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Many, many sites on the internet offer “expert” advice to pre-health students. Please be aware that health professions admissions is a constantly changing and highly indivualized experience and even advice marketed as “expert” in books or websites may not apply to your situation. You have free access to Pre-Health Advising at Colby, even after you graduate, and you shouldn’t hesitate to review your personal strengths and weaknesses as a candidate for health professions schools with that advisor. The Pre-Health Advisors at Colby have direct access through professional organizations to admissions staff and other experienced advisors for consultation on any question you may have.
The sites linked below have been chosen to provide helpful content information. We have primarily chosen links to professional organizations that provide the most reliable and up-to-date information. If you have other helpful links to suggest, please be in touch with the Health Professions Advisor in the Career Center with information.
Broad health professions sites:
www.explorehealthcareers.org/: Comprehensive source of up-to-date information about many careers in the health professions.
ResearchGate: The world’s largest professional network for researchers and scientists, now with over three million members. The completely free job board is targeted to scientists and researchers, and is broken down into different scientific disciplines.
Student-run sites highly recommended by other students:
PLEASE NOTE: Information on these sites should be used with caution and if you question anything you read, don’t hesitate to check it out with your Health Professions Advisor at Colby. Because much of the information is self-reported, it should be viewed as possibly biased or based on impressions rather than fact.
MDapplicants.com — Ever wonder where other med school applicants with similar MCATs and grades have been accepted? See a list of profiles broken down into non-interviewed, interviewed, and accepted pools for any of the medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.
The Student Doctor Network provides an independent resource to the pre-health and health professional student community, including detailed interview feedback from current applicants to medical and dental schools, as well as Student Doctor Forums with information and “inside scoops” from pre-health students, medical students, dental students, and other students across the world.
Allopathic (M.D.) and Osteopathic (D.O.) Medicine
For anyone looking at medical schools, these first two resources are crucial:
MSAR (the AAMC’s Medical School Admissions Requirements for M.D. schools): This essential resource for the preparation and application process for allopathic medical schools in the US and Canada is available for a subscription fee of $22.00. http://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/msar
CIB (The College Information Book of Osteopathic Medical Schools): The essential resource for application to osteopathic programs. This book can be downloaded for FREE as a pdf. A copy is also available in the Career Center for review. http://www.aacom.org/resources/bookstore/cib/Pages/default.aspx
Other Medicine Links:
Association of American Medical Colleges – http://www.aamc.org/
Association of American Medical Colleges student site and med school application – http://www.aamc.org/students/
MCAT information – http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and application – http://aacom.org
American Academy of Family Physicians – http://www.aafp.org/
Ontario Medical School Application Service – http://www.ouac.on.ca/omsas
Texas Medical and Dental Application Service – http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas/
American Medical Association – http://www.ama-assn.org/
OldPreMeds.org – Information about applying to medical school as a non-traditional student – http://www.oldpremeds.org
US News Online: America’s Best Graduate Schools – (This should NOT be used in lieu of the MSAR or CIB when learning about medical school options.) grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools
Dental Admissions Testing (DAT) – http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx
Associated American Dental Schools Student Site and Application Service – http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/Pages/default.aspx
American Dental Education Association – http://www.adea.org/about_adea/Pages/default.aspx
American Dental Association – http://www.ada.org
Official Guide to Dental Schools (revised annually). Washington, DC: American Association of Dental Schools. This is an essential resource for the preparation and application process to US and Canadian dental schools. Available from the American Dental Education Association at
ADEA Opportunities for Minority Students in U.S. Dental Schools includes specific and practical information of special interest to minority students considering a career in dentistry. Available from the American Dental Education Association at http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/educational_resources/Pages/OpportunitiesforMinoritiesinUnitedStatesDentalSchools.aspx
ADEA’s Go Dental site – the official on-line guide to preparing for and pursuing dental education and careers – http://info.adea.org/GoDental/Pages/default.aspx
Veterinary Medicine Application Service (VMCAS) -
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges – http://www.aavmc.org/
American Veterinary Medical Association – http://www.avma.org/
Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements in the United States and Canada (print edition, revised annually). This is an essential resource for the preparation and application process. Order on line at: http://www.aavmc.org/Publications/VMSAR.aspx
American Association of Colleges of Nursing – http://www.aacn.nche.edu/
Accelerated nursing programs guide: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/issue-bulletin-accelerated-programs
Nursing Schools – http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/nursing-program-search
American College of Nurse Midwives – http://www.midwife.org/Education-Careers
Nursing School Degrees lists accelerated/second degree nursing programs by state, also includes CNA programs
Peterson’s Guide to Nursing Programs (published in cooperation with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing). Princeton, NJ: Peterson’s Guides.
The American Chiropractic Association – http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=33&T2ID=203
American Board of Genetic Counseling – http://www.abgc.net
American Academy of Ophthalmology – http://www.aao.org/aao/
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and application service – http://www.opted.org/
The American Academy of Optometry – http://www.aaopt.org/
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – http://www.aacp.org/
AACP Pharmacy School Admission Requirements – http://www.aacp.org/resources/student/pharmacyforyou/admissions/pages/PSAR.aspx
American Physical Therapy Association – http://www.apta.org/PTEducation/
APTA Directory of Physical Therapy Education Programs – http://www.apta.org/apta/directories/accreditedschools.aspx?navID=10737423273
American Academy of Physician Assistants – http://www.aapa.org/
AAPA: Becoming a PA – http://www.aapa.org/your_pa_career/becoming_a_pa.aspx
Physician Assistant Education Association – http://www.paeaonline.org
Physician Assistant Education Association list of Physician Assistant Programs – directory.paeaonline.org
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine – http://www.aacpm.org/
American Podiatric Medical Association – http://www.apma.org/education/
American College of Sports Medicine – http://www.acsm.org/about-acsm/student-corner
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine – http://www.acoem.org/
Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine – http://www.coem.com/
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – http://www.niehs.nih.gov/
MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics – http://ethics.bsd.uchicago.edu/
International Health Opportunities – http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/EducationCareerDevelopment/IntlHealthOpps.aspx
Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) – http://www.faimer.org/resources/opportunities/index.html
NOTE: The Associated Schools of Public Health is being reorganized into a group that includes both Schools of Public Health and Programs in Public Health that are CEPH-Accredited. What you want to be looking for is CEPH-Accredited programs.
Associated Schools of Public Health, with links to member schools – http://www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=823
SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) is a centralized application service used by some (but not all) schools of public health – http://www.sophas.org/
The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) is a one-year MPH program not included in the current ASPH organization but which is CEPH-Accredited and has consistently attracted Colby grads – http://tdi.dartmouth.edu/
Financial Aid for Medical School – http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/medical.phtml
FIRST (AAMC Financial Information, Resource, Services, & Tools), including the MedLoans organizer and calculator – http://www.aamc.org/services/first/
Financial Planning for Dental Students – http://www.ada.org/sections/educationAndCareers/pdfs/finplanOSA.pdf
National Health Service Corps – http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs -
Air Force: http://www.afit.edu/cip/hpsp.cfm
Note: Many of the books listed above are available for use in Career Services. Personal copies can be ordered through Amazon.com, the Colby Bookstore, or directly from the publisher.