Experiential Learning

Experiential Preparation

A competitive GPA and entrance exam score are only a couple of the many factors considered by an admissions committee. Admissions committees look beyond the numbers to holistically review an applicant’s candidacy for their program. In addition to academics, students should have well-rounded set of experiences that will support their application. Experiences include community engagement, clinical work, research, global opportunities, and more. How each applicant gets these experiences will be unique to the individual.

Northeastern’s Self-Authored Integrated Learning

The PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program engages students in Self-Authored Integrated Learning (SAIL) by connecting their academic and experiential preparation for health professional schools to the SAIL framework. The PreMed/PreHealth Program introduces SAIL to students by publishing workshops and events as Learning Opportunities on the SAIL platform. Students are also encouraged through advising to independently seek out and track opportunities and moments, such as co-op, coursework, community engagement, clinical work, research, etc., associated with the SAIL Skills and Disciplinary Skills critical for a successful health professional school application. When students are ready to apply, they are required to complete a PreMed/PreHealth Self-Assessment. Students should consider each section of the Assessment in relation to Northeastern’s Self-Authored Integrated Learning (SAIL) dimensions, skills and attributes, as well as the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Core Competencies. By integrating the SAIL Framework into our advising model and reflective assessments, we believe students will be better prepared to demonstrate their readiness to apply to a health professional school.