Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vanderbilt, UMass, Jefferson School of Medicine Updates and Reminders

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Update:
VUSM is moving from "requirements" to "recommendations" for the prerequisites, with the recognition that undergraduate institutions have unique ways of educating students on the foundation courses. The Admissions Committee will be satisfied that a student has met the competency in a subject area by triangulating a student's academic achievement, MCAT performance, and letters of evaluation. In addition, VUSM will now accept AP/CLEP/etc. credit without requiring a student take advanced courses in that subject area. This information is currently in effect for the 2016 entry class.

University of Massachusetts School of Medicine Update:
Applications to the UMass School of Medicine MD degree will now be open for the first time to out of state residents for the matriculating class of 2016. As in prior years, the MD-PhD degree program will continue to be open to out-of-state residents, as well as Massachusetts residents. All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state residents for the AY 16-17 admissions cycle will be posted on the UMass School of Medicine Financial Aid website in January 2016. 

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Reminder: 
While the admissions website indicates that letters of recommendation should be provided by individual faculty members from each science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics) and humanities, students should not refrain from applying if they do not have a letter from each science discipline. Please be advised that students have successfully gained admission without three separate science discipline letters.