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Pre-Med Fellows

Pre-med fellows

ABOUT PRE-MED FELLOWS

The Texas A&M College of Medicine created the Pre-Med Fellows program in 2015, as part of a grant with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students who are accepted into this program, and successfully meet the requirements, will be given automatic admission to the Texas A&M College of Medicine and will be expected to commit to the Texas A&M College of Medicine for medical school.

This program is designed for underrepresented students (Hispanic, African-American and Native Indian American) who are committed to pursuing medical school. However, it is not exclusive to underrepresented students in medicine. Additionally this program is designed to accelerate the process and prepare Pre-Med students to be highly competitive medical school students by introducing them to experiences and opportunities to prepare them for a career in medicine.

The program is open to second-year Texas A&M University students who have completed two semesters and meet the requirements.

Those students selected for the program will have the opportunity to begin medically relevant activities such as attending simulation activities, lectures and student-led programs in the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. As part of this program, participants will enroll in a MCAT prep course (such as Kaplan or Princeton Review) free of charge. This program will select up to 10 students.

HOW TO APPLY

To qualify for the application process students must have expressed interest in medicine as a career, be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents; have (at the end of the first year of attendance at Texas A&M and after at least 24 hours) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Transfer students are ineligible.

THE 2019 APPLICATION

  • The application opened on September 6, 2019.
  • Important: The application must be filed online through the College of Medicine's Admissions Processing Portal (APP), the Texas A&M University Health Science Center's form processing software.

APPLICATION & SELECTION TIMELINE

After applications have been evaluated, the selection committee will choose a selected number of applicants to forward in the process and conduct interviews. From this pool, the final applicants will be chosen. The selection is based on a joint process of the College of Medicine and the College of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities. Students are chosen for their intellectual capacity, motivation for medicine as a career, service orientation and ethical responsibility to self and others. Selections will be announced after interviews.

Current second year Texas A&M Student

  • September 6 : Application opens
  • November 1 : Application closes (5 p.m. - All supporting documents due)
  • November 5 : Applications screened
  • November 8 : Interview invitations sent
  • November 18 or 19 : Interviews will be held at the College of Medicine (Date to be determined)
  • November : Acceptance/denial notifications (Date to be determined)

REQUIREMENTS

By the end of the degree program, students will need to fulfill the following:

  • Earned 3.50 cumulative GPR
  • Earned 3.50 BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) GPR
  • Earn a 502 total on the MCAT with no less than a 124 in each subsection (or a 27 on the old MCAT with no less than a 7 for each sub-score)
  • Participation in 5-10 hours per month of clinical experiences
  • Participation in 5-10 hours per month of community service activities
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Med Fellows Seminar course
  • Meet in an ongoing basis with College of Medicine mentors
  • Participate in regular advising session with your academic and pre-health adviser to ensure proper progress is being made
  • Complete bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University
  • Commit to enroll in the Texas A&M College of Medicine

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have a 3.49, can I still apply?

Yes. We will be pulling grades one last time after fall grades have posted to ensure that all students selected are still eligible. If you are close and you think that your grades this semester will put you over the top, then you are welcome to apply.

I am a senior, can I still apply?

No. This program is open to sophomores with a full year of academic course work at Texas A&M University. The program is designed to nurture students at least over a two-year period.

I am a graduate student, can I still apply?

No, unfortunately you may not. The experiences that have been designed as part of this program really only are relevant for undergraduate students.

I am not a science major, can I still apply?

Yes. However, you will still need to complete all of your science coursework to be eligible to apply to medical school.

I am a freshman; will this program be around next year?

Yes. Barring a catastrophe, this program will be here next year as well.

Once accepted, I won't have to go through the interview process, right?

Incorrect. You will still have to interview as part of the Texas A&M College of Medicine application process. You are guaranteed admission as long as you are in good standing and complete all of the requirements, however, if there are concerns about your candidacy the College of Medicine admissions committee can delay your enrollment.

If I apply and get accepted, do I have to go to the Texas A&M College of Medicine?

Yes. You are expected to enroll in the College of Medicine. We are making a significant investment in you as a student, and we expect you to commit to the College.

If you do apply to another medical school, you will forfeit your automatic acceptance and have to go through the process like any other applicant.

Do I have to be Black or Hispanic to apply?

No. This program is open to all applicants.

If I do not meet the minimum MCAT total score and/or subsection scores, will I be able to repeat the MCAT?

Yes, you will be given an opportunity to repeat the MCAT within the year that you are submitting application via TMDSAS to the COM. You are limited to one repeat attempt. Requesting a repeat of the MCAT beyond that timeframe that you are applying will require the approval of the COM Admissions Committee.

What is the timeline for application and interviews?

  • Sept. 6: Application opens
  • Nov. 1, Application closes (5 p.m. CST)