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The Partnership for Primary Care (PPC) Program is designed to help the areas and population of Texas that are underserved by healthcare providers. It does this by offering guaranteed admission into Texas A&M College of Medicine for qualified students, from these areas. The individual must be a United States citizen and a Texas resident from certain designated areas/regions, meet and maintain stringent GPA standards, have above average SAT or ACT scores, be predicted to graduate in the top 10% of their high school class, want to become a primary care physician and commit to attend one of the seven partner universities of the Texas A&M University System.

If the student meets the criteria for entry into the program, and successfully completes the academic and other requirements of the program, the student will automatically be accepted into the TAMU College of Medicine.

The goal of the program is to provide primary care physicians in medically underserved areas. To find more information, visit the PPC website.

The Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) is designed to assist economically disadvantaged students achieve a medical education. To qualify for the JAMP program, students must achieve SAT or ACT scores at least the Texas mean, go directly from high school to a participating undergraduate institution, complete 27 SCH by the end of their freshman year, maintain a 3.25 GPA overall and in science, and have an EFC of ≤ $8000. Students may be Pre-JAMP students if they are enrolled in a public or private participating university, have an ACT or SAT score that is not less than the mean for the State of Texas, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and meet the EFC criterion. These students can apply to be in the JAMP program beginning May 1 of their freshman year until October 1 of their sophomore year.

Students who meet the requirements for this program receive scholarships as well as summer stipends for internships, and must take the MCAT in the spring of their junior year. Click JAMP for more information.

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TEXAS SCHOOLS

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (230 seats)

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (220 seats)

University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School at Houston (209 seats)

University of Texas health Science Center Medical School at San Antonio (200 seats)

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine (200 seats)

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (155 seats)

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (230 seats)

Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso (100 seats)

Baylor College of Medicine at Houston (168 seats)

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YOUR APPLICATION

All medical schools in Texas have the same requirements for admission. Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree, which can be in any field of concentration as long as the science requirements are fulfilled. Exceptional students with only 90 hours of undergraduate courses are considered for admission at a few medical schools, such as Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine. Any courses for non-science majors or courses taught for health career majors (Nursing, Pharmacy or Allied Health Sciences) are not accepted.

These are considered the bare minimum science requirements for application and for which the student must have a "C" or better.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of Biological Science are required.

Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of General Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).

Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Organic Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).

BIOCHEMISTRY

3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry are required ONLY by UT School of Medicine at San Antonio, Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine and Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine. However, it is strongly recommended by all other TMDSAS schools.

Must be a course that is applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.

UT SOM at San Antonio and Texas Tech University HSC SOM:
This requirement may be used towards fulfilling part of the Biological Sciences or Chemistry requirement.
The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.
Cannot be an introductory course.

Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine:
The Biochemistry requirement may be used towards fulfilling part of the 6 semester credit hours of advanced Biological Sciences. 
The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department.
Cannot be an introductory course.

PHYSICS

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Physics, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab)

Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.

ENGLISH

6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English are required.

Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or "English As a Second Language" courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

The UT Medical Branch at Galveston WILL NOT ACCEPT writing intensive courses taught in departments other than English to satisfy the requirement.

CALCULUS

The following schools require 3 semester hrs (5 quarter hrs) of either Calculus OR Statistics:

Medical Schools Requiring 3 Sem. hrs. Calculus OR Statistics:
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Texas Tech University HSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso

The calculus course can be any calculus course taught by a Math or Physics Department. Business Calculus or any Pre-Calculus courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

STATISTICS

The following schools require 3 semester hrs (5 quarter hrs) of Statistics to fulfill the math requirement (Calculus will not be an option to meet this requirement):

Medical Schools Requiring 3 Sem. hrs. Statistics:
The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine
Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
UNT HSC – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Individual medical schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.

Refer to the Approved Statistics Courses List for a complete list.  To seek approval for any course not on the list, submit a course syllabus, course listing and course description to TMDSAS for review.

Math requirements for all U.S. Medical Schools


In general, medical schools frown on applicants with the bare minimum of science courses. Their experience has indicated that these students have trouble in medical school and may not complete the curriculum. Thus, take as much science as possible. Generally, ~80% of accepted students are science majors.

Medical schools prefer science courses taken at the university level, rather than community college. However, most medical schools indicated that they look at the entire application to evaluate the candidate’s chances for success in the medical curriculum.

Many Texas medical schools view the student’s performance in Organic Chemistry as an indicator of ability to perform in the medical school curriculum so be sure to do your best in this course.

Medical schools accept advanced placement and CLEP credit in lieu of taking the course at the university. However, most schools said that they expected the student to demonstrate the ability to perform in that discipline by taking university courses above the level earned by advanced placement and/or CLEP credit. Thus, if a student has advanced placement or CLEP credit for Calculus I, it would improve his/her application to take Calculus II at the university

The medical schools are looking for outstanding students. Some points to consider are:

  • Take at least 15 hours/semester. It is acceptable to begin freshman year with only 12 hours/semester, but it is necessary to increase your course load to prove that you are capable of handling the medical school curriculum. Most degree plans require 120 semester credit hours for the degree; it is impossible to complete such a degree plan in the four years (eight semesters) without taking ~16 semester credit hours/semester.
  • Try to finish in four years. Most students accepted into medical school have completed their undergraduate training in four years or less. Finishing in four years demonstrates that you can handle the rigorous medical curriculum.
  • Earn "As" or "Bs" in science courses.
  • Avoid "Ws." Withdrawals are perceived by some members of the admission committee as "red flags," and must be addressed in the application essay.
  • Consider re-taking courses with grades below "C."
  • Maintain a high GPA. Maintain a high GPA. The average GPA of medical applicants for the entering class of Fall 2014 was 3.75.
  • Assume leadership roles in campus and/or community organizations. It is better to devote your time to one or two organizations in which you have an active, leadership role than to be a member of five or six organizations for which you just attend meetings.
  • Demonstrate hands-on health care experience either by working part time in a medical field or by volunteering.
  • Participate in undergraduate research opportunities, but ensure that you know what is going on in the lab. If you mention your research experience, you will be asked about it in the medical school interview. Having research experience is critical for the application to MD/PhD Programs.
  • If you have to choose between health care experience and undergraduate research, choose health care experience.
  • Take the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) in April.
  • The common code for the release of MCAT scores to the Texas Medical and Dental application Service is 500. The MCAT website is http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm
  • Prepare for the (MCAT). The average MCAT score of texas medical matriculants is given in the following table.
Year
Average MCAT
2008
30.0
2009 30.0
2010
29.9
2011
30.1
2012
30.3
2013
30.3
2014
31.3

Prepare, dress and act professionally for the medical school interview.

Medical school applications are due one year before anticipated matriculation. All Texas medical schools -- except Baylor – have one application form/process, the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS, 512-499-4785). The common application becomes available on May 1 at TEXAS MEDICAL & DENTAL SCHOOLS APPLICATION SERVICE. The application is available only on the website; you will fill out and submit the application on-line and when ready to submit, click the "submit" button. back to top

Some important tips:

  1. Print out a copy of the application and assemble all required materials before starting to input your data on the web.
  2. Have complete transcripts of all your college coursework from every college attended. You will enter undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses and grades. You will not enter developmental, remedial, pre-college or audit courses.
  3. Ensure that your computer is capable of the online application. The TMDSAS application supports recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, and the latest version of the Internet Explorer browser.
  4. Apply early. Getting your application in early does count. Medical schools select their first round of interviewees from the first set of completed applications received. A completed application includes the application form submitted on the web, all official transcripts sent by the colleges/universities, official MCAT scores and letters of evaluation. Some schools require secondary applications.
  5. Print out and submit via snail mail the signature page; enclose your photos (one/school plus one extra) and the filing fee. The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service does not grant application fee waivers. The cost to apply to all seven medical schools handled by the application Service was $140 for Texas residents in 2014.
  6. Apply to all medical schools. Not applying to all schools is perceived as a lack of judgment and a lack of commitment.
  7. The first round of interviews begins in August; apply by June 30 so that you can get one of the first rounds of interviews. Statistics indicate that the early interviewees were more likely to get into medical school.
  8. Application deadline: October 1 in the year prior to admission.
  9. Medical schools send out letters of acceptance on February 1, but most medical schools have a website that lists the accepted students. These websites become operational on February 1.

By Texas statute, 90% of medical acceptances to the seven public medical schools must go to Texas residents. In practice, it is actually 96-98%.

In general, Texas medical schools do not accept transfer students.

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TEST SESSION FACTS

MCAT overview

MCAT Scoring Summary

MCAT Information Sheet (Pdf)

There are several preparation courses for the MCAT. In general, these courses have been shown to improve students’ scores. However, these courses are expensive and the student is encouraged to speak with students who have take the prep course and the MCAT to decide if the investment is worthwhile.

Prospective medical applicants take the MCAT during junior year. Medical schools will not evaluate your application until in receipt of your official MCAT scores. Students are strongly encouraged to take the April MCAT; they have the option to re-take the MCAT in August if they want to try to improve their scores. However, if a student waits until August, there is no option to re-take the MCAT one month later

MCAT Practice test online - visit www.e-mcat.com for more information


° These are real MCATs, from other years
° Scoring is automated
° Purchase individual tests or become a full member and receive access to all the practice tests available from the American Association
of Medical Colleges

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