Preparing for Medical School
We encourage students to have a broad and balanced educational background during their undergraduate years. In addition to courses in the sciences, recommended areas of study include: literature, mathematics, behavioral sciences, history, philosophy, & arts.
College work must demonstrate intellectual drive, independent thinking, curiosity, and self-discipline.
A career in medicine calls for excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants should seek out opportunities to develop such skills during their college years. Successful applicants often have a history of service to community.
How Do We Evaluate Applicants?
The Committee on Admissions seeks to recruit and admit a diverse student body. A holistic admissions process is used throughout the applicant screening and selection process to ensure a balance of diversity dimensions are included in the student body.
The Admissions Committee evaluates the following during the selection process:
Medicine is a rigorous discipline, and medical school is a graduate science school. We must be convinced that an applicant is academically capable of coping with a demanding curriculum. We prefer that the required science courses be taken in conjunction with a full and demanding academic schedule, since that is the reality of the medical school curriculum. The average GPA for our most recent entering classes is between 3.6 and 3.7.
MCAT scores are required of every applicant because we consider the test a good indicator of a student's ability to meet the early academic demands of medical school. The test should be taken no later than September of the year in which you apply (We do not accept scores from the January administration for entrance in the fall 2010). The average for each subtest of the MCATs for recent entering classes is between 10 and 11. For applicants taking the MCATs in September, no action will be taken until test scores are received in late October.
Advanced Graduate Training
Applicants seeking admission to the College of Medicine while enrolled in a graduate program must complete that program's degree prior to matriculation at the College of Medicine.
"Students should take a course of study that is challenging and of interest to them during the premedical years."
Extracurricular Activities and Service to Others
In addition to quantitative factors (grades and MCAT scores) many of our successful candidates have demonstrated community, research, and health-related service. Applicants are encouraged to use the relevant sections of the AMCAS and supplemental applications to describe these experiences and how they have prepared you for a career in medicine.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation give additional information about an applicant's abilities, accomplishments, and performance record. Letters should come from a premedical advisory committee. In the absence of a committee, you must provide three letters of recommendation from professors adhering to the following guidelines: two letters must be from professors in the sciences with whom you have taken classes. One additional letter must be from a non-science professor with whom you have taken a class. For applicants who have been out of school and employed, it is suggested that you also include a letter from your place of employment.
We seek in applicants the same humanistic qualities and attitudes we consider essential in a physician'integrity, a respect for others' choices and rights, compassion, empathy, and personal insight. We also look for evidence of maturity and strong motivation.
Each applicant receives one standardized on-campus interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. The interviewer evaluates the candidate based on holistic criteria, including communications, humanistic interests,and preparation for medical school. Committee members have access only to the applicant's AMCAS application for the interview.
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