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The School of Medicine’s admission policy promotes the UMMS mission by offering a high-quality, accessible medical education to those qualified residents of the state who will best serve the commonwealth’s health care needs through medical practice, public service, education and research.
A committee composed of representative faculty members and medical students determines selection for admission. A number of factors are carefully considered in the committee’s review of each applicant’s qualifications and in the selection of a matriculating class that will represent a broad and diverse spectrum of individuals, backgrounds and interests. These factors include, but are not restricted to, the following:
In consideration of these factors described above, the University of Massachusetts Medical School encourages students to pursue a pre-medical education of considerable breadth including such course work as English literature and composition, foreign languages, history, economics, ethics, and the fine arts. All students must complete the course work identified on the Academic Requirements webpage demonstrating strong performance in the biological and physical sciences, as a sound foundation for pursuing further study in the medical sciences.
No single program that can be recommended as the "best" or "preferred" plan of study. Candidates are therefore encouraged to select educational programs that best reflect individual interests and aptitudes. Whenever possible, advanced study in a field of interest is encouraged, with particular emphasis on activities involving independent study.
Students who are granted advanced placement credits for course work taken in secondary school are advised to take additional college level programs in these subject areas.