Increasingly, medical schools recommend that the undergraduate education of medical students be as academically diverse as possible. With its strong tradition in the liberal arts, Davidson College not only applauds this recommendation but also supports it in three ways.
- All Davidson students are required to take classes in diverse academic disciplines.
- Students interested in medical careers may major in the department of their choice.
- Whether they major in the sciences, medical humanities, or humanities or social sciences, students with medical interests are encouraged to take as many courses outside their major as possible.
Most medical schools require students to take several introductory sciences classes with laboratories. At Davidson, the following courses fulfill this requirement:
Some medical schools have a mathematics requirement and additional required and recommended courses. All medical school course requirements are found at http://www.aamc.org/msar, a Web site of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Requirements for dental schools are listed in the Official Guide to Dental Schools, a publication of the American Dental Education Association.
How you sequence your premedical courses should be in consultation with the Premedical Director. However, there are a few recommendations. Start the chemistry courses as early as possible, especially if you are considering study-abroad for a semester or a year. Plan a course load as light as possible for the spring semester when you study for the MCAT and avoid overloading yourself when you know you have a difficult semester (e.g., athletic commitment, heavy service commitment, etc.). However, do not consistently lighten your course load, particularly with required premedical courses, as you need to prove competence with a challenging science workload. As noted above, you may take 25% of the premedical courses away from Davidson, but if you do so, take the course at an institution with a solid reputation for premedical preparation. The Premedical Director can advise you about the choice of schools.
For requirements and recommendations at medical schools of your interest, see References Related to Requirements and Recommendations
Medical Humanities provides premedicine students with interdisciplinary courses in the theory and practice of medicine, including:
- the organization, delivery and financing of health care
- innovations in reproductive and genetic technologies, and bioethics
Studies in these areas and others help students to gain an understanding of controversial issues facing American medicine and to develop skills in articulating their opinions on such issues.
As a minimum it is recommended that students take a course in medical ethics and an internship course in clinical experiences, Center 380 or Center 390.
The medical humanities program offers a concentration upon completion of six courses selected from numerous offerings. Through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
The humanities and social sciences provide students with a wide array of study options. For your convenience, click on the appropriate departments to examine their offerings:
Requirements & Recommendations
Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR): Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Osteopathic medical school requirements: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
Podiatric medical school requirements: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
Dental school admission requirements:American Association of Dental Schools
Davidson College Premedical Handbook (Davidson College Students Only)