Pre-Medical Seminar


Program of Study

The Pre-Medical Education Seminar at Creighton University is a three-year, five-semester program. PMED is tiered to build across each semester starting with PMED 102 in the Spring semester of the freshman year and concluding with PMED 302 in the Spring semester of the junior year. Any Creighton student interested in medical school is welcome to register for the seminar.

Year One

PMED 102

The first semester of PMED Seminar is designed to be an introduction to aspects of the medical school application process, including professionalism & integrity, volunteering, shadowing, patient confidentiality & medical records, and an exploration of the medical profession. Students will learn about what activities and preparation are necessary to have a competitive application to medical school. Additional advising is also given regarding the selection of academic courses necessary for a medical school application.

Year Two

PMED 201

In semester two of PMED, students write a resume, use the COMPAS Journal to build a portfolio of accomplishments, learn from faculty about requesting letters of recommendation and about research opportunities. Discernment opportunities include a panel of healthcare professionals and learn ways to obtain patient care experience in an employment setting.

PMED 202

Students receive a detailed preview of the medical school application and learn about the MCAT in the third semester of PMED. Directions about preparation and academic coursework are provided to assist with readiness on this standardized exam. Financial Literacy and a Self-Assessment Module help students take stock of their progress towards a competitive application. Discernment on the many ways to medical school includes Gap Year options, Post-Baccalaureate programs, and Master’s degrees.

Year Three

PMED 301

In the fourth semester of PMED students revise their resume, review their activities, and write a personal statement. Students are advised regarding their progress towards a competitive application and information about MCAT preparation is offered. The opportunity to Shadowing a Medical Student (SAMS), allows PMED students to visit classes in Creighton’s School of Medicine.

PMED 302

Elements of the final semester of PMED include personal statement workshops, Interviewing Skills Workshop, and a thorough review of AMCAS, and collecting the final elements needed for medical school applications. The Campus Letter Application process is explained, and students are introduced to the on-campus letter of recommendation collection service.


Key Components of the Pre-Medical Education Seminar

In addition to providing information and resources to prepare for an application to medical school, PMED also encompasses programming and advising to assist students in deciding if this is the best path for them.

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Campus Letter of Endorsement

Pending the successful completion of all five semesters of the PMED program, Creighton University provides a campus letter for students to include in their medical school applications. Students holding the letter give medical schools the confidence to know that they are not only a viable candidate for their medical program but they are also truly prepared for the rigors of medical school.

COMPAS Journal

PMED students are provided an online tool to track their medical school application materials with the Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System (COMPAS) Journal. Students build their application materials through all five semesters of PMED. The COMPAS Journal is modeled after AMCAS, the national application service used by major medical schools in the country.

Mock Interviews and Workshops

Medical school interviews are a critical part of the application process. Through PMED, students learn interviewing techniques and participate in feedback-driven mock interviews to prepare for their medical school interviews.

Professional Communication Seminar

Often the first contact that medical schools have with a student is the written word. PMED provides workshops for students to develop their personal statements and resumes for their applications to medical school.

Guest Speakers

From current medical students to medical school admissions professionals and experts in the field of healthcare, PMED gives students the chance to hear from and ask questions to a host of individuals that provide insight into the application process or what to expect in and out of medical school.

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Collaboration with Pre-Medical Society

The PMED program has a strong relationship with the student-run Pre-Medical Society at Creighton. From scheduling special speakers to developing programming for all students interested in a career in the medical field, the Pre-Medical Society picks up where the Pre-Medical Education Seminar leaves off.


Registration Information

Registrar Number Course Name Meeting Time Location
2015 Spring Semester
13133 PMED 102 Friday 3:30-5:30 PM Rigge 120
13134 PMED 202 Friday 3:30-5:30 PM Rigge 120
13135 PMED 302 Friday 3:30-5:30 PM Rigge 120