined degrees, graduates' specialty choices and updated USMLE policies.