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Transfer Advising for Pre- Medical and Pre-Dental Students

Information for Students Planning to Apply to Medical or Dental School

Basic points to consider:

  • Medical and dental schools often prefer that students take additional science courses (beyond minimum science pre-requisites) at four year universities. If lower level science courses are completed at a community college this becomes even more important. For information see the University of Maryland’s Reed Yorke-Health Advising website http://www.prehealth.umd.edu/  
  • Students with a prior bachelor degree are highly encouraged to contact medical or dental schools directly for their admissions policies prior to enrolling in classes at Montgomery College
  • Some medical and dental schools have stated that they do not accept science pre-requisites taken at a community college and many do not accept online coursework (see more below)
  • Freshmen and sophomore students should take advantage of summer enrichment programs to learn more about the field of medicine and applying to medical and dental schools (see websites below.)

General Information for Aspiring Medical or Dental Students

Association of American Medical Colleges: https://www.aamc.org/students/: General website for pre-medical and medical students

Aspiring Doc’s: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/: Information for prospective medical students including: Medical school applications, MCAT, Paying for medical school, Summer Enrichment Programs, and more.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program: http://www.smdep.org: Free (full tuition, housing, and meals) 6-week summer program for college freshmen and sophomores providing intensive medical and dental school preparation.  APPLY EARLY!!!  Application opens NOVEMBER 1. This is a rolling admission program: FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.  Questions: Call the SMDEP National Program Office 1-866-587-6337 or email to smdep@aamc.org

TOUR4Diversity: http://tour4diversity.org: Meet with medical students, doctors, and dentists to learn what it takes to succeed.  

The Road to Becoming a Doctor: https://www.aamc.org/download/68806/data/road-doctor.pdf: A general description of the American medical education programs

University of Maryland College Park (UMCP): The Reed-Yorke Health Professional Advising Office

UMCP has a pre-medical advising program. All transfer students who are interested in medical or dental school are advised to review the following website for valuable information http://www.prehealth.umd.edu/

Transfer students should pay careful attention to the Committee Letter Process. The Committee letter is an important component of your medical school application.  UMCP requires that “Transfer students to the University of Maryland must… have the minimum of 24 credits of sciences at UMD before being eligible to utilize the Committee Letter Process.” (http://www.prehealth.umd.edu/applicantcycle/committeeletter#eligible)

Local programs on community college pre-requisites

Georgetown University School of Medicine: Admission representative, employed by Georgetown SOM, posts response on AMA website: https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/experience/284838/postbac6.html

Howard University College of Medicine: According to Sharmon Jones,  Admissions Officer, the College of Medicine “definitely” accepts community college pre-requisite science coursework

Howard University College of Dentistry: http://healthsciences.howard.edu/education/schools-and-academics/dentistry/admissions/minimum-qualifications

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/admissions/md/application_process/prerequisites_requirements.html

The George Washington School of Medicine: http://smhs.gwu.edu/academics/md/admissions/apply/faq#coursework

University of Maryland School of Medicine: http://medschool.umaryland.edu/admissions/faq.asp#19

University of Maryland School of Dentistry: http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/admissions/dds_prereq.html

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine: According to NaShieka Knight, Recruitment and Admissions Specialist, USUHS accepts community college pre-requisite coursework as long as they also have additional science courses from a 4 year institution.


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