HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Wesleyan's Health Professions Advisor is Peggy Carey Best, pcbest@wesleyan.edu.
She is available for appointments during the week; call (860) 685-2180 for more information.

For most students interested in medicine -- osteopathic, chiropractic, veterinary, dental or allopathic* -- exploring and preparing are simultaneous activities. While you are searching for insight and experience, it is important to keep in mind what medical school admissions committees are looking for as they read through applications for admission. Since other graduate programs in the health professions are similar to, or less structured than, those of allopathic medical schools, describing the specifics of application to allopathic medical school will be used as our example. Please seek more specific advice from Peggy Carey Best, the Health Professions Advisor, if you are interested in other types of health professions since the application process is slightly different in each case.

*Note: Allopathic schools are those commonly thought of when referring to "medical schools."

PREPARING FOR ADMISSION

The question of when to attend medical school is being asked by more and more students interested in a career in health professions. Additionally, many students are wondering the role course selection, undergraduate major, and grades play in a candidate's competitiveness for acceptance into a program. Read More...

MEDICAL SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

If you think you will be applying to medical school, you need to familiarize yourself with the course requirements. Generally, three or more years are needed to complete these required courses as an undergraduate. Read More...

STANDARDIZED TESTS

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required by most medical schools. It is presently approximately five-and-a-half hours long (testing time) and very demanding, both in terms of the level of preparation required to be successful and the very strictly controlled, speeded testing conditions. It is offered multiple times during the year. Read More...

SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you are an international student and you hope to go into medicine, it is important for you to know that international applicants (those without US citizenship or Permanent Resident status) have a difficult time gaining admission to US medical schools. Read More...

TIMELINE FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL APPLICANTS

Timelines are often helpful in providing structure to your application process. The following timeline is designed to provide both helpful suggestions for ways of exploring the option of medical school, as well as some useful reminders as you approach the actual application process.  Undergraduates Read More...   Alumni Read More...

WESLEYAN HEALTH PROFESSIONS PANEL & PANEL LETTERS

The Career Center provides counseling and organizational assistance to current Wesleyan students and alumni who are applying to medical and other health-related graduate schools, in fields such as public health, social work, optometry, and counseling psychology. Current students and alumni applying to medical, dental, or veterinary school who are within five years of graduation may also request an institutional letter of recommendation from the Wesleyan Health Professions Panel. Read More...

MEETING THE COSTS OF MEDICAL SCHOOL

Financial assistance is built in to most state-supported health professions graduate schools, which may cost half--and sometimes even a quarter--of what many private schools cost. Read More...

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

The process of applying to medical school begins approximately eighteen months prior to your intended entry date. If you want to go to medical school immediately after graduating, you begin the application process in the winter of your junior year. A mandatory meeting to explain the details of the admissions process is conducted by the Career Center, usually in December of each year. Read More...