Medical schools in the United States seek individuals who come from a variety of different backgrounds, who have achieved a strong record of academic success in both scientific as well as non-science fields leading to a baccalaureate degree, provide evidence of a high degree of maturity and a strong commitment essential to completing the rigors of professional medical education, and who have demonstrated their true interest in the field by volunteering in heath care oriented institutions and/or doing medically related research.
Several programs within the College of Health Sciences and the College of Arts and Science serve as excellent pathways for students pursuing admission into medical/dental schools, with many or most of the medical school prerequisite courses included among the degree requirements for the major/program. There are four distinct pathways by which students at the University of Delaware may gain admission into a professional medical school.
This pathway is open to all majors and requires a basic knowledge of the Life and Physical Sciences within their program of study. Students pursuing this option are evaluated at the end of their Junior year by the Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee of the University of Delaware (HSAEC), which interviews and recommends students to medical schools.
In addition to required course work, students must perform volunteer work in medical settings, complete required course work, compile a HSAEC premed file, and take the standardized Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). In the Senior year, students complete an American Medical College Application Service file (AMCAS) and apply to medical schools, hopefully receive medical school interviews, and obtain decisions on their applications.
There is widespread and growing acceptance of health education as a “most humane” and “most economical” means to good health. While medical science and technology have developed a fantastic array of preventive, therapeutic, and rehabilitative facilities and methods, human health continues to depend largely on translating knowledge into individual behavior and lifestyles. We know that education and methods designed to encourage appropriate health behaviors can effectively prevent much suffering and disability significantly reducing was in human, economic and medical resources.
A Health Behavior Science major with a Premedical Studies Focus prepares students for careers in medicine (allopathic/osteopathic), dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, nutrition, physical/occupational therapy, physician assistant/nurse practitioner, public health, and chiropractic among others.
A “Premedical Studies Focus” within the Health Behavior Sciences Major (HBS) of the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition (BHAN) represents an ideal choice for those unique undergraduate students who want to apply to medical school or other health related graduate professional programs as they approach the completion of their Baccalaureate degree. This focus possesses the flexibility, proper academic focus, and ease of discipline access to address the needs of students who have a strong interest in Health Behavior Sciences. It would simultaneously address all of the necessary medical school pre-requisite academic requirements in the Life and Physical Sciences while enabling students to design, test, promote, and implement intervention programs resulting in health-positive behaviors among individuals, families, and communities. Strongly interdisciplinary in nature, the HBS major with this focus could include coursework, such as human anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, and health promotion among others providing a unique and highly desirable applied human focus.
Students following this path will be encouraged to study abroad and will be required to pursue at a minimum at least 250 hours of internships in their Junior/Senior year under the supervision of medical preceptors in various hospital, clinical, or institutional settings involving issues in healthcare for children/families, public health-economics, and public health (ARSC 480/482, 3cr each). An additional 3 credit internship would be required to complete internship requirements of the HBS major.
With this focus within the HBS major, students would be encouraged to pursue a number of recommended minors designed to augment the HBS major and a “premedical studies focus” that include Public Health, Medical Diagnostics, Nutrition, and Exercise Science. External to the College, students could easily pursue appropriate minors in numerous areas that include Biology, Medical Humanities, Disability Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, and Foreign Languages among others.
This is a unique premedical/medical 8 year academic program (BS/MD) jointly sponsored by the University of Delaware (CHS /CAS), and the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. It is designed for students in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology who are certain that they want to become physicians and who desire a program of study that blends both the scientific and cultural aspects of the medical profession.
This program is accomplished by providing students with a balanced education in the biological/physical sciences, exercise science, liberal arts, and professional studies. The curriculum not only includes the traditional courses required of medical schools in the life/physical sciences but also the opportunity to specialize in areas related to medicine dealing with exercise physiology, biomechanics, bioethics and/or translational research. Small group discussion, close personal advisement, problem-based instruction, integrated laboratory applications, and medical practica in clinical/institutional settings are special aspects of the program.
See the following for EXSC major and Medical Scholars Concentration Requirements: http://academiccatalog.udel.edu/Pub_ShowCatalogPage.aspx?CATKEY=CATKEY_1918&ACYEAR=2010-2011&DSPL=Published
This is a unique premedical/medical eight-year academic program jointly sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. It is designed for students who are certain that they want to become physicians and who desire a program of study that blends the scientific and cultural aspects of the medical profession.
This program is accomplished by providing students with a balanced education in liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. The curriculum not only includes the traditional courses in the life/physical sciences but also the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas related to medicine dealing with bioethics, administration and public policy, or translational research. Small group discussions, problem-based instruction, and practicum experiences in clinical/institutional settings are special aspects of the program. Website and further information: http://www.udel.edu/MedScholars
Note that M.D./Ph.D. applicants are required to have acquired some type of prior research experience. While the biomedical sciences represent most of the M.D./Ph.D. programs, there are a growing number of appointments available in the humanities and social sciences as well.
For detailed information regarding these four pathways contact:
Dr. David A. Barlow
Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition
Newark, DE 19716