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Pre-Medical Pathways


The University of Cincinnati is a great place to prepare for medical school because we are a top 25 comprehensive public research institution with a vibrant medical school, we offer multiple pathways and we stress experiential learning opportunities. Indeed, students have the opportunity to build the pathway that is just right for their specific goals and interests!

There is no single path that will best prepare you for applying to medical school. In fact, any major can serve as 'pre-med.' Since you will have to take key courses in math and science to prepare you for medical school admissions, the following majors, certificates, and minors are among the most popular degree programs selected by pre-med students at UC. In addition, high school seniors with an under-represented minority background should look at the STEMM-D program as a great way to start your path.  All students are encouraged to start working early with an advisor from the Pre-Professional Advising Center. We will help you design the most appropriate pathway to your goals. 

Looking for more stories about pathways to medicine?  Check out the AAMC  Inspiring Stories site. 

Course: Exploring Health Professions

Course Description:                       
PD 1000: Exploring Health Professions is designed to help students gain a wider and deeper understanding of the variety of health professions and how to most effectively prepare for entry into the professions. Students will explore the human side of healthcare, including professionalism, ethical behaviors, healthcare disparities, cross-cultural care, and interprofessional collaboration. After successful completion of PD 1000, students will have the option to gain real world experience in a healthcare setting and course credit by registering for Academic Shadowing – INT3041)
Learning Outcomes:
1. Advance connections between the experiential education concept and importance of healthcare career exploration.
2. Identify, research, and evaluate a range of career options available in the health professions.
3. Demonstrate insight into professional behaviors that lead to success in the healthcare workplace.

4. Develop effective career development resources tailored to a chosen healthcare career path.

5. Explore personal values and ethical guidelines related to complex problems and controversies in healthcare.

6. Utilize different points of view to understand the human side of healthcare pertaining to cultural difference, dissonance, and competency.

7. Recognize and articulate the meaning of healthcare disparities.

8. Explain the relationship between educational goals and interests in chosen health profession.

9. Assume responsibility for understanding the steps to prepare a competitive application to professional school.

10. Create a network of academic and co-curricular resources and support integral to succeeding on a pre-health path.

11. Complete preparatory training and certifications required for health professions.

12. Understand the benefits of interprofessional collaboration for quality patient care.

For more information, contact Dr. Robin Selzer