Admissions

    

admissions-infoUniversity of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Admissions Office
941 Stanton L. Young Boulevard, Room ​241
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5042



Current Applicants

Applying to the College of Medicine

Every year, over 1,800 individuals apply to OU College of Medicine. Of these applicants, we interview approximately 300 each year. Our typical class has up to 165 students, 40-45% women, 36% minority and a wide range of ages and backgrounds. In an increasingly competitive applicant pool, excellent grades and scores on the MCAT are a necessity. The minimum requirements are not competitive for an interview. We encourage student diversity, accepting students with undergraduate backgrounds in arts, sciences, and humanities.

Advisement

We provide an advisory option for individuals interested in applying to medical school. To optimize our time spent advising applicants, we are going to hold informational sessions and will provide an overview of the requirements, process, and statistics. We will have a question and answer period followed by a brief medical student led tour. We hold this advising session on the first Monday of the month. If the first Monday is a holiday, we will hold the session on the second Monday of that month. It is very important that applicants know their attendance at one of these sessions is not required and does not influence their application result.

Individuals will need to sign up to attend and should email us at adminmed@ouhsc.edu to reserve a spot. The session dates and times for the remainder of this academic year are:

2016-2017


 

August 1
3:30-5:00 PM

 
 
October 3
7:30-9:00 AM

 
 
December 5
3:30-5:00 PM

 
 
February 6
3:30-5:00 PM

 
 
April 3
7:30-9:00 AM

 
 
June 5
3:30-5:00 PM

 
 

Applicants

Every year the College of Medicine makes over 50 visits to undergraduate programs across Oklahoma in an effort to recruit new students to The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Prospective students can request a college catalog, hear descriptions of the various programs, and visit our College of Medicine website. All of these options provide prospective students with a vast amount of information related to the M.D. program. Approximately 6000 students are contacted each year.

Our current class size is 165 incoming students per year. The Admissions Board is comprised of faculty, volunteer faculty, practicing physicians, and fourth year medical students who make all admissions recommendations. The Oklahoma State Board of Regents for Higher Education mandates that at least 75 percent of an entering class must be Oklahoma residents. 

Applicant quality has remained consistently excellent.  Over the past ten years, matriculating students have entered medical school with an average grade point of 3.70 and an MCAT score in the 79th percentile. Beyond the academic and experiential qualities, prospective students are assessed on their leadership ability, maturity, self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, social awareness, and self-motivation.

Of Oklahoma's 3.6 million residents, 8 percent are Native American, 8 percent are African American, and 7.6 percent are Hispanic. Although The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has no quotas or goals system on numbers of students accepted by ethnicity, every effort is made to identify young students of ethnic and racial groups and to provide summer enrichment programs. These programs are available to help students through their undergraduate years and provide a bridge to medical school. The College is committed to create a diverse class which, we believe, establishes a better educational environment.


Application Requirements

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require that all applicants be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent visa and have a minimum of 90 semester hours. They further state that all applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum total score of 492 on the 2015 MCAT exam to be eligible applicants. The following courses are required with a letter grade of "C" or better:

1 semester
1 semester
2 semesters
2 semesters
2 semesters
3 semesters
2 semesters



General Zoology/Biology with Laboratory
Genetics, Cellular Biology, or Molecular Biology (your choice)
General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physics
Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, or Humanities (any combination)
English

Pass/Fail grading, advanced placement and CLEP courses are accepted if a subsequent higher course is taken for a grade.

In addition, it is recommended applicants take the following courses:

1 semester
1 semester




Biochemistry
A writing-intensive English course*


* A writing-intensive course should include instructional objectives and graded assignments that are designed to enhance college-level writing skills.

Application Procedure

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Persons applying to the MD program should visit the AAMC website, http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm, for information and to begin the application process during the spring or summer a year in advance of the time they wish to be admitted. All applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT must be taken no later than the fall of the year in which the application is filed. All information relating to the MCAT is located at their website, http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm.

After preliminary application material has been received from AMCAS, the College of Medicine Admissions Office sends all applicants an email with a link to our supplemental application. A non-resident of Oklahoma applicant who has close ties to Oklahoma should carefully document these ties on the supplemental application. A nonrefundable application fee of $85.00 is required to be submitted electronically with the submission of the supplemental application. Applicants receiving an AMCAS fee waiver will receive a College of Medicine application fee waiver.

We require letters of recommendation to complete an application. These may either be a premedical committee letter and one faculty letter or three faculty letters. Our definition of a faculty letter is one written by a college/university faculty member who has instructed you at the college/university level. These letters should be submitted through AMCAS Letters as part of the AMCAS application. Additional letters of recommendation may also be submitted by the applicant but are not required.

Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate degree program are required to submit a letter from the program director or chair of the department which states the applicant is in good standing and that they are supportive of the application.

Applicants applying to the joint MD/PhD program will be contacted separately and provided with application information regarding the MD/PhD supplemental application. More information on the MD/PhD program is located at http://w3.ouhsc.edu/PhD/admission.asp .

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine has two educational tracks; one in Oklahoma City and the other in the OU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa (OUSCM). Information on the OU School of Community Medicine is located at http://tulsa.ou.edu/socm/. Applicants interested in applying to the OUSCM track will be required to complete additional questions specific to the OUSCM on the supplemental application.

All successful applicants will be interviewed by the Admissions Board in Oklahoma City and offered a position in the Oklahoma City educational track. Successful OUSCM applicants will receive an additional interview with the OUSCM and if offered a position in both educational tracks, the final track selection will be made by the applicant.


Basis of Selection

Admissions decisions are based on an applicant's indications and probabilities of successfully completing medical school, intellectual ability, academic achievement, character, motivation, and maturity. The assessment utilizes college grades, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and results of the required interview.

Intellectual ability and academic achievement alone are not sufficient to assure the professional development and commitment required of a physician. Traits of personality, maturity, interesting or diverse backgrounds, and character are necessary to communicate warmth and compassion and to work effectively in a profession dependent upon interpersonal relationships, cross cultural appreciation, and high ethical behavior. To accomplish the required objectives, candidates for the M.D. degree must have specific abilities and skills.

An applicant receiving a letter of acceptance to the College of Medicine must submit a deposit of $100 in order to reserve a place in the class. This deposit, which is applied to the first semester tuition, is nonrefundable after April 30 of the year for which admission is offered.

Students admitted to the freshman class, entering in 2016, had a grade point average of 3.74 and an average total MCAT of 508. The class has 44 percent women and a minority representation of 36 percent.

 

Interview

Interview requirements are based on the competitiveness of the current applicant pool. All applicants selected for final consideration will be interviewed between October and January. The interview will be with members of the Admissions Board, a group that includes faculty of the College of Medicine, physicians representing each congressional district of the state, and senior medical students. The College of Medicine endeavors to have a class selected by March 1st. Travel or other expenses incurred in connection with the interview must be borne by the applicant. It should be emphasized that an invitation for an interview does not signify acceptance for admission.

Useful documents for the day of your interview:

 

MCAT

In the spring of 2015, the MCAT transitioned to a new exam format. Beginning with the 2016-2017 application cycle, the College of Medicine will only accept the MCAT 2015 exam score. The minimum MCAT score required to apply to the College of Medicine is a 492. Please note that a 492 is not competitive enough to secure an interview.

Useful Links:

 

Timeline

  • Begin application one year in advance of desired matriculation
  • Latest MCAT accepted is from September of application year
  • Deadline for application to AMCAS is October 15th
           Suggested submission date for application- August 15th
  • Deadline for supplemental material is November 1st
           Suggested submission date for supplemental- September 1st
  • Interviews are conducted the fall/winter prior to matriculation

 

Transfer Policy

A limited number of spaces are available to accommodate transfer students. The following criteria must be met:

  • Applicants must meet the same undergraduate minimum requirements required of all applicants to the College of Medicine, including U.S. citizenship, prerequisite course work, GPA and MCAT score.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in good standing at an LCME accredited medical school.
  • Transfer into the second year will be considered if the requesting student is felt to be able to receive a preclinical education that is consistent with the College's educational program objectives. The combination of the student's completed first year coursework at the previous medical school and the second year coursework at OU must be such that it is deemed that the student will meet OU-COM (preclinical) program objectives.
  • Students wishing to transfer into the third year must be on schedule to complete the first two years of medical school prior to the transfer. The applicant must bring certification of having taken USMLE Step 1 examination prior to beginning coursework in the College of Medicine.

Transfer decisions are coordinated by the Associate Dean for Admissions with input from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The final determination and extension of offer to transfer will be made by the Associate Dean for Admissions.

Useful Links:


American Medical College Application Service

Association of American Medical Colleges 
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037-1123
Telephone (202) 828-0600
http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm 

Medical College Admission Test
Association of American Medical Colleges
Medical College Admission Test
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Telephone (202) 828-0690
http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm

Medical Humanities Scholars Program
In 2000, the University of Oklahoma Honors College and the College of Medicine created a partnership to further the study of humanities in relationship to medicine called the Medical Humanities Scholars Program. This is a joint venture with the OU College of Medicine and is a highly competitive academic and extracurricular program for graduating high school seniors who know they wish to attend medical school. Students are selected on the basis of their academic performance (both grades and test scores); their familiarity with and experiences within medicine; their interests in the humanities and social sciences; their extracurricular activities; and their maturity.

A complete program description and the application process can be reviewed at http://www.ou.edu/honors/MedicalHumanities/admissions.html.

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