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Pre-Med Fellows

Pre-med fellows

ABOUT PRE-MED FELLOWS

The Texas A&M College of Medicine created the Pre-Med Fellows program in 2015, as part of a grant with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students who are accepted into this program, and successfully meet the requirements, will be given conditional admission to the Texas A&M College of Medicine and will be expected to commit to the Texas A&M College of Medicine for medical school.

This program is designed for underrepresented students (Hispanic, African-American and Native Indian American) who are committed to pursuing medical school. However, it is not exclusive to underrepresented students in medicine. Additionally this program is designed to accelerate the process and prepare Pre-Med students to be highly competitive medical school students by introducing them to experiences and opportunities to prepare them for a career in medicine.

The program is open to second-year Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University students who have completed two semesters and meet the requirements.

Those students selected for the program will have the opportunity to begin medically relevant activities such as attending simulation activities, lectures and student-led programs in the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. As part of this program, participants will enroll in a MCAT prep course free of charge. This program will select up to 10 students from TAMU and up to 5 from PVAMU.

HOW TO APPLY

To qualify for the application process students must have expressed interest in medicine as a career, be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents; have (at the end of the first year of attendance at Texas A&M or Prairie View A&M and after at least 24 hours) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Must have completed BIO I & II and CHEM I & II with labs with a B or better by the time of acceptance. Transfer students are ineligible.

THE APPLICATION

  • The application opens on September 1st of each given year.
  • 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.

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 Medicine Department of Medical Humanities. 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 interviews.

Current second-year Texas A&M Student

  • 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

REQUIREMENTS

To matriculate to the COM
By the end of the degree program, students will need to fulfill the following:

  • Earned 3.50 cumulative GPA each semester
  • Earned 3.50 BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) GPA each semester
  • Score a minimum of 50%tile MCAT score with no less than a 40%tile in each subsection
  • Participation in 5-10 hours per month of clinical experiences (60 hrs per year)
  • Participation in 5-10 hours per month of community service activities (60 hrs per year)
  • Successful completion of the Pathway to Medicine Seminar course
  • Participate in regular advising session with your academic and pre-health adviser to ensure proper progress is being made
  • Complete bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University
  • Commit to enroll in the Texas A&M College of Medicine

*A complete list of requirements will be provided in the Acceptance Acknowledgement Form.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have a 3.49, can I still apply?

Yes. We will be pulling grades one last time after fall grades have posted to ensure that all students selected are still eligible. If you are close and you think that your grades this semester will put you over the top, then you are welcome to apply.

I am a senior, can I still apply?

No. This program is open to sophomores with a full year of academic course work at Texas A&M University. The program is designed to nurture students at least over a two-year period.

I am a graduate student, can I still apply?

No, unfortunately you may not. The experiences that have been designed as part of this program really only are relevant for undergraduate students.

I am not a science major, can I still apply?

Yes. However, you will still need to complete all of your science coursework to be eligible to apply to medical school.

I am a freshman; will this program be around next year?

Yes. Barring a catastrophe, this program will be here next year as well.

Once accepted, I won't have to go through the interview process, right?

Incorrect. You will still have to interview as part of the Texas A&M College of Medicine application process. You are guaranteed admission as long as you are in good standing and complete all of the requirements, however, if there are concerns about your candidacy the College of Medicine admissions committee can delay your enrollment.

If I apply and get accepted, do I have to go to the Texas A&M College of Medicine?

Yes. You are expected to enroll in the College of Medicine. We are making a significant investment in you as a student, and we expect you to commit to the College.

If you do apply to another medical school, you will forfeit your automatic acceptance and have to go through the process like any other applicant.

Do I have to be Black or Hispanic to apply?

No. This program is open to all applicants.

If I do not meet the minimum MCAT total score and/or subsection scores, will I be able to repeat the MCAT?

Yes, you will be given an opportunity to repeat the MCAT within the year that you are submitting application via TMDSAS to the COM. You are limited to one repeat attempt. Requesting a repeat of the MCAT beyond that timeframe that you are applying will require the approval of the COM Admissions Committee.

What is the timeline for application and interviews?

  • Sept. 1: Application opens
  • Nov. 1: Application closes (5 p.m. CST)