Advisement Guides for Premedical Students

There are no valid excuses for being an uninformed premedical student at Missouri State University.

Premedical society notices

For general advisement in the health professions

Advisement documents for freshman and sophomore premedical students

  • Recommended Reading List for Premedical Students. Although this is an extensive listing, future physicians should be able to choose appropriate books matching their interests and needs.
  • Seeking a medical doctorate? What kinds of doctors are there?
  • Professionalism in the Health Professions - Definitions, Rights, and Responsibilities. An important topic for any future health professional also covered in BMS 195, Introduction to the Health Professions.
  • Performing a Professional/Personal Attribute Evaluation and Assessment. Do you have the attributes suited for success in medicine and are the characteristics of a successful physician suited for you? Medical school admissions officers expect applicants to know thyself and to know what medicine is all about.
  • The Importance of Maintaining a Premedical Career Journal and Diary. Successful applicants to medical school report that maintaining this career journal and diary was an important aspect of their preparation for, and success in, admission into medical school.
  • Special notice to international students without green cards who are interested in a medical education in a U.S. medical school. You must familiarize yourself with Obstacles facing International Premedical Students
  • Beginning Second Year Medical Students List of Suggested Undergraduate Courses for Medical School Preparation. An excellent resource for the savvy premedical student who is aware of differences between coursework preparation for the MCAT and coursework preparation for medical school.
  • Timeline Checklist for Freshmen Premedical Students.
  • Defining Responsibilities in the Health Advisor/Advisee Relationship; a BMS 195, Introduction to the Health Professions, document .
  • List of Books and Tapes That May Be Borrowed From Premedical Advisors. (See Reading List for Premedical Students and your premedical advisor.)
  • Timeline Checklist for Sophomore Premedical Students.
  • Practice Specialties and Subspecialties for Physicians. See lists of medical subspecialties in Pathway to Medicine and List of Careers in the Health Professions.
  • List of Careers in the Health Professions - Plan B for Premedical Students. All premedical students must have a viable "plan B" alternate career path.
  • The Value of the Liberal Arts in premedical student preparation. When someone refers to the fact that medical schools prefer applicants with a broad liberal arts background, what does this mean in the choice of a major, minor, or electives?

Advisement documents for junior and senior premedical students

Advisement documents in preparation

  • Opportunities for Minority Students in Medicine. (See premedical advisor for details.)
  • List of the Most Common Mistakes Made by Medical School Applicant.
  • The Value of an Undergraduate Research Experience: A Recommendation for Premedical Students.
  • Do's and Don'ts in Preparing Your AMCAS or AACOMAS Application.
  • Soliciting and Obtaining Meaningful Letters of Recommendation.
  • Scholarship Programs and Early Admission Opportunities for Premedical Students.
  • Summer Program Opportunities for Premedical Students. (See Summer Programs Bulletin Board and Premedical Bulletin Board on the third floor of Professional Building).
  • The Importance of Reading for the Medical School Applicant.

Occasional hard copies of web-posted Biomedical Sciences Premedical Student Guide Sheets are available on rotation on the Biomedical Sciences Premedical Bulletin Board located near Room 329 in the Professional Building. Check weekly for new postings. Premedical students in other majors should bookmark and may copy website materials directly from the Biomedical Department's Premedical Student Advisement website and this Web page, Advisement Guides for Premedical Students, for updates and new additions.

Students interested in health professions other than medicine should bookmark the Biomedical Sciences health profession's index page for advisement updates and new additions.


For more information

Contact one of the following Premedical Advisors:

Dr. Colette Witkowski* 417-836-5603, Prof. Bldg, Room 404
Dr. Scott Zimmerman* 417-836-6123, Prof. Bldg, Room 338
Dr. Richard Garrad* 417-836-5372, Prof. Bldg, Room 345
Dr. Amanda Brodeur* 417-836-5478, Prof Bldg, Room 352
Dr. Robert Delong 417-836-5730, Prof Bldg, Room 333
Dr. Ben Timson 417-836-4145, Prof Bldg, Room 407
Dr. Jianjie Wang 417-836-6140, Prof Bldg, Room 341
Mr. Joseph Williams 417-836-6782, Prof Bldg, Room 342

* indicates current member of the Premedical Committee

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
(417) 836-5603