Pre-Medicine

Randolph-Macon is justifiably proud of its record in pre-med education. Recent R-MC alumni have attended medical schools throughout the region and the U.S., including Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV), University of Virginia, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Howard University, St. Louis University, Drexel University, George Washington University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.  Many R-MC students who have applied to medical schools have gained admission to their first-choice schools. R-MC students also attend osteopathic medical schools, with recent alumni attending Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM),A female pre-med student working in the lab.DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Although many students elect to major in biology or chemistry, a science major is not a prerequisite for acceptance into medical school. In fact, outstanding students with diverse backgrounds and interests are great candidates for programs in medicine.

THE PRE-MED ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Pre-med Advisory Committee is a faculty committee that mainly advises pre-medical and pre-dental students, as these programs typically require a committee recommendation letter, but the committee will advise students interested in any health science field. Students who wish to pursue medicine or dentistry should contact the chair of the committee, Professor Jim Foster, in the first year at R-MC. The committee assists students in planning their curriculum, providing information about medical careers and preparation for medical schools and entrance examinations, and evaluating academic and personal qualifications.

Scholarships: The Dr. Paul H. Wornom Pre-Medicine Endowment provides full-tuition pre-med scholarships to qualified science students, along with summer research experience opportunities through the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), internship and shadowing opportunities, mentoring by a pre-med advisor throughout each Fellow’s college tenure, and preparation and guidance for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

Career Choices: Pre-med isn’t just for future doctors; modern healthcare involves teams of professionals with backgrounds in the health sciences. You may notice that in recent years many medical centers have changed their names to “Health Science Centers.” Likewise, our program might be more aptly called a Health Science program. We aim to expose students to the breadth of healthcare careers so they can make the career choice that is appropriate, and our curriculum prepares students for a wide range of healthcare professions, from nursing and dentistry to veterinary science or medical research.

Graduate studies: M.D., Ph.D. or other advanced degree in your future? R-MC graduates are accepted at leading universities such as MIT, Georgetown, VCU School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins, Duke, University of Virginia, Tulane, Tufts, George Washington University, The Ohio State University, Virginia Tech and UNC-Chapel Hill.

PARTNERSHIPS

Qualified students can take advantage of unique partnerships with leading medical schools: the BS/MD Program Agreement with Eastern Virginia Medical School; the Early Selection Partnership with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and the Preferred Applicant Track Agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

BS/MD Program Agreement with Eastern Virginia Medical School

R-MC and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) have a BS/MD program agreement. The agreement facilitates qualified students’ provisional early acceptance into medical school, which provides those students with the flexibility to enrich their undergraduate experiences (e.g., education abroad, summer research, additional community service, or some other activity) and broaden their academic focus. 

Acceptance Requirements

Each year a select group of qualified R-MC students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability and character during their first and sophomore years may receive guaranteed admission to EVMS under the BS/MD Program Agreement. Students who meet the GPA requirements will interview with the R-MC Pre-Med Advisory Committee following the fall semester of their sophomore year. Students who perform well in that interview will be asked to complete an application for the BS/MD program agreement. That application will be reviewed by the EVMS Admissions Committee, which will then invite qualified applicants to EVMS for an interview. Following that interview, the EVMS Admissions Committee will make a provisional offer of admission to qualified students.

Those students who are provisionally accepted will complete their B.S. degrees at R-MC working with EVMS to continue to gain medically related experience, successfully complete all of the pre-requisite courses, and maintain a highly competitive GPA, without the pressures normally associated with the medical school application process. Students provisionally accepted into the program must take and achieve a minimum score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). (The minimum score is subject for review each admission cycle)

Provisionally accepted students must complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application for the BS/MD program agreement in the summer following their junior year.

 

Early Selection with the George Washington University School of Medicine

R-MC and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences have an Early Selection Program. The program will facilitate qualified students’ entry into medical school and provide those students with the flexibility to enrich their undergraduate experiences (e.g., education abroad, summer research, additional community service, or some other activity) and broaden their academic focus. 

Acceptance Requirements

The Early Selection Program encourages talented and committed second-year R-MC students who have achieved academic distinction and demonstrated medical and community-service experience to pursue provisional acceptance to the medical school at George Washington. Students who meet the GPA requirements will interview with the R-MC Pre-Med Advisory Committee following the fall semester of their sophomore year. Students who perform well in that interview will be asked to complete an application for the BS/MD program agreement. That application will be reviewed by the George Washington School of Medicine Admissions Committee, which will then invite qualified applicants to the George Washington University for an interview. Following that interview, the George Washington School of Medicine Admissions Committee will make a provisional offer of admission to qualified students.

Those students who are provisionally accepted will complete their bachelor’s degrees at R-MC working with the George Washington School of Medicine to continue to gain medically related experience, successfully complete all of the pre-requisite courses, and maintain a highly competitive GPA, without the pressures normally associated with the medical school application process. In addition, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be waived; however, students are strongly encouraged to take an MCAT review course and submit a practice exam score to the Associate Dean of Admissions before matriculation in August. Students will be expected to pursue not only scientific excellence but also humanities.  All students are required to major or minor in a humanities concentration.

Provisionally accepted students must complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application for the program in the summer following their junior year.

Students who apply to and are accepted into the George Washington Medical School through the Early Selection Program are bound to that decision and may not apply to other programs.

Learn more about other programs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University

Preferred Applicant Track Agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

R-MC and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine have a Preferred Applicant Track Agreement. The program facilitates qualified students’ provisional early acceptance into medical school, which provides those students with the flexibility to enrich their undergraduate experiences (e.g., education abroad, summer research, additional community service, or some other activity) and broaden their academic focus.

Acceptance Requirements

Each year as many as two qualified R-MC sophomores, who are in excellent academic and professional standing, may be selected by the R-MC Pre-Medical Advisory Committee for provisional admission into the VCU School of Medicine. Students demonstrating a very strong overall and science GPA will interview with the R-MC Pre-Med Advisory Committee following the fall semester of their sophomore year. Students who perform well in that interview will be asked to complete an application in which they must demonstrate a sincere interest in medicine and significant medically related experience that should start no later than the summer following their first year. Students offered provisional acceptance must also take and achieve at or above a minimum score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). (The mimiumum score is subject for review each admission cycle)

Provisionally accepted students must complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application for the program in the summer following their junior year.