If you are an undergraduate or post-bac premed student and know any Washington University students who are in the process of applying to medical school you've probably learned that most of them have taken MedPrep I. Why? Because MedPrep I is different from any other premed course in that it's the only one that will give you the "big picture" of the entire path to becoming a physician. It answers questions that won’t be found in any other course. In MedPrep I, you will also gain a clear understanding of what medical schools look for in an applicant while dispelling commonly held myths so prevalent in the premed world. And once you complete MedPrep I, you will be eligible for MedPrep II, the shadowing course at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the main teaching hospital of the Washington University School of Medicine.
To give students accurate, honest, and detailed information on how to become the most competitive and prepared applicant to medical school possible.
Taught by Dr. Gregory Polites, a physician, member of the admissions committee leadership, and former medical school coursemaster, MedPrep I reviews each of the goals that a student should achieve prior to applying to medical school. For this reason, we recommend students take MedPrep I as early in college as possible, preferably in their freshman or sophomore year. Through a weekly two-hour lecture, MedPrep I gives students a road map and strategy for their four years of college and reviews the common pitfalls encountered by unsuccessful applicants to medical school.
To clarify the entire educational process required to become a board-certified physician and the lifestyle one can expect in medical school, residency and beyond.
Everything from the examination process in medical school to the details of medical school and residency training are covered. Students will learn the most important factors to consider when choosing a medical school and the pros and cons of various medical school curricula. The training pathway for every major specialty is reviewed and the challenges faced in medical school and residency regarding work-life balance, sleep deprivation and the stress of making major medical decisions are also covered.
Finally, the course ends with a Q&A session with current medical students from the Washington University School of Medicine. During this session students can ask any question they would like regarding medical school from those who are currently going through the process.
To prepare students for the expectations and attitude that will be required of a successful medical student and future physician.
MedPrep I begins with a foundational talk where students learn what qualities go into making an exceptional medical student and physician. Students will learn how the values of the Y-Generation sometimes conflict with the current culture of medicine in areas that involve much more than simple rules of etiquette or behavior. Many students don’t recognize that there are significant differences in expectations in many areas including dress, work ethic, interpersonal communication, and attitudes regarding work-life balance. Because these differences can often result in awkward situations for the student, MedPrep reviews what is expected from a college or medical student when they enter “the house of medicine” and what values physicians currently in practice consider important.
To help students decide if medicine is the right career for them.
Choosing a career is never easy. And choosing to pursue a career in medicine can be even more difficult because there are so many variables to consider. Some students know from their first day in college that they want to be a physician. Others are a little less sure. Some have no idea. Regardless of which category a student is in, MedPrep I will help. Topics pertinent to the future physician such as the training pathway, lifestyle, and how physicians manage the stressors of a medical career are discussed. MedPrep I will give the student a clear understanding of the other issues physicians confront besides taking care of patients. Ultimately this information will help the student make the most informed decision possible.
Class meets: M-W-F from 3-5 pm (Pre-freshman will also meet on Tuesday 6/26 and Tuesday 7/3 as well)
First class: Monday, June 11
Last class: Friday, July 20
Classroom location: TBA
Course credit: 1 credit, pass/fail
Exam schedule: No exams
Class limit: 320 students