If you have a strong desire to help people and you thrive in a challenging environment, a medical career could be a good fit for you. The pre-medical advising program at UMHB is designed to help students who plan to attend medical school by providing them with information and support they need as they prepare for and apply to medical schools.

Students wishing to pursue a career in medicine may major in any field of study, as long as they also complete the foundational courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics that medical schools require. UMHB’s pre-med advisors are equipped to help you tailor your studies to your particular interests, complete the foundational coursework required for medical school, and navigate your way through the application process.

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Who will my advisor be?

The following faculty serve as advisors for pre-med students: Dr. Josh Bias and Dr. Trent Terrell (Psychology), Dr. Ruth Ann Murphy (Chemistry), Dr. Kathleen Wood (Biology), Dr. Andrew Woodward (Biology), and Dr. Joni Ylostalo (Biology).

What courses do I need for medical school?

Prerequisites can vary from one medical school to another, but the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service offers a list of requirements at schools in Texas.

How can I prepare for the MCAT?

The Association of American Medical Colleges website offers current information on the MCAT and how to prepare for the exam.


How can I meet other pre-med students at UMHB?

The Pre-Health Professionals Club offers activities for all students who desire a career in healthcare.
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What medical schools have accepted UMHB alumni?

  • UT Medical School
  • Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Baylor College of Medicine

What kinds of jobs do UMHB alumni hold today?

  • Family practice physician
  • Surgeon
  • Internal medicine specialist
  • Urologist
  • Gynecologist

Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

Pre-medical students are encouraged to establish a connection with a member of the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee as soon as they enroll at UMHB. Members of the committee serve as advisors for students pursuing careers in medicine. The committee is also responsible for writing students’ letters of recommendation when they begin the application process.