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.
There is no ‘pre-med’ major at Yale-NUS College, so you may major in any subject. In fact, Yale-NUS students who have been admitted to graduate medical (MD) programs have majored in a variety of subjects such as psychology, life sciences and MCSS. In selecting your major, do remember that you need to be able to satisfy any subject requirements for your graduate school of choice and prepare to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), if you intend to study in the US. See below for the typical pre-med requirements at most US medical schools.
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).
Suggested Pathway for Yale-NUS students Considering Medical Studies in the US
Many students would like to apply for medical school in their senior year, with the intention of starting their medical training directly after graduating from Yale-NUS College. However, it is perfectly reasonable to take a gap of 2-3 years to acquire more clinical experience and strengthen your application. We highly recommend taking a gap year (or more) as it provides opportunities for further intellectual and personal growth, while building relevant capabilities. Here are a few ways you may use your gap year: obtain clinical experience, complete pre-requisite courses, obtain a research fellowship, participate in public service, attend a post-bacc course and study for the MCAT.For those of you who are keen to apply during senior year, here are some tips to help you:
Suggested Timeline for Senior Year (Application Year)
|May||American Medical College Application System (AMCAS) opens: Familiarize yourself with the platform as most medical schools use this service for their application processes.|
|June||AMCAS submission begins: You should take your MCAT this month.|
|July||AMCAS is transmitted to schools: Yale-NUS Pre-health Committee letters completed this month. See below for submission requirements.|
|July - December (really October)||Secondary Applications: Allocate adequate time to complete secondary applications (roughly equivalent to one full course at Yale-NUS)|
|August - March||Interviews: Budget funds and time to fly back to the US for interviews. Medical schools offer very little flexibility in interview schedules so plan ahead (and speak to your Yale-NUS professors at the start of the semester).|
|October 15th||First decision day|
|April 31||Waitlist movement day|
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.