Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

News Alert:

Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, pre-medical option

Introduction and description of program:

The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM) seeks to admit students who desire to become primary care physicians in rural and underserved Oklahoma.  The Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program allows students to complete pre-doctoral medical training in seven years.

OSU-COM and the selection committee recognize that the OSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Animal Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) provides rigorous academic preparation for a variety of careers.  Utilizing this curriculum for the first three years on the Stillwater campus, and combined with the OSU-COM first year curriculum as their fourth year, students in the program are able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from OSU.

The students then progress through the second, third and fourth years of the rural and underserved medical track to graduate with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree.

Minimum requirements for Applicants:

  • Resident of the state of Oklahoma
  • Graduated from a high school in rural or underserved Oklahoma
  • Strong desire to practice primary care in rural or underserved Oklahoma
  • Must have completed 45 credit hours toward the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Animal Science degree in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 and Science GPA of 3.5
  • Complete an AACOMAS application by February 1 of sophomore year
  • Complete a supplemental application by March 1 of sophomore year
  • Two letters of recommendation: One from a faculty advisor and one from an osteopathic physician
  • Agree to an interview with the Early Admission Program Selection Committee (Interviews occur during the spring semester of the sophomore year.)
  • Scheduled to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring semester of junior year

Continued Eligibility for Admission to the COM

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5
  • Have a science GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Completion of 90 hours of course work toward the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Animal Science degree.
  • Complete additional evaluative requirements

Continued Eligibility for Progression to 2nd year Osteopathic Medical School Curriculum

  • Awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from OSU

Students meeting the quantitative requirements are granted admission to OSU-COM provided they receive satisfactory scores on the qualitative portion of the admissions process.

Early Admissions Program Selection Committee

  • Review of the applicant’s file
  • Interview
  • Review of the letters of recommendation

Candidates must take the MCAT and have the scores reported to OSU-COM via the MCAT Testing History Exchange site for review by the selection committee.

Students who accept early admission are committed and may not apply to other medical schools. Students who are denied for early admission are encouraged to apply for traditional admission later.

Additional Evaluative Requirements

Assuming admission during the spring semester of the applicant’s sophomore year:

  • Participate in a pass/fail 3-week Early Summer Rural Externship (ESRE) in a selective rotation with an osteopathic physician in rural Oklahoma in the summer between sophomore and junior years
  • Participate in a pass/fail 3-5 day selective primary care* shadowing experience during class breaks in the junior year
  • Participate in activities at OSU sponsored by the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine Club (StORM)

Primary Care

  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Contact Information

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lindsey Kirkpatrick, Director of Admissions and Recruitment
918-561-8468
lindsey.kirkpatrick@okstate.edu

Maghin Abernathy, Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
918-561-8277
maghin.abernathy@okstate.edu

OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Brandon Sours
405-744-9464
brandon.sours@okstate.edu

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