Richard A. Henson School of Science & Technology

Medical School Preparation (MD) (DO)

Preparation for medical school requires, first and foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed and that the applicant take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Students should note that the last administration of the "old" MCAT exam will be January 2015 and that the "new" MCAT will start being administered in January 2015. Most medical schools will continue to accept old MCAT scores for approximately the next three years, but it is crucial that students check with their target schools and not make any assumptions. Students preparing for the new MCAT exam should note that a significant portion of the exam is now psychosocial knowledge and that not all of the material will be covered in basic courses such as PSYC 101 and SOCI 101/201. Students should consider additional psychosocial courses and/or study supplemental material for this portion of the new MCAT.

You can choose any undergraduate major, provided that you include the required medical school prerequisite classes in your course of study. You must do very well academically in the area of study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses. Requirements may vary by school, but the following courses are generally required:

Minimum Required Courses at Almost All Schools

Inorganic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 121, 122
Organic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 221,222
Physics (1 year with Lab)
PHYS 121,123
Biology (1 year with Lab)
BIOL 210, 213
MATH 155
For programs that require calculus, general recommendations are:
MATH 198- Biology majors

MATH 201- Chemistry majors
MATH 160- Other majors
Consult your major advisor, checklist, and/or HPAP advisor for additional information on math choices.

Strongly Recommended Courses for MCAT Preparation and/or Certain Select Schools

The minimum courses to do well on the MCAT and the minimum courses for medical school admission are NOT the same thing. Please note that MORE courses are needed for thorough MCAT preparation than are required for admission. The courses below are strongly recommended additions to your program of study to facilitate good MCAT performance.

Biochemistry (1 semester with Lab)
CHEM 417
Anatomy and Physiology (1 year with Lab)
BIOL 215, 216
Cell Biology (1 semester with Lab)
BIOL 350
Genetics (1 semester with Lab)
BIOL 360 or 370
Introductory Psychology (1 semester)
PSYC 101
Introductory Sociology (1 semester)
SOCI 101 or 201
Sarah Ullah, Skylar Lentz, Patrick McFadden

Sarah Ullah, Skylar Lentz, and Patrick McFadden

Graduating from University of Maryland Medical School

Carlos Rivera-Pratts

Exercise Science Major
Chemistry Minor
University of Maryland Medical School

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Nick Ross

Biology Major
Chemistry & Psychology Minor
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton Campus

US Army 2nd Lieutenant
Sabrina Kunciw

Biology Major
Math Minor

Chemistry Minor

Bellevance Honors
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Recipient of US Army Health Professions Scholarship

Lindsey Haney

International Studies Major
Chemistry Minor
Bellevance Honors
Texas Tech School of Medicine at El Paso

It is recommended that additional science courses be added to your course of study if you choose not to major in science. Suggested additional courses are: anatomy and physiology I and II (BIOL 215 & 216), cell biology (BIOL 350), molecular genetics (BIOL 370), and biochemistry (CHEM 417). This will ensure that there will be an overlap between courses you have taken in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, and those required in medical school.

In addition, since the requirements for medical school overlap substantially with other doctoral level health careers, it is often useful for pre-medical students to investigate other career avenues to see what courses are required. It's simply sound academic planning to investigate as many options as possible, and popular options for those are chiropractic, optometry and podiatry.

Medical School applications will require a letter of recommendation from the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) at Salisbury University. In order to be eligible for this committee letter, you must file an interview application to HPAC by March 15, the semester before you plan to apply to medical school.

It is very important for a competitive applicant to have extracurricular activities. There are a wide range of possibilities. It is important that you have some type of clinical experience and most applicants have research experience as well. Medical schools want to be certain that you have knowledge of the field and job of the physician. Research or clinical experiences that you initiate or develop yourself are particularly rewarding and viewed very positively. Community and campus service, participation in organized sports or arts, leadership, and well developed personal interests are all important in the admission process.