University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston

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 with an emphasis on motivation and potential for service, especially in the state of Texas. Emphasis is given to students who have a broad education and who display intellectual diversity. The applicant’s academic record is evaluated with special attention to the subjects taken and the demonstration of a broadly based comprehensive educational experience.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Patricia E. Caver
Application fee $75
AMCAS application accepted No
Applications accepted May 1 (Begins)
September 30 Application deadline
Secondary application required No
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 15 (Begins)
August 14 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available No
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.73
Oldest MCAT considered N/A
Average MCAT scores 10.3 MCAT composite score
10.8 biological
10.2 physical sciences
9.9 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology inorganic (general) chemistry
English physics
organic chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

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? Occasionally
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)? No
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? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

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

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.0:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 981
Part-time faculty 90
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 137
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 2
Full-time faculty in clinical program 844
Part-time faculty in clinical program 88

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $70.3
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals N/A
Principal investigators (PIs) N/A
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants N/A

Teaching Hospitals

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

Hospitals
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital MD Anderson Cancer Center
Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC) Memorial Hermann Hospital
Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital St. Joseph Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
After foundational courses in the 1st year, problem-based learning anchors the 2nd year curriculum. The 3rd year consists of core clinical clerkships in fam. medicine, int. medicine and geriatrics, neurology, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery with a 3-week elective. In the final year, there are 4 months of required clerkships and 5-7 months of electives.

Medical School Ranking

#55 Best Research
Rank Not Published Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score 43
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.4
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $70.3
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $71.63

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.2
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 32.0% – Low

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.73
MCAT composite score 10.3
Acceptance rate 12.0% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.0:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 942

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 942
In-state students 93.9%
Minority students 34.4%
Underrepresented minority students 20.0%
International students 0.1%
Non-traditional students 18.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Wanda Williams
Financial aid phone (713) 500-3860

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $12,775 (in-state)
Full-time: $25,875 (out-of-state)
Required fees $2,938
Room and board $15,150
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $115,769

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 78%
Students receiving loans 75%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 34%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
emergency medicine pediatrics
family practice psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
obstetrics and gynecology

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 32.0% – Low
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 47.0%