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University of Nevada Reno 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.

Evaluation is based on academic performance;MCAT; nature/depth of scholarly, extracurricular, healthcare related activities; letters of recommendation; and personal interviews. First priority is given to residents of Nevada; applicants outside the state are selectively considered. We are committed to holistic review and the recruitment, selection, and retention of a diverse student population.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Kristine Nelson, M.A.
Application fee  $45
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
October 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  January 15 (Begins)
August 1 (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  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  October 1
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.72
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  30 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
10 physical sciences
11 biological sciences
Required undergraduate course work
biology physics
organic chemistry biochemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry behavioral science

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H.
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?  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

peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.7:1
Full-time faculty  184
Part-time faculty  36
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  52
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  7
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) $19.4
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  0
Principal investigators (PIs)  0
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  0

Teaching Hospitals

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

Renown Regional Medical Center
Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center
Sunrise Hospital
University Medical Center
VA Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

The first two years of the UNSOM systems-based block curriculum integrates foundational biomedical and behavioral sciences with clinical problems and clinical skills development. The third and fourth years emphasize a balance of ambulatory and inpatient medical education designed to prepare students for residency.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  65
Step 1: Percent passing  92%
Step 1: Average score  224
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  57
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  96%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  239

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  0
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  0
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  0
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.6
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $19.4
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $105.58

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.5
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.6
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  46.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.72
MCAT total score  30
Acceptance rate  9.6%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.7:1
Total medical school enrollment  263

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Leonard Walker
Financial aid phone  (775) 682-8358



Full-time: $22,356 (in-state)
Full-time: $53,640 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $5,438
Room and board  $15,340
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $137,683

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  93%
Students receiving loans  93%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  86%
Students receiving work study  0%



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