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University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

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.

Applicants are selected with an emphasis on motivation and potential for service, especially in the state of Texas. Emphasis is given to students who have a broad education and who display intellectual diversity. The applicant's academic record is evaluated with special attention to the subjects taken and the demonstration of a broadly based comprehensive educational experience.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Patricia E. Caver
Application fee  $135
AMCAS application accepted  No
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  May 1 (Begins)
October 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  No
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  No
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
Median MCAT Scores  32 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
11 physical sciences
11 biological sciences
P writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology inorganic (general) chemistry
English physics
organic chemistry general chemistry

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  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

family medicine
internal medicine
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)?  No
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

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.2:1
Full-time faculty  1,120
Part-time faculty  100
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  144
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  6
Full-time faculty in clinical program  976
Part-time faculty in clinical program  94

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $56.5
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  N/A
Principal investigators (PIs)  N/A
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  N/A

Teaching Hospitals

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

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital MD Anderson Cancer Center
Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) Memorial Hermann Hospital
Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital St. Joseph Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

After foundational courses in the 1st year, problem-based learning anchors the 2nd year curriculum. The 3rd year consists of core clinical clerkships in fam. medicine, int. medicine and geriatrics, neurology, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery with a 3-week elective. In the final year, there are 4 months of required clerkships and 4-7 months of electives.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  235
Step 1: Percent passing  97%
Step 1: Average score  233
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  232
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  98%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  237

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  42
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.2
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $56.5
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $50.41

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.0
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  31.5%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.80
MCAT total score  32
Acceptance rate  10.7%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.2:1
Total medical school enrollment  965

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Araceli Alvarez
Financial aid phone  (713) 500-3860



Full-time: $13,025 (in-state)
Full-time: $26,125 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $3,275
Room and board  $15,610
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $107,936

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  67%
Students receiving loans  63%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  25%
Students receiving work study  0%



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