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Virginia Commonwealth 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.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their professionalism and academic skills. Medically related experiences, academic performance and the interview are all important.The school gives preference to residents of Virginia and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, creed, national origin, or handicap.Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Agnes L. Mack
Application fee  $80
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  October 16 (Begins)
August 4 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  August 1 (Begins)
October 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  3.55
Oldest MCAT considered  2013
Median MCAT Scores  30 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
10 physical sciences
10 biological sciences
P writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology physics
biology/zoology mathematics
English demonstration of writing skills
organic chemistry general chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.H.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  8
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

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


Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.8:1
Full-time faculty  1,448
Part-time faculty  122
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  202
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  28
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,246
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)  $81.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  347
Principal investigators (PIs)  233
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  314

Teaching Hospitals

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

Inova Fairfax Hospital
McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center
VCU Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

The first year focuses on structure and function, and the second year covers pathologic displays in treatment of disease. An M1/M2 longitudinal course provides clinical experience with physicians and small group instruction on basic clinical medicine. M3 students receive clinical training, rotating through various hospitals and ambulatory services. M4 students choose from a variety of electives.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  196
Step 1: Percent passing  96%
Step 1: Average score  230
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  193
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  97%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  238

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 Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  38
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)  $81.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $56.10

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  50
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.4
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  43.2%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.55
MCAT total score  30
Acceptance rate  5.7%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.8:1
Total medical school enrollment  812

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Pemra Cetin
Financial aid phone  (804) 828-4006



Full-time: $28,661 (in-state)
Full-time: $43,786 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $3,081
Room and board  $14,000
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $152,871

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  81%
Students receiving loans  67%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  52%
Students receiving work study  0%



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