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2013-2014 REQUIREMENTS & ACADEMIC CRITERIA

Although strong academic credentials are important in the admissions process, equally as important are interpersonal skills, exposure to medicine, well-roundedness and qualities such as professionalism, empathy and leadership ability.

General Degree Criteria

Applicants for admission must complete a course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree at an accredited US or Canadian college or university prior to matriculation. If you have received your undergraduate degree outside the US, then you must complete at least 1 year of advanced science-based course work at an accredited US institution prior to application. This can be achieved through a Masters or Phd degree, formalized post-baccalaureate program, or through a variety of upper-level science coursework.

Exploration of Medicine and Shadowing

It is imperative that you demonstrate on your application that you have carefully considered a career in medicine, make sure to thoughtfully describe your medically-related experiences and interactions with physicians. The AAMC provides a number of career exploration resources and advice for students.

Early Decision Program (EDP)

Find out more about this program.


Academic Pre-Requisite Requirements

In preparation for the changes that the 2015 MCAT will bring, we have modified our pre-requisite requirements. Given the variability in the way undergraduate institutions are modifying their curricular structure in anticipation for the 2015 MCAT, we have made our pre-requisites requirements and recommendations more flexible. Please closely review the charts below for each track. While these pre-requisite requirements don't have to be completed at the time of application, it is in your best interest to have as many completed as possible.

If these pre-requisites were not fulfilled at an accredited, four-year, degree-granting American or Canadian college or university, you should be prepared to take at least 1 year of challenging, upper level sciences at one of these institutions prior to application.

If all science pre-requisites were taken at a community college we strongly recommend that you take at least of year of upper-level sciences from an accredited four-year degree granting university within the United States or Canada. If a few science pre-requisite courses were taken at a community college we will evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.

+ UNIVERSITY TRACK PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Courses
Required Coursework
Recommended but not Required
Duration
AP/IB Credit Accepted
General Chemistry
iiiii
2 semesters
iiiii
General Chemistry Lab
iiiii
2 semesters
Organic Chemistry
iiiii
1 semester
xx
Organic Chemistry Lab
iiiii
1 semester
Biochemistry
iiiii
1 semester
Introductory Biology
iiiii
2 semesters
Biology Lab
iiiii
1 semester
Physics
iiiii
2 semesters
Physics Lab
iiiii
1 semester
Writing/College English
iiiii
1 semester
xx
Psychology
iiiii
1 semester
Social Sciences
iiiii
1 semester
Anthropology
iiiii
1 semester
Biostatistics, Statistics, or Epidemiology
iiiii
1 semester
Research Experience
iiiii
Research experience is not required.However, a successful applicant must be able to demonstrate an interest in participating in a future research project as a medical student.A successful candidate will demonstrate a robust academic background, including a strong preparation in science and humanities.


 

+ CLEVELAND CLINIC LERNER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE (COLLEGE TRACK) PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

 

Courses
Required
Recom-
mended
Lab-
oratory
Duration
AP/IB Credit Accepted
Online Accepted
Community College Accepted
Inorganic Chemistry
iiiii
yy
2 semesters
tryrty
nnnnn
case-by-case
Organic
Chemistry
iiiii
yyyyy
1 semester
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Biochemistry
(must include metabolism)
iiiii
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1 semester
nnnnn
case-by-case
case-by-case
Biology
iiiii
yyyggg
2 semesters
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Physics
iiiii
hghg
2 semesters
tryrty
nnnnn
case-by-case
Writing/College English
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Psychology
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Social Sciences
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Behavioral Sciences
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Biostatistics
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
nnnnn
case-by-case
Research Experience
iiiii
More than one summer of hypothesis research experience in a medical or non-medical field is a requirement for the CCLCM track since the CCLCM curriculum program is designed to train physician investigators.


+ MEDICAL SCIENTIST TRAINING PROGRAM (MSTP) PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Courses
Required
Recommended
Laboratory
Duration
AP/IB Credit Accepted
Inorganic Chemistry
iiiii
yy
2 semesters
tryrty
Organic Chemistry
iiiii
yyyyy
1 semester
nnnnn
Biochemistry, Advanced Biology, or Biology Subfield
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
Physics
iiiii
hghg
2 semesters
tryrty
Calculus or Biostatistics
iiiii
2 semesters
nnnnn
Writing/College English
iiiii
1 semester
nnnnn
Psychology
iiiii
 
Social Sciences
iiiii
 
Behavioral Sciences
iiiii
 
Research Experience
iiiii
Substantive research experience during the summers and during the school year as an undergraduate, or during post-baccalaureate research time is required. Applicants must also seriously consider and explain why they want to pursue both the MD and the PhD degrees.


 

Required Coursework VS. Recommend Coursework Defined

REQUIRED COURSEWORK: These are the minimum amount of courses we expect you to have completed at the time of matriculation, not necessarily at the time of application. That said, it is to your advantage to have as many of the required courses completed in preparation for the MCAT and, ultimately, for medical school.

RECOMMENDED COURSEWORK: These are courses that we strongly encourage you to consider taking in preparation for the MCAT and, ultimately, for medical school. You don't necessarily have to take all of these courses to be a competitive applicant, but they should serve as a guide for preparing for medical school.

Our Admissions Committee makes its decisions based on a variety of different components of the application, one of which is the depth and breadth of study in the sciences and in liberal arts, both of which are vital to success in the practice of medicine.

Advanced Placement Credit

AP credits are acceptable for general chemistry. They are not acceptable for organic chemistry. If a student does have AP biology credits, they should complete at least two upper level biology courses to be prepared for the MCAT.

2014-2015 Application Cycle Update

Prospective applicants to the University Track for the 2014-2015 application cycle will be required to have completed a 1 semester course in Biochemistry prior to matriculation. We advise future University Track applicants to plan their coursework accordingly.


The MCAT

All applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). You are able to submit an AMCAS application without an MCAT score, however, your application will not be considered complete and ready for review until an MCAT score has posted. Review the AAMC's MCAT Essentials guide for more information and registration instructions.

The September 12, 2013 MCAT testing date will be the latest exam date accepted (see the 2013 MCAT exam schedule) for the 2013-2014 application year. We will not accept MCAT scores from the January 2014 MCAT administration for the 2013-2014 application year.

The oldest MCAT year that will be accepted for the 2013-2014 application cycle is 2010.

Students planning to take the MCAT in 2015 will be administered a revised version of the examination. Please visit the AAMC's MCAT 2015 site for additional information regarding the changes, new course requirements, preview guides, and how to best prepare for the test.


Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are very important in our decision-making process. These letters should come from individuals who know the candidate well and who are in a capacity to objectively judge the applicant's performance (no family members or friends of family). Confidential letters and a specific statement that a student is in good standing are preferred. Commentary on any institutional action taken is desirable, when applicable. All letters of recommendation must be submitted through AMCAS. Instructions for submitting letters of recommendation can be found here, as well as on the AMCAS application. Keep in mind that your application will not be considered complete until ALL letters have been received by AMCAS. Late submission will delay the review of your application!

Letters of Recommendation Requirements For All Tracks:

OR

An additional evaluation letter from a research advisor is required for the College Track and Medical Scientist Training Program and recommended for the University Track, if applicable.

Letters of Recommendation FAQs

Q. Do you have any advice or guidelines for letter writers?

A. The AAMC assembled a group of admissions representatives and pre-health advisors to develop a set of optional guidelines to assist letter writers, and your recommenders may find these to be helpful.

Q. How do we define letters from "science advisors/professors"?

A. We will accept letters from professors or advisors in the disciplines of:

We will not accept letters from Psychology, Earth Sciences (Geology, Ecology, Oceanography, and Botany), and Computer Sciences as satisfying the science letters requirement but are acceptable as additional letters of recommendation.

Q. Will we accept letters of recommendation from Graduate Students or Graduate Teaching Assistants in my science courses?

A. While this is not the preferred method of obtaining a letter of recommendation, we will accept a letter of recommendation from a graduate student or graduate teaching assistant if it is co-signed by the course instructor or professor. We recommend that you obtain an additional science letter from another professor/instructor from another class, if possible, to completely satisfy the science letters requirement.

Q. What if I've been out of school for a while and find it difficult to obtain science letters from professors I had as an undergraduate?

A. While we will accept letters of recommendation for your current employer and physicians you may have observed, we truly value letters from instructors that can comment on your abilities in the classroom. We suggest obtaining letters from the science faculty you have interacted with in your post-bacc or masters studies.


Technical Standards

As outlined below in the School of Medicine's Specific Standards for student admission, each medical student must possess sufficient use of sensory faculties to acquire and assimilate relevant information, the capacity to learn, evaluate, and utilize information in a stable, predictable, and responsible way, and the other motor skills necessary to carry out responsibilities.  A disability does not preclude a student from admission or progression, and the Medical School makes reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.  However, each enrolled student is expected to demonstrate, without unreasonable dependence on technology or intermediaries, the skills, attributes, and qualities set forth in the specific standards for student admission.

In any case in which a medical student appears unable to meet the technical standards set forth in the specific standards for admission, the student’s entire folder and current functioning in all areas of technical skills assessment are formally reviewed by the Admissions Committee and/or the Committee on Students.  Additional information may be sought if deemed necessary by either Committee.

Specific Standards

In addition to documented academic ability and other relevant personal characteristics, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine expects all applicants for admission to possess and be able to demonstrate the skills, attributes, and qualities set forth below, without unreasonable dependence on technology or intermediaries.