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What Med Schools Are Looking for: Surprising Truth Gives Trent Students the Advantage


New Medical Professional Stream provides students with foundation for success in their application to professional schools

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Medical, veterinary and dental schools are looking for more than good grades – students with a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education and genuine care for their communities are in high demand and Trent University has responded with the introduction of the new Medical Professional Stream.

Launching this fall, the Medical Professional Stream is a four-year assistance program designed to mentor and prepare students who are exploring a future in medical-related fields to become the ideal candidate after graduating from Trent.

“The requirements for entry into medical school today are not what they once were. Academic breadth is now encouraged, in fact it’s required, by our medical schools,” says Dr. David Ellis, acting dean of Arts and Science, Science at Trent University, and coordinator of the Medical Professional Stream. “There is an ever-increasing number of successful applicants that have departed from traditional natural science based degrees; applicants with degrees in education, business and English are equally successful. Given that non-academic activities weigh with equal importance with those that are academic, the new Medical Professional Stream program at Trent seeks to provide students with four years of guidance and direction required in co-curricular, extracurricular, and other application related activities.” 

The Medical Professional Stream focuses on providing the support and mentorship needed to help each student with their own, individual path to medical related schools. Students will receive guidance to create specialized course maps that allow them to take the required courses to prepare for medical school, while continuing to complete the arts or science degree of their choice.

Starting in first-year, students in the stream will have the chance to meet with faculty and medical professionals who will help them seek out the best opportunities to gain the experience and attributes medical, veterinary, or dentistry schools want in their students. The program will help students undertake unique research projects they are passionate about, and connect them to local causes as volunteers, providing students with the support they need to prepare for the competitive entry process into professional schools.

Students in the program will also benefit from a number of practical training opportunities and information sessions that will equip them to succeed in their professional school application. From getting their CPR training and certification, to interview preparation workshops, and MCAT, DAT and PCAT study groups, the various elements of the stream give students a distinct advantage in whatever medical path they choose to pursue after graduation.

“This program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students who are considering a medical profession to have experiences within the field and begin their professional education at a much earlier stage,” says Dr. James Shipley, M.D., program consultant with Trent’s Medical Professional Stream. “This is a program that I would have loved to have access to when I was an undergraduate student.”  

Learn more about the Medical Professional Stream.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


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Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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