Pre-Medical Timeline of Activities

Freshman Year

  • Establish strong study skills. Academics must come first!
  • Become familiar with the university and all of the resources available to you.
  • Evaluate your interests and think about the major(s) that you may wish to consider. (Meeting with a Career Counselor may be helpful.)
  • Consider joining either or both of these nationally recognized pre-med student organizations: American Medical Student Association (AMSA) or Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). UWM has student chapters of both organizations on-campus.
  • Meet with the Pre-Medical Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Stay focused. Poor performance during freshman year will come back to "haunt" you academically.
  • Consider health-related volunteer opportunities.
  • Read extensively in science and non-science areas.

Sophomore Year

  • Maintain academic focus.
  • Meet with the Pre-Medical Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Apply for the UWM/Medical Society of Milwaukee County Pre-Medical Mentoring program.
  • Continue involvement with volunteerism and/or Pre-Med/Pre-Health Student Organization.
  • Continue involvement with volunteerism and/or AMSA.
  • Learn about the differences between Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) medical schools. Consider your interest in application to one or both types of U.S. medical schools.
  • Narrow your choice of academic major.
  • Take the time to develop relationships with faculty members.
  • Continue to read extensively.

Junior Year

  • First Semester: Begin to study for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam.
  • Develop and initiate your study plan for the MCAT and/or enroll in a commerical MCAT prep course if you feel that you would benefit from this experience.
  • Make decision about when you will take MCAT. The computer-based MCAT is given at least 22 times per year, and timing of your exam is very important. Discuss your specific situation with the Pre-Medical Advisor. If you plan to apply using the EARLY DECISION program, you need to take into consideration the much earlier application completion deadline (August 1st).
  • Second Semester: Continue to study for the MCAT exam.
  • If you have not already done so, begin to request letters of evaluation.
  • Take the MCAT.
  • Begin to draft ideas for your personal statement.

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Complete your personal statement. Have it proofed/edited by several different individuals.
  • Prepare to submit the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application. The earliest you may submit this form is June 1st. (Contact non-AMCAS medical schools directly for their application.)
  • To apply to osteopathic medical schools submit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS) application.
  • Take the July or August MCAT exam if you are dissatisfied with your earlier test scores. Most medical schools will not accept exam scores from September (Senior Year) as you will not be able to meet application deadlines.
  • Medical schools will begin to send "secondary applications" to applicants whom they wish to consider for admittance. Carefully complete secondary applications as you receive them.

Senior Year

  • Continue processing secondary applications.
  • Medical schools will begin interviewing candidates for admission.
  • Finish undergraduate studies.