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    Read more about the Medical Scholars Program in Monmouth Magazine.

    For New Jersey high school seniors who have excelled academically and who aspire to become doctors, Monmouth University offers a competitive program that ensures a seamless route from undergraduate study to medical school.

    The Monmouth Medical Center Scholars Program (MMCSP) is a cooperative (Monmouth University, Monmouth Medical Center, and Drexel University College of Medicine) and integrated program designed for students who wish to enter the medical disciplines of family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics.

    During this joint eight-year undergraduate/medical school program, students progress directly from their studies at Monmouth University to medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

    Additionally, the MMCSP scholars gain valuable experience at Monmouth Medical Center while they are undergraduates. They also have access to valuable information and personalized guidance through Monmouth University's Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee—including career counseling, testing preparation, and practice interview sessions.

    APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

    (All items must be received by the Undergraduate Admission Office of Monmouth University by December 1, 2014)

    HOW IT WORKS:

    • Students are selected into the program prior to their enrollment as first-year students at Monmouth University.
    • Students complete a four-year undergraduate degree at Monmouth while being prepared for medical school by Monmouth's Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee.
    • While at Monmouth University, students complete a preceptorship (MM490 - Experience in Clinical Medicine) at Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located two miles from the University's campus.
    • Upon graduation from Monmouth, students continue their studies at Drexel University College of Medicine, where the first two years of study are devoted to foundation courses in medicine. Drexel medical students also interact with patients almost from day one.
    • The final two years of medical school involve clerkships at Drexel University clinical campuses in Philadelphia, and at locations in New Jersey. The first clerkship is at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.

    REQUIREMENTS

    The Monmouth Medical Center Scholars Program should be considered only by those who are serious about careers in medicine. Candidates undergo a rigorous selection process. This program is open only to applicants who reside in New Jersey and are United States citizens or permanent residents.

    To be considered for the program, scholars must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale), and minimum SAT score of 1900, with the math and verbal scores no less than a 560 on either section and a combined math and verbal score of 1270.

    While a student's academic profile is important, it is not the only factor in the selection process. Extracurricular and community service activities, leadership roles, and exposure to the medical profession are considered. The selection committees at Monmouth University, Monmouth Medical Center, and Drexel University College of Medicine also assess each candidate's desire to practice family medicine.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    Students interested in the Monmouth Medical Center Scholars program must complete both the Monmouth University application for admission and a Drexel University College of Medicine Supplemental Application. Both applications must be received in the Monmouth University Office of Undergraduate Admission by December 1.

    EXPECTATIONS

    It is expected that students admitted to Monmouth University as Monmouth Medical Center Scholars (MMCS) will fulfill their commitment to complete the entire program. Admission to the Monmouth Medical Center Scholars Program ensures acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine if requirements listed below are satisfied while at Monmouth University:

    GPA (Grade Point Average) Requirements:

    • Maintain a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 3.5 (A = 4.00), and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all BCPM courses (all biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses), with no individual grade of less than a "C" (a "C-" is less than a "C") in any course.
    • Students must achieve this grade point average and grade requirement without repeating or withdrawing from any courses.

    MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) Requirements:

    • Take and attain the required scores on the Medical College Admission Test ("MCAT") on an exam taken no later than April 30 of the third (3rd) year; and
    • Receive in a single examination, minimum MCAT scores of 9 or better in the verbal section, and 10 or better in the physical and biological sciences sections, or a total minimum score of 31 (with no individual sub-section score less than 8), and
    • Take the MCAT a total of no more than three (3) times to attain the required scores.

    Other Requirements:

    • Two or more courses in the humanities such as ethics, philosophy, sociology, or anthropology
    • Satisfactory completion of MM490 (9 credits) at Monmouth Medical Center.
    • Letter of recommendation and endorsement by the Directors of the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee of Monmouth University.

    Drexel University College of Medicine, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a highly selective institution of higher learning which admits approximately 250 students each year. Like Monmouth University, Drexel University College of Medicine prides itself on the personal attention and care provided by the more than 3,600 physicians and scientists who make up the faculty.

    Students benefit from a comprehensive healthcare system that includes more than 2,600 hospital beds. While it is customary for medical schools to wait until the third year before allowing students patient contact, first year students at Drexel University College of Medicine are given the opportunity to interact with patients almost from day one. A variety of teaching methods are employed by the School's esteemed faculty including laboratories, small-group sessions, lectures, discussion groups, and clinical practice.

    Students enrolled in the College of Medicine spend their first two years on the Drexel University Campus in Philadelphia. The campus, which opened in 1992, features lecture halls with sophisticated audio-visual equipment, a library, rooms for small group learning, a clinical learning laboratory that simulates doctors' offices and hospital rooms, computer facilities, a fitness center, and student lounges.

    MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER

    Less than two miles from the Monmouth University campus, Monmouth Medical Center is New Jersey's largest community teaching hospital. The Center has earned national, state, and regional recognition as a leader in the delivery of high-quality healthcare. Monmouth Medical Center offers healthcare services through 16 clinical departments with more than 500 physicians and dentists. As a teaching hospital, the faculty/physicians are dedicated not only to providing quality healthcare, but to preparing the physicians of tomorrow.

    For more information about the Monmouth Medical Center Scholars Program, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Monmouth University and request a Drexel University College of Medicine Supplemental Application. The office may be reached at 800-543-9671 or 732-571-3456.