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Partnership for Primary Care

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ABOUT PARTNERSHIP FOR PRIMARY CARE

The Partnership for Primary Care (PPC) program is for incoming and second-year Texas A&M University (TAMU) System students considering a career in medicine and who are from medically underserved areas or parts of the state without adequate numbers of primary care physicians. The program is designed to recruit and jointly admit highly qualified TAMU system students with guaranteed admissions to the Texas A&M College of Medicine (requirements for admission must be met).

Our Commitment

The Texas A&M College of Medicine is committed to the health of Texans through integrated education, research and public service programs that emphasize accessibility and community health. The college remains committed to providing an environment that promotes integrity, compassion and excellence in its future physicians and scientists. An emphasis on organ-systems based instruction in the medical sciences produces individuals with the knowledge, expertise and vision to meet the challenges facing medicine in the 21st century.

A Unique Opportunity

For a number of years, Texas has suffered from a shortage of primary care physicians, particularly in the rural and underserved areas with a disproportionately low number of primary care physicians. Our hope is that your background, combined with our outstanding medical education, will help develop some of the best physicians available to respond to this need.

Partnership Universities

The Partnership for Primary Care Program is a cooperative program between the Texas A&M College of Medicine and the following partner universities:

  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View: 936.261.3074
  • South Texas College, McAllen: 956.872.1952
  • Tarleton State University, Stephenville: 254.968.9159
  • Texas A&M International University, Laredo
  • Texas A&M University, College Station: 979.846.8938
  • Texas A&M University, Commerce: 903.886.5368
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi: 361.825.3824
  • Texas A&M University, Kingsville: 361.593.3797
  • West Texas A&M University, Canyon: 806.651.2569

The program is designed to recruit and jointly admit a select group of students to our partner universities with a guaranteed admission to the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

ENTRY OPTIONS

Option A

High School Senior

The program will select up to ten students per year from a pool of scholars who are seeking enrollment to one of the Texas A&M University system campuses.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • The application period will open on December 1 and closes January 17 each year
  • Legal residence in a rural, medically underserved or health professional shortage area as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/by-address)
  • 50 overall GPA on a 4.00 scale at the time of application and through the end of high school
  • Minimum 1200 SAT (Verbal & Math) OR 26 ACT equivalent at the time of application
  • Prefer that the student be in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class at the time of application (If ranking is utilized)
  • Demonstrated healthcare, community service, and leadership activities
  • Will attend one of the Texas A&M University System campuses
  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Texas resident

Option B

Texas A&M University System Students

The program will select up to 10 students per year from a pool of scholars who are seeking enrollment to one of the Texas A&M University system campuses.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

  • The application period will open on September 6 and closes November 1 each year
  • Legal residence in a rural, medically underserved or health professional shortage area as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/by-address)
  • Must apply Fall semester of second-year
  • Completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at one of the TAMU System Campuses
  • 25 GPA or higher through the freshman year of college
  • Completed Biology I and Chemistry I with lab with a B or better
  • Minimum 1200 SAT or 26 ACT equivalent
  • Attended high school in Texas
  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Texas resident

APPLICATION INSTURCTIONS

For Option A, the application opens on December 1 at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and closes January 17 at midnight CST. For Option B, the application opens on September 6, at 8 a.m. (CST) and closes November 1, at midnight CST.

IMPORTANT: The application must be filed online through the TAMHSC Admissions Processing Portal (APP), the health science center’s form processing software. Please visit website for application and selection timeline.

LETTERS OF EVALUATION

  • Two individual letters of recommendation are required.
  • Letters must be on official letterhead and addressed to Mr. Fernando Vasquez and emailed to Crystal Perkkio.

TRANSCRIPTS

Once accepted, official transcript of academic work from high school and/or all colleges attended must be sent directly to the College of Medicine Office of Admissions from your high school and/or college. The transcripts must be certified with the official seal of the school and/or the signature of the school's registrar.

REQUIRED FORM - HIGH SCHOOL OPTION ONLY

The following form must be completed, scanned and emailed to Crystal Perkkio. Please provide high school registrars office a copy of the form to submit.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION TIMELINE

Selection and Evaluation Process

After applications have been evaluated, the selection committee will choose a selected number of applicants to move forward in the process and will conduct interviews. From this pool, the final applicants will be chosen. Applicants are chosen for their communication skills, intellectual capacity, motivation for medicine as a career, service orientation, leadership and ethical responsibility to self and others. See website for Evaluation and Selection timeline.

Personal Interviews

Applicants will be invited for an interviews based upon their competitiveness in the pre-screening process. Each invited applicant is given a 30-minute panel interview by a combination of faculty admissions committee members, medical student admissions committee members, and faculty or administrator guest interviewers. The interview is required for possible selection, and the process of admitting applicants to the program is competitive.

Deadlines for Option A: High School Senior

  • December 1: Application opens (8 a.m.)
  • January 17: Application closes (5 p.m.)
  • January 22: Applications screened
  • January 31: Interview invitations sent
  • February 17: Interviews will be held at the College of Medicine
  • March: Acceptance/denial notifications sent

Deadlines for Option B: Texas A&M University System Students

  • September 6: Application opens (8 a.m.)
  • November 1: Application closes (5 p.m.-all supporting documents due)
  • November 6: Applications screened
  • November 11: Interview invitations sent
  • November 18 or 19: Interviews will be held at the College of Medicine
  • December 6: Admissions committee deliberations
  • December: Acceptance/denial notifications sent

REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission into the PPC Program, you MUST reside in a rural, or medically underserved, or primary care, or health professional shortage area as defined by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Please visit the HRSA website  to verify your eligibility based on your residency.

The PPC Application will be available via our Application Portal  on Sept. 6. Make sure to submit your application once you have completed it.

Early Assurance Requirements

  • Achieve a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher through the freshman year of college (Option B only)
  • Achieve a cumulative 3.50 OGPA and 3.50 BCPM GPA (biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics) each semester and by the time of enrollment into medical school
  • Satisfy with a “B” grade or higher, the College of Medicine’s undergraduate course requirements totaling 47 semester hours
  • Complete all remaining college coursework and earn a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University
  • Score at least a 502 total score on the MCAT (54th percentile) with no less than a 124 in each of the subsections; one retake is allowed
  • Clinical experiences—participate in shadow and/or health care experiences devoting at least five hours per month OR a minimum of 60 hours per year
  • Community service activities—participate in non-health care community service devoting at least five hours per month OR a minimum of 60 hours per year
  • Participate in a 10-12 week Pathway to Medicine seminar course specifically designed to uncover the intricacies of the medical school application and interview processes and explore the lessons, medical school curriculum and issues that describe medicine as a practice and a career (course is held in the Spring semester)
  • Participate regularly in end of semester advising sessions with the College of Medicine’s Admissions office
  • Participate regularly in mentoring sessions with second-year College of Medicine medical students
  • Mandatory participation in the “On to Medicine” student organization for PPC students (TAMU-College Station only)
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree within a standard time frame (for most, four years)
  • Interview with the College of Medicine and be voted as approved to matriculate by the admissions committee
  • Attend only the College of Medicine if offered matriculation in its entering class (students who apply to other medical schools will lose their assured place at the College of Medicine)

Securing Acceptance

Students accepted into the PPC Program must also apply to the College of Medicine through the Early Decision Process (EDP)

  • Apply only to the College of Medicine through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) by August 1
  • Submit no later than August 1 prior to their senior year at one of the Texas A&M University System Campuses
  • Attend only the College of Medicine if offered a place under EDP. If a student applies to other medical schools, the acceptance is rescinded. 

MCAT Requirements

The Texas A&M College of Medicine Admissions Committee approved the requirement that all Partnership for Primary Care (PPC) Program applicants who interview and are selected for the program be required to take the Medical College Admissions Test® (MCAT®).

  • The minimum MCAT score that PPC students must achieve to qualify for admission to medical school is 500 with no section less than 124 to qualify for acceptance into medical school

 

Course Requirements
The following medical school prerequisite courses are required with at least a grade of B and must be completed before or by the time of enrollment:
General Biology (with labs) 8 semester hrs or 12 quarter hours
Advanced Biological Sciences 
(3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours must be Biochemistry)
6 semester hrs or 9 quarter hours
General Chemistry (with labs) 8 semester hrs or 12 quarter hours
Organic Chemistry (with labs) 8 semester hrs or 12 quarter hours
General Physics (with labs) 8 semester hrs or 12 quarter hours
Math-Based Statistics** 3 semester hrs or 5 quarter hours
English 6 semester hrs or 9 quarter hours
Total Credit Hours 47 semester hrs or 71 quarter hours

**The statistics course should be taught in the math or statistics department. Statistics courses taught in other departments may be considered with appropriate documentation from faculty.

You are also required to:

  • Remain in good standing at all times at your college or university;
  • Participate in community service and medically-related activities;
  • Demonstrate leadership through your student organizations or community service;
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree within a standard time frame. (Four years for most students);
  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the spring of your junior year; and
  • Achieve minimum MCAT total score of 502, with no section less than a 124.

If you meet the requirements listed above, your position in the Texas A&M College of Medicine will be guaranteed.

While enrolled in the PPC program, you will have the opportunity to participate in several medical enrichment activities during your undergraduate years. These activities include workshops on success in medical school, seminars on topics ranging from medical ethics to medical research, and dialogue with other students in the program. You will also participate in summer academic enrichment programs and clinical observation experiences and visit the Texas A&M College of Medicine campuses.