UMN Medical School Welcomes First B.A./M.D. Cohort

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Naomi McDonald, Director of Communications & Marketing
October 17, 2017

The University of Minnesota Medical School is proud to welcome its first cohort of B.A./M.D. scholars. In partnership with the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the Medical School has launched the new B.A./M.D. pipeline program.

Minnesota needs a physician workforce representative of the diverse populations served, however, achieving this is a complicated process. It involves not only attracting and admitting top candidates from broadly diverse backgrounds but also retaining the students through residency and practice. The B.A./M.D. pipeline program is one way the University is working to meet the state’s demand for a more diverse physician workforce.

“This program is designed to produce physicians from broadly diverse backgrounds to serve our increasingly diverse population in the state,” said Taisha Mikell, Director of Pipeline Programs for the University of Minnesota Medical School. “We are hoping the mentorship and exposure will encourage students to stay in practice in our state’s healthcare workforce.”

The B.A./M.D. pipeline program enables students to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to thrive during their medical training and careers. Candidates are admitted before graduating high school, and upon admission, students receive close mentoring and support from both CLA and Medical School.

The program follows a cohort model with up to ten students each Fall to participate in a seven-year early assurance program that leads to matriculation into the University of Minnesota Medical School after year three.

Students accepted into the program will declare undergraduate majors in biology, society, and environment, or physiology. They are also expected to meet rigorous standards and achieve certain milestones while maintaining good GPAs and earning competitive MCAT scores.

Ten incoming freshmen will be selected to participate in a seven-year early assurance program that guarantees acceptance into the University of Minnesota Medical school after year three.

The first cohort of BA/MD scholars (Fall 2017) began the program with strong academic credentials and a broad range of high school leadership and community engagement activities. Through these experiences, they demonstrated their interest in pursuing medicine as a career and presented evidence of contributing to a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Students that are interested in joining this community of scholars should submit an undergraduate application to UMTC before freshman application deadlines. Eligible premed students will be invited to apply with Medical School Admissions staff. For more information about our B.A./M.D. program contact our Director of Pipeline Programs, Taisha Mikell at tmikell@umn.edu.

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