Preparing for Premed

Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI

March 2017

Jennifer Nemecek from Newport Premedical Consulting, LLC


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Selecting Undergraduate College

  • Right Fit
  • Supportive environment to help you succeed
  • Advising, Tutoring Services, Career Center Services
  • How easy is it to change your major?
  • Science vs. Non-science major
  • Seek a broad liberal arts education
  • Look up premed advisor and check premed websites
  • Look for specific prerequisites for premed or science track

Explore Your Academic Options

  • Take a diverse curriculum in your first year to try out disciplines that are new to you.
  • Don’t view this exploration as a ‘waste of time.’ Many of these classes will fulfill university distribution requirements such as Social Science and Literature, for example.
  • Consider Sociology, Psychology, Languages, Philosophy, Public Health, Ethics classes
  • Find your passion and follow it! 
  • Find research and internships that will enhance curriculum.
  • Major in what you love!

What are the Med Schools Saying?

UC Riverside School of Medicine

We value broad academic backgrounds that include humanities, foreign language, social sciences and the arts to help prepare future physicians for interacting with increasingly diverse patient populations, health care professionals and colleagues.

Harvard Medical School

We adhere to the important principle that the college years are not, and should not be, designed primarily to prepare students for professional schools. Instead, the college years should be devoted to a creative engagement in the elements of a broad, intellectually expansive liberal arts education.

Premed Requirements

Traditional List of Premed Courses (+/- 48 hrs)

  • Math
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • English
  • Psychology & Sociology
  • Advanced Biology (Physiology, Cell Biology, Genetics)

Freshman Year consider taking 1-2 of the following (preferably not all three):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math

Decide how you are going to use AP?

4 Sections of MCAT:

1)  Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

2)  Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

3)  Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

4)  CARS: Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Requirements for Application to Medical School


  • Balance of Science & Non-science courses
  • Major in what you love
  • Timeline: 3-5 years
  • Earn strong grades that show upward trend


  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Psychology, Sociology
  • 7.5 hr. test so build you stamina
  • 50% science + 50% non-science
  • Like training for a marathon

Essays & 15 Experiences

  • Volunteer, Clinical, Leadership, Research, Work, Study Abroad
  • Why do you want to be doctor?
  • Ground this interest in medicine. Don’t tell me show me!

3-5 Letters of Recommendations

  • Start freshman year by getting to know 2 faculty each semester

What Can You Do While Still in High School?

  • Read, read, read.
  • Be a lifelong learner
  • Be open to new opportunities
  • Embrace a good challenge!
  • Explore other careers that may interest you
  • Explore other health careers
  • Gather “Others Centered” Activities
  • Tutoring, volunteer, camps
  • Develop Leadership & Team building skills (get involved and step up)
  • Don’t stress about “applying on time”
  • Strongly encourage you to think about Study, Work or Volunteer Abroad
  • Manage your stress
  • Clean up social media
  • Plan ahead and be proactive