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Michigan State University College of Osteopathic 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.

Minimum to receive a secondary: 2.7 science and overall GPA, total MCAT score of 18 (min. 4 verbal, 5 phys sci, and 6 biologic sci). Application review is 60% academic and 40% nonacademic. Final eval: academic ability, level/type of coursework, MCAT scores, academic honors, commitment to service, breadth of experiences, communication, leadership, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Katherine Ruger
Application fee  $100
AMCAS application accepted  No
AACOMAS application accepted  Yes
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
December 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  No
Regular application acceptance notification  September 1 (Begins)
June 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  12
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  June

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.57
Oldest MCAT considered  2011
Median MCAT Scores  29 MCAT total score
8 verbal reasoning
8 physical sciences
9 biological sciences
O writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology inorganic (general) chemistry
biology/zoology biochemistry
English behavioral science
organic chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  D.O./Ph.D., D.O./M.P.H., D.O./M.S., D.O./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  7
Combined college/M.D. program URL

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?  Occasionally
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?  No

Stress Relief Services Offered

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


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.2:1
Full-time faculty  201
Part-time faculty  34
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  69
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  5
Full-time faculty in clinical program  132
Part-time faculty in clinical program  29

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $4.6
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  32
Principal investigators (PIs)  27
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  27

Teaching Hospitals

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

Allegiance Health McLaren - Macomb
Botsford Hospital McLaren - Oakland
Community Health Center of Branch County Mercy Health Partners
Detroit Medical Center - Huron Valley-Sinai Metro Health Hospital
Detroit Medical Center - Sinai-Grace Hospital Munson Medical Center
Garden City Hospital Oakwood Healthcare System Osteopathic Division
Genesys Regional Medical Center Providence Hospital and Medical Center
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals Sparrow Hospital
Henry Ford Wyandotte St John Oakland Hospital
Lakeland Healthcare St Joseph Mercy Oakland
McLaren - Bay Region St. John Macomb
McLaren - Greater Lansing Western Mich Univ School of Medicine

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

The college is dedicated to assist in meeting the ever-growing public demand for physicians who can provide comprehensive and continuing health care to all members of the family. While the educational program of MSUCOM is geared to the training of primary care physicians, the curricula are also designed to meet the continuing need for medical specialists and teacher-investigators.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  58
Step 1: Percent passing  91%
Step 1: Average score  217
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  15
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  87%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  219

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  298
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  497
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  81
Level 2-CE: Number examined  209
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  497
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  82
Level 3: Number examined  220
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  522
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  90

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.2
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.3
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $4.6
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $22.79

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  74
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.2
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  79.8%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.57
MCAT total score  29
Acceptance rate  10.8%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.2:1
Total medical school enrollment  1,252

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Diane Batten
Financial aid phone  (517) 353-5188



Full-time: $40,112 (in-state)
Full-time: $82,071 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $70
Room and board  $17,356
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $195,689

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  87%
Students receiving loans  77%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  33%
Students receiving work study  0%



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