How can you become the most prepared and competitive applicant for medical school?

MedPrep I: The Lecture Series (fall, spring, and summer) 1.0 Unit
Gregory Polites, M.D.
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
MedPrep I (Bio 2651) is a unique, interactive lecture series taught by the chair of the central subcommittee on the Washington University School of Medicine Committee on Admissions. Through a weekly 2-hour lecture, this course gives students accurate, honest, and detailed information on how to become the most competitive applicant to medical school possible and reviews the skill set required to succeed once you are there. This course is particularly helpful for freshman and sophomores in that it helps students plan. It discusses how to integrate extracurricular activities such as volunteer work and research into one’s 4-year college plan and reviews common pitfalls encountered by unsuccessful applicants to medical school. It outlines every step of the application and admissions process, the entire educational path including medical school and residency, and the rewards and challenges of life as a physician. Students also have the opportunity to talk with current medical students about their journey and with resident physicians about their life during the demanding graduate phase of medical training. MedPrep I is a prerequisite for MedPrep II (Bio 2654), the shadowing course that takes place in the Charles F. Knight Emergency and Trauma Center of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the main teaching hospital for the Washington University School of Medicine.

There is no outside coursework and no exams, so this course can be taken with the busiest of course schedules. For the Fall 2020 semester, MedPrep I will be taught synchronously via Zoom. Class attendance is required but students will be able attend two classes asynchronously. A $10 course fee applies. For more details about the course, please see the website at:
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* This course engages pre-health students in discussions about current information in the medical school application and admissions process. It is optional and does not replace requirements for the Biology major or for pre-health careers. See the Handbook for Biology Majors for details of Biology major requirements.

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