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

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Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program

Bachelor of Science from the Southwestern Oklahoma State University 3+1 Program

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 Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) provides rigorous academic preparation for a variety of careers.  Utilizing a preset pre-medical curriculum for each course for the first three years on the SWOSU campus, and combined with the OSU-COM first year curriculum as their fourth year, students will earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from SWOSU.
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
  • Strong desire to practice primary care medicine in rural or underserved Oklahoma
  • Must be a student enrolled at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU)
  • Must have completed 45 credit hours toward a Bachelor’s degree in the Medical Science track
  • 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
  • Submit two letters of recommendation:  One from a Pre-Professional Advisory Committee and one from an osteopathic physician
  • Agree to an interview with the Early Admissions Program Selection Committee
  • Schedule to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring semester of junior year

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

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.

Continued Eligibility for Admission to the College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5
  • Have a science GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete all remaining undergraduate coursework required for approved 3+1 plan during the junior year
  • Take the MCAT during their junior year and have the scores reported to OSU-COM via the MCAT Testing History Exchange site for review by the selection committee.
  • Complete additional evaluative requirements

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, as assigned.
  • Participate in activities at OSU sponsored by the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine Club (StORM), as assigned.

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

  • Awarded a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Early Admissions Program Selection Committee

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

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.

*Primary Care

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

Contact Information

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

 

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