Pre-Medicine

The Pre-Med Program is one of HBU's Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to medical schools. The state of Texas has nine medical schools which have designated the following set of prerequisite courses. Students must take these courses before being qualified to apply for admissions. (http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas/medical/education_Requirements.html).

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Selecting Majors
Please be aware that pre-med is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Biology or Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above designated courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, may be necessary to complete all the pre-medical pre-requisites so that students are ready to apply to medical schools.

Receive Advising
Mrs. Cathy Capes is the Health Professions Director. She is available for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail (ccapes@hbu.edu) or by making an appointment.

Meet with other Pre-Med Students
The Health Professions Office sponsors AED, Alpha Epsilon Delta, a national honor society for pre-health professions students. You can meet twice a month with other students who share your interest in a medical career. At these meetings you can hear presentations by the Admissions Representatives from the Texas medical schools. You will have opportunities to gain leadership experience, participate in medically related community service projects, and tour Texas medical schools. You will also be able to hear physicians from around Texas speak about their path to medical school and their careers and field of interest. (http://www.hbu-aed.com)
 
Receiving Letters of Evaluation for application to medical school
Entry into medical school is a competitive process. Successful students are encouraged to fulfill all course pre-requisites during their first 2 ½ years, take the MCAT during their junior year, and apply to medical school during the summer after their junior year. Students must also acquire a letter(s) of evaluation as part of their application package. The letter(s) can be in either of two forms.
  • The first form is the Composite Letter of Evaluation Package. This type is the one preferred by the professional schools. This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisers, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee. In order to obtain this letter, an HBU student must:
1. Complete 30 semester hours at HBU of which 16 are science courses.
2. Complete 13 of the 14 pre-requisites courses (46 hrs is the total required) listed in the table above. If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee, for evaluation and comments to be included in the Evaluation Package.
3. Register with the Health Professions Office (room S219) to indicate their intention to apply to medical/dental school. This registration should occur between January 15 and Mar 1 of the application year.
4. Attend a 30 minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation Committee during the spring semester prior to application. In addition to these requirements, students are highly encouraged to attend the series of three workshops designed to acquaint students with the on-line Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service, the format of a successful personal statement and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview.
  • The second form is the Individual Evaluation Letter Package. This type can be used in lieu of the Composite Package, if the student cannot attend the interview/ workshops or register in advance, as required above. This package consists of two individual recommendation letters from faculty members, a cover letter by the Health Professions Office and may also include a letter from a health care professional. To obtain this letter, a student must:
  1. Complete 24 semester hours at HBU, of which 16 are science courses
  2. Register with the Health Professions Office and turn in the two recommendation letters, obtained from professors in your major. We recommend that you include at least one science professor.
Our Successes
Here are some of the places you can find HBU Huskies…
  • •University of Texas, Medical Branch-Galveston
  • •Baylor College of Medicine
  • •Texas A & M University Health Sciences
  • •Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • •University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • •St. George University
  • •West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • •A.T. Stills University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • •Ross University
  • •University of Texas Medical School, Houston
  • •Texas Tech Health Science Center
  • •Texas Tech, Health Science Center, El Paso
  • •University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • •William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine
 
"Houston Baptist University prepared me both for getting into and getting through medical school.  The small, close environment allowed me to become friends with the faculty, and let them get to know my true personality.  This gave the recommendation letter that was later written to medical schools about me a personal touch.  The amount of personal attention that was given to me for advising was a product of the small class size and collegial environment found at HBU.  All of the classes were taught by professors with Ph.D's, and not by teacher's assistants; this raised the quality of the teaching and knowledge base to which all of the students were exposed to a level above what I expected out of a university.  The senior seminars also allowed research exposure for those students who chose not to do outside research.  This exposure has proved invaluable in the understanding of complex concepts."
Gary Horn, HBU Class of 2006, Baylor College of Medicine
 
 
How can I be a strong candidate for medical school?
There are many factors that determine whether a student is admitted to medical school. Here are some important things for you to know.
  • Grade Point Average- The average GPA for students admitted to Texas medical schools in 2008 was 3.72.
  • Medical College Admissions Test (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm) The average MCAT score for students admitted to Texas medical schools in 2008 was 31.
  • Participate in Campus Activities. Medical schools will be interested in what you did during your undergraduate years inside and outside the classroom. In addition to AED, participate in Student Government, student groups, service organizations or any other area where you have an interest.
  • Leadership experience. Medical schools will want to know about your leadership experience so become a chairman of an AED committee, a Scout leader, a leader in your place of worship or your community.
  • Clinical Experience. The medical schools want to see some evidence that you are already involved in medical service. Began by volunteering for one shift a week at a local hospital. Add shadowing a physician, going on an HBU medical mission trip or working at a medical clinic.
  • Research. Students at HBU can apply for an opportunity to do research with a professor during their junior and senior year. If you are interested, talk to your science professors.