Pictured above are Coe alumni who are enrolled as medical students at the University of Iowa. Front row (left to right) Martha Oelschlaeger '07, Nicole Comer '07, Kelly Monahan '07; back row (left to right) Iryna Boelter '09, Amanda (Kabel) Lorenz '06 and Matt Bream '07. Not pictured is Darbie Little-Cooper '05. Thomas Pietras '02 and Tim Vinyard '02 are currently in residency programs at the University of Iowa.
The course of study for Coe Pre-Med normally includes an emphasis on biology and chemistry, with additional study in physics and mathematics. Coe's biology, chemistry and pre-med clubs can help you meet and interact with students who share your interests.
Because many students at Coe College are interested in careers in medicine, special faculty advisors are available to confer with those who want to fulfill the requirements for entrance into postgraduate training for this area. In addition, your Coe advisor can facilitate internships and other practical experiences to help you learn more about the professional specialities in which you are interested.
What can you expect at Coe?
You will have opportunities at Coe that will optimize and enhance entrance to medical school through excellent academic preparation coupled with the following:
- Communication skill development, with programs like Writing Across the Curriculum, the Speaking Center, and the nationally recognized Coe Writing Center
- Personal attention for advising
- An environment that fosters an appreciation for theatre, art, music, social sciences, and athletics
- Research opportunities in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and economics through summer programs and independent study (Approximately 50 students participate in research each summer.)
- Volunteer opportunities in patient care at two nearby regional hospitals
Participation in premedicine conferences, such as at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa
- Interaction with alumni and invited speakers in health, medicine, and biomedical research
When you seek admission to a medical school, grades are important. However, you are also expected to be a well-rounded individual with other interests and achievements. In addition to science requirements, Coe students take courses in the social sciences and humanities. Students who achieve a competitive GPA, do well in their MCATs, and take advantage of the many opportunities that Coe provides, enjoy excellent success rates in medical school admission.
The success rate for medical school acceptance at one or more schools for 2001-2006 graduates is 91%. Over the last five years, Coe graduates have been admitted into medical programs at the following schools: University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Tulane University, University of Texas, Des Moines University, A.T. Still University, University of New Mexico, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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