Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New medical schools opening

According to Sylvia E. Morris, MD, a former assistant professor at Emory and now a consultant and community health advocate, by 2025, we will need 46,000 to 90,000 new doctors.

Three new medical schools are responding to the call--in Texas, California, and New York.

The University of Texas-Austin, focuses on research and leadership and wants to make Austin a model health city. The initial class of 50 students began in June 2016. It will work closely with the University's business, nursing, and engineering schools as an incubator of ideas.

In New York, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education will be part of City University of New York. This fall, 70 students will begin studies.

And, California Northstate University near Sacramento seated its first class of 90 students in the fall of 2015--mission more primary care doctors.

Some tips for potential med students:

--Practice MCAT questions daily in each subject. Even in a new school, you need to score high. Take a prep course or form a study group.

--Visit your professional school adviser early and often. This adviser can keep you up to date on new programs and opportunities.

--Update your application if you are reapplying. Ask yourself why you want to be a physician, reflect that in your application. Include volunteer and science or medicine work--such as being a medical scribe, mission work, or new achievements since your last application.

Many school have specific missions. Try to apply to those that suit your mission.

Another tip: Never compare yourself with other applicants...You are the only person involved in your application. For instance, never say, "Unlike other applications you will be reading, I delivered six babies while on a mission in Africa."

This is just a start. Applying to med school is an art.

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