Interested in Medical School After Kettering?
While the majority of Kettering students pursue careers in engineering and management, a few students are interested in pursuing careers as medical doctors. This site is intended to provide general information for those students who are considering a career in medicine. If you are genuinely interested in pursuing a career in medicine you will need to do much more research into that decision. There are many resources available on the web; we've listed a few especially helpful links below.
Don't You Need a Pre-Med Degree to Get Into Medical School?
The term pre-med is a blanket term applied to all undergrads interested in attending medical school. There is no official pre-med degree, although, the majority of pre-med students are biology and chemistry majors. Most medical schools require two semesters of chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and biology; all with labs. While most majors at Kettering don't permit all of these courses to be completed, most of these classes can be completed at Kettering. While biology is offered at Kettering, there is no lab offered with the class. Two semesters of biology with lab can be completed at several local community colleges listed below. If you have decided that the pre-med path is for you, consider taking the majority of your science courses at local community colleges during work term. This should permit you to graduate on time. Don't attempt to impress the med school application committees by taking harder classes. Good grades in easier courses look much better than mediocre grades in more advanced science courses.
What Classes Should I Focus on in Order to Make Myself More Competitive for Medical Schools?
Med schools are looking for people who can handle scientific coursework. When evaluating your application, the application committees will focus particularly on your science GPA. Your science GPA is calculated from all your biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses. These classes, which are typically completed in your freshman/sophomore years, are some of the most important indicators that application committees consider.
What Are the Two Different Types of Medical Schools?
You may have noticed that some schools are termed allopathic, whereas others are termed osteopathic. Students graduating from allopathic schools are given the title M.D., students graduating from osteopathic schools are given the title D.O. In general, allopaths treat the disease by inducing a pathological reaction that is antagonistic to the disease itself. Osteopaths treat diseases by treating the whole body through use of manipulation, dietary changes, and other tools. Osteopaths still use medicinal, physical and surgical methods. This page is intended primarily for those interested in allopathic schools, although some of the information is applicable to D.O. programs.
What do I Need to do to Get Into Medical School?
While GPA is important, it isn't the only thing med schools are looking at. Admissions committees also look at your extracurriculars, volunteer activities, letters of recommendation, interviews, and MCAT scores. The MCAT is a standardized exam administered every April and August. It is recommended that you take the April MCAT the year before you plan to start med school. There are several courses available that prepare students for the MCAT; websites to these courses are listed below. The interview process is one of the final steps before being offered admission to a school. If you are one of the stronger applicants, you will be invited to interview with the admissions committee. It is from the group of interviewed applicants that the students who are offered admission are chosen. The interview is very important and several sites have been listed that offer advice on the interview process.
Classes Needed for the Majority of Medical Schools
Chemistry I and Lab
Kettering offers both of these courses.
Organic Chemistry I and Lab
Kettering offers both of these courses, although Chemistry II is required before Organic Chemistry I can be taken. Therefore, you may want to take Organic Chemistry I out at a community college so you can get started a little earlier on your organic chemistry requirements. Also, the industrial organic chemistry course required for Mechanical Engineers is not considered organic chemistry I. So if you are ME, in addition to your industrial organic chemistry class, you will also have to take both Organic I and II.
Physics I and Lab
You can meet all your needed physics requirements at Kettering.
Biology I and Lab
Kettering does not offer any biology courses with labs. Kettering does offer a biology course that lacks a lab, but will prepare you for biology courses that you have to take at other schools.
Biochemistry and Lab (highly recommended)
Kettering offers a biochemistry class although it is offered on a limited basis and you should plan ahead on when you can take this class.
The webpage for the American Association of Medical Colleges. This website is probably the most useful site in preparing for your career in medicine. This is where you go to apply to med schools as well as to sign up for your MCATs.
This website provides a number of links to information on working towards med school.
Completing Medical School Pre-Requisites: Community Colleges in and around Flint
Mott Community College
Baker College Flint
Oakland Community College
University of Michigan - Flint
Allopathic Medical Schools Located in Michigan (M.D. Schools)
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
University of Michigan
Wayne State University
Osteopathic Medical Schools Located in Michigan (D.O. Schools)
Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine
My name is Jason Snyder, I am a Senior here at Kettering. While majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a bioengineering specialty and working with and around doctors, I came to the realization that I wanted to be a physician. I have been accepted to the Marshall University School of Medicine and will be starting this fall. The application process is very in-depth and has been a great deal of work thus far. Understandably, attempting to pursue a career in medicine from Kettering is difficult, but it can be done. I have been living and breathing the application process and consider myself fairly well versed in the necessary steps. If you have any questions about med school or you just want to talk about the application process please email me and I will hopefully be able to answer your questions, or at the least be able to direct you to somewhere that you can get your questions answered. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and good luck!!