Careful planning is important when seeking admission to medical school. Kenyon employs a pre-medical advisor who helps students with all aspects of pre-medical study, from undergraduate course planning to completing professional school applications. Below is a general schedule to guide students in during their four years.
The advisor begins meeting with students who are interested in medical and health careers early in their first year at Kenyon. She encourages students to read a lot, learn about issues related to modern medical care, and determine if this rewarding but demanding career path is indeed right for them.
In the sophomore year, students are encouraged to gain first-hand exposure to the medical, dental, or veterinary community. The pre-medical advisor is well connected to alumni and can help put students in contact with shadowing opportunities, internships, and externships.
Students can join the Rolla Dyer Society (named for the Kenyon alumnus who discovered the typhus vaccine), which brings speakers to campus and arranges volunteer opportunities in the local community.
In the junior year, students begin preparing for the lengthy professional school application process. On Career Day, medical, dental, and veterinary school representatives come to campus to meet students and talk about their programs.
Check on courses needed to meet medical school requirements
Begin preparation in earnest for the MCAT
Work on personal essay
Distribute evaluation forms
Compile school list
Register on-line for the MCAT
Follow up with professors and others to ensure that recommendations have been submitted
Submit a Statement of Intent to the Pre-medical Advisor
Take the MCAT
Turn in completed application materials to the Pre-medical Advisor
Meet with the member of the Health Advisory Committee who will be writing your composite letter
To help students prepare for their professional school interview, the pre-medical advisor also conducts mock interviews, during which she might challenge students with ethical and moral questions in addition to scientific ones.
Register to retake the MCAT
Early Decision candidates submit applications
Retake the MCAT
Work on secondary applications
Interview at institutions
Communicate with the Pre-medical advisor on status of your applications and interviews
Submit most recent transcript to medical schools