Medical Master's Program FAQs

  •  What is the difference in the one and two-year options to complete the Medical Master's Degree?

Both the one and two-year options are designed to be record enhancing programs with the goal of making students more qualified applicants to medical school. The one-year program is for students with MCAT scores of 503 (on the new exam) and above who have already engaged in clinical shadowing and volunteer activities who are primarily looking to enhance their academic record. The two-year program is for students whose MCAT scores are 496 (on the new exam) and above and who have little clinical shadowing and volunteer experiences. Students in both options will take 5 courses with first-year medical students and will work with Standardized Patients. The two-year option will also include physician shadowing, volunteer experiences, MCAT preparation and two MPH courses to further prepare for the MCAT exam at the end of the first year. 

  • If I plan to take the new MCAT in June and the application deadline is June 1 (June 30 for the 1-Year Program), will I still be considered for the program in the Fall Semester?

The application deadline refers to when you submit your application, not when your supporting materials are received. When your MCAT scores and all other supporting documents are received, the application will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Applications complete in late June or July may be competing for slots off the waitlist. All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to benefit from the personal application consultation from our staff.

  • What is the length of time that an MCAT score is accepted?

Two years prior to your matriculation date. We will accept MCAT scores from exams taken from January 2016 to present.

  • What is the length of time that a DAT score is accepted if I am pre-dental?

Three years prior to your matriculation date. We will accept DAT scores from exams taken from January 2015 to present.

  • Can I work while in the program?

We do not recommend that our students try to work while in the program. The goal of the program is to show that you can handle the rigor of medical school and students in the past who have tried to work have not been as successful as some of their classmates.

  • Will the MCAT Prep course for the Two-Year Program cover DAT Prep as well?

Additional online DAT Prep content will be made available to all students wishing to apply to dental school. The course will cover MCAT materials in class.

  • Is an interview required before a final decision is made?

No, an interview is not required. However, if you would like to talk to someone about your individual credentials, the Program Director, Dr. Deborah H. Damon, would be happy to hear from you.

  • If I get accepted into the program and graduate, am I guaranteed placement in the medical school for the next year?

No, we cannot promise that you will be accepted at our medical school. However, in the last five (5) years of the program, approximately 90 percent of all graduates have been accepted into a medical school.

*Please note that the percentages below are running totals, not first year numbers. For Example, The class of 2016 percentage includes those who were accepted directly after the program and the following year.

        • 93% of the Class of 2013 has been accepted into either a MD or DO school. 
        • 92% of the Class of 2014 has been accepted into either a MD or DO school.
        • 93% of the Class of 2015 has been accepted into either a MD or DO school. (One Pharmacy School Acceptance)
        • 90% of the Class of 2016 has been accepted into either a MD or DO school. (One Optometry School Acceptance) 
        • 82% of the Class of 2017 has been accepted into either a MD or DO school.

        Below is a list of some of the MD and DO schools our students have been accepted to:

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, University of Oregon, University of Cincinnati, State University of New York, George Washington University, Uniformed Services Medical School, East Tennessee School of Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Meharry School of Medicine, Marshall University, University of New Jersey Osteopathic Medicine, University of California San Francisco, Jefferson Medical College -Thomas Jefferson University, Medical College of Virginia, University of Indiana, Albany Medical College, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Tufts University, Penn State College of Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine California, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Nevada, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown, University of Utah School of Medicine, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and University, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Howard University School of Medicine, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science, University of Alabama MD/PhD program, Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Institute of Technology School of Osteopathic Medicine,  University of California Riverside School of Medicine, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, California Northstate University College of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dentistry.

  • Why EVMS Med Master's?
  • Is there a guaranteed interview for the EVMS MD program?

While there is no guaranteed interview for the EVMS MD program, the medical school makes every effort to interview all students who applied to EVMS and are not on academic probation. Every eligible student in the classes of 2014-2017 have been interviewed.

  • If I matriculate into the EMVS MD program, do I have to re-take all of the medical school courses I took in the program?

Graduates of the Medical Master's program accepted into the EMVS MD program are eligible to Opt-Out of the medical school courses that they received the equivalent of Honors in. Cutoffs are determined by the course directors. Students go through the Opt-Out Committee and propose other activities to fill their time. Examples of these activities include: Research, Tutoring (paid), and Teaching Assistant positions (paid). Students who participate in Opt-Out activities often become leaders in their class and further distinguish themselves for residency applications.

  • Is the June 30 deadline (for the 1-year Program) a definite due date or will you accept applications after that date?

The June 30 deadline is definite and we do not accept applications after that date. We will, however, accept supporting materials after that date such as transcripts and letters of recommendation. The application cycle for the program begins September 1 and we review applications on a rolling basis. Please give us a call if you have questions about your application. 757-446-5944

  • Do you prefer Virginia residents?

No, we do not specifically reserve seats for VA residents. 

  • Do I need a car?

Students in the two-year program are required to have transportation because they will be shadowing physicians who may not be on campus.

  • If I am on a waiting list for the medical school and decide to transfer to the Biomedical Sciences Master's (Medical Master's) Program, what do I need to do?

You will need to:

  • notify the medical school in writing that you would like your records, including references, copied to the Biomedical Sciences Master's (Medical Master's) Program
  • complete the Biomedical Sciences Master's (Medical Master's) application online and submit it with your $60 application fee by June 30th.
  • request your official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended
  • Note: Applying to the Biomedical Sciences Master’s (Medical Master’s Program) will not negatively affect your status on the wait list for our medical school.

When your application is complete for the Biomedical Sciences Master's (Medical Master's) Program, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

  • How long does it take to find out if you have been accepted or not accepted?

Once your application is complete, we make every effort to have the Admissions Committe review it within two weeks.

  • Should I apply to medical school while enrolled in the Medical Master’s Program?

One-Year Program: Yes! We encourage students to apply to medical schools in the summer before matriculating into the Medical Master’s program. If at all possible, you’ll want to have your secondaries complete before you arrive so you don’t need to take time away from your studies. If you are applying to EVMS’ medical school, please make sure that you indicate you will be in the Medical Master’s Program. Our students automatically receive a secondary from EVMS; you can send it in during winter break.  We will send a status letter through AMCAS when you arrive to let schools know you are in our program. In late December-early January, we will send a letter of recommendation with your first semester grades along with all the activities you’ve been involved with on campus.

Two-Year Program: Students will be encouraged to apply to medical or other health professional schools in the summer before the second year of this program, after you’ve received your new MCAT scores.  EVMS advisors and academic counselors will assist students with the application process and will provide letters of reference.

  • What is the class size for both programs?

The class of 2018 has 59 students and the two-year program has 19 students. 

  • If I apply for the One-Year program, is my application automatically considered for the two-year option (or vice versa)?

We encourage applicants to contact our staff if they are unsure which option they should apply for. The staff can look over your credentials and make a recommendation. If your one-year application does not meet the qualifications for the program or we feel that you would be better suited for the two-year option, we will let you know and you can apply for the two-year option. Application fee waivers will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for those who apply to both and all materials received by admissions can be easily transferred to the new application.

  •  What is the timeline for the program? When should I submit my medical school applications? 

The vast majority of students in the 1-year program will submit their primary medical school applications in the summer before starting the program, interview during the year, and get accepted to medical schools sometime between October and June. That way, there is not another year gap between the program and matriculating into medical school. Our 2-year students will submit their primary application in the summer between year one and year two.