The pre-medicine program comprises a core of courses required for admission to medical schools. Your choice of the pre-medicine program of study at UNCG indicates your interest in preparing for a career in medicine. The pre-professional program in medicine is not a major in which a degree can be earned but rather a program of study intended to be complementary to a chosen major. Because the required courses can be incorporated into almost any major at UNCG, students should consider a major they find interesting and feel they will do well in academically and then declare pre-medicine as their second major at UNCG.
The Student Experience
- Experienced advisers can help plan your academic program and answer questions about the various aspects of applying to medical school.
- Automatically enrolled in the pre-professional program’s online learning group, with resources and information about upcoming events, opportunities, and deadlines.
- Membership in departmental academic honor societies, such as Beta Beta Beta (biology), as well as pre-medical student organizations such as the AmericanMedical Student Association and Minority Association of Pre-medical Students.
- Pre-medical advisers will help you choose classes that are helpful in preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), generally taken at the end of the junior year (spring or summer, prior to application to medical school).
- Past program participants have attended medical school at institutions including Duke University, Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, and Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
- UNCG alumni have gone on to medical careers including:
- General/vascular surgeon, Forsyth Memorial Home Care
- Gynecologic oncologist, Southwest Regional Cancer Center
- Neuroradiologist, Wake Forest School of Medicine
- Medical director of primary care, Loyola University Medical Center
- OB/GYN, ECU Women’s Physicians
- Pediatrician, Riverside Pediatric Center
- Optometrist, Memphis Optical
- Assistant, Burn Center at UNC Medical Center
Students enrolled in the pre-medicine second major are assigned a secondary adviser from the UNCG Health Careers Advisory Committee, which comprises faculty from the biology, chemistry and biochemistry, psychology, physics, and nutrition departments, the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center, School of Health and Human Sciences, and the Students First Office. (This is in addition to your primary adviser, whom you should seek out and meet with regularly.) For a competitive application, students should demonstrate experience volunteering or working in a medical or service setting and extensive longitudinal service and leadership while in college.