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The following are the admission requirements that should be reviewed by each student applying to the School of Medicine (SOM).
Medical school admissions requirements nationwide have remained unchanged for decades. While students who have achieved them performed well in medical school, these requirements have often burdened and even discouraged non-science majors from applying to medical school. Furthermore, they failed to convey the need to cover modern topics and impeded creativity in premedical education. After considering the ongoing transformation in medical school admissions, admissions requirements used by medical schools nationwide, and the type of applicant this medical school seeks to educate, an Admissions Task Force appointed by the vice dean of the School of Medicine concluded that: 1) it was in the best interest of this medical school to abandon the current list of prescribed courses; and 2) to afford applicants flexibility in meeting requirements for admission. Recommendations of the Admission Task Force were endorsed by the SOM Admissions Committee and approved by the Council of Deans.
Dates for phasing out traditional admissions requirements, phasing in new admissions criteria options, and when Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores from the current (MCAT1991) and forthcoming (MCAT2015) exams will be acceptable are summarized in the following table. Further explanation of each admissions criteria options follows. Starting with the 2015 entering class, applicants must indicate on the SOM Secondary Application which criteria they wish to use to qualify for admission and courses taken or planned that fulfill that option.
MCAT scores must be within 3 years of the application, for example to apply during the summer of 2017 (for entering medical school the fall of 2018), the student must submit scores more recent than Jan. 1, 2014.
There are three different methods to meet the admissions course requirements. A student only needs to meet one of the three methods.
There is no time limit on the validity of a baccalaureate degree; however, the Admissions Committee has concerns when relevant courses have been taken 10 or more years ago. Required courses should be recently completed or current regardless of the option chosen.
End-point courses (life sciences, biochemistry or physics) or any course used to meet the course-competency map option that were completed 10 more years prior to applying are not acceptable. Applicants have the choice of either repeating 10-year-old courses or completing new coursework to satisfy the selected admissions option.
Upon receipt of a verified AMCAS application, the medical school admissions office will e-mail an applicant the URL for the SOM Applicant Portal. This online tool provides access to the Secondary Application to this medical school which, among other information, will ask applicants to select the admission criteria options they wish to use to qualify for admission and courses taken or planned that fulfill that option. Options include the following.
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