As almost everyone knows, medical school is no easy avenue to walk into. In fact, UW Seattle’s school of medicine receives on average 42,000 applications each year as of 2010, according to the UWS admissions page. Less than 50 percent of these applicants are accepted. In addition, UW Seattle is one of only two Allopathic, or traditional, medical schools in the Pacific Northwest and has a direct contract agreement with all of the states in the region to educate a set number of applicants from these states.
That means the challenge for new undergraduate students is becoming increasingly daunting. How can undergraduate students at UWT hope to overcome these obstacles?
This is the same question Kristen Piephoff, President of UWT’s Pre- Health Society, and her officers asked themselves. Also, they wondered, how could they help? With the ever changing prerequisites of UWS medical school admission and the increased material on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), they decided there must be a better way to prepare.
Since last year, Piephoff has begun building a foundation for future UWT pre-health students to stand on. With MCAT workshops, supplementary pre-health lectures, resource finding, internship location services, and academic support, this society seeks to increase UW Tacoma’s interest in pre-health related majors.
Piephoff said, “Our goal is to help students prepare for post-graduate professional schools. We want to provide chances for students interested in medicine that will build their resumes, and increase their chances of getting into graduate programs by providing volunteer hours, getting involved in the local community, and providing physician shadowing opportunities.”
According to Evergreen State College’s website, the mean GPA for medical school applicants is 3.64. Achieving such a high level of academic prowess while balancing other duties, is a difficult feat to overcome. This is why Piephoff and her society suggest that volunteering and community involvement may be a healthy supplement for a low GPA resume.
UWT students who are interested are welcome to join. Currently there is no admission fee. Students can join via Dawg Den, simply search “Pre-Health Society” and click the “Join Organization” button or contact any of the officers listed for more information.