There are eight medical schools in Texas. Seven allopathic medical schools
award the M.D. degree and one osteopathic medical school awards the D.O.
degree. The major difference between osteopathic and allopathic medicine
is that D.O.'s place more emphasis on body structure and may include
manipulative therapy in their practices. Baylor College of Medicine is the
only private medical school in the state. It receives a subsidy from the
Texas legislature that allows Texas residents to pay the same tuition to
attend Baylor College of Medicine as to attend a state-supported medical
school. All these medical schools have a four-year professional curriculum
which is usually followed by a residency training period lasting from
three to as many as seven or eight years, depending on the specialty.
The addresses of the
medical schools in Texas are:
Director of Admissions
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-4951
Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
3601 - 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79430
Phone: (806) 743-2297
Fax: (806) 743-3021
Office of Admissions
University of Texas
Medical School, Houston
P.O. Box 20708
Houston, TX 77225-0708
Phone: (713) 500-5116
Director of Admissions
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699
Phone: (817) 735-2204
Fax: (817) 735-2225
Office of the Registrar
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-9162
Phone: (214) 648-5617
Registrar and Admissions
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555
Phone: (409) 772-1011
Asst. Dean for Admissions
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
College of Medicine
159 Joe M. Reynolds Medical Building
College Station, TX 77843-1114
Phone: (979) 845-7743
Fax: (979) 845-5533
Office of the Registrar
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210) 567-4420
University of Texas System
Texas Medical and Dental Application Service
702 Colorado, Suite 6.400
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 499-4785
To prepare for admission
to the medical schools in Texas, a student must have at least three or
(preferably) four years of college, including the following courses:
Biol 1406, 1407, and two additional courses such as 2420, 3440, and/or 3470,
(Baylor only requires freshman biology.)
Chem 1411, 1412, 3411, 3412.
Phys 1401, 1402 (or 2425, 2426).
Engl 1301, and 1302, or 1374.
Math 2376 or 2413 (choice depends on degree requirements).
science one course, required by TCOM only.
The courses listed in
the preceding paragraph are the minimum requirements, and applicants are
in competition with students who have had additional courses in each of
those disciplines (suggested electives: Biol 2420, 3440, 3470, 4410, 4405;
Chem 2401, 3331, 4411, 4412). The courses should be
"meshed" with the requirements of the bachelor degree chosen by
the preprofessional student. A minimum of 90 hours are required at all
Texas Medical schools except the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
which requires 60 hours.
student considers taking any course at a junior college, the appropriate
professional school should be contacted to determine if the course(s) will
Applying to Texas Medical Schools.
Medical schools usually assess six basic factors to judge performance in
college and other qualifications for admission. These factors are
residency status (preference given to Texas residents), cumulative college
GPA, MCAT scores, a completed application form, the evaluation submitted
by the Preprofessional Advisory Committee, and a personal interview.
The GPA is a major factor in evaluating academic performance. Other
factors considered are: (a) consistency of grades, (b) performance
in required courses, (c) course load per semester, (d) number
and rigor of colleges attended, (e) discrepancies between GPA and
MCAT scores, and (f) social, economic and/or educational
The medical schools
require official transcripts from all colleges attended. The GPA is a
composite of all college work at all colleges attended and is calculated
by year, overall, and science area courses. Calculations use all grades,
even if courses were repeated. Grades are converted to a 4-point system
for purposes of GPA calculation.
Application to medical school is made in the summer prior to the year in
which admission is sought. Misspellings, incorrect grammar, improper use
of punctuation, and handwritten applications should be avoided.
Applications are now done via the internet. You may work on your
application in stages until you are satisfied that it is well written and
accurate, then send it electronically. Print copies of the completed
applications for the Preprofessional Advisory Committee and for your own
use for review before interviews, or in case an application is lost. Have
passport style photographs taken for the Lamar preprofessional interviews
and any supplemental applications requested by medical schools. Dress
neatly for the photo. Applications should be filed early in the summer, as
this shows motivation on your part and increases your chance for an early
statement" or narrative section of the application is EXTREMELY
important. It should contain a logical, coherent statement that indicates
maturity, good judgment, sincerity and a realistic view of a medical
career. This is also a good place to indicate motivation about a
long-standing commitment, career goals, etc. Any previous experience in
working with people, such as in a hospital, clinic or research laboratory,
shows an interest in and a knowledge of medicine as a career and should be
included. Take advantage of the opportunity and use all of the space
Application periods vary
from school to school but generally extend from mid-April to mid-October.
Check the application dates carefully as applications received before the
filing period may not be processed. Dates pertaining to application
procedures for schools in the United States and Canada can be found online
or in the current edition of Medical School Admission Requirements.
This book, commonly referred to as the MSAR, is revised annually and
contains up-to-date information about the nature of medical education;
premedical planning; choosing a medical school; the MCAT, ways of
financing a medical education; and other aspects of the application and
admission process. Sections are devoted to information for minority
students and applicants not admitted to medical school. Two-page
descriptive entries are presented for each of the allopathic medical
schools (see "Suggested Reading" at the end of this section).
activities are usually judged by the type of activity and the amount of
time involved. The effective utilization of your time, as well as
involvement in activities which demonstrate leadership and communications
skills, is important. Employment is also to be included under this
category on some application forms.
Calendar Summary of
A. Junior (Sophomore) Year
1. Take the spring MCAT.
"faculty interview record forms" prior to Preprofessional
Advisory Committee interviews, including passport-sized photographs.
B. Summer Between
Junior (Sophomore) and Senior (Junior)Years
1. Complete and send applications to medical schools.
2. Retake MCAT, if
C. Fall of Senior
1. Interview at medical
schools (by invitation).
Medical School Catalogs.
Write the individual medical schools to obtain copies. If you are applying
to medical school, make certain that you have the most recent edition.
The following six books
are published by and are available from the American Association of
Medical Colleges (AAMC). Order forms are provided in MCAT registration
The ordering address is:
Association of American Medical Colleges
Attention: Membership and Publication Orders
One Dupont Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20036
2. Minority Student
Opportunities in U.S. Medical Schools (revised annually).
Includes data on recruitment programs, admission policies and procedures,
academic assistance programs, and financial aid programs offered by U.S.
medical schools for minority students.
3. AAMC Curriculum
Directory (revised annually). Provides data on the curriculum of
medical schools in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. A two-page
description outlining the required and elective instructional program of
each school is included.
4. Financial Planning
and Management Manual. Of interest to students concerned with
financing a medical education. Financial resources information, budgets as
a student, budgets as a resident, loan workshops, repaying student loans,
and manageable debt levels.
5. Directory of
American Medical Education. A listing of medical school administrators
and department chairmen in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Enrollment,
type of support, clinical facilities, and a brief historical statement are
presented in each school entry.
6. MCAT Student
Manual. The most recent edition is strongly recommended for those
planning to take the test. See "National Preprofessional Exams, (MCAT,
DAT)" section in this handbook for more details.
The following is a short
list of reading materials that may be useful in preparing to enter medical
school. (# = Call Numbers in Lamar Library.)
Bruhn, John J., Romero
Caballero, Martha G. Hinkley, and Marcus M. Purvis. A Doctor in the
House? The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
Coombs, R. H. and J. S.
St. John. 1979. Making It in Medical School. Spectrum Publications,
New York. This survey of the life of the premed and medical student
provides many insights valuable to anyone contemplating medicine.
Crawford, Jane D. 1985. The
Premedical Planning Guide. A complete planning guide written by a
health careers advisor. Available from Betz Publishing Co., Inc., P.O. Box
3461, Bethesda, MD 20817.
Jones, Bob E. 1978. The
Difference a D.O. Makes. Times-Journal Publishing Co., Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. A book comparing the allopathic and osteopathic medical
professions. (Copies available from: Oklahoma Educational Foundation for
Osteopathic Medicine, 1310 Citizens Tower, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.)
Knight, James A. 1981. Doctor-To-Be:
Coping with the Trials and Triumphs of Medical School.
Appleton-Century Crofts, 292 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
Charles E. Plan for Success: Time Management for the Pre-Med Student.
A time management expert outlines ways preprofessional students can plan
for achieving short and long term goals. NAAHP, Inc., P.O. Box 5017A,
Champaign, IL 61820
Lieberman, D. L. 1968. Pre-Med:
The Foundations of a Medical Career. Blakiston Dir., McGraw-Hill. New
York. Statistical information is outdated. #R735/L53
Nourse, A. E. 1957. So
You Want To Be a Doctor. Harper & Brothers, New York. Do not be
misled by the publication date. This small volume is full of valuable
philosophical information. Dollars were those of 1950. #R737/N8.
Pestana, Carlos. 1983. The
Medical School Applicant, Advice for Premedical Students. Copies can
be purchased from the author, P.O. Box 790717, San Antonio, TX 78279.
Peterson, Shailer. 1977.
Preparing to Enter Medical School. Sterling Swift Publishing Co.,
P.O. Box 188, Manchaca, TX 78652.
E. C. and L. M. Lowenstein. 1979. Becoming a Physician, Development of
Values and Attitudes in Medicine. Ballinger Publishing Co. This book
is concerned more with medical school students than the premedical years.
1986. The Medical School Interview. A physician and former student
member of an admissions committee tells how to prepare for a medical
school interview. NAAHP, Inc., P.O. Box 5017A, Champaign, IL 61820.
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