There are many different paths to medical or dental school so be sure to meet with Naila Mamoon, director of premedicine and allied health professions, to discuss your timeline, goals, and course sequencing. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
In addition to your coursework, it is important for you to demonstrate that you value service to others and that you have an in-depth understanding of the profession to which you aspire, so you will need to plan accordingly.
A sustained track record of service to the sick and the vulnerable and of exposure to clinical medicine will be critical as you apply to medical or dental school. Also, hands-on opportunities require you to think holistically about health and health care and to develop problem-solving and communication skills, all of which will serve you well in your career.
The following courses are recommended for Davidson premedicine students to develop competencies in the sciences. Many of the courses are suitable for first-year students based on their academic background and preparation, so if registration is full for one course, you have many other options for any given semester. Other courses may be taken during your sophomore and junior year.
The listing of courses is a broad curricular outline for reference only, 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 (two semesters) of physics with laboratory
One year (two semesters) of English
Other recommended subjects/courses include:
In addition to the courses listed above, some additional courses are recommended specifically in preparation for the new MCAT.
Some other areas of study you should consider include:
Most premedicine students graduate with 32 credits, similar to other students. While you will not necessarily have additional course requirements, you do need to be mindful of what courses you take and when you take them.
If you use an AP/IB credit for a course, consider taking an upper level course in the discipline. Among the premedicine prerequisite/recommended courses, AP/IB credits for calculus, chemistry, psychology, and statistics are accepted.
You may designate a premedicine course pass/fail only if you retake the course, and you may only earn credit for a course once. Know that medical or dental school admissions use grades from your premedicine courses to compute your science GPA, so it is often better for you to keep the grade and do well on a subsequent upper level course in the same discipline as it demonstrates resilience and your ability to learn from mistakes, two qualities highly valued by medical school admissions.