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