FAQs

· What is the admissions process like? What is the size of the applicant pool, and how many are accepted?

· What is the Medical Scholars community like?

· What is the interaction between undergraduate Medical Scholars and the School of Medicine?

· What is the policy on applying out of the Medical Scholars program to different medical schools?

· What are the important factors that current Medical Scholars have considered in choosing this program?

· If I have any further questions, who can I contact?

 

 

What is the admissions process like? How many students apply to the program? How many are accepted?

High school seniors applying to UCSD who meet the primary eligibility requirements are invited to apply to the Medical Scholars program. These applications are reviewed, and then applicants are screened for a round of interviews.

Annually, approximately 1,500 high school seniors who apply to UCSD meet the eligibility requirements, and about 300 of those students apply. From this applicant pool, 25 candidates are selected for interviews, and a maximum of 12 are accepted into the program.

 

What is the Medical Scholar community like?

The Medical Scholar community is small and close-knit. Each quarter, the UCSD School of Medicine (SOM) organizes meetings where Medical Scholars may interact with their peers, SOM administration, and individual faculty mentors. Additionally, each first-year Medical Scholar is assigned a second-year mentor that provides close guidance and advice throughout the undergraduate years up through medical school.

 

What is the interaction between undergraduate Medical Scholars and the School of Medicine?

The UCSD School of Medicine offers Medical Scholars the opportunity to explore a wide variety of options in medicine. Such opportunities include volunteering at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, conducting undergraduate research in UCSD SOM's research institutions, or obtaining clinical experience through shadowing at UCSD's healthcare facilities. Medical Scholars are also invited to attend the UCSD Physician-Scientist Colloquium, a monthly lecture series in which UCSD SOM faculty, graduate, and medical students convene to discuss biomedical research and career perspectives.

Additionally, Medical Scholars are assigned both a UCSD SOM faculty and medical student mentor to provide insight into differing careers in medicine, and also to provide general support and guidance throughout the student's academic career.

 

What is the policy on applying out of the Medical Scholars program to other medical schools?

Acceptance to the UCSD Medical Scholars program does not bind Medical Scholars to enroll in the UCSD School of Medicine. Medical Scholars are free to "apply out" and enroll in other medical schools, if they so choose.

 

What are some important factors to consider in choosing the UCSD Medical Scholars program?

In the past, Medical Scholars have chosen this program for a wide variety of reasons including prestige, location, and networking opportunities. One of the most compelling attributes of this program, however, is its inherent flexibility. Many Medical Scholars find time to pursue interests and extracurricular activities that might otherwise be marginalized in the rigor of traditional pre-medicine demands. In addition, Medical Scholars enjoy an extensive support system at both the undergraduate and medical school level, with great access to the array of resources that both institutions offer.

 

If I have any further questions, who can I contact?

If you have any questions regarding the UCSD Medical Scholars program, or the application process, please feel free to contact the UCSD School of Medicine Admissions Office by email, or by telephone at (858) 534-3880.

Furthermore, many Medical Scholars have provided email contact information for you to ask questions about their experiences with the program. Additionally, you may register for the discussion board and post your questions in the "Q&A" section. To go to the discussion board, please visit http://medicalscholars.freeforums.org/ or click here.