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Medicine

Medical schools are currently shifting to a competency based criteria for admission as opposed to particular courses for admissions requirements. While this may add some flexibility to class options for students, one can expect the curriculum to be heavy in the sciences and have some social science coursework.

The Medical College Admissions test (MCAT) will have a new format in 2015 which in addition to two science sections will include a social science section. Additionally, both science sections will have an increased emphasis on biochemical concepts.

Equipment & Facilities

The Departments of Chemistry and Biology have well-equipped laboratory facilities in the new $42 million Center for Science and Business building.

For Pre-Med students, there is a Cadaver Lab they may use to get the best hands on experience possible. Along with the Cadaver Lab, there are many major pieces of instruments students start using their first year and continue to develop their skills throughout their four years at Monmouth.

  • Griffin 450 GC-MS with X-Sorber
  • Thermo/Nicolet Nexus FTIR
  • Waters HPLC with dual wavelength detector
  • Spectrometry
  • Visocotek GPC with RI detector
  • Thermo NanoDrop Spectrometry
  • Anasazi EFT-60 NMR Spectrometry
  • Varian Atomic Absorption
  • Agilent UV-Vis Spectrometer with temperature controller
  • Perkin Elmer Fluorescence
  • BioRad Gel Doc200 Digital Imaging System

Medical School

Since the content knowledge expected by medical schools is very similar to those for a chemistry, biochemistry, or biology major, many students major in one of those areas. However, it is not unusual for students who have majored in history or music to be accepted to medical school, as long as they have successfully completed the science requirements. However, this type of plan may require a year or two gap between graduation from Monmouth and starting medical school. The gap year can also be helpful in supplementing one’s knowledge about the health professions, which is looked upon favorably by medical school admissions committees.

For students wishing to enter medical school right after graduation from Monmouth, it is recommended that students complete the science and social science requirements by the end of the junior year, so that they will be prepared to take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) before the beginning of the senior year.

Suggestions

Students interested in medical school should begin chemistry and biology courses in their first year at Monmouth College. The chemistry courses are sequential, so beginning chemistry later will postpone the application process.

Students who wish to attend medical school the fall after their graduation from Monmouth College must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) at the end of their junior year, so they may apply to medical schools in the summer between junior and senior year. The MCAT tests knowledge of basic science, reading comprehension, the social sciences and statistics. Therefore, students should complete the core courses in these disciplines by the end of the junior year.

Students who have not had pre-calculus in high school should take the pre-calculus course sometime in the first year. Students should consult the Mathematics department for placement in the proper Mathematics class.

Calculus I is a pre/co-requisite course for Physics I and Physics II.

Students interested in medical school are also encouraged to take upper level Biology (Anatomy & Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology) and Chemistry (Advanced Biochemistry). These courses can be beneficial both for the MCAT and for background in medical school.

Career Opportunities

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Orthopedic
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Public Health

Recent Pre-Med Graduates

Jeremy Carrier ’03
Family Physician
Medical Arts Clinic/Cottage Hospital

Thomas Murphy ’04
Family Medicine
OSF St James Hospital

Lee Radford ’07
Graduated from SIU Medical School
Orthopedic Surgery Residency at UPMC

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