Pre-Medical Webinar Series 4/25/2013 Medical School Applications in a Nutshell with Dr. London and Dr. McClure Moderator: Kyra Young, SCS Program Coordinator How to Participate in the Webinar 1) Chat & Questions. If you do NOT have access to a mic and do not call in with a phone, you can use the Questions feature to type a question that you want to ask to the presenters. At the end of the presentation, the facilitator will read out loud any questions that come through this feature. 2) Raise Hand. For most of the webinar, all participants will be in listen-only mode, meaning they will be muted. When the presenter opens the floor for questions, people will not be unmuted unless they use the Raise Hand function. James T. London, MD Dr. James T. London is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received his medical degree from University of California San Francisco Medical School. He was a fellow at the Mayo Clinic. Prior to going into private practice he was on the fulltime teaching staff as an assistant professor of surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has been in private practice for over 30 years and has served as Chief of Staff at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. He was previously active in The New York Times Scholarship Fund. Dr. London is co-founder of South Central Scholars. William O. McClure, PhD Dr. William “Bill” McClure is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at USC. His research interests center upon the biological and chemical aspects of mental illness. He has published over 150 books, scientific papers and patents and trained over 40 graduate students, who now hold significant positions in both academe and industry. Dr. McClure is a recipient of the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and the USC Presidential Medallion—the highest award given by USC. Dr. McClure is a board member and Summer Academy professor of South Central Scholars. How do you raise your chances of getting into medical school? 11 Tips 1) Grades • • Grades are still most important factor Get high grades in required subjects (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Math) 2) Key Courses • • DON’T take key courses at same time DON’T take key courses at community college 3) Summer School 4) Major • Biology is a required prerequisite, NOT a required major …continued. How do you raise your chances of getting into medical school? 5) Create a coherent story • Why the major? Why the summer internship? 6) MCAT • More important than USMLE 7) Summer Internships • • Give back! (community service) Research Published (i.e. NSF, NIH) 8) Post-Bachelorette Programs • List of medical schools (no such thing as bad ones; similar to college applications; apply to popular ones) …continued 11 Tips 9) Letters of Recommendation • Let them be blind 10) Personal Statement • • Terribly important; make it distinctive Everything must be correct: spelling, etc. 11) Practice before interviews • • Don’t go in cold! Practice with SCS Questions & Answers Dr. London Dr. McClure THANK YOU!!!