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Frequently Asked Pre-Health Questions

 

What is the role of the Pre-Health Advising Office?
What medical specialties does the Pre-Health Advising Office assist with?
Is the Pre-Health program a major at Hunter?
What are some steps I can take to start my Pre-Health track at Hunter College?
What are the required Pre-Health classes?
How many hours of volunteering should I complete?
Can I take e-permit science courses to speed up my studies at Hunter?
Do e-permit science courses count towards fulfilling my Pre-Health course requirements?
Do I just need to RSVP to an event to get attendance credit?
Which events count toward my 3 Pre-Health events per semester requirement?
I’m pursuing a career in Nursing/PA/PT/Pharmacy/Occupational Therapy, am I still required to attend 3 Pre-Health events per semester?
What GPA must I maintain to be considered a competitive candidate for Pre-Health professional school?
What science credits can I transfer to Hunter from my previous institution?
Do I have to major in a science?
Can I use AP credits to fulfill my Pre-Health requirements?
Can I be accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Careers certificate program in the Spring semester?
Where can I find non-health-related community service opportunities?
Who will write my letters of recommendation?
What if I don’t know any of my professors well enough to ask for a letter?
When should I meet with Pre-Health Advisors?
Where is the Pre-Health Advising office?
What are some professional schools Hunter students have been accepted to?
What services does the Hunter College Pre-Health Advising Office offer to Pre-Health students?
What services does the Pre-Health Advising Office at Hunter College offer to students applying to health professional schools?
How do other professional/medical schools calculate Credit/No Credit classes?
What is the acceptance rate for Macaulay Honors students at Hunter College?
What resources are there for Pre-meds?
Who is using the Multiple Mini Interview?

 

 

 

What is the role of the Pre-Health Advising Office?

The Pre-Health Advising Office provides counseling for students who intend to pursue a health-related profession. Students are encouraged to seek advice regarding the classes required for their respective pre-health profession, graduate school standardized admissions tests, acquisition of letters of recommendations, personal statements, extracurricular activities, and the various application services. The Pre-Health Advising office ONLY deals with ADVISING. We do not keep academic records, nor do we keep list of courses that are transferable to Hunter’s curriculum. For these questions please refer to either the Admissions office (212-396-6047), or the Registrar’s office (212-772-4474).

 

 

What medical specialties does the Pre-Health Advising Office assist with?

The Pre-Health Advising Office assists students who are pursuing pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-optometry, and pre-podiatry.

 

 

Is the Pre-Health program a major at Hunter?

There is NO Pre-Health major. Pre-Health students can choose any major, but are required to take the pre-requisite requirements for their chosen health profession.

 

 

What are some steps I can take to start my Pre-Health track at Hunter College?

Students can start a Pre-Health File by attending an “Everything You Need to Know about Being a Pre-Health Student” workshop and by completing an office registration form provided on the website. Becoming part of the Pre-Health listserv is also very highly recommended as it can provide students with various opportunities. Additionally, students can also schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor for advice regarding curriculum and activities.

 

 

What are the required Pre-Health classes?

The classes required for Pre-Health graduate schools include the following: Biology I & II with lab, General Chemistry I & II with lab, Organic Chemistry I & II with lab, Physics I & II with lab, Calculus I & II, Statistics, and at least 6 credits of English/literature coursework. Other highly recommended courses include Biochemistry with lab, Psychology, Sociology, Genetics, Microbiology, and Cell Biology I and II.

 

 

Do I just need to RSVP to an event to get attendance credit?

If you RSVP for an event and do not attend, you will not receive credit for that event. Our office keeps and maintains an attendance record of each and every event. We know who attends and who does not attend each event.

ONLY RSVP if you are certain you will attend, because you're taking up space that can otherwise be saved for a student that will attend. If for some reason you will not be able to attend an event, sign back into your account and decline so that other students can be accommodated in your place.

  • For regular events, you must remain for at least 45 mins-1 hour in order to receive attendance credit.
  • For workshops, such as the Committee Letter workshop or the Everything You Need to Know About Being a Pre-Health Student workshop, you must remain for the ENTIRE presentation in order to receive credit.

 

 

Which events count toward my 3 Pre-Health events per semester requirement?

To receive credit towards your 3 Pre-Health event per semester requirement you must attend ONLY those events hosted by Hunter’s Pre-Health Advising office, OR any Hunter Pre-Health club/organization. Anything outside of that will not count towards fulfilling your requirement.

 

 

I’m pursuing a career in Nursing/PA/PT/Pharmacy/Occupational Therapy, am I still required to attend 3 Pre-Health events per semester?

The 3 Pre-Health events per semester requirement is ONLY for Hunter Pre-Health students, or students interested in pursuing a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Osteopathy, Podiatry, and Veterinary Medicine. However if we are hosting an event in the field of your interest, such as PT or PA, you are strongly recommended to attend, as it is for your benefit.

 

 

What GPA must I maintain to be considered a competitive candidate for Pre-Health professional school?

A student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher is considered to be a competitive candidate. The higher your GPA is the better.· A good balance of a competitive GPA and strong performance on the MCAT will serve you well, however, there are many individual factors at play in the admissions process, and there is no magic formula that will get you accepted.

 

 

What science credits can I transfer to Hunter from my previous institution?

To find out what credits are transferrable to Hunter, please contact the Admissions office at (212) 396-6047.

 

 

Do I have to major in a science?

No. Beyond the required science and math courses, you can major in the field that most interests you. Please keep in mind that if you are receiving Financial Aid, it may be in your best interest to choose a major that aligns well with the Pre-Med requirements. Some forms of Financial Aid will only cover or pay for courses required by your major or academic plan.

 

 

Can I use AP credits to fulfill my Pre-Health requirements?

It depends on the schools and the courses. If you use AP credit to place out of an introductory science course, it is in your best interest to “replace” it with an upper level course with laboratory in that discipline. Speak with a Pre-Health adviser to be sure that your course work will fulfill the pre-requisites for health professions schools.

 

 

Can I be accepted to the Post-Baccalaureate Health Careers certificate program in the Spring semester?

Applicants are only accepted in the Fall semester. You can apply to the school in any semester, but admittance into the program will only be during the Fall semester of the following year.

 

 

Where can I find non-health-related community service opportunities?

Students can visit the following websites to research community service opportunities in New York City:

Peer Health Exchange

New York Cares

NYCservice.org

NYC.gov

Volunteermatch.org

America Heart Association

 

Who will write my letters of recommendation?

When you apply to medical school, you will need to have at least five letters of recommendation from faculty and others (such as research mentors and supervisors in clinical work) who can speak to your potential and readiness to become a health professional.

 

 

What if I don’t know any of my professors well enough to ask for a letter?

If you are in your first year at Hunter you will have time to develop professional relationships with your professors; so that by the time you’re applying, this isn’t an issue. It may seem intimidating at first to walk into office hours and start conversations, but the more practice you gain, the easier it will be. Starting in your first semester, make it a goal to get to know one faculty member well; by the time you apply, you’ll have developed relationships with at least two professors.

 

 

When should I meet with Pre-Health Advisors?

Students should try to meet with a Pre-Health Advisors at least once per semester.

 

 

Where is the Pre-Health Advising office?

Our main office is located in Hunter East room 1208.

 

 

What are some professional schools Hunter students have been accepted to?

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Columbia University College of P & S
  • Harvard Medical School
  • New York Medical College
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Downstate Medical College
  • UPenn School of Dental Medicine
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Yale School of Medicine

 

 

What services does the Hunter College Pre-Health Advising Office offer to Pre-Health students?

  • The Health Professions Advising Office– has three full-time staff members who advise students. Advisers are available through walk-in hours and individual appointments.
  • Pre-Health Student Organizations – these are student-run clubs that provide support, resources and programming for fellow Pre-Health students.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Being a Pre-Health Student workshops – these workshops are specifically geared to new students. This session is offered to give students a basic understanding of what it means to be Pre-Health student at Hunter. Topics covered include: academic expectations, how to develop your Pre-Health portfolio and characteristics of a competitive applicant.
  • Pre-Health Advising (PHA) Website – ··Our website provides wealth of information about all you need to know about being a Pre-health student at Hunter College. Visit our website at www.hunter.cuny.edu/prehealth
  • Pre-Health Advising (PHA) on Facebook and Twitter – we will send reminders for upcoming events, and share links to interesting articles, at www.facebook.com/HunterPre-Health ·and Hunter Pre-Health
  • Pre-Health Listserv – Join the PREMEDINFO-L listserv for internship and research opportunities, health-related events on campus, and other information relevant to Pre-Health students. Joining the listserv will also give you up-to-date information regarding the health professions and the Pre-Health Office.

 

 

What services does the Pre-Health Advising Office at Hunter College offer to students applying to health professional schools?

  • Workshops – the Pre-Health Advising office offers workshops on topics such as Writing the Personal Statement, the Standardized Application, and Interviewing.
  • Mock Interviews – PHA office provide applicants with interview practice, and feedback on strengths and weaknesses of their candidacies.
  • Committee Letter –The committee letter is a composite letter that incorporates all of the information in a student's file, and its narrative includes quotations from evaluations and letters of recommendation as well as impressions derived from the personal statement and an interview. Many health professions schools prefer committee letters to individual letters, which may not be as comprehensive.

 

How do other professional/medical schools calculate Credit/No Credit classes?

AADSAS GPA Calculation System: Pass/Fail, Credit/No Credit, Withdrawals, Incompletes, CLEP, AP courses are not counted in the Dental School GPA calculations.

AMCAS Calculation System: Credit is calculated in as a C,  NC = F (0.0),  Withdrawals do not get factored in

AACOMAS Calculation System: C/NC and Withdrawals are not calculated into the AACOMAS GPA, If you have taken C/NC or P/F coursework elsewhere this policy could be different

VMCAS Calculation System: VMCAS has a GPA calculation system, however many veterinary schools choose not to use it and instead calculate GPA’s using their own system. Either way it is likely that your VMCAS GPA will be different than your Hunter GPA. 
Credit/No Credit and Withdrawals, There are no outlined equivalencies for Credit/No Credit or Withdrawals on VMCAS

CASPA Calculation System: CASPA does not allow for grade forgiveness - CASPA calculates all grades, no matter if the course was re-taken, into the GPA.
 Credit/No Credit functions the same as Pass/Not Pass and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory – they are not calculated as a letter grade since they were never assigned a letter grade and don’t go into the numerical GPA. However, they do appear in the third GPA table which records ungraded credit. They would show up there as “Pass Credits” or “Fail Credits.” 
This would be the policy of each individual program as to whether they will accept NC/CR grades for their prerequisites. If this information cannot be found on their website, I would recommend contacting the admissions office directly.

CASPA Calculation System: The following types of course types are not counted in the PharmCAS GPA calculations.

·         CLEP

·         Audit

·         Deferred

·         Institutional/Departmental Exam

·         International Baccalaureate

·         Incomplete

·         Pass/Fail

·         Withdrawn/Withdrawn Passing

·         Withdrawn Failing

·         Advanced Placement

 

What is the acceptance rate for Macaulay Honors students at Hunter College?

 

Which medical schools accept applications from international applicants?

The schools listed below accept applications from international applicants:



Keck School of Medicine of the Unviersity of Southern California

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine

University of California, Davis School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Yale University School of Medicine

The George Washington U. School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Howard University College of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Northwestern U. Feinberg School of Medicine

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Tulane University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Boston University School of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Stony Brook U. School of Medicine

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Weill Cornell Medical College

Duke University School of Medicine

U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Case Western Reserve U. School of Medicine

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson U.

Pennsylvania State U. College of Medicine

Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the U. of Pennsylvania

U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Vanderbilt U. School of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

University of Utah School of Medicine

University of Virginia School of Medicine

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin

 

What resources are there for Pre-meds?

Getting Into Medical School
MCAT Essentials
A Path To Medical School
Anatomy of an Applicant

 

Can I take e-permit science courses to speed up my studies at Hunter?

 

While you do have the option to take e-permit courses from other CUNY institutions, the Pre-Health Advising Office does not recommend that students take more than one or two e-permit courses because, for purposes of your Pre-Health file and the Committee Letter, e-permit courses are not factored into your 38 science credit requirement, nor are they factored into your Hunter science GPA calculation. Taking more than two e-permit courses will only hinder your chances of qualifying for a Committee Letter, and/or qualifying for a Pre-Health file.

 

 

Do e-permit science courses count towards fulfilling my Pre-Health course requirements?

 

No. Only science courses taken at Hunter count towards satisfying the required credits for opening a Pre-Health file and obtaining a Committee Letter.

 

How many hours of volunteering should I complete?

Clinical Hours: 200 hours minimum
Examples:
Shadowing doctors/physicians, working at a clinical office where you interact with patients, volunteering in a hospital, volunteering as an EMT, working as a medical scribe, and other health services with patient interaction. The recommendation letter should indicate the student’s hours.

Non-Medical Community Service Hours:
150-200 hours minimum
Examples
: Volunteering at your local church, mosque, synagogue, temple etc., feeding the homeless, unpaid academic tutoring, volunteering with the American Red Cross or other service organizations, volunteering at a home for the elderly, or providing services to an underserved community. The recommendation letter should indicate the student’s hours.

Research Hours for MD/DO/MD-PhD: six months or one summer program minimum
Examples: 
Volunteer clinical or bench lab research opportunities at Hunter or through an outside academic or medical institution. The Research Supervisor will document the student’s hours.

Note: The hours stated here are the minimum recommended. Do not view this as a rule. You will want to gain experiences which you enjoy; don't sign up because you need to check a box; do it because it appeals to you.

 

The Penn State B.S. degree is awarded after the first year of medical school and the Jefferson M.D. degree is awarded after year four of medical school. More than 1,000 students have earned their B.S./M.D. degrees through this cooperative PMM program.  Dr. Ronald A. Markle is the PMM program director at Penn State.

(This program does not replace the Premedicine major at Penn State. Students in that program generally complete four years of study at the University and earn a bachelor’s degree before starting medical school.)

Admission Requirements

Students entering the cooperative PMM program participate in a rigorous academic curriculum. Applicants with the following credentials will be considered for the initial review process for admission to the accelerated Premedical-Medical program:

  • A total score of 1470 or higher on the new SAT (Math plus Evidence Based Reading and Writing), 1420 or higher on the old SAT (prior to March 2016 - Critical Reading and Math sections), or a composite score of 32 or higher on the ACT. All qualifying scores must be earned from a single test date no later than October of your senior year.Penn State will no longer require the writing score from the SAT or ACT.
  • A rank in the highest tenth of their high school class.

Secondary school units must include four units of English, two units of algebra, one unit of plane geometry, one-half unit of trigonometry, three units of science, and three units from social studies, humanities, and/or the arts. Students who already have graduated from high school are not eligible for this program. Complete application information must be received by Penn State no later than November 30 of the applicant’s senior year.

Admission decisions are made by the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Penn State–Jefferson Joint Admissions Committee. Decisions are made during a three-part review process. First, applicants must meet the criteria listed previously for inclusion in the initial application review. After the initial application review, a limited number of top candidates are selected to continue in the process. These finalists will be invited for an interview at SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University in February with admission offers extended in early March. Accepted applicants are given an opportunity to spend a day at Penn State in April with current students in the program. About twenty-five students enter the program each year.  There is no waiting list for this program nor can students transfer into the program.

All students begin their studies at University Park campus during the fall semester.

Applying to the Program

Students interested in this program should apply by completing the Penn State admission application available on the Web (admissions.psu.edu). Applications will be available starting September 1. Applications for this special program must be received online with complete credentials by the Undergraduate Admissions Office no later than November 30 of the applicant’s senior year. Applications received after this date, or applications that are incomplete after this date, cannot be considered for this special program. Complete credentials to support the application are:

  • Rank in class at the end of the junior year (exact rank is preferable);
  • Schedule of senior courses;
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores;
  • A one-page résumé listing the applicant’s most meaningful accomplishments and extracurricular activities during the high school years;
  • One letter of evaluation from the applicant’s high school counselor or high school teacher (typed on the school's letterhead with the writer's signature);
  • Required application fee;
  • Required responses to questions from SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University. These questions are available through Penn State’s online application.

Materials outside of the Web application are to be addressed to/received by Penn State Undergraduate Admissions, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294.

Academic Performance

Students in the accelerated PMM program take essentially the same courses as, and have similar schedules to, premedical students in a traditional four-year program. They also are expected to perform at an A/B level in all courses, much as four-year students are expected to do if they hope to gain admission to medical school. Satisfactory performance on MCAT exams also is required for matriculation to SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University. The current MCAT requirement is a minimum composite score of 504 with no less than a 126 on any subsection of the exam. If students in the accelerated program are not performing at a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) level, particularly in the sciences, they could be asked to withdraw from the program. Typically, such a student would be eligible to remain at Penn State in another program of study.

Cost

Students in the cooperative program study at two separate institutions. While attending Penn State, students pay the regular University tuition rate (http://tuition.psu.edu/), and while attending SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University, they pay the regular SKMC rate. Because students enrolled in this cooperative program complete only three years of undergraduate study at Penn State, they are not eligible for tuition scholarships from the Schreyer Honors College or Braddock scholarships.

Seven-year PMM option, Penn State component, 96 credits

Sample Schedule

YEAR ONE

Fall Credits Spring Credits
Calculus I(4)Calculus II(4)
Gen Biol(4)Biol Elective(3)
Gen Chem I(3)Gen Chem II(3)
Chem Lab I(1)Chem Lab II(1)
Gen Ed(3)English I(3)
FYS(1)
Elective
(3)

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YEAR TWO

Fall Credits Spring Credits
Org Chem(3)Org Chem II(3)
Gen Biol II(4)Org Chem Lab(2)
Speech(3)Physics I(4)
Gen Ed
(3)Gen Ed
(3)
Elective(3)Elective(3)

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YEAR THREE

Fall Credits Spring Credits
Physics II(4)Physics III(4)
English II(3)Gen Ed
(3)
Nutrition(3)Gen Ed
(3)
Gen Ed
(3)Elective(6)
Elective(3)


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YEAR ONE:  JEFFERSON YEAR TWO:  JEFFERSON
Human Form and Development:
Foundations:
Anatomy, Embryology, Physical DiagnosisGeneral Pathology and General Pharmacology
Molecular & Cellular Basis of Medicine:
Infection, Immunity and Disease:
Biochemistry, Cell Biology, GeneticsVirology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Infectious Disease
Systems I/ Physiology, HistologyFoundations of Clinical Medicine:
Systems II/ NeurosciencePharmacology, Pathophysiology, Physical Diagnosis
Introduction to Clinical Medicine IIntroduction to Clinical Medicine II




 

YEARS THREE AND FOUR AT JEFFERSON

Clerkships and Specialty Tracks

 


General Education (Gen Ed): Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences: credits should be distributed with 6 in each area for a total of 18.

GHA: Health and Physical Activity

FYS: First-Year Seminar

Biology elective and free electives must be approved by program director; with approval, these credits may include Independent Study/Research Work.


The Pennsylvania State University

Penn State, founded in 1855, is today one of the nation’s leading public universities. With twenty four campuses, it is also one of the world’s largest universities, enrolling more than 90,000 students and employing more than 5,000 full-time faculty. The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest in the world with more than 164,000 members.

Penn State is a comprehensive university with a mission of teaching, public service, and research. The University Park campus, located near the center of Pennsylvania in State College, is the largest Penn State campus, with more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying here each spring and fall. The undergraduate colleges of the University offer more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs, and the Graduate School has more than 150 approved fields of study. With more than $650 million spent per year on research activities, Penn State is now recognized as one of the top research universities in the country.

PMM students at the University enroll in the Eberly College of Science. In addition to strong departments in mathematical, physical, and life sciences, the college works with other Penn State colleges in research centers and consortia, including the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and the Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory. Within the college are centers and institutes such as the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Function, the Institute of Molecular Evolutionary Genetics, and the Center for Multivariate Analysis as well as highly advanced computing facilities. Undergraduate students in the college have some of the strongest academic records at the University.

Besides academics, Penn State’s successful intercollegiate athletics teams compete in the Big Ten Conference, and the University has one of the largest intramural sports programs in the country. Also, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Artist Series, and on-campus museums ensure that the University community has an abundance of top entertainment in the form of theatre, dance, music, and art.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson Medical College, founded in 1824, now known as the Sidney Kimmel Medical College has conferred more M.D. degrees than any other medical college in the United States. The school is one of the most diverse in the country, with students accepted each year from more than 100 different colleges and universities. About half of each entering class is female, and student ages range from 18 to mid-30s. The college has many famous graduates, including Samuel D. Gross (1805–84), pioneer in surgical research; and John H. Gibbon (1903–73), virologist who isolated interleukin-2 and associated the HIV virus with AIDS.

The medical college is situated on a thirteen-acre urban campus in Center City Philadelphia. Buildings in the six-square-block area include faculty and administrative offices, research laboratories, lecture rooms, the Scott Memorial Library, residence halls, one outpatient short procedure building, and three hospital buildings. The Gibbon Building is an innovative, nine story hospital, housing four 100-bed mini-hospitals, each with its own diagnostic and therapeutic facilities. Included in the hospital is the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy, one of the most modern radiation therapy facilities in the world. The Bluemle Life Sciences Building, doubled the space available for research. The Dorrance H. Hamilton Building for medical education, opened in October 2007, is eco-friendly.

The goals of the curriculum at Sidney Kimmel Medical College are to provide learning experiences to students that will help enable them to acquire basic knowledge and skills in the biomedical sciences, as well as to develop appropriate professional behaviors. The curriculum also allows students to pursue some of their special interests early in their medical training. The first two years of the program include basic science course work and introduction to clinical medicine, as well as practice-related topics such as medical informatics, health policy, and ethics.

Thomas Jefferson University offers a combined MD/PhD program for students who wish to prepare for a career in academic medicine and/or biomedical research. A joint five-year MD/MBA (health administration) program with Widener University is for medical students interested in preparing for leadership roles in the changing medical environment. The medical college also has a special program designed to recruit and educate medical students who intend to enter family medicine and practice in physician shortage areas.

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