Medical School Admissions – Not Just Coursework
Matriculation into medical school requires applicants to be self motivated, well rounded, and display a mastery of the basic scientific fundamentals that are needed for a career in medicine. A common misconception that most pre-medical students believe when preparing to become a physician is that anatomy, physiology, and cell biology would be the most relevant coursework needed during their undergraduate studies. While this notion does hold value, it doesn’t begin to address the diverse nature of a profession that embodies communication, compassion, empathy, and rigorous scientific questioning in a dynamically evolving field.
More than just ‘pre-med classes’, preparing to enter medical school requires foundational understanding of the various biological, chemical, mathematical, and physical sciences that are involved in clinical medicine in order to coherently and cogently communicate the pathophysiology we encounter in clinical medicine to patient’s and their families.
This Webinar aims to introduce you to the prerequisites for medical school admissions, various pre-medical strategies, extracurricular activities, turning hardships into victories, pros and cons of (non)-science based undergraduate majors, and also why non-science based courses are of paramount importance.
About Your Guest Speaker, Chris Rafie, M.D.
Christopher is an Associate College Admission Counselor at Bay Area College Consulting who has had ample experience advising, guiding, and preparing students pursuing careers in the life sciences whether they are in their premedical, medical, or graduate stages of education.
Dr. Rafie was educated at the University of California at San Diego, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, a research based Master’s of Science in Biology, and a culminating Medical Degree as a full tuition scholar. Following this he successfully completed his graduate medical education with a residency in Emergency Medicine at Columbia and Cornell Medical Centers in New York City, and now practices clinically as a board certified physician who continues to work with premedical students, residents, and Advanced Care Providers in the Emergency Room setting.