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Science to Medicine

Science to Medicine

ABOUT SCIENCE TO MEDICINE (S2M)

The S2M Program is created for outstanding Texas A&M University College of Science students who are interested in obtaining a medical degree with the Texas A&M College of Medicine, ultimately pursuing a career as a physician or physician scientist.

Up to five students will be granted guaranteed acceptance into the College of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate degree with the College of Science. Additionally, the S2M program will guide candidates through a joint learning path designed to expand and enhance the educational process during their academic years at Texas A&M University and prepare them for entry into the College of Medicine.

The S2M program offers two program options:

  • Program Option A: Before entry into TAMU (Incoming Freshman Texas A&M Student)
  • Program Option B: After one year of TAMU college coursework (Current Texas A&M Student)

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Option A: Before entry into TAMU 
(Incoming Freshman Texas A&M Student)

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The program will select at least 5 student semi-finalists per year from a pool of National Merit Scholars, National Hispanic Scholars and/or National Achievement Scholars who are seeking enrollment to Texas A&M University and a degree from the College of Science.

  • The application will open December 1 of any given year
  • The application period will close on January 15 of any given year
  • Screen only those applicants who have expressed interest in medicine as a career; are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (preference will be given to Texas residents) and have achieved
    • A minimum cumulative High School Overall GPA of 3.50.
    • Rank in the top 10% of graduating class
    • Score a minimum 1300 SAT (Verbal/Math) or 30 ACT
  • The second round of reviews will require interviews of the candidates meeting the above criteria and factor into deliberation the following important attributes: ability to communicate and interact, capacity for improvement, service orientation, motivation for medicine as a career, and maturity, stability and tolerance. Interviews may occur in February.
  • The selection of students will be a joint process including faculty of the TAMU College of Medicine Admissions Committee and the TAMU College of Science.

OPTION B: AFTER ONE YEAR OF TAMU COLLEGE COURSEWORK (CURRENT TEXAS A&M STUDENT)

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The program will select 5 students per year from a pool of College of Science degree seeking students after their first year at Texas A&M University.

  • The application period will open on September 1 and closes on October 15 of each year.
  • Screen only those applicants who have expressed interest in medicine as a career; are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (preference will be given to Texas residents); and have achieved
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 at the end of the first year of attendance at TAMU (or at least 24 credit hours).
  • The second round of reviews will require interviews of the candidates meeting the above criteria and will factor into deliberation the following important attributes: ability to communicate and interact, capacity for improvement, service orientation, motivation for medicine as a career, and maturity, stability and tolerance. Interviews may occur in November.
  • The selection of students will be a joint process including faculty of the TAMU College of Medicine Admissions Committee and the TAMU College of Science.
  • Transfer students are ineligible.

To qualify for the application process students must have expressed interest in medicine as a career, be a U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Resident. (Please refer to program options for incoming freshman or college student)

THE APPLICATION

  • See program options for application dates
  • 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.

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 registrar's office a copy of the form to submit.

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 Science. 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 the interviews.

Deadlines for Option A: Before entry into TAMU (Incoming Freshman Texas A&M Student)

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

Option B: Current second year Texas A&M Student

  • September 6: Application opens
  • November 1: Application closes (5 p.m. - All supporting documents due)
  • November 6: Applications screened
  • November 11: Interview invitations emailed
  • November 18 or 19: Interviews will be held at the College of Sciences
  • December 6: Acceptance/denial notifications

REQUIREMENTS

The requirements below are for:

  • Option A: Before entry into TAMU (Incoming Freshman Texas A&M Student)
  • Option B: After one year of TAMU college coursework (Current Texas A&M Student)

By the time of enrollment in medical school, S2M students must fulfill the following:

  • Satisfy the College of Medicine's undergraduate course requirements:
    • B grade or higher
    • 47 semester hours
  • Earn a cumulative 3.5 OGPA and 3.5 BCPM GPA (biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics)
  • Score at least a 509 total MCAT score (80 th percentile) with not less than a 126 in each of the subsections.
    • One retake of the MCAT is allowed if the minimum scores are not achieved on the first attempt
  • Complete a non-credit seminar course specifically designed to uncover:
    • the intricacies of the medical school application and interview processes
    • medical school curriculum
    • issues that describe medicine as a practice and a career
  • Participate in advising activities:
    • advising sessions with the College of Medicine's Admissions Office
    • seek summer research or pre-medical internship program during junior or senior year
  • Research through the 12-week College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
  • Gain clinical experience:
    • shadowing, volunteering or employment in a hospital or private clinical practice
    • at least 5 hours per month for three years OR minimum of 60 hours per year
  • Perform community service:
    • participate in non-healthcare community service
    • at least 5 hours per month for three years OR minimum average of 60 hours per year
  • Complete the degree plan as prescribed and within the standard acceptable time frame
  • Upon acceptance into the S2M program, complete all coursework toward degree at Texas A&M University
  • Upon acceptance into the S2M program, commit solely to the Texas A&M College of Medicine