Pre-Med Advising

  • I am a... High Schooler
    Take classes that challenge you, such as advanced-placement (AP) courses in science or mathematics. When applying for medical school, all required courses must be taken at a college or be college accredited.

    Begin collecting volunteer hours and seek out shadowing experience. Volunteering can be in any capacity and does not need to involve the medical field. To shadow a physician, reach out to a doctor or other medical professional whose work may pique your interest, and ask them if you can shadow them for a period of time.

    We recommend that you document your volunteer and shadowing hours so that it is easy to recall your experiences when it comes time to put together your medical school applications.

    See below for WWAMI requirements. Contact Alida van Almelo at arvanalmelo@alaska.edu with any questions.
  • I am a... College Freshman or Sophomore
    Undergraduate students in their first two years of college do not qualify for one-on-one pre-med advising appointments. We recommend that you communicate with your academic advisor within your discipline. Bring along the WWAMI course requirements below to help you plan out your undergraduate trajectory.

    Choosing a college degree program can be a difficult decision. For WWAMI, any Bachelor's degree will suffice, as long as you complete required courses. While you should pursue a degree that interests you, it can be more difficult to integrate the required course load into some degree programs than others. Degrees to consider avoiding include professional degree programs like Engineering or Nursing. These intensive programs are time-consuming and have requirements that do not include many of the same courses required for medical school, making it extremely difficult to fit those courses into ones schedule and graduate on time.

    Begin collecting volunteer hours and seek out shadowing experience. Volunteering can be in any capacity and does not need to involve the medical field. To shadow a physician, reach out to a doctor or other medical professional whose work may pique your interest, and ask them if you can shadow them for a period of time.

    See below for WWAMI requirements. Contact Alida van Almelo at arvanalmelo@alaska.edu with any questions.
  • I am a... College Junior, Senior or a Non-Traditional Student
    Students in their last two years of college and non-traditional students qualify for Pre-Med Advising through WWAMI. Prospective medical students are encouraged to meet with a pre-med advisor to discuss course schedules, preparation for entrance exams, completion of applications, coordination of letters of recommendation and other topics applicable to the development of a suitable undergraduate program and effective application to medical school. WWAMI pre-med advising is available to anyone seeking an advanced degree in a healthcare field.

    To set up an appointment at your convenience, go to: https://meetme.so/premedadvising *Please note that availability varies depending on our faculty's teaching schedules and appointments are shown two weeks out. If you do not see a time that works for you, please check back.

    Contact Alida van Almelo at arvanalmelo@alaska.edu with any questions.

Student StudyingWWAMI Requirements

Core requirements for applying to the WWAMI School of Medical Education are as follows:

  • You must have a Bachelor's degree
    That degree can be in anything. See "College Freshmen & Sophomores" above.
  • You must complete specific, college-level courses
    Every medical school has similar but varying requirements, so consider what schools you might like to attend and ask what their course requirements are. The WWAMI requirements are as follows:
    • Humanities/Social Sciences: four (4) classes from any of a wide range of humanities disciplines such as Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, History, Literature, etc... Courses that teach writing, speaking, performance or language skills do not count toward this requirement.
    • Physics: either two (2) semester of Physics--OR--one (1) semester of either Calculus or Linear Algebra. The Physics courses need to be either the 100 or 200-level core courses for science majors, not a general education requirement (GER) designed for non-majors.
    • Chemistry: Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry. To satisfy this requirement, you can take CHEM 321 (Organic Chemistry I), CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) and CHEM 441 (Biochemistry I). You do not have to take the Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry labs, nor do you have to take Biochemistry II).
    • Biology: Cellular Biology and Genetics. To satisfy this requirement, you can take BIOL 242 and BIOL 252. The prerequisite for both courses is BIOL 108, which is a 6-credit, intensive course. These courses must be core or elective courses for science majors. GER courses and courses intended for allied health, pre-nursing or nursing majors (such as BIOL 240) do not count toward this requirement.
    • Optional Courses: Courses such as Ethics, Phychology, Sociology, Physiology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Developmental Biology, etc... are recommended but not required. The inclusion of these and similar courses is likely to strengthen your application and may also help you with your MCAT preparation. Please note that the WWAMI program does not require you to take "Anatomy and Physiology" as an undergraduate student.
  • You must pass the MCAT
    The MCAT is a standardized, national exam used to compare medical school applicants across the United States. It consists of four equally-weighted sections:
    • Chemical and Physical Foundations (Chemistry and Physics)
    • Biological and Biochemical Fundations (Biology and Biochemistry)
    • Physiological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior (Psychology and Sociology)
    • Critical Analysis and reasoning Skills
    • Detailed information on this exam can be found at the AAMC website
  • You must collect volunteering and job shadowing hours
    WWAMI requires that all applicants have a minimum of 50 hours each of volunteering and job shadowing (100 hours total). However, stronger applicants have significantly more than the minimum hours required. We recommend documenting these hours so that it is easy to recall what you did and what your impressions were when it comes time to put together your medical school application and prepare for your interview.
    • Volunteering hours can be collected in any way, shape or form and do not need to involve the medical field. Volunteering simply shows that you are dedicated to your community.
    • Shadowing must be in a situation where you are not responsible for any work and therefore able to simply observe. Shadowing must be with a physician (MD, DO, DPM) or equivalent (PA, NP). However, shadowing cannot solely be conducted with a PA or NP--there must be a physician included in your shadowing hours.

 

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If your questions were not answered above, contact us with your specific questions.

Alida van Almelo
Pre-Health Professions Guidance Coordinator
UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK  99508
E-mail:   arvanalmelo@alaska.edu