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Pre-medical Student Success

Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students who have attended PSU for their pre-medical studies are competitive nationally and have been accepted to medical schools throughout the country, including but not limited to the following:

  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • New York Medical College
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
  • Western University of the Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Yale School of Medicine

In recent years, more students who last attended PSU have matriculated at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine than students from any other college in the nation. Check out this recent success story, and watch a PSU graduate in his second year of medical school at George Washington University give a speech to first year medical students!

For specific information about our Pre-Medical Program, please see the sidebar on the left of this page.

What Are Medical Schools Looking For In Candidates?

Medical schools seek candidates with high levels of scholastic achievement and intellectual potential, as well as the motivation and humanistic concern necessary for success as a physician. These qualities are measured by evaluation of the application (which includes college grades, list of activities with descriptions, and personal statement); letters of evaluation from both faculty and non-academic evaluators; Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores; and interview performance.

The profile of a competitive applicant might look like:

  • GPA: 3.65 or higher
  • MCAT: 30 or higher (double digits in all numeric sections)
  • Strong Clinical Exposure (volunteering and/or shadowing and/or work in the field)
  • Strong Extracurricular Activities (hobbies, recreational activities, student organizations)
  • Strong Non-Healthcare Community Service (volunteering outside of the healthcare field)
  • Strong Research Experience (paid or unpaid, bench or clinical)

A competitive applicant would also have strong:

  • Letters of Evaluation (see Health Sciences Advising Letter Service)
  • Interviewing Skills (see Career Center for mock interview)
  • Personal Statement (feedback on the personal statement can be sought at the Writing Center, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Advising Center, and Career Center)

Note: This is simply a composite of an applicant, guidelines do not guarantee acceptance.

Personal Qualities and Attributes:

Candidates' personal qualities are important factors in selection decisions. Evidence of emotional maturity, character and integrity, self-discipline, concern with helping others, and leadership is sought through information obtained from the personal statement on applications, evaluations by academic and non-academic evaluators, and interviews. Academic evaluators are instructors whom have taught the pre-medical student in a class. Non-academic evaluators are individuals such as work, volunteering, and research supervisors; physicians shadowed; and extracurricular/leadership activity advisers. Character references (letters from family members, friends, etc.) are not accepted. Many pre-medical students at PSU utilize the Health Sciences Advising Letter Service to facilitate the collection and provision of their letters to medical schools.