Pre-Medicine Committee

To prepare for your medical school application, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the opportunity to participate in a Pre-Medicine Committee (PMC) review. The PMC review will not provide a recommendation or ranked letter but will give you valuable feedback about the strength of your application, your preparedness for a career in medicine, and areas for growth.

Please see below for more information about each of the components of the PMC application. The application and review will take place in the spring semester before you apply to medical school.

Application

You must submit the completed Request For A Pre-Medicine Committee Review form and all supporting application materials (detailed below) by the deadline to be eligible for review. They may be either scanned and emailed to Erin Lawson (elawson1@kent.edu) or dropped off as a packet in 105 Bowman Hall.

2020 PMC Application coming soon....

Personal Statement

Please adhere to either the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine's 4500-character limit or the 5300-character limit established by the Assocation of American Medical Colleges (this includes spaces in both instances). Your essay should address why you want to become a medical doctor. You may wish to include experiences, motivations, and/or challenges that distinguish you from other applicants. This is also the place to explain any significant fluctuations in your academic record. For help in creating an effective personal statement see the "Tips for Writing A Personal Statement" included in the application (see above) or contact Career Exploration and Development for assistance.

The personal statement you present to the Pre-Medicine Committee should be a polished, final draft. The PMC reviewers may provide feedback regarding content and structure, but you should provide a statement that includes well-developed and structured sentences and has already been checked for spelling and grammar. 

List of Experiences

For this section, list up to 15 experiences that affected your life or decision to become a medical doctor. These may include (but are not limited to): volunteer activities, medically relevant experiences, laboratory research, shadowing experience, employment, leadership roles, etc.

For each experience, provide a title, start and end dates, total number of hours, name of organization, location, contact information for a person who can verify your participation (when possible), as well as a brief description (maximum 700 characters). List your experiences in chronological order, as this is how they will appear on your actual application.

Consider the Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students when writing your experience description. You should use your description to explain how that experience either taught you or allowed you to demonstrate one or several of the Core Competencies.

You must identify at least one and no more than three activities that you consider to be "Most Meaningful." For these experiences, you are allowed an additional 1325 characters to explain why you feel this experience is meaningful.

Your experiences should ideally include only activities you have undertaken post-high school. There may be some exceptions made for on-going experiences, significant awards or achievements related to medicine, or similar instances.

Tips and examples can be found in the "Guidelines for Completing Experiences/Activities Section" in the PMC application.

 

Letters of Recommendation

You should have 3-6 individual letters of recommendation sent by mail or email to the address provided in the application. Give a completed and signed 'PMC Recommendation Letter Request Form' to each individual you are soliciting a letter. All letters should be addressed 'To The Admissions Committee' (not the Pre-Medicine Committee), signed and on letterhead paper.

Letter writers should be professional, non-related individuals who best know your attributes to become a medical doctor. It's strongly recommended that letters come from 1-2 science faculty (biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics), 1-2 from allopathic and/or osteopathic physicians, and potentially an additional letter from a social science or humanities faculty, research mentor, employer, volunteer coordinator, coach, medical professional, etc.

As a benefit of participating in the Pre-Medicine Committee review process, you may elect to have your letters then uploaded to AMCAS (AAMC) as a "Letter Packet." More information will be provided after you submit your application and closer to the AMCAS application opening day. This option is not available for AACOMAS (AACOM), as this service does not support a letter packet format. You should advise your letter writers accordingly. 

Interviews

After your Pre-Medicine Committee reviewers have looked over your personal statement, list of experiences, and letters of recommendation, they will reach out to set up individual interviews. You will be interviewed by two different committee members. This will not only allow the reviewer to see your interview skills and abilities, but will also give you additional practice prior to the application cycle. You should take these interviews seriously and endeavor to prepare by reviewing your application materials, looking over medical school interview preparation recommendations, and practicing with friends, family, or other university professionals.

Career Exploration and Development at Kent State University offers mock interview services, which can be scheduled through KSUAdvising. There is more information about mock interviews available on their website.

You should consult with your interviewer(s) in advance to determine if they wish you to wear business/interview attire or if you can dress casually for your interview.