U introduces B.A./M.D. pipeline

Minnesota needs a physician workforce that is as diverse as its population.

But it’s a complex process that involves not only attracting and admitting top candidates from broadly diverse backgrounds, but also retaining them through residency and practice.

That’s why the University of Minnesota Medical School is partnering with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) to launch a new B.A./M.D. pipeline program on the Twin Cities campus. The first cohort of B.A./M.D. scholars will apply this fall and matriculate in the fall of 2017. 

Already offered at a few dozen U.S. medical schools, such pipeline programs enable students to gain the competency and confidence they need to thrive during their medical training and careers.

Students embarking on the University’s B.A./M.D. path will receive close mentoring and support from both CLA and Medical School faculty. B.A./M.D. scholars also will receive support from each other, as this program follows a cohort model with up to 10 students each fall. Students accepted into the program will need to meet rigorous standards and achieve certain milestones while maintaining good GPAs and earning competitive MCAT scores. 

Interested students should follow the U’s freshman application deadlines. Eligible premed students will be invited to apply and interview with Medical School admissions staff.

Obtaining philanthropic funding for this program is a Medical School priority. To learn how you can support this program, please contact Holly Gulden at hmgulden@umn.edu or 612-625-8758.

Published on October 24, 2016