The School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their professionalism and academic skills. Medically related experiences, academic performance and the interview are all important.The school gives preference to residents of Virginia and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, creed, national origin, or handicap.Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Agnes L. Mack
Application fee $80
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
October 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 16 (Begins)
August 6 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
July 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

N/A

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.58
Oldest MCAT considered 2010
Average MCAT scores 9.9 MCAT composite score
10.4 biological
10.1 physical sciences
9.3 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
biology/zoology mathematics
English general chemistry
organic chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.H.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 8
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​www.​vcu.​edu/​honors/​guaranteed.​html

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.7:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 1,310
Part-time faculty 111
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 214
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 26
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,096
Part-time faculty in clinical program 85

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $81.4
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 268
Principal investigators (PIs) 167
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 328

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Inova Fairfax Hospital
McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center
VCU Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
The first year focuses on structure and function, and the second year covers pathologic displays in treatment of disease. An M1/M2 longitudinal course provides clinical experience with physicians and small group instruction on basic clinical medicine. M3 students receive clinical training, rotating through various hospitals and ambulatory services. M4 students choose from a variety of electives.

Medical School Ranking

#69 Best Research
#76 Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score 39
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.3
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $81.4
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $62.16

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 54
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.2
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 38.1% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.58
MCAT composite score 9.9
Acceptance rate 6.5% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.7:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 790

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 790
In-state students 57.7%
Minority students 42.3%
Underrepresented minority students 11.3%
International students 1.1%
Non-traditional students 56.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Dr. Glenda Palmer
Financial aid phone (804) 828-4006

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $27,345 (in-state)
Full-time: $41,273 (out-of-state)
Required fees $2,429
Room and board $14,000
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $150,022

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 91%
Students receiving loans 90%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 46%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 48.3%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 73.0%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology pediatrics
emergency medicine psychiatry
family practice radiology – diagnostic
internal medicine surgery – general
obstetrics and gynecology transitional year

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 38.1% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 30.1%