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How to Prepare for Medical School With
Pathways to Admission

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It’s no secret that applying to medical school and working toward a medical degree is no small feat. 

Once you’ve completed your pre-med undergraduate requirements, there’s a lot more to do before you can officially become any type of medical doctor.

Preparing for medical school applies to those interested in calling themselves any of the following:

  • Dentist

  • Dietitian

  • Medical Writer

  • Physical therapist

And more.


Applying to Medical School

While working to complete your Bachelor’s Degree following the pre-med undergraduate track, you’ll begin applying to medical schools during the summer between your junior and senior year of college. This ideally sets you up to enroll in your top choice or secondary choice medical college a few months after graduation.

Pathways will help you navigate all the steps needed to successfully enroll in an accredited medical college, including test preparation, interview practice, personal statement writing & much more.

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Your Medical Field Career Path

Medical school is typically divided into two parts, generally taking place over the course of four years.

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Part 1: Pre-Clinical Phase

This phase includes additional studies similar to yet more advanced than what you previously learned in undergrad. You’ll study structures and functions of the body, medical concepts, disease overview, diagnosis and treatment types.

Part 2: Clinical Phase

During the clinical phase of medical school, you’ll participate in core & elective “clinicals” or clinical rotation, getting more hands-on experience and training in the different medical specialties. 

Following clinicals,(including passing any necessary tests for your specific medical path)  you should be ready to choose a specialty area and apply for residencies.

This phase is known as “matching” where students prepare to get accepted to their top residency choice and begin a residency program.

After completing residency training and becoming board certified, you’ll have the option to further specialize by completing fellowships, depending on your career path.

How Pathways Will Help You:
Medical School Admissions Consulting

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  • We will help you:

  • Navigate the medical college application process with calm and ease

  • Prepare for the required medical examinations 

  • Transcript will be reviewed along with academic advising

  • Assist in developing top & secondary-choice college residency lists

  • Determine medical school application timeline and completion

  • Work through Interview preparation & practice interviewing skills

  • And more!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything the medical career path entails, don’t worry. Pathways is here to help with the entire medical school admissions process, supporting you throughout your journey with years of college consulting experience..

  • What is nursing?
    According to the American Nurses Association: “Nursing is the glue that holds a patient’s health care journey together. Across the entire patient experience, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work tirelessly to identify and protect the needs of the individual. Beyond the time-honored reputation for compassion and dedication lies a highly specialized profession, which is constantly evolving to address the needs of society. From ensuring the most accurate diagnoses to the ongoing education of the public about critical health issues; nurses are indispensable in safeguarding public health. Nursing can be described as both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. At its heart, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for a patient’s needs. This is supported by the mind, in the form of rigorous core learning. Due to the vast range of specialisms and complex skills in the nursing profession, each nurse will have specific strengths, passions, and expertise. However, nursing has a unifying ethos: In assessing a patient, nurses do not just consider test results. Through the critical thinking exemplified in the nursing process, nurses use their judgment to integrate objective data with subjective experience of a patient’s biological, physical and behavioral needs. This ensures that every patient, from city hospital to community health center; state prison to summer camp, receives the best possible care regardless of who they are, or where they may be.”
  • What does a BSN nurse do?
    A BSN nurse is a registered nurse who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. BSN nurses provide direct patient care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They work with physicians to assess patient health, diagnose illnesses, and develop treatment plans. BSN nurses also provide education and support to patients and their families, and assist in the management of care for individual patients.
  • Is there a difference between a BSN and RN?
    A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree program that prepares students to become a registered nurse (RN). An RN has completed either a two-year associate degree program or a three-year diploma program. The BSN degree provides a broader foundation of knowledge, which includes courses in leadership, research, and public health. BSN programs also offer more clinical opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.
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Ginny is a warm and knowledgeable professional! As a former high school college counselor and pediatric nurse, she really understands how to relate to young adults. In addition, she knows the nuances of nearly every college and has relationships with many admissions counselors. This is a stressful time and having her navigate the path to a successful college match was invaluable. I recommend her highly.

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