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Pre-Medical Advising: Overview

A pre-medical student combines the pre-medical prerequisite course work with the classes required by their major. Medical schools do not state a degree preference but do expect applicants to have earned strong grades in a rigorous fashion throughout the college career. The Pre-Med Advisor assists students to integrate all of the components required for a competitive medical school application including superior grades (especially in the prerequisite course work), a variety of clinical experiences, supportive letters of recommendation, and a well written personal statement. Direction and support is offered from the initial advising meeting through the entire application process.

Call or email to schedule an appointment with a pre-med advisor.

NEW!!!  The MCAT: The Test is Changing in 2015

The new MCAT is scheduled to be launched in the spring of 2015 and we at FSU want to ensure that you are advised in order to best prepare for this exam. 

The following information is provided by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) which is the ultimate sources of information about the MCAT and applying to medical school.

Our premedical advisors will also have up to date information about the MCAT 2015 and how FSU students can prepare. 

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advisors

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Advising Guidelines for FSU Pre-Meds

If you are considering taking the 2015 MCAT, seek advice from the premedical advisors about planning your schedule. They have guidelines for each semester that we strongly recommend following to best prepare for the test. 

You will need to prepare for the natural and physical sciences as well as social sciences and humanities. We encourage students to consider taking courses is the following areas: 

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Cultural and physical anthropology
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Intro to sociology
  • Social problems
  • Ethical issues and life choices, religious ethics and moral problems
  • Modern philosophy and introduction to philosophy
  • Any humanities that interests you
  • Macro or Micro Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Applied statistics

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Why is the MCAT Exam changing?

The future of medicine is here and many traditional medical schools realize that their students must be prepared to manage the rapid advances in science as well as the changing demographics of their patient populations. As medical schools revise and innovate how they teach their medical students, they have also revamped their expectations of what incoming medical students need to know.

The new MCAT is designed to keep what works about the current MCAT exam, eliminate what doesn't’t seem to work, and add new content areas that address the future of medicine. 

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What is different about the new exam?

(The following information is from “The Preview Guide for MCAT 2015 “)

The natural sciences sections of MCAT2015 reflect recent changes in medical education. They test the concepts in biology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics that medical school faculty rate as most important to entering students’ success. Though undergraduate course offerings differ by institution, these concepts are covered in many undergraduate schools in introductory sequences in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics and in first-semester biochemistry courses.

MCAT2015 includes a section on the social and behavioral sciences: Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This section tests your knowledge of important introductory psychology and sociology concepts, as well as the introductory biology concepts that relate to mental processes and behavior. The addition of this section to the exam recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.

The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section is also new. This section asks you to analyze, evaluate, and apply information provided by passages from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines. It does not require specific knowledge of these disciplines, but it tests the analysis and reasoning skills you need for medical school, and may prompt you to read broadly as you prepare. Along with many others, passages about ethics and philosophy, cross-cultural studies and population health are included.

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How can I prepare for the new MCAT?

AAMC has a site with information on preparation materials and suggestions on preparing for the MCAT 2015. 

The Preview Guide is currently the most comprehensive source of information. 

A full practice test will be released in 2014 and will be available on the AAMC's website. 

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Additional resources for MCAT information

AAMC Website:  This is the source of all the information regarding the MCAT including access to the sample test in the Spring of 2014.

The Preview Guide for MCAT 2015:  This guide is published by the AAMC and contains a full description of the changes and sample questions. 

Details of the changes can be found online in The Preview Guide for MCAT 2015 . The table below will give you a broad overview of the content areas, number of items, and minutes for each of the newly proposed test sections. 

Content
Approximate number of items
Approximate number of minutes
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
 
65
95
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
 
65
95
Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior
 
65
95
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
 
60
90

 The Medical College Admission Test - Toward a New Balance:  This article by Jules L. Dienstag, M.D. in the New England Journal of Medicine discussed the MCAT as a component of the assessment of medical school applicants and the issues related of the changes to the test.

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 Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advisors


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Phone: (850) 644-7678


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