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Pre-Med Advising

The Loyola University Pre-Health-Professions Committee (PHPC) provides all interested Loyola University New Orleans students with information and advice about applying to graduate programs in the health professions. The PHPC also writes committee letters of recommendation for students who do apply to health professional schools.

Early each fall semester, the Dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and the PHPC sponsor a university-wide meeting for all Loyola students who are interested in pursuing careers in health care. Information about careers including medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, veterinary medicine, and allied health fields is shared. The process and timelines for applying to relevant schools are also discussed.

Interested students should self-enroll in the Loyola Blackboard course called “Health Professions Info for Students” in order to get updates and access resources posted there. 

Timetable for Preparing To Enter Professional Schools

*This timetable is excerpted from the Pre-Health handbook. Pre - Health handbook

First year

  • Choose an academic major.
  • Work closely with your professors and academic advisors.
  • Your professors need to get to know you well so that they will be able to write valid letters of evaluation for you. Get to know them -- interact with them.
  • Take the beginning Biology and Chemistry courses required by health professions schools.
  • Identify the course requirements for entry to health careers of interest to you and decide how best to fit them into your long term schedule of courses.

Second Year

  • Organic Chemistry and Physics must be completed before taking the MCAT in April of the junior year: Take one or both of these courses in your sophomore year.
  • Work or volunteer part time in the summer at a health-related facility to learn if you are suited to the field, and to acquaint yourself with what is required of professionals in medical fields.
  • Join scientific and/or service organizations on campus and/or in the community to develop interpersonal skills. Health fields are people-oriented.

Third Year

  • Contact the PHPC chair to arrange for faculty recommendations to professional schools in early November.
  • Submit completed applications for LUPHPC’s recommendation - March 15, 2015
  • Prepare for the professional school admissions exam by taking a review course or completing your own in depth review for the test.
  • Register for and take the MCAT in the spring semester.
  • Complete AMCAS and other application forms.
  • Apply to the health professions schools beginning June 1, 2015 for Fall 2016 admission.
  • Submit secondary applications to medical schools.

Fourth Year

  • Applications to health professions schools continue.
  • Prepare well and practice for interviews held at health professions schools for student applicants.
  • Visit the admissions directors of schools of interest to establish a personal bond with them.

 For more information, see your major advisor.

 

Pre-Health-Professions Committee Members 2014 - 2015

Chair: Lynn Vogel Koplitz, Ph.D., koplitz@loyno.edu, Chemistry

Rosalie Anderson, Ph.D., raanders@loyno.edu, Biological Sciences

E. Letitia Beard, Ph.D., beard@loyno.edu, Biological Sciences

Lawrence Lewis, Ph.D., lewis@loyno.edu, Psychological Sciences

Ed McClellan, Ph.D., emcclell@loyno.edu, College of Music and Fine Arts

Martin McHugh, Ph.D., mmchugh@loyno.edu, Physics 

Evan Zucker, Ph.D., zucker@loyno.edu, Psychological Sciences

Alternate: C.J. Stephenson, Ph.D., cjs@loyno.edu, Chemistry