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.

How the Program Works

Once accepted into the Partnership for Primary Care (PPC) program, you will take the required college course work at one of our partner universities to earn your baccalaureate degree and to meet the prerequisite courses for medical school.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The following medical school prerequisite courses are required with at least a grade of C 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 500, with no section less than a 125.

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.


Example Undergraduate Training Schedule

The following list outlines potential activities for PPC students during undergraduate training:

Year 1:

  • Clinical observation experience with community-based physicians
  • Observation experiences with first- and second-year medical students
  • Volunteer work at a community-based hospital or free clinic
  • Volunteer community service
  • Participate in Texas A&M College of Medicine's Mini-Medical School health care seminar series

Year 2:

  • Clinical observation experience with community-based physicians
  • Observation experiences with third- and fourth-year medical students
  • Volunteer work at a community-based hospital or free clinic
  • Continue volunteer community service
  • Summer undergraduate research fellowship (optional and competitive)
  • Participate in the Texas A&M College of Medicine's Mini-Medical School health care seminar series

Year 3:

  • Clinical observation experience with community-based physicians
  • Observation experiences with third- and fourth-year medical students
  • Attend Humanities and Leadership in Medicine seminars
  • Volunteer work at a community-based hospital or free clinic
  • Continue volunteer community service
  • Summer undergraduate research fellowship (optional and competitive)
  • Participate in the Texas A&M College of Medicine's Mini-Medical School health care seminar series
  • Take the MCAT
  • Medical school interview

Year 4:

  • Clinical observation experience with community-based physicians
  • Observation experiences with third- and fourth-year medical students
  • Attend Humanities and Leadership in Medicine seminars
  • Continue volunteer community service
  • Orientation and matriculation to the Texas A&M College of Medicine