Pre-medicine/Allied Health Professions students at Davidson major in a wide range of disciplines, from neuroscience to art history. You should plan to major in a discipline that excites you and for which you have the most aptitude, understanding that you must also plan to take one or two courses that are listed as prerequisites at your health professions school of interest each semester.
If you are interested in the pre-medicine and Allied Health Professions, you should first do the following:
While the specifics of your plan may vary, the following is an overview of what you should expect/plan for in your four-year course of study.
Starting early in your college career, attend our fall pre-medicine and Allied Health Professions Director's Meeting (September). After that, you will meet regularly with Director of pre-medicine/Allied Health Professions Naila Mamoon. Your first meeting will be in a small group, and is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn about the required pre-medicine/pre-health courses and recommended healthcare volunteering opportunities. All subsequent meetings will be one-on-one with the director.
Also, you should begin to find opportunities for clinical exposure and get involved on campus and in the community.
Recommended courses include:
Some of the courses listed above may be taken during your junior year. Learn more about course requirements.
As you continue your coursework and community involvement activities, you also will begin planning for next steps in your medical/health career.
If you do not plan on taking a "gap year" between college and graduate school, in the fall of your junior year you should be interviewed by and receive a rating from a Premedical Advisory Committee (PAC). The Pre-Medicine and Allied Health Professions program director will prepare a report that will include your committee rating, a composite evaluation and the letters of recommendation from those who evaluated you. At your request, the evaluation report will be sent to all medical or other pre-professional schools to which you apply.
In preparation for continuing your medical/health career path, your senior year will include lots of paperwork and interviews.
If you did not get evaluated by our committee during your junior year, you should apply for a PAC evaluation and be interviewed in the fall semester.
Choosing to participate in the pre-medicine program does not preclude you from studying abroad. It simply requires careful planning and consultation with the program director and professors within your major discipline.