For students interested in careers in Health and Medicine, we have prepared a pathway for a student’s academic program below. The sample program below meets the graduation requirements for SUA with a Life Science concentration, as well as the course requirements for admission to Medical School. We also have outlined a program for students who may choose other concentrations, while fulfilling course requirements for Medical School.
The course requirements for Medical School have been determined from consulting with our Medical Education Advisors, who visited SUA for a series of discussions and consultations about pre-medical education. Our SUA Life Science Planning task force included SUA Science faculty members Robert Hamersley (Microbiology), Lisa Crummett (Biology), Phat Vu (Physics), Zahra Afrasiabi (Chemistry), and Anthony Mazeroll (Biology). The task force incorporated the ideas from the discussions with our Medical Education Advisors to create a plan for our curriculum that includes several innovative courses and which also fully meets the requirements for medical school admissions.
Medical Schools have been revising their required courses to reflect the changing nature of medicine, and many medical schools are placing an increasing emphasis on a broad-based liberal arts education that includes not only science courses but additional courses in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and preparation for leadership and intercultural communication.
The basic medical school course requirements as outlined by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), includes the following courses:
- One Year of Biology
- One Year of Physics
- One Year of English
- Two Years of Chemistry (through Organic Chemistry).
One very influential report that has helped elucidate the best scientific preparation for medical school is the 2009 AAMC report Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians. The AAMC offers a web site that lists medical school admissions requirements for a wide variety of US and international medical schools at the site: https://apps.aamc.org/msar-ui/. Students interested in Medical Careers should be fully prepared for these requirements, and SUA will also be providing additional pre-medical advising when the Life Science concentration is offered in 2020. We also have designed the curriculum to prepare students well for the MCAT examination, which focuses on four sections, Biological Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Living Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, and Psychological Foundation of Behavior.
Sample Pathway for SUA Life Science Concentration students. Our sample pathway for pre-Health students includes the necessary pre-medical courses recommended by AAMC (in red), the required SUA General Education and distribution requirements (indicated in blue), and additional Life Science elective courses (in green). The sample pathway is one way to fulfill SUA graduation requirements, while fully meeting the AAMC pre-medical course requirements. For Life Science concentrators, the additional Life Science elective courses can also provide some of the recommended courses for medical school admissions. The courses IBC I and IBC II refer to our Integrated Biology and Chemistry course, and the Lab courses Lab I, Lab II and Lab III refer to our project-based laboratory courses. More details can be found on our Curriculum Overview page.
Sample Pathway for SUA students with other Concentrations. Our meetings with our Medical Education Advisors has shown that medical schools are increasingly interested in students with a wide range of academic interests, and this means that students can also apply to medical schools while choosing other concentrations at SUA. A pathway for students who choose to concentrate in Social and Behavioral Sciences, International Studies, Humanities or International Studies, is shown below. The program allows the students to complete the necessary pre-medical courses recommended by AAMC (in red), the required SUA General Education and distribution requirements (indicated in blue), with one Life Science elective course, and required concentration elective courses (in orange). As in the previous figure, IBC I and IBC II refer to our Integrated Biology and Chemistry course, and the Lab courses Lab I, Lab II and Lab III refer to our project-based laboratory courses. More details can be found on our Curriculum Overview page.
Medical Education Advisors
During academic year 2017-18, SUA faculty and administrators consulted with a variety of experts in science and medical education to help us develop a blueprint for our Life Science curriculum. The medical advisors who visited SUA for consultations are listed below.
- Bob Kamei, M.D., Medical Education/Learning Science, NUS – Associate Provost, National University of Singapore, and former Professor at both UCSF and the Duke-NUS Medical School, Bob is licensed as a pediatrician, and is one of the architects of the new Duke-NUS Medical school in Singapore.
- Linton Yee, M.D., Chair of Admissions and Associate Professor, Duke University School of Medicine – Linton serves as Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University Medical school, and is licensed in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. His work includes all phases of medical education and practice, as well as admissions and curriculum design for medical schools.
- Dr. Richard Lewis, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Pomona College – Richard Lewis is chair of the psychology department at Pomona College, and has directed its pre-medical advising program for over 15 years. He was part of a national advisory committee that recently redesigned the MCAT examination.