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Publish Date: 02/27/02
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Dual Admissions Students Mark Milestone

Cincinnati--In recent years, a new epidemic has been sweeping the nation. This epidemic is a shortage of doctors. To combat this serious issue, the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine has teamed with several Ohio universities to create a Dual Admissions Program (DAP), enabling students to apply for and be accepted to both college and medical school simultaneously. Instead of applying to undergraduate school as seniors in high school and medical school as seniors in college, dual admissions students apply for undergraduate school and medical school at the UC College of Medicine all while they are finishing high school.

The program, started in 1998, will admit its first class of medical students to the UC College of Medicine in the fall of this year. To celebrate the transition of the students from pre-medical to medical students, the College of Medicine is holding a series of special events for junior and senior pre-medical students and their parents on March 1. Friday afternoon, the students will get a taste of medical school by suturing pig's feet while their parents enjoy a bus tour around Cincinnati. Friday evening, the students and their parents will be guests at a special celebration dinner held at the Kingsgate Conference Center.

"The goal of the program is to recruit high-ability students who are willing to diverge from the narrow focus many pre-medical students have," says Jennifer Rosichan, director of the DAP. "The DAP students are more comfortable, secure and well-rounded because they have the opportunity to develop in a variety of different areas. The students know they have a secure seat waiting for them in our College of Medicine so they tend to take a slightly different approach to their undergraduate career, focusing on gaining the full collegiate experience." Students have chosen to study abroad, participate in independent study, work in research laboratories and choose non-science majors or minors.

Participating universities the DAP students can attend include UC, Xavier University, the University of Dayton, John Carroll University and Miami University of Ohio.

While the program is unique, it is not easy. Students must maintain a 3.40 science GPA and a 3.45 total GPA while in college. The students must also take the MCAT and earn a 27 total, out of a possible 45, with a minimum score of nine in each section, out of a possible 15. DAP is an eight year program and cannot be completed in less. Most of the students enter college with some advanced credit and are expected to use the credit to their advantage by widening the scope of the classes they take and the activities they are involved in rather than finish school early.

"The benefit to dual admissions students is tremendous," says John Hutton, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine. "The students get the entire college experience, while receiving a quality education at one of our participating universities, because they are assured a place at one of the leading medical schools in the country."

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