Frequently Asked Questions
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No, MPI is the Medical Professions Institute and MPO is the student’s Medical Professions Organization. Check out the MPO webpage for more information, click HERE.
Booking an appointment with a pre-medical advisor allows you to learn more about the steps and requirements needed to join the healthcare industry. Before you are ready to apply, there is a lot of planning and preparing done to develop a competitive application.
When should I be contacting a pre-health advisor?
As soon as you think you are interested in a healthcare profession.
Does choosing a biology or science major make me a better candidate?
While choosing a biology or science major help you finish your pre-requisites courses AND degree courses at the same time, there is no preference given to science majors. The best way to choose a major is by finding the strengths that will help you exceed academically. Grades are extremely important for any health-profession school.
What are the general pre-requisite courses I need to take for medical, dental or veterinary?
Most health profession schools are expecting you to have taken specific courses that will transform you into an eligible and competitive applicant. Completing the pre-requisite courses will also prepare you well for the content tested in the MCAT. Take a look at the general pre-requisites for medical, dental and veterinary.
As an undergraduate, your main goal is to finish taking the pre-requisites looked for by a health professions program and that will provide you with the optimal coverage for the subjects tested on the MCAT, DAT, GRE or Biology GRE.
Should I engage in research? Why?
Several medical schools worked together to create the 15 COMPETENCIES an ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate, these competencies also apply to any health professions programs. How will you demonstrate that you have what they are looking for? By engaging in undergraduate research, joining a research laboratory exposes and provides you with critical thinking and learning skills.
When should I start my application?
The ideal time to start building your application is a soon as you decide to apply, this will give you enough time to work on your personal essays, gain clinical and research experience, and prepare adequately for the standardized admissions exams.
When do I officially apply to medical school?
Most application services close in June, you should start a year before you plan to attend medical school. E.g. if you are planning to join a medical school in August 2020 you application should be submitted before June 2019. If you are a student attending or planning to attend, UTEP and are interested in going to medical, podiatry, dental, veterinary, or optometry school, or a physician assistant program, you are in the right place.