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Selection of candidates for acceptance into the special master's program in physiology is based on overall undergraduate college performance (and post-baccalaureate performance if applicable), MCAT scores, CV, letters of recommendation, personal statement,
and an optional video essay.
Our previous MS students have often suggested that applicants have experience in an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate Biochemistry course before applying to our program. There are two reasons for this suggestion: first, beginning in
2015 the MCAT will incorporate principles of biochemistry into the exam and second, major components of the M1 curriculum already assume a fundamental knowledge of the discipline.
Students accepted in our program generally fall into one or more of the following categories: 1) those who have a significant gap in time from when they were undergraduates; 2) those who did not emphasize biomedical sciences as an undergraduate; 3) those
who have poor undergraduate GPAs that do not accurately reflect their academic potential; 4) those who were trained in undergraduate institutions that may not have an adequate reputation for their graduates to be admitted into medical school. For
these groups of students, success in our master's program can provide a greater level of confidence to medical school admissions committees relating to the quality of the individual, separate from that of the undergraduate institution or from a checkered
history of performance or commitment.
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