1. What is the B.S./M.D. Program?
It is an accelerated route to become a physician. Phase I is two or three years at The University of Akron, Kent State University or Youngstown State University. Phase II is at NEOMED (in Rootstown, OH about 15 minutes via car from Kent) and is a standard four-year medical school. Students do their clinical clerkships at the hospitals in Akron, Canton and Youngstown.
2. Who can join this program?
High school students and people with no college credit after graduation from high school, who enjoy and excel in math and science are eligible to apply. Students with college credit taken as high school students are eligible. It is also important to be sure that you want to be a physician.
3. Is there a residency requirement?
A. Students from any state may apply. However, since all of the consortium schools are Ohio Public Schools, we give absolute preference to Ohio residents. The mission of NEOMED is to train primary care doctors to practice in Ohio.
B. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States to be eligible for the program. Verification of permanent residency requires that you provide your alien registration number and a copy of your alien registration card at the time of your application.
4. How are the students selected for this program?
There are two steps in the admissions process:
A. Selection of students to be interviewed.
This selection is based on academic credentials and extracurricular activities. Typically students who are interviewed have exceptional high school GPAs, science GPAs, as well as exceptional SAT or ACT scores. We accept ACT or SAT scores and will use the highest total/composite score despite the order or the number of times the exams are taken.
B. Final selection into the program.
The second part of the selection process is a 20-30 minute interview with a two-person panel. The panel usually consists of one area physician and one Kent State University faculty member.
5. What should I do now as a high school student to increase my chances of being accepted?
A. You need to be good in math and sciences. The things to do now are to take as much math and science as your high school offers. AP classes are always a tremendous help. Please note that science and math courses taken as a Post-Secondary student will generally transfer and grades will be used as part of an assessment for promotion to Phase II of the Program; therefore, it is very important to do well in courses taken for college credit.
B. You should develop your 'people skills'. You want to be well rounded and have a variety of interests.
C. Volunteer at hospitals, nursing homes and places such as summer camps or soup kitchens.
D. Shadow your family physician or a physician you meet while volunteering at a local hospital.
E. You need to want to be a physician and know why you want to be one.
6. How many students are in the program?
There are 35 students selected for the program each year at each of the consortium undergraduate universities.
7. Are there criteria to stay in the program?
Yes, you must have a 3.0 science/math grade point average after the first year to automatically continue in the program. You must have a 3.2 science/math grade point average, a 3.25 overall grade point average and earn the national average on the MCAT (usually 8 in each section) to be promoted to the medical school after two or three years. The sections of the MCAT are Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences (Physics and Inorganic Chemistry) and Biological Sciences (Biology and Organic Chemistry). The three sections are scaled on a 1-15 scale with 15 being highest. If you have both a 3.5 overall and science/math grade point average, you can earn a composite MCAT of 24 with only one score of 7. Students who do not meet promotion requirements after two years may take a third year if they have a minimum 3.1 science/math GPA.
8. When does the program begin?
The undergraduate program begins in June of the summer after graduation from high school. Students take three summer sessions. The entire program takes two years and three summers. If a student does the program in three years, the student still begins in the summer after graduation and it takes three years and three summers.
9. When should I apply?
There are two admission opportunities:
A. For the Early Action admission, applications (including test scores) are due to NEOMED by Oct. 15.
B. For Regular Action admission, applications (including test scores) are due to NEOMED by Dec. 15.
It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that all of the required admissions materials are received by NEOMED by the deadline. To check on the status of your admission materials, call NEOMED at 330-325-6270.
10. When are the interviews?
A. Interviews for Early Action admission are usually scheduled during the first week of December.
B. Regular Notification interviews are usually scheduled for the second or third weekend in February .
11. Do I apply to each university separately? How much does it cost to apply?
No, you will only need to apply once through NEOMED's web site, www.neomed.edu, which is generally posted around August; click on "Prospective Students"; "Admissions"; "High School Student". When available, there will be a link "Print BS/MD Application." The application fee is $195.
Please contact the ILS (BS/MD) Program Office at 330-672-3015 if you have any further questions.