Pre-Medicine

The pre-medicine program at Cornell College is designed to help you identify both prerequisites for admission to medical school and meaningful cocurricular experiences in and out of the medical field. it is coordinated by the Dimensions Program for Health Professions. 

Many pre-medicine students major in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) at Cornell College.

Most Cornell graduates accepted to medical school in recent years were BMB majors. Many had a double major in an area outside of the natural sciences. That combination can strengthen an application because it will help meet the prerequisites of medical schools and sets the student apart from other applicants. 

The Co-Curricular Activity Journal is a resource aiding students in reflection and meaning making throughout their experiences leading to a healthcare career. The Dimensions Co-Curricular Activity Journal helps students keep an active record of co-curricular activities contributing to a strong application to Medical school.

Applying to Medical School

Admission into medical school is an incredibly competitive process, and Cornell students do well above national averages. From 2008-2015 the national admission rate into medical school for M.D. and D.O. programs was just 41 percent, while Cornell's medical school acceptance rates is 75 percent over the same time period (based on latest data available).

The Dimensions Guide to Pre-Medicine includes information on medical school prerequisites, a sample course timeline, and other tips and resources helping you navigate your pre-medicine career at Cornell College. 

Medical schools today are looking for well-balanced applicants. Most medical schools offer a holistic review of medical school applications meeting the minimum GPA and MCAT score. Holistic review is an individualized way of assessing an applicant's capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, academic metrics, and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician. 

Cornell's pre-medicine advisors help prepare you for the process and, when it comes time to apply, will assist every step of the way. 

Types of Physicians

Individuals earn a medical degree through one of the three main tracks. All medical degree tracks require medical school and all have similar preparatory coursework.  

Prerequisite Coursework 

Medical schools pay attention to a student's academic record and seek well-rounded applicants interested in science and who can work well with people. Prerequisites include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, anatomy, and physics. Additional upper-level coursework in these areas is beneficial, but not always required.

Meeting with the Associate Director of Dimensions regularly can help you research prerequisites specific to programs you are interested in through the AAMC's Medical School Admission Requirements, a service paid for by Dimensions.  

Admissions Examination

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

All medical schools require the MCAT administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for admission.   

Dimensions provides resources, funding, and 1:1 professional support for students preparing for the MCAT every year. 

Application Process

Students applying to medical school nationwide utilize the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS), the American Association of Medical Colleges (AMCAS), or both. 

Dimensions is your primary source for information when you reach the planning stage for your medical school application. Cornell students are expected to utilize the Health Professions Committee before the start of their intended application cycle. 

International Students Interested in Attending Medical School

Non-U.S. citizens holding permanent residency in the United States (i.e., green card holders) are generally treated in the same way as United States citizens in the health professions application process.  Opportunities for medical education in the United States are not as available for international applicants, that is, non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents. While some medical schools do allow applications from international students, the numbers admitted yearly are quite small.  Most acceptances are offered by private health professions schools. 

Many American students finance their medical education, at least in part, through government loans. U.S. government loans are not available to international students who are not permanent residents. Therefore, many medical schools will require international students to document their ability to independently pay for a medical education. In some cases, students may be required to demonstrate adequate funds in an escrow account prior to enrollment.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in health care, you should research the admissions requirements for health professions schools in your home country before deciding whether to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the U.S. The National Association for Advisors of the Health Professions (NAAHP) provides additional information regarding medical school admissions policies relative to international student applicants.  

Additional Resources 

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
ExploreHealthCareers.org
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook