FAQs

  • Who do I go to for medical school advising?

    In-coming college freshmen and sophomores: If you are currently enrolled at UAA, set up an appointment with your assigned department advisor (or, the advisor made available in the department through which you are earning your degree). If you are currently undeclared, the sooner that you declare a major, the sooner you will have an assigned advisor. Make sure that you are well-informed with the content on this page prior to any advising appointments outside of the WWAMI department.

    College juniors, seniors and post-bacs: WWAMI offers advising for 3rd and 4th-year students as well as non-traditional students working toward applying to medical school. Contact Alida van Almelo (arvanalmelo@alaska.edu, 907-786-4737) to set up an appointment with one of our advisors.

  • I’m a high school student. What can I do to prepare myself for Medical School?

    Take classes that challenge you in high school, like AP courses or advanced mathematics. When applying for medical school, all required courses must be taken at a college or university—high school AP classes do not count. However, taking those classes will help significantly when you do take the college-level, required courses.

  • What are the requirements to apply to Medical School?

    *You must have a baccalaureate degree. That degree can be in anything, though there are some degree programs more conducive to preparing for medical school than others.

    *You must complete specific, college-level courses (high school AP classes prepare you, but do not count toward medical school). Every medical school has similar but varying requirements in this regard, so consider what schools you might like to attend and ask what their course requirements are.

    *You must pass the MCAT. Non-required courses such as Ethics, Psychology, Physiology, Anatomy, Sociology, etc… are strongly recommended, both to strengthen your medical school application, showing that you are well-rounded, but also because a large percentage of the MCAT asks questions pertaining to these subjects.

  • In what degree program should I enroll to prepare myself for Medical School?

    Any baccalaureate degree will suffice for medical school applications. However, it is more difficult to integrate the aforementioned required course load into some than others. Degrees to consider avoiding include professional degree programs like Engineering, Nursing and Health Sciences. 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 in to one’s schedule.

  • What undergraduate courses are required for Medical School?

    As indicated above, you must complete specific, college-level courses (high school AP classes prepare you, but do not count toward medical school). Every medical school has similar but varying requirements in this regard, so consider what schools you might like to attend and ask what their course requirements are. The WWAMI School of Medical Education 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…

    -Physics: either two (2) semesters 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 Sciences 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), 322 (Organic Chemistry II) & 441 (Biochemistry I). You do not have to take the Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry lab, nor do you have to take Biochemistry II.

    -Biology: Cell Biology & 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.

    Note: Physiology & Anatomy are not required courses for the WWAMI program.

  • What other resources are available for me to learn about the process of getting into medical school?
    UAA's WWAMI School of Medical Education offers two annual events geared toward informing students on how to work toward getting into medical school. In the fall, there will be a meeting hosted by the the Director of WWAMI for all in-coming students.
    Additionally, the Annual Alaska PreMed Summit will be held at the beginning of April. This summit is a free, full-day event covering the ins and outs of working toward medical school including lectures, breakout sessions, vendor tables, mock-interviews and hands-on learning activities. Look for registration in March.