med school success
“I had the opportunity of moving from one of the smallest universities in the country to the largest when I graduated from EMU and moved on to the Ohio State University for medical school. The quality of the teaching at EMU was fantastic for many reasons — I believe that the most important one was that the professors were primarily there to provide an education, rather than to conduct research or write grants and papers.”
- Dr. Chad Denlinger, EMU class of 1996, is now an assistant professor of surgery and surgical director of lung transplant program for the Medical University of South Carolina. (Photo courtesy of the Medical University of South Carolina)
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“I can think of no better place to prepare for a career in medicine than EMU. I had a well-rounded scientific education and I am grateful for the relationships and faith development I gained before beginning the study of medicine.”
-EMU graduate Brian Roggie, medical student at State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine
Students who are service-oriented, compassionate, interested in health and human body issues, and academically competent can develop into skilled health care professionals.
Our undergraduate program emphasizes quality academics and Christian caring empathy and prepares students for entrance into graduate level health professional programs.
Any undergraduate major is acceptable for medical school, but the required science courses must be completed no matter a student’s major. (See list of medical schools EMU students are now attending.) It is, of course, easier to complete these requirements if one is a biology or biochemistry major.
Clinical, Volunteer, and Practical Experiences
Students must demonstrate some level of involvement in medicine which may consist of shadowing a physician, volunteering at a clinic, or employment in a hospital or nursing home as a technician or nursing assistant. Involve yourself in some community volunteer work that relates to people. These experiences do not need to be “medical-related” but they should directly affect or influence people.
Choose to complete a collaborative research project with a faculty person. Research participation indicates your interest and involvement in the process of science and will enhance your critical and creative thinking skills. Extracurricular activities during the undergraduate years are important and are noticed. They indicate your broader interests and experiences. Active participation in the Preprofessional Health Science Society is a minimal expectation.
Liberal Arts Foundation
One of the important aspects in your education is the broad liberal arts exposure you receive at EMU.
EMU students uniquely have a strong cross-cultural component in their liberal arts experience which encourages development of relational skills with those of other ethic backgrounds and cultures.
The cross-cultural experience may validate ones involvement in liberal arts. Humanitarian values are an important selection criterion in gaining admission to medical school.
Gaining entrance into a medical school is a difficult process, but if you have the interest, aptitude, and resolve to work through the various steps, you can join the successful ranks of EMU students who have completed programs in medicine and are practicing as physicians in their chosen specialties.