Start Building Your "Resume"

Medical students are expected to acquire specific skills as well as degrees that assist them in the theoretical aspects of their career. These skills include:

  • Dedication to various causes
  • Involvement and commitment
  • Leadership and management
  • Communication skills
  • Research and scientific inquiry

In additon to academics and skills students must acquire before entering the field of their choice, other activities will support them in gaining the experience they need in their workplace. These activities include:

  • Pre-professional Observations- includes job shadowing a healthcare professional to gain insight on daily tasks and work environment
  • Volunteer work- demonstrating the student's commitment to a cause and/or community
  • Clubs and Organizations- includes joining an organization, participating in leadership positions and actively engaged with membership


This will provide the written proof of your fluency in scientific inquiry and writing, both of which are skills that support a student pursuing a career as a healthcare professional. Keep in mind that research is a crucial aspect of this field and therefore, it will influence your career significantly. 

Research Day Resources

You can also connect to your university's alumni and network with medical doctors at hospitals within a close proximity of your home. This will allow you to learn from their experiences and understand what you can expect from this career path. 

LinkedIn is a great way to get started. 

LinkedIn Resources

IU East Majors to Consider

Students are required to pass particular courses that aid them in preparation for medical school. Speak with your academic advisor to ensure you are on the right path.

B.S. Biochemistry

B.S. Biology

B.S. Human Life Science

IU East Programs of Study


Medical School Programs

Indiana University School of Medicine

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is required for all students entering Medical school, and has four main sections that are all multiple-choice questions:

  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  2. Chemical and Physcial Foundations of Living Systems
  3. Physchological, Social, and Bilogical Foundations of Behavior
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

The MCAT is taken by students in January, and March through September each year. By taking the test sooner, you will be able to apply earlier and start your program before fall admissions close. Therefore, enough time must be set aside for this exam, as well as the other steps required for application.