Medical School: The Samford Advantage
Graduate health programs judge applicants based on just a handful of criteria. Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences will help you develop the knowledge, attitudes and experiences they want to see.
Graduate health programs want to know if you can survive their course of study and pass your licensure exam. The evidence for this is a solid undergraduate GPA in a rigorous curriculum and a high MCAT/DAT/OAT score. A Samford GPA of 3.5+, both overall and in science courses, proves that you’re capable and well-prepared. We offer an MCAT preparation course and practice exam every spring, with sessions led by science faculty mentors. "My professors and peers at Samford are of such high caliber that I strive to be better in all that I do, especially academically". – Kendall M. (pre-med biology)
You must demonstrate excellence in written and oral communication because both are essential to good medical practice. Howard College of Arts and Sciences offers FOUN 101, a first semester pre-health foundations course in which the term paper is a first draft of your personal statement. We also offer more general instruction in both written and oral communication as well as practice interviews with feedback. “My experience with the two interviews was invaluable as I was able to gain confidence in my interview skills and ask for advice on applying to medical school”. –Mary Elizabeth B. (pre-med biology/religion)
Graduate health programs expect you to demonstrate a dedication to a life of service through different kinds of volunteer efforts (not only medical service). The best way to show that dedication is to help people right now. Samford University offers many and diverse volunteer service opportunities through campus organizations and ministries. “Samford has given me excellent and fulfilling opportunities to serve my campus, Birmingham community, and the world!” –Annie K. (pre-med English)
Everyone applying to health graduate programs must be able to articulate a sense of calling, goals and understandings of the profession. You must demonstrate that you have seriously investigated what it means to be a professional. Howard College of Arts and Sciences helps in many ways, including by offering BIOL 361, a January-term internship through local hospitals that will allow you to shadow physicians and medical students for three weeks–one week in three departments. “Our pre-health society brings in medical professionals to talk about their journey, and our professors help us find opportunities for medical experience”. –Adam B. (pre-med biology)
Pre-Health Professions Program
Samford University has a long tradition of preparing students for careers as physicians, dentists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Students interested in the health professions may major in any discipline and are guided through their prerequisite courses by the health professions advisory committee. The committee currently consists of Dr. Jim Angel, Dr. David Garza, and Dr. George Keller. The committee talks with students about their career goals, and facilitates the preparation of the letter of evaluation required by all professional schools.
Samford University also has an active Alpha Epsilon Delta chapter. AED sponsors service projects, visits to local professional schools, speakers, and social events.