Pre-med is not technically a major — rather, it’s a specific academic track that prepares you for entrance exams to a number of professional medical programs, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, optometry, podiatry, physician assisting, chiropractic medicine and more.
Your degree may actually be in a field like chemistry or bioengineering, but you will have taken a pre-med curriculum to prepare you for professional school.
How do I know if pre-med is right for me?
First, consider the time involved. Becoming a doctor or another medical professional typically requires 11-16 years of education, including four years of college (undergraduate school), four years of medical school, and anywhere from three to eight years of training in a specific specialty area (residency training).
Second — because of the many years of education required — consider the costs involved. While some scholarships are offered, most medical students finish their education with over $100,000 in loans. Ask yourself if you are comfortable with paying back loans for several years after you finish your education.
Third, think about the type of work and classes you like. Are you interested in science, how the body works and caring for other people? Are you a good listener and do you enjoy learning? Be honest with yourself as you consider some of the day-to-day work and continuing education you will have to do as a medical professional.
Pre-med features at UT
UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences offers an “early assurance” program called MedStart. This program provides an early acceptance into medical school. More information can be found at the Med Start website.
The University of Toledo and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine jointly offer a seven-year program leading to both the baccalaureate and D.M.D. degrees. Students enter Case Western Reserve after completing three years at UT, provided certain conditions and requirements are met.
The Health Professions Living Learning Community provides students with opportunities to live in a residence hall with peers who are in similar classes and have similar career goals. Special programming for students in the HPLLC is coordinated by the program director.
Over the last 10 years, 72.45 percent of all UT applicants with a 3.5 or better GPA have been accepted into medical school.