How to be a Successful Medical School Applicant?

Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) invites motivated, economically or educationally disadvantaged students from the state of Georgia, who plan to apply to a MD program in the fall of 2016 to medical schools in the state of Georgia, and who are looking for ways to strengthen their application to apply to the AMCAS Prep Course(Note: This course was formerly called the AMCAS Prep Course; but it is not associated with or endorsed by AMCAS.)   During this course,  participants will complete their primary AMCAS application including writing the personal statement, practice interviewing with an admissions committee member at MUSM, and have a MUSM medical student mentor them as they complete their application.  

Course Dates and Time: June 20 and 21, 2016  (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Venue: Mercer University School of Medicine Macon Campus, 1550 College St, Macon, GA, 31207.

The Program

To be eligible to apply for this Course, an individual must:

  • be a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • be a legal resident of the state of Georgia
  • have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework from an accredited college or university, or have already obtained an undergraduate degree
  • be on track to completing pre-medical course requirements by June 2017, and on track to matriculate in an MD program in August 2017 if accepted
  • have taken the MCAT at least once on or after April 2015 and report official scores, or provide documentation of having taken the MCAT by June 15, 2016.* 
  • have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (this includes post-baccalaureate course grades). If an applicant has a Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0, then they must have earned a graduate degree with substantial science coursework (> 20 credit hours) and a graduate GPA of > 3.4 to be eligible to apply.

* For those who have taken the MCAT by the time of submitting an application, the average MCAT percentile rank must be at least 27 [scores obtained from MCATs taken on or after Jan 1, 2013 will be averaged for the purpose of calculating an average MCAT percentile rank).

Underrepresented minorities in medicine, educationally and economically disadvantaged applicants who meet the above eligibility criteria and have decided to apply to MD programs in the state of Georgia in 2016 are strongly encouraged to apply.  If you are interested in applying, please first contact the associate dean of admissions on the Macon Campus Dr E.S.Prakash at prakash_es@mercer.edu by April 15, 2016

Before initiating an application, please read Eligibility Criteria above, and Instructions for filling in applications carefully.   Electronic copies of completed applications are due May 20, 2016 and should be e-mailed to prakash_es@mercer.edu  (Subject Line: How to be a successful medical school applicant Course)

Download Application Form  (this is a Word document with fillable fields; please complete it on a PC rather than a Macintosh) and Download GA Residency Declaration Form. 

A signed hard copy of the completed application, an original copy of the notarized GA residency form, a photocopy of a state issued photo identification document, and an official transcript of all post-secondary coursework are required for the application to be considered complete, and these materials should be postmarked no later than May 20, 2016, and be mailed to Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office Attn: Dr. Prakash, 1550 College St, Macon, GA 31207.  Official transcripts may be sent directly from institutions to Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office, Attn: Dr Prakash, 1550 College St, Macon, GA 31207, by May 20, 2016 or by e-mail to prakash_es@mercer.edu

Once a complete application is received along with official transcripts, an acknowledgment will be sent by e-mail.   Phone interviews may be conducted.  Applicants accepted to the course will be notified by May 27, 2016.   The number of available spots is limited, and completed applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Mercer University School of Medicine covers expenses - lodging (maximum reimbursement is 80 US dollars for applicants whose residence is more than 25 miles from MUSM - Macon Campus), food and supplies associated with attendance in this course.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Are applicants attending this summer prep course automatically granted an interview if they apply to the MD program at MUSM?

No - an interview at MUSM is not guaranteed; applicants are subject to the same review process as other applicants to the MD program that do not attend this course.

 

2. Are applicants attending this Summer Prep Course automatically invited to submit a Secondary Application for the MD program?

No - applicants are screened just like other applicants to the MD program at MUSM.  Please visit this link for criteria used by the admissions committee to screen applicants before invitations to submit a Secondary Application is sent.

 

3. How many of those that participated in the Summer Prep Course in the summer of 2014 matriculated in the MD program at MUSM?

1 out of 4 participants.