Due to the variety of health professions and the vastly different requirements to enter these professions across countries, Yale-NUS students interested in pursuing a health profession should make an appointment with Nilanjana Pal at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Applying to any health profession can be a complex, demanding, and competitive process.
No single pathway guarantees acceptance into these institutions. However, there are certain qualities that successful applicants to health professions possess:
The following information provides some guidance on the academic preparation and application process for US medical school and additional resources to help students pursue their interest in a health profession.
MajorsYou may major in any subject while satisfying the pre-med requirements as set by the top medical schools and that will prepare you for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Majoring in science would be required if you wanted to go into the field of medical research or enter a PhD programme.
Premedical Requirements for US Medical Schools
US Medical Schools generally require:
Students who choose not to complete their science pre-requisite courses during their undergraduate years can complete the requirements in a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Programme before applying. These programmes allow students to complete pre-med requirements after graduation. They are offered by many institutions and can be found on this list provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
|Year 3, Semester 1||Start planning to take the MCAT, take free online practice test, make arrangements for formal prep if needed|
|Year 3, Late Semester 1 (October – December)||Register for MCAT|
|Year 3, Semester 2||Take the test, if you are dissatisfied with score, register for the next exam, start doing research to find schools that are a good fit for you, visit potential schools|
|Year 3, Late Semester 2 (March – May)||Identify and contact potential recommendations. Make sure they know deadlines|
|Year 3 Summer Break||Decide your chosen schools complete the AMCAS application. If applying through early decision, deadline is August 1. Regular deadlines stretch between now and December|
|Year 4, Semester 1||If med schools like your candidacy, they will send you their own secondary application. You’ll have some essays to write. Give yourself enough time to revise and to allow someone else to read them. Send thank you notes to your recommenders as a gentle reminder to submit recommendations. Prepare for interviews|
|Year 4, Semester 2||Acceptances and rejections arrive|
The Medical College Admission TestThe Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an exam given by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is required by most medical schools. There are resources in the Yale-NUS library to help you prepare for your MCAT. Also, contact Nilanjana if you would like to apply for some funding available to subsidise the cost of MCAT prep courses. These funding opportunities are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis every year. The funding limit is S$500 per student.
The Application (AMCAS and Non-AMCAS)
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) provides a centralised application service to which most medical schools in the US subscribe to. All applications are done online starting in May and should be completed no later than end of June.
Most medical schools will require students to complete a secondary application after the AMCAS with a fee ranging from USD$50 – $100. Schools not participating in AMCAS have their own forms which must be requested via the schools’ websites.
It is recommended that you complete your application earlier than the deadline. Plan to have all applications, including secondary applications, completed no later than August.
Yale-NUS Pre-health Committee (PHC) letter: If requested by the student, the PHC will write a recommendation cover letter, endorsing your application to medical school in the US. The cover letter contains information about Yale-NUS College and its unique curriculum and provides a holistic view on your application. The PHC will need a great deal of information from the student/applicant before the letter can be composed. For more information about the documents that must be submitted to the PHC, please contact Nilanjana Pal at email@example.com.