Steven Scherger is the Director of Health Career Advising in the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
The Director of Health Career Advising will help students select appropriate courses based on their long term goals both professional and academically; maintain a Blackboard website as a means to sharing important information about open houses, research opportunities and guest speakers; and letters of recommendation for students they work with.
All advising is available to students interested in other health related graduate and/or professional school programs which are included in the list below:
No, in fact most medical and dental schools prefer to construct a class that is well diverse in terms of earned academic majors and backgrounds. Medical and dental schools are most concerned and impressed with strong records of aptitude for the sciences and a strong commitment to the medical or dental field (conveyed through volunteer experience, clinical experience, research experience and leadership).
Most people who ask this mean the medical schools ranked highest by US News and World Report. The most highly ranked school is not always the best choice for a particular student. But, yes some of our students do get into very highly ranked schools. In 2005, Case students were accepted to 33 different medical schools which included Dartmouth, Duke, University of Chicago and Washington University In 2006, Case students were accepted to 43 different medical schools which included Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts and Yale. In 2007 Case students were accepted to 62 different medical schools which included Harvard, Stanford, University of California San Francisco and University of Chicago-Pritzker.
The Doctor of Osteopathy degree is an excellent choice for students attracted to the holistic, wellness-oriented D.O. philosophy and the osteopathic hands-on techniques for locating and relieving stress in the body. The training is comparable to M.D. training and all specialties are open to D.O.'s; however, a larger proportion of D.O.'s enter primary care.
Does receiving a bachelor's degree from Case provide any advantage in being accepted by the Case School of Medicine?
It does offer the advantage that every Case undergraduate with a competitive academic record will get an interview at the Case SOM. There has been an average of approximately 20-26 Case students who have matriculated at the Case SOM the past five years.
Are most of the “slots” for Case undergraduates at the Case SOM filled by students in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine?
No, they are not. There is really no set number of “slots” for Case undergrads. There has been an average of approximately 6-9 Case students who have matriculated at the Case SOM via the PPSP program the past five years.
If you were to recommend a few extracurricular activities that are most important for pre-health students, what would they be?
Volunteer experience, clinical experience, research, shadowing and exhibited leadership.
When is it best to take the standard test affiliated with the professional school I am interested in applying to?
The MCAT exam is an computer based exam that is offered 22 times throughout the year. The best time to take any standardized test is when you are best prepared. That being said, students should strive to take their MCAT exam in time to allow for an early submission of their AMCAS medical school application.
Over the past three years Case students with a 3.4 or higher GPA have had a 74% acceptance rate to medical school which compares quite favorably to the national acceptance rate of 46-48%.