Pre-Medical Seminar

Purpose of the Pre-Medical Seminar - PMED 300

The Pre-Medical Seminar at Creighton University is a year-long, pre-professional program focused on preparing undergraduate students for the medical school application process. PMED provides students with information about the application process, resources to prepare them to apply, and hands-on workshops and activities to refine their application materials. A student must be actively applying to medical school and have reached certain academic benchmarks to be eligible to enroll in PMED 300.


Students are encouraged to continue to reflect on their decision to pursue medicine. Options for students pursuing additional activities (volunteer or paid employment, graduate or post-baccalaureate study) prior to entering medical school are explored. A unique opportunity offered is Shadowing a Medical Student (SAMS), which allows PMED students to visit classes in Creighton’s School of Medicine with a medical student mentor.


Information about the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is covered, including exploring options of preparation for taking the exam. Students will be advised on collecting letters of recommendation and preparing an updated portfolio of their activities and experiences.


Personal Statement Workshops are provided to have students work on a draft of their personal statement for professional school applications. A thorough review of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application is covered. An Interviewing Skills Workshop is presented and students are encouraged to schedule a practice interview in the Career Center before a medical school interview.

Key Components of Pre-Medical Seminar

In addition to providing information and resources to prepare for an application to medical school, PMED also encompasses opportunities for students to enhance and develop their application profile.


Committee Letter of Endorsement

Creighton students who complete the Pre-Medical Seminar will be eligible to apply to have their file reviewed for purposes of obtaining a Committee Letter of Endorsement to be sent on their behalf with their application. Medical school admissions offices value these letters that provide a context for students to be considered based on the strengths of their overall application profile. The committee will perform a holistic review of a student’s file, and may interview students individually, in order to determine if Creighton can recommend the student for acceptance to medical school.

Purpose of the Committee Letter

The Committee Letter was created to allow Creighton undergraduate students applying to medical schools an opportunity to have a voice in their application that speaks to their overall record and abilities as a viable candidate for medical school admission.

The Committee Letter Process

The process to apply for the committee letter is multi-stepped to ensure that the committee members have a complete picture of the student. During PMED, enrolled students will work to complete a committee letter application packet, request and share their letters of evaluation from faculty and professionals, provide their unofficial transcripts, MCAT score and, if requested, sit down for an interview with the committee.

Professional Communication Preparation

Through PMED students participate in a series of peer review workshops and practice sessions to help refine their communication skills. These activities help students focus on their communication skills, which can sometimes be over looked as students prepare their medical school applications.

Personal Statement Workshops

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.

Practice Medical School Interviews

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


Pre-Medical Shadowing

Shadowing through the PMED program is two-tiered. This gives students an opportunity to interact with both professional students but also working professionals for a more complete view of the expectations and passion required for the profession.

Shadowing a medical student

The Pre-Medical Seminar offers undergraduate students the opportunity to shadow a recent medical school applicant. The SAMS (Shadow a Medical Student) program provides students in PMED with the unique opportunity to interact with a recently admitted Creighton Medical School student. Sharing the immediate experience of applying and the excitement and stress of starting medical school can be a profound experience for aspiring medical students.

Physician Shadowing - The CU Physician Experience

Students in Pre-Medical Seminar are afforded the opportunity to be connected with Creighton School of Medicine alumni who have offered to provide one-on-one shadowing experiences. These experiences allow students a chance to better understand the daily life of a physician as well as explore various medical specialties.

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