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Agriculture and Life Sciences to Medicine

Agriculture & Life Sciences to Medicine

ABOUT AGRICULTURE & LIFE SCIENCES TO MEDICINE (Ag2M)

The Ag2M Program is created for outstanding Texas A&M University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences 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. The Ag2M has two entry points, see program options.

Up to 5 students will be granted conditional acceptance into the College of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate degree with the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Additionally, the Ag2M 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.

For a list of potential majors please visit Agricultural & Life Sciences website.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Option A: Before entry into TAMU
(High School Seniors)

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The program will select up to 5 students per year from a pool of National Merit Scholars (semi-finalist or finalist) and/or the College Board Hispanic Scholars, African-American, Native-American and/or Rural Recognition who are seeking enrollment to Texas A&M University and a degree from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

*For 2021, this program will NOT require the SAT and/or ACT along with the National Merit Scholars (semi-finalist or finalist) or the College Board National Hispanic Scholars, African-American, Native-American and/or Rural Recognition.

  • The application will open December 1 of any given year.
  • The application period will close on February 1 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. (unweighted)
    • Rank in the top 10% of graduating class (preferred)
    • 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 Agriculture and Life-Sciences.
  • Dual Credit applicants are eligible. (High School and Community College: Concurrently attending High School and taking Community College courses)

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 Agriculture and Life-Sciences degree-seeking students after their first year at Texas A&M University.

  • The application period will open on September 1 and closes on November 1 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).
  • Complete Biology I and II and Chemistry I and II with lab with a B or better.
  • 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 Agriculture and Life-Sciences.
  • Transfer students are ineligible.

HOW TO APPLY

To qualify for the application process students must have expressed interest in medicine as a career, be a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (preference will be given to TX residents). Please refer to program options for incoming freshmen or college students.

THE APPLICATION

  • See the program option 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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two individual letters of recommendation are required. One of those letters has to be from a science professor/teacher.
  • Letters must be on official letterhead and addressed to Mr. Fernando Vasquez and emailed to Crystal Perkkio.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are required to make the application complete.  These can be emailed to Crystal Perkkio (cperkkio@tamu.edu).

Required Form - High School Option Only

The following form must be completed, scanned, and emailed to Crystal Perkkio. Please provide the 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 Agriculture and Life-Sciences. 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 a 2-3 weeks after the interviews.

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

  • December 1: Application opens (8 a.m.)
  • February 1: Application closes (5 p.m. & all supporting documents due)
  • February 14-18: Applications screened
  • February 21: Interview invitation and rejected emails sent
  • March 7-9: Virtual Interviews will be held at the College of
  • March 25: Admissions Committee deliberations
  • By April 1: Acceptance/Alternate/Denial notifications sent

Option B: Current Second Year Texas A&M Students

  • September 1: Application opens (8 a.m.)
  • November 1: Application closes (5 p.m. & all supporting documents due)
  • November 9-15: Applications screened
  • November 19: Interview Invitations sent
  • November 29-December 3: Virtual Interviews will be held at the College of Medicine
  • December 10: Admissions Committee deliberations
  • By December 17: Acceptance/Alternate/Denial notifications sent

*Dates are subject to change.

Ag2M PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

By the time of enrollment in medical school, Ag2M students must fulfill the following:

  • Satisfy the College of Medicine's undergraduate premed 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) after every semester
  • Score a minimum of an 80%tile MCAT score with no less than a 67%tile in each subsections.
    • One retake of the MCAT is allowed if the minimum %tile are not achieved on the first attempt
  • Complete a 12-week seminar course in the spring. It is 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 pre-medical internship/research programs every summer
  • 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
  • Complete all coursework at Texas A&M University.
  • Upon acceptance into the Ag2M program, complete all coursework toward degree at Texas A&M University
  • Upon acceptance into the Ag2M program, commit solely to the Texas A&M College of Medicine
*A complete list will be provided in the Acceptance Acknowledgement Form.