Your Undergraduate Career
You will have plenty of assistance from advisors at Notre Dame, beginning with your First Year Advisor during your freshman year. Once you have entered your college, you will have a Major Advisor, a Pre-Health Advisor, and a Research Advisor.
A possible sequence for preparing for medical school through your Notre Dame career would include:
- First year: Classes include calculus and chemistry, other sciences as your major requires, social science, or literature requirements. Attend all review sessions and get to know your professors. Get involved in extracurricular activities, such as clubs, dorm involvement, or service through the Center for Social Concerns. Look for clinical experiences.
- Summer: Perform clinical work, service work, or research, even if it is part-time. Research on your application will demonstrate a depth of interest in a topic. Clinical experience demonstrates knowledge of the profession. Service work illustrates your caring for others, leadership, and character.
- Sophomore: Continue extracurricular activities, clinical and/or research work. Begin planning to study abroad, if interested. If you would like to attend a health profession school immediately after graduation, the best time to study abroad is the fall of your junior year. If you study abroad in the fall semester of your junior year, some programs offer physics (London and Puebla) or other upper-level science courses (Dublin and Perth). If you choose another site, you should plan carefully with your advisor and possibly take a science course in the summer.
- Summer: Perform clinical, service, or research work.
- Junior: Study abroad in the fall. Accumulate recommendations from professors, advisors and/or supervisors. Take the MCATs in spring and continue clinical, service, or research work.
- Summer: Apply to schools if you intend to begin immediately after graduation and continue clinical, research, and volunteer work.
- Senior: Interview in the fall and winter.
During your entire undergraduate career, you should be reading, studying hard, and maintaining a life balance.
You should also keep a journal of your clinical experiences, making sure it is HIPPA compliant and does not include any patient identifying information. The journal should include:
- A record of what you have seen
- Hours, dates, and contacts
- Your reflection on the meaning of the experience
- What you have learned
- How the experience has changed you