Provisional Acceptance Process for BaccMD Medical Scholars
UMass Freshmen · All UMass undergraduate students are invited to participate in the BaccMD Program.
UMass Sophomore ·Application to the UMass Medical Scholars Program
The selection of UMass applicants to the Medical Scholars Program supports the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine (SOM) diversity goals and the SOM educational mission that includes a school of medicine student body that will contribute to a diverse health care work force to serve the needs of the commonwealth, with a focus on primary care and underserved communities.
Eligibility for this program includes one of the following: 1) the student is a member of a racial or ethnic group under-represented in medicine (URIM) in Massachusetts*, 2) the student is economically disadvantaged according to federal guidelines (http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.cfm), 3) the student is a first generation four year college graduate, 4) the student is from a city or area designated as a Health Professions Shortage Area ((HPSA) http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov/)
Students apply to be Medical Scholars in January of their Sophomore year. They complete an AMCAS like application that includes a personal statement, description of volunteer experiences, grades in required** courses and LOR from their undergraduate premed advisor.
The BaccMD Joint Admission Committee selects accepted students and identifies alternates.
Students participate in the Summer Enrichment I (SEP I) Program during the summer between Sophomore and Junior years.
UMass Junior Year - Medical Scholars Apply for Provisional Acceptance to the SOM
Once fall grades are available, in January, Medical Scholars can apply for provisional acceptance to the SOM.
Students will enhance their previously submitted application with grades from the previous 2 semesters, letter of recommendation (LOR) from the SEP I program, and descriptions of new volunteer or work experiences.
These applications will be presented to the SOM Admissions Committee for a vote of provisional acceptance.
Medical Scholars will complete the Summer Enrichment II (SEP II) Program.
UMass Senior Year - Medical Scholars with Provisional Acceptance Apply Early Decision (ED)
Students submit a complete AMCAS application through the ED process.
Students will participate in the MMI with other ED applicants.
All students who satisfy the conditions of admission to the School of Medicine from the Medical Scholars Program will be presented to the SOM Admissions Committee as Early Decision applicants for a vote for acceptance to the SOM.
Medical Scholars who decide not to apply ED forfeit provisional acceptance, but can apply to the SOM with the general pool of applicants.
*The following groups should be designated as under-represented in medicine for Massachusetts:
Among Latinos/Hispanics - Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Central Americans
Among Asian and Pacific Islanders – Cambodians, Hmong and Laotians
Portuguese Speaking and Portuguese Descendants (Portuguese, Cape Verdeans and Brazilians)
Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
** Courses required before admission to Medical Scholars Program
College English or Equivalent-1 year
General (Inorganic) Chemistry w/lab -1 year
Organic Chemistry-at least 1 semester
Introductory Biology w/lab -1 year
Calculus is strongly recommended
Please email BaccMD@umassmed.edu with any questions or concerns.