Advising & Next Steps

Students who receive their MS in Physiology are prepared to go on to pursue further education in the health sciences or to enter the workforce. Students in our program receive world-class advising for the allied health professions, as well as career counseling from experienced professionals. All students who matriculate into the program are assigned a letter writer who will write a letter of recommendation to any schools applied to, as well as act as a reference for any jobs applied to. We work very hard to give the most current and up-to-date advising possible for whatever path a student chooses to pursue.

Alumni Success

We are dedicated to supporting our students in their pursuit of further education in the health sciences.

Bold = Alumni acceptance in 2019 or 2020 cycle

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • California Northstate University College of Medicine
  • Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Hofstra University Zucker School of Medicine
  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Marshall University Edwards School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Monash University School of Medicine
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • New York Medical College
  • Oakland University Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Ponce Health Sciences University
  • Quinnipiac University Netter School of Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School
  • Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine‎
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Hebert School of Medicine
  • Universidad Latina de Panama
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
  • University of Texas Southwestern
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Bold = Alumni acceptance in 2019 or 2020

  • A.T. Still University – Arizona
  • A.T. Still University – Kirksville
  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California
  • Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Nevada
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of North Texas School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Bold = Matriculation in 2019 or 2020

  • Augusta University Dental College of Georgia
  • Howard University School of Dentistry
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Arizona
  • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
  • Temple University School of Dentistry
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Bold = Matriculation in 2019 or intended matriculation for 2020

  • Alderson-Broaddus University
  • Duke University
  • James Madison University
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Shenandoah University
  • Towson University
  • Yale University

Bold = Matriculation in 2019 or intended matriculation for 2020

  • Cambridge University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Pittsburgh

Pre-Med Advising

The program includes both group-based advising and 1:1 advising from medical center faculty who are experienced interviewers for Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, and we work to get students into programs all over the country. We have no official linkage agreements, but we advise individual students on how to achieve their goals.

All students interested in pursuing medicine are required to take our Biomedical Career Pathways course as one of their electives. Biomedical Career Pathways consists of study skills workshops, presentations on the medical school application process and best practices for each piece of the application, interviewing skills workshops, and presentations from medical school admissions officers on primary care medicine, military medicine, osteopathic medicine, and others. 

Pre-Med Timelines

Typical timelines for pre-med students in our program:

+ 0 Gap Years

For students with an MCAT score above 75th percentile and significant clinical and service experiences, entering the medical school admissions cycle during the program year may be advised. For those with a pre-existing MCAT score below 75th percentile, we do not advise entering the medical school admissions cycle during the program year.

Timeline would be as follows for those aiming to matriculate to medical school in the academic year immediately following the end of the MS in Physiology program:

» By June 2021: Take MCAT; score 75th percentile or higher

» June 2021: Submit AMCAS for 2022 Entering Class

» August 2021: Begin MS in Physiology program

» September 2021-April 2022: Med School Interviews/Acceptance

» May 2022: Graduate from MS in Physiology program

» August 2022: Start Medical School

+ 1 Gap Year

For students who need to take or retake the MCAT after completing the MS in Physiology program, or who need more clinical experience, +1 or +2 Gap Years is the suggested timeline.

For those with a pre-existing MCAT score below 75th percentile, we do not advise entering the medical school admissions cycle during the program year.

Timeline would be as follows for those who will enter the medical school admissions cycle after graduating from the MS in Physiology:

» August 2021: Begin MS in Physiology program

» May 2022: Graduate from MS in Physiology program

» May 2022-June 2022: Study from MCAT

» Mid- to Late June 2022: Take MCAT

» July 2022: Submit AMCAS for 2023 Entering Class

» August 2022: Find a gap year job, ideally clinical

» September 2022-April 2023: Med School Interviews/Acceptance

» August 2023: Start Medical School

+ 2 Gap Years

For students who need significant study time before taking/retaking the MCAT and/or significant clinical experience after completing the MS in Physiology program, +2 Gap Years is the suggested timeline.

Timeline would be as follows:

» August 2021: Begin MS in Physiology program

» May 2022: Graduate from MS in Physiology program

» June 2022: Find a gap year job, ideally clinical

» July 2022: Begin studying for the MCAT

» January 2023-March 2023: Take the MCAT
and/or
» May/June 2023: Take the MCAT (or retake if necessary)

» June 2023: Submit AMCAS for 2024 Entering Class

» September 2023-April 2024: Med School Interviews/Acceptance

» August 2024: Start Medical School

+ 3 Gap Years

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Career Counseling

All biomedical graduate students have access to our Office of Biomedical Career Strategy & Professional Development. This office is designed to help students network, find jobs, and be prepared for the application process. There are workshops for CV writing, interview skills, as well as many other services. More information about the Office of Career Strategy & Professional Development

Gap Year Jobs

After graduating from the MS in Physiology, most alumni take gap year jobs while they study for the MCAT and apply to medical school. We recommend, when possible, seeking positions that are clinical or clinically adjacent; in some cases, jobs will be advertised as one- or two-year term positions or “ideal for” pre-med students, meaning they expect that you’ll leave the position once you’re admitted to medical school. Depending on the organization/sector, having a Masters degree may qualify you for a higher tier position and/or higher rate of pay.

Here are the types of gap year jobs our alumni have taken after graduation while applying to medical school:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Scribe
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Anatomy Lab Manager
  • Bioengineering Project Manager
  • Cancer Research Analyst
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • College Adjunct Instructor
  • Disaster Preparedness Consultant
  • Healthcare Management Consultant
  • Hospital Administration Assistant
  • Lab Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Administrator
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Patient Access Coordinator
  • Perioperative Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Research Assistant