Illinois College -> Academics -> Majors and Programs -> Pre-Medicine


Admission to medical school is a highly selective process that you'll need to consider as soon as possible upon starting at Illinois College. Important factors for admission include high grade point average, above average MCAT scores, leadership, clinical experience, letters of recommendation, interviews and research. Students considering a career in either allopathic or osteopathic medicine are strongly encouraged to "shadow" a physician; this can be accomplished with a physician in the student's home town, or students may arrange to shadow a physician in the Jacksonville area. The application for admission to medical schools is submitted through the American Medical Application Service (AMCAS) or American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). 

Preparing for Medical School at Illinois College
As a student at Illinois College who is planning to enter medical school, you should:
:: Select a challenging major in any field - it does not have to be in the sciences. Medical schools are interested in admitting students with broad diverse liberal arts backgrounds and life experiences.
:: Consult with the health professions advisor to schedule courses and attend pre-medical admissions meetings as available
:: Participate in student-faculty research and volunteer in medically-related clinical work
:: Become involved in activities which develop and demonstrate your leadership abilities and interests in service
:: Participate in volunteer or paid medically-related clinical or research work
:: Maintain a solid GPA, preferably 3.5 or above
:: Complete the prerequisite courses in a timely fashion. These include:
::    One full year of General chemistry (Chemistry 111 & 211)
::    One full year of Organic chemistry (Chemistry 203 & 204)
::    One semester of biochemistry (Chemistry 309) (Chemistry 310 is highly recommended)
::    One full year of Physics (Physics 181 & 182 or 201 & 202)
::    Two semesters of English
::    Two semesters of Psychology
::    Two semesters of biology/zoology
Other highly recommended courses include calculus, behavioral sciences, a second language, humanities,  genetics, physiology, microbiology, and cell and molecular biology.

In the past fifteen years, Illinois College students have been accepted at the following medical schools:

::    University of Illinois College of Medicine (7)
::    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (14)
::    Rush Medical School (2)
::    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (1)
::    Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
::    Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine (1)
::    St. Louis University College of Medicine (1)
::    New York Medical School
::    University of Oklahoma (1)
::    University of Vermont
::    University of Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1)
::    St. Georges University School of Medicine (1)
::    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
::    West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Pre-Medicine Advisors at Illinois College

Rayyan Yassin '12, MEng. Engineering Mechanics
Coordinator for Pre-engineering and Pre-Health Sciences Programs
Office: Parker 109
Laura Corey, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Biology
Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 124
Paul Hamilton, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 115


Sample Pre-Medical Student Schedule with Science Major
Sample Pre-Medical Student Schedule with Humanities Major


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