COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Introduction

The College of Medicine offers a professional program leading to the M.D. degree and graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in certain of the medical sciences. A combined M.D./Ph.D. program in which the two degrees are awarded concurrently is also available. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are enrolled in the Graduate College of the University. For information beyond that summarized below, please request a College of Medicine Catalog from the Admissions Office, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85724.

PREMEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must successfully complete the minimum requirement of 90 semester hours, including 30 hours at the upper-division level, in an accredited college or university. Successful completion of the following specific course work is required: two semesters or three quarters each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, general biology or zoology and English. Students should demonstrate the ability to handle scientific material effectively, irrespective of their majors.

MEDICAL COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST

All applicants must take the current Medical College Admission Test and arrange to have scores forwarded to the College of Medicine. The test should be taken in the year preceding that in which the student hopes to enter medical school, or at the earliest, within two years of application. For the 1995-96 academic year, the MCAT must have been taken in 1993 or later. For the 1996-97 academic year, the MCAT must have been taken in 1994 or later. For applications write: MCAT-Program Office, 2255 N. Dubuque Road, P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, Iowa 52243.

ADMISSIONS

APPLICATION TO THE FIRST-YEAR CLASS

The College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Persons seeking admission to the College of Medicine at The University of Arizona must process their application through AMCAS, even if this is the only school to which they apply. Application materials may be obtained from the pre-med advisor's office, Arts & Sciences Administration. Requests for application material may be obtained from the Admissions Office of the College of Medicine. The application period is June 1 to November 1 of the year preceding that in which the applicant hopes to enter medical school. Those to be considered are requested to appear for personal interviews. Further details of the application procedure may be found in the College of Medicine Catalog.

SELECTION FACTORS

The College of Medicine follows the recommended acceptance procedures of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Acceptance is based upon an assessment of the applicant's intellectual and personal traits. In evaluating candidates, the Admissions Committee considers ability and scholarship as indicated by the candidate's entire academic record, the results of the MCAT, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews. Consideration is given only to residents of Arizona and to highly qualified residents of Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming who are certified and funded by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Applicants from states other than these cannot be considered.

ADMISSION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS

Applications are accepted for transfer into the clinical years of the College of Medicine curriculum only from Arizona residents. (Positions become available only through attrition.) Please see the College of Medicine Catalog for further information.

ACADEMIC POLICY AND CURRICULUM

All medical students are graded on an Honors-Pass-Fail basis. Students who are enrolled in other colleges of the University and who are taking College of Medicine courses will be graded by the same system as the rest of the University.

The curriculum of the College of Medicine is based upon a four-year program. For information concerning the pace of academic work, please consult the College of Medicine Catalog.