Pre-Med at WSU
The Pre-Med and Health Science Center (PMHSC) advising team has helped thousands of students gain admission to medical schools in the United States and Canada. PMHSC advisors provide one-on-one advising, workshop programming, and special events to support each candidate in achieving their goals. They take a developmental approach and use self-reflection to help students chart their own path to success. All interested students must attend a Pre-Med Essentials Session before scheduling with an advisor in the PMHSC.
While the answer to this question is unique to everyone, there are themes that are common for all candidates:
- Enjoy challenges
- Interested in science and how the body works
- Passionate about using scientific knowledge to solve problems and treat patients in pain
- Skilled both as a leader and as a team player
What is it like to train and work as a physician?
Becoming a physician requires 11 to 16+ years of education, including four years+ of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and anywhere from three to eight years of residency training. The length of residency is related to the type of specialization a physician chooses.
There are three general types of physicians
- Primary care physicians typically develop long-term relationships with patients while they work on preventing disease, treating a variety of illnesses and addressing whole-person health.
- Surgeons treat disease and repair injuries.
- Specialists gain a high level of expertise focused on a specific disease, body part, or organ system. Specialists frequently have a more competitive residency application and require the greatest amount of training.
Content abridged from aamc.org.
Freshman or Transfer Student and Interested in becoming a Physician Assistant?
New WSU students should plan to attend Orientation and meet with their assigned advisor before their first semester at Wayne State. All pre-medical students are expected to attend a Pre-Med Essentials meeting before scheduling a one-on-one advising appointment in the PMHSC. Each pre-med student should meet with a PMHSC advisor once a semester.