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Pre-Health Information

Pre-Health Information
The Pre-Health Advisor is:
Dr. Kathy Zanin
Bond 322
Office 953-7077
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Please notify Dr. Zanin of any problems with this web page. 
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Click Here to See Upcoming Events for pre-health students.  You may also "like" The Citadel Biology Department  Facebook page to get electronic notifications of events and Pre-Health Society meetings via your Facebook newsfeed.  The Pre-Health Society at The Citadel is an active student organization for cadets who want to prepare for Medical, Dental, or other Health-Related Professions.
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Please scroll down, or choose the following links if you need information concerning allopathic medical, osteopathic medical, veterinary, dental, optometry, pharmacy, public health , podiatry, medical billing and coding or other health-related professional schools. The following web sites will provide you with information concerning these various health professions and what you will need to get in. Additional information is provided in two locations on campus: The third floor corridor of Duckett Hall houses a bookcase full of Pre-Health Information, and the third floor corridor of Bond Hall houses a bulletin board posted with important notifications and information. Apply early; many schools use rolling admissions, meaning that the earlier you apply, the better your chance of being accepted.
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Suggested Resume Template, by Nicholas Slater
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Prepare for Interviews:
Practice your Interview via the Career Center: Look under Online Resources for "Interview Stream"
Learn about the interview questions used by various schools.  Choose a school, under "Interview Feedback" choose "View Survey Results" then scroll down to the bottom of the survey data and choose "Questions"
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Writing a Personal Statement:
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Letters of Recommendation:
Pre-Health Professions Committee: Requesting Letters from Pre-Health Committee or from other Referees
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Volunteer and Enrichment Opportunities:
Pre-Health Mentorship Program NEW: find a health professional to serve as your mentor.
SCRUBS Healthcare Mentor Program at Roper Hospital in Charleston
Volunteer at SCDDSN Coastal Center, a residential facility serving persons with disabilities and special needs. 9995 Miles Jamison Rd., Ladson, SC, 29485; (843) 873-5750

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Learn Which Profession is Right for You:
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Scholarship Opportunities
HPSP Army Scholarships: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 843-577-3425, more information
Programs for Disadvantaged Students:
Fossil Energy Research Internships for females and minorities
MUSC's SM3 Program: Pre-Health Mentors for Minorities
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Applications to Medical School and to Other Health-Related Professions:
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Medical School, Allopathic:
Association of American Medical Colleges (see "Medical Schools" in left hand column for detailed information concerning medical schools in each state)
What is the Early Decision Program (EDP)?  If you know which school you want to attend, the EDP can improve you chance of admittance
Good news for Citadel Cadets: The MUSC College Of Medicine Admissions committee uses the Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges competitiveness rankings of undergraduate schools to adjust applicants’ undergraduate GPA. The Citadel is ranked as a ‘competitive school’ so graduates receive a GPA boost of .19. Graduates of The Citadel Honors College receive a GPA ‘boost’ of .34 to their overall GPA.
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Medical School, Osteopathic:
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Other Medical School Information:
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MCAT Preparation:
Please note that beginning in 2015, the MCAT will place more emphasis on Psychology and Sociology and has a new score scale
MCAT (registration information, purchase practice tests, etc.)
ExamKrackers (50% off with valid military ID)
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Need to take Science and Math Pre-Requisites Before Applying?
Most medical schools require or recommend the following undergraduate science and math courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and Biochemistry. Some additional coursework may be required for some medical schools. Post-Baccalaureate Programs offer students who were not science majors in college the opportunity to take the required science courses prior to applying to medical school or to other Pre-Health Graduate Programs. Graduates of Post-Baccalaureate Programs typically enjoy high success in Medical School admissions. You can search available programs by various criteria at this AAMC web site: Search Postbac Programs
Dental School:
Please go to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for more information.
MUSC, Student National Dental Association's Impressions Programwill be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Participants will learn about Dental School and the application process; they will also be able to participate in dental labs. For more information call Jami Cokley at 843-792-6874.
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Veterinary Medicine:
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) provides information and a central application service, the VMCAS. Not all schools use the central application service.
Visit the VMCAS Facebook Page for Pre-Veterinary Students
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MUSC College of Health Professions: Information Sessions are held every semester in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina. Optional campus tours will begin one hour before the information session.  For Spring 2014 info sessions will be on February 27 and March 21.  Click here to register for a session.
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Anesthesia for Nurses (CRNA) at MUSC
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Cardiovascular Perfusion at MUSC
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Health Administration at MUSC
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Physicians Assistants: Find a PA Program that's right for you; MUSC's Physician Assistant Program, PA Focus contains great information about PA Programs, be sure to explore all the Tabs at the top; (Physician Assistant Program Requirements and Statistics, by Nicholas Slater) PA programs often require or recommend at least 1,000 hours of health care experience prior to admission.  Apply for a shadowing opportunity with a PA mentor.  PA Virtual FairCASPA: Centralized Online Application Service for PA Programs
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Nursing: For information about Nursing school, you may visit the following web pages
The University of San Francisco School of Nursing & Health Professions offers a Master of Science in Nursing for non-nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in any field and who now want to become nurses. The program is full-time for two years with classes being held in the spring, summer and fall semesters. All admissions requirements can be found here.

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Optometry School: For information about Optometry School, you may visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).
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Discover Chiropractics 
American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 1701 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209, 703-276-8800.
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Pharmacy and Health Sciences:
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Public Health:
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Upcoming Events:

  • The Citadel Pre-Health Society "Cadets for a Cure" will be hosting a "Percent Night" at Sticky Fingers, located on 235 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston, this Wednesday, October 15, from 6pm to 10pm. A percentage of the profits earned will go to directly to Hollings Cancer Center's Patient Support Services. These services help provide resources to cancer patients and their families that help fight the physical, emotional, and financial toll associated with cancer. For id="mce_marker"3+tax, you can enjoy unlimited barbecue sandwiches along with two sides and a drink. Please come, let them know you are with The Citadel and support this worthy cause! Together, we can help those suffering from breast cancer.

  • A rep from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine will visit The Citadel this Friday, October 17 for a Drop-In Information Session in Dr. Zanin's office (Bond 322) Please stop by between 12:30 and 2:00 PM if you are interested in attending med school abroad in St. Maarten. 

  • Cadets for a Cure: Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Event.  Pre-Health Society members will be selling bracelets and ribbons to increase awareness of and raise money for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center's Patient Support Services  - Event is ongoing through the month of October.

  • Dental Day at MUSC will be October 31, 2014.  Let Dr. Zanin know if you are interested.  The Dental Day program is an annual fall event that exposes undergraduate pre-health advisors and their students to the College of Dental Medicine and dentistry as a career. Advisors and students spend a day on campus meeting faculty, students and staff while learning about admissions, financial aid and dental specialties.
  • On November 3, the Pre-Health Society will host a presentation by Michael Hunter McKeever, MA; Student Services & Admissions Officer Southern College of Optometryof Memphis, Tennessee - Noon in Duckett 101.