SOPHOMORE YEAR


MAJOR SELECTION

STUDY ABROAD

RESEARCH

LEADERSHIP ROLES


Meet with Academic Advisor

Meet with Premed/Prehealth Advisor - Check in. Get feedback on how your are progressing with your coursework, activities and how competitive do you look at this point? Do they see any weakness or areas that need attention? 

If you have not declared your major yet, seriously consider this decision. Seek advising, create preliminary course planning sheets to map out courses. This should be a priority in the fall semester.

Investigate Study Abroad deadlines.

Investigate Career Center activities, fairs and resources.

After attending class, select 2-3 faculty that you will get to know WELL this semester. (This is important because you will most certainly need a science recommendation from SOPH year for your medical school application.)

Attend Student Activities Fair. Sign up for new clubs or represent your club. Seek out leadership positions in clubs and activities that you feel passionate about. Don't always be a participant; be a leader. 

Broaden and deepen your clinical exposure. Up your volunteer hours. Keep up your regular volunteer work. Stay busy, stay balanced but not overwhelmed. 

If you have not done so already, seek out a research opportunity. Find these through your major advisor, prehealth advisor, network with your faculty, look on bulletin boards, targeted internet searches and the career center. Think broadly about research opportunities. Many universities have classes on what is research or how to do research so seek out these courses. 

Research can be scientific or not. It can be medically related or not. It can be wet or dry lab work, clinical research with patients even anthropology research related to your interests or major. The idea is that you are actively engaged in gathering data, collaborating with others on a new idea or way of thinking. The process of doing research enhances your critical thinking skills and contributes to collaborative learning.  Although research is not a requirement for medical school, it is very helpful and brings many intellectual benefits to your academic perspective. 

Identify summer plans. Deadlines for competitive summer programs such as SHPEP are quite early so don't delay. Start your research in OCTOBER.

 


STUDYING ABROAD

If you are considering studying abroad, please visit your study abroad office and review your plans with your advisor. You can also visit the Newport pages Overseas Opportunities  & Study Abroad As a Premed for suggestions and details. 


SUMMER

Continue to document your summer activities including your reflections about the experience. Write up experiences that inspired you, changed your perspective and shaped your thinking. Refer to Freshmen Year page for summer suggestions. 

Make sure you make room for clinical work this summer. 

Take summer coursework if necessary to catch up or accelerate. If you are studying abroad next year, perhaps summer coursework is a good idea.