Pre-Medicine at Augustana
Erin Spengler '05
Erin knew she wanted to be a doctor when she came to Augustana, and she found that the classroom experience prepared her well for medical school.
"The cadaver lab is great. I thought that prepped me really well for medical school, because it's a very different experience than gross anatomy. They actually do case-based learning. I thought that was something that was unique, and that is what a lot of the curriculum at medical schools is based off of."
After graduating from med school in May 2009, Erin will enter a three-year residency in internal medicine. Eventually, she'd like to work at a university hospital, focusing her teaching and clinical work on gastroenterology and hepatology.
"One of the things I liked the best about Augustana was that it was a smaller school. At a lot of the bigger schools I looked at, teaching was very much a secondary thing. They were there for research or there for grants or papers or whatever. At Augustana, it's very clear that all the teachers' primary purpose is to be a good teacher and be there whenever you need them."
Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine?
Augustana's pre-medicine program is one of the strongest undergraduate programs available. The program allows students to be highly focused in the sciences by choosing our major in Pre-Medicine. Alternatively, a student can follow their passion for subjects outside the sciences. We encourage students with strong interests in any academic arena to pursue nearly any major on campus. Dr. Lori Scott, our Pre-Medicine Adviser, will assist students with their academic planning so that one is prepared for the MCAT and will satisfy medical school requirements. This outstanding program is centered upon challenging courses in chemistry, biology, and physics, which gives our graduates a competitive advantage in the transition to medical school.
The clinical work opportunities at Augustana are exceptional. Solid experience both in practical application and observation is very sought after in medical school applicants and gives students an advantage in the interview process. Augustana students gain clinical experience at local hospitals, private practice clinics, rehabilitation centers, and/or geriatric care facilities. Internships offer a way to receive college credit while gaining this clinical experience.
Augustana is among the nation's most respected centers of undergraduate instruction in science and the pre-health professions. The science building offers students the latest in high-tech labs and research facilities, including the human cadaver dissection lab. Cadaver dissection offers pre-professional students an additional edge in preparation for medical school, as Augustana is one of the few undergraduate schools in the country to offer this hands-on opportunity to its students. This experience is especially impressive to medical school application evaluators.
The pre-med curriculum at Augustana provides stimulating coursework that helps students increase their problem-solving skills and excel on the MCAT. After the junior year, students complete the medical school's admission process with the help of their faculty advisor. Augustana is proud if its placement rates into medical school, which have averaged approximately 70 percent, compared to 47 percent nationwide. Due to the outstanding curriculum, extensive clinical and research opportunities available, and dynamic faculty, Augustana students achieve great success in medical schools across the country.
Pre-Medicine Program Outline
|Course Number||Course Name||Year|
|CH311-313||Organic Chemistry||2nd or 3rd|
|PH101-103||Physics||2nd or 3rd|
|or PH201-203||Physics||2nd or 3rd|
|BI200||Zoology||1st or 2nd|
|BI210||Cell Biology||1st or 2nd|
|BI370||Genetics||2nd or 3rd|
|BI362||Human Physiology||2nd or 3rd|
|MA219||Calculus||1st or 2nd|
Biology major requirements w/ Pre-Med major
|Five additional BI electives 200 level or higher, including Senior Inquiry|
Research or Clinical Experience
Clinical experience is a must to convince medical schools that you are familiar with the expectations of a physician. Volunteer experience is a must to demonstrate your altruistic nature to future medical schools. In addition, your application will be much more attractive to medical programs if you have conducted a research project, either at Augustana College or through a summer research program at a university.
Augustana is proud if its placement rates into medical school, which have averaged approximately 70 percent, compared to 47 percent nationwide. Due to the outstanding curriculum, extensive clinical and research opportunities available, and dynamic faculty, Augustana students achieve great success in medical schools across the country.