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Duke University School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Maturity, strong study habits, intelligence, character, integrity, and professionalism are essential qualifications for admission. Beyond these, premedical students should strive for an education that develops abilities to observe critically, think analytically, and work independently.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Dr. Brenda Armstrong
Application fee  $85
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 15 (Begins)
October 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  January 3 (Begins)
January 7 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  N/A
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.80
Oldest MCAT considered  2010
What does MCAT stand for? https://www.abbreviationfinder.org/acronyms/mcat.html (from Abbreviation Finder)
Median MCAT Scores  35 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
12 physical sciences
12 biological sciences
P writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology humanities
English mathematics
organic chemistry behavioral science
inorganic (general) chemistry demonstration of writing skills
physics calculus
molecular and cell biology social sciences
biochemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL  N/A

* Medical School Admissions details based on 2013 data

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio  3.4:1
Full-time faculty  1,464
Part-time faculty  0
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  194
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  0
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,270
Part-time faculty in clinical program  0

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $314.6
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  618
Principal investigators (PIs)  409
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  833

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Duke Regional Hospital
Duke University Hospital
Durham VA Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

Duke University School of Medicine offers a unique educational program. The basic sciences are taught in one year. The core clerkships are completed in the second year. During the third and fourth years, students conduct intensive scholarly investigation, complete clinical electives, and participate in a Capstone course. Students also may choose to pursue a Masters or a PhD degree.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  123
Step 1: Percent passing  96%
Step 1: Average score  236
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  96
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  96%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  229

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  79
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  4.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.5
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $314.6
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $214.88

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  56
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.1
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  28.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.80
MCAT total score  35
Acceptance rate  4.1%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  3.4:1
Total medical school enrollment  430

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Lori S. Crooks
Financial aid phone  (919) 684-6649

Expenses

Tuition

Full-time: $49,940

Required fees  $3,383
Room and board  $16,152
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $119,589

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  80%
Students receiving loans  57%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  72%
Students receiving work study  0%

Official site: https://medschool.duke.edu/

Schools of the Year

1. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
2. Duke University School of Medicine
3. Harvard Medical School
4. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
5. Stanford School of Medicine
6. University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
7. University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
8. University of Michigan Ann Arbor Medical School
9. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
10. University of Washington School of Medicine

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