Medically oriented professional schools recognize the desirability of an education that includes a strong foundation in the natural sciences, well-developed communication skills, and a background in the social sciences and humanities. Trinity's health professions advising program seeks to enhance students' success in these fundamentals.
Trinity University's Health Professions Advisory Committee holds regular meetings for potential pre-meds, starting with new student orientation. Pre-medical students will be assigned a committee member as their academic adviser. The adviser will help their advisees decide whether this is the best career option and, if so, how to meet academic and other requirements for medical school. We offer orientation for the application process, reviews of essays, and practice interviews. When a student applies, the committee writes a letter of evaluation and assembles a complete packet of materials, which we send to all schools considering the student for admission.
Trinity's Pathways Curriculum offers foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In addition, students may also take courses addressing the practice of medicine from economic, ethical, and societal perspectives.
Periodically, students are advised about the level of their performance relevant to their career goals, but every effort is made to support all Trinity students in obtaining entrance into the professional schools of their choice.
Two different student groups maintain websites for potential pre-meds. They also plan many events on health-related issues, including readings and discussion of issues in contemporary medicine, study breaks, and meet-the-deansof-admissions gatherings. Students also organize physician shadowing opportunities, some of which are with alumni.
This may be the most important question to ask. Trinity University's Health Professions Advisory Committee writes a letter of evaluation for every student who applies. Some schools have an internal selection process and will write letters, give practice interviews, etc., for only the highest-achieving students. Be aware that an extremely high acceptance rate may result from internal selection, so always ask about this.
The Trinity chapter of the American Medical Students Association organizes shadowing programs and community outreach.
Students are encouraged to supplement their time at Trinity with a study abroad experience. Visit the study abroad website and talk with your adviser for more information.