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High School Students

Steps to Becoming a Physician

  • Make sure your high school curriculum includes plenty of mathematics, science, and English courses. 
  • Do your best--remember that what you learn later will build on what you are learning NOW.
  • Many colleges require two years of foreign language instruction at the high school level.
  • Learn to write clearly and well.
  • Take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the ACT.
  • Medical school admissions committees look for "well-rounded" individuals, so develop your interests in sports, the arts, or other extracurricular activities.
  • Volunteer for community service activities.
  • Pursue opportunities to learn more about the medical profession. Do some job shadowing, or volunteer for health care organizations such as hospitals, assisted living centers, or others.
  • Take part in summer programs for high school students interested in careers in medicine. The UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education offers the
    Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program.
  • Attend the annual Alaska PreMed Summit, sponsored by the UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education. You will learn about the academic path you will take in order to become a physician, medical school prerequisites, the MCAT examination, financial aid and MORE.

Helpful Links

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website offers information for students considering a medical career.
The Alaska Center for Rural Health offers a website containing information about health careers in Alaska


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