Pursuing a Career in Medicine

Welcome the IC's online resource for pre-meds                 
Office of Minority Affairs

                                                                                                     University of Washington 


This site is dedicated to helping students explore a career in medicine and apply to allopathic, U.S.-based medical schools. It contains information that will guide you in learning more about medicine, healthcare policy, medical ethics, and MUCH more. In addition, we give advice on how to prepare for the MCAT, how to find support and financial funding for your studies and/or research, and how to pursue interesting, fulfilling extracurricular activities that will enhance your qualifications for medicine and challenge you in new ways. Freshmen and sophomores in particular will benefit from the first few pages on this website, which give broad recommendations on how to prepare for a career in medicine. Those of you who hope to apply within the next year, such as seniors and graduates, should consult the detailed "Applying to Medical School" section (if you are several years away from applying, it is still helpful to look at the "Overview" sub-page to get a feel for what the application process entails). Please note the search box at the top of this page; it may help you locate the information that answers your specific questions.

Although we hope to help with your admission to lots of different medical schools, our affiliation with the University of Washington and the fact that most viewers of this website are WWAMI  (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) residents prompt us to place special emphasis on the University of Washington School of Medicine (abbreviated "UWSOM").

This site is interactive
At the end of each page is a "Comments" section in which we welcome you to leave your feedback, which will be incorporated in subsequent versions of this site. Specific questions about applying should be posted on the Discussion Forum, after which tutors, advisers, or knowledgeable students will try to respond. You can also use the forum to share your own experience of applying or inform your peers of useful resources.

If you have specific feedback that you'd prefer to share with us in private, please feel free to e-mail the Webmaster at devaw@u.washington.edu. We hope that you find this site helpful and look forward to any suggestions you may have to make it better.

Want to get involved?

We hope to make this website sustainable and ensure its continual improvement. Fortunately,
this website is run on "Google Sites," which means that it is extremely easy to edit and maintain by multiple users. If you're interested in contributing in any way you can, please e-mail the Webmaster at the address listed above. We would love and greatly appreciate any time you could offer in keeping the website and its content up-to-date and accurate.

Disclaimer: Much of the information on this website was consolidated from numerous student opinions and offerings of advice. Some sections of this site contain recommendations that are inevitably debatable, such as how best to prepare for the MCAT on one's own. In other sections, we present and clarify information obtained from official sources like the AAMC and AMA. We want to remind you that this website serves as a guideline and not an authority on preparing for and applying to medical school. The path to medicine is highly variable and each applicant passes through unique hardships to bring unique qualities to the field of medicine. We therefore encourage you to consult several sources when familiarizing yourself with the application process and to discuss your findings with your peers.