Starting next fall, McMurry students interested in receiving the coveted composite letter of evaluation from McMurry will be expected to enroll in a series of four pre-health professions seminars. These one-hour seminars for future doctors, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, and pharmacists will be taught by Dr. Larry Sharp.
Applicants to health professions schools may have submitted on their behalf letters of support from individuals or a composite letter submitted by the health committee from their college. The advantage of a composite letter is its provision of an unvarnished and comprehensive view of the student’s abilities and preparation, rather than the questionably honest perspective of the most favorable letter a student could solicit. A composite letter provides a fair and balanced view of student ability and performance. To insure our faculty have ample opportunity to see first-hand a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and to provide an environment where those positive attributes can be developed, we will encourage them to take the pre-health seminars.
The four pre-health seminars are intended to prepare students to be competitive applicants to professional schools. The first two semesters get students off on the right foot in writing personal statements, exploring the field more fully, meeting with and shadowing professionals in their chosen field, and preparing for their future entrance exams. In the second year, the returning students will serve as mentors for first-year students while taking their own preparation to the next level. More attention is paid to exposure to the field and growth as a leader. Students will participate in mock interviews, review for and take practice entrance exams, and receive other valuable experience to give them insight into health professions and the expectations of health programs needed to become a highly-sought applicant. Four semesters – two years – will be invested into the competitiveness of each student.