The following courses are recommended for Davidson pre-medicine/pre-dentistry students to develop competencies in the sciences. This listing of courses is meant to be only a broad curricular outline, as individual medical and dental school requirements may vary.
One year/Two semesters of biology with laboratory
Two years/Four semesters of chemistry with laboratory
One year of physics with laboratory
You should discuss how to sequence your pre-medicine/pre-dentistry courses with Program Director Naila Mamoon. However, here are a few general recommendations:
Recommended Courses for MCAT 2015:
Students should take note that required courses are currently under review at medical schools in light of the new MCAT. As such, vigilance should be exercised with regard to changes. You should also be aware that the new MCAT will test your knowledge of additional areas of study, such as the behavioral and social sciences, as well as your critical analysis and reasoning skills.
For other required and recommended classes, refer to Medical School Admission Requirements on the Assocation of American Medical Colleges website.
Overview of the New MCAT
The new MCAT exam has the following four test sections:
|Number of Test Questions||Test Time (minutes)|
|Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems||65||95|
|Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills||60||90|
|Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems||65||95|
|Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior||65||95|
|Table Content Time||6.25 hours|
|Total Time (with tutorial, breaks, survey, etc.)||7.5 hours|
The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills include the following:
For more information, refer to the Association of American Medical Colleges website or consult the Director of Premedicine and Allied Health Professions.
Humanities and Social Sciences
Medical/dental schools encourage academic diversity, and courses in the humanities and social sciences are an excellent way to expand your intellectual horizons. Consider exploring a wide array of study options, including:
Medical humanities include interdisciplinary courses in the theory and practice of medicine, including the organization, delivery, and financing of health care, innovations in reproductive and genetic technologies, bioethics, public health, and more. Through these courses, you gain understanding of controversial issues facing American medicine and develop skills in articulating your opinions on those issues.
Selected Courses in Biology and Neuroscience
Selected advanced biology and neuroscience courses help you develop vocabulary and understand concepts that are important in medical/dental schools, particularly during basic science training.
Foreign travel adds immeasurably to your education. However, early planning – particularly for laboratory science courses – is necessary to avoid delaying your application to medical/dental school.
Use the resources below to review requirements and recommendations at medical and dental schools: