Medical Master's Program FAQs
What is the difference in the one and two-year option 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 27 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 between 23 and 27 and who have little clinical shadowing and volunteer experiences. Students in both options will take 6 courses with first-year medical students and will work with Standardized Patients. The two-year option will also include shadowing, volunteer experiences, two semesters of 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 April and the application deadline is June 1, 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.
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 2013 to present.
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.
- 93% of the Class of 2013 has been accepted into either a MD or DO school.
72% of the Class of 2014 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, 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, of West Virginia.
- Why EVMS Med Master's?
Is the June 1 deadline a definite due date or will you accept applications after that date?
The June 1 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.
Do you prefer Virginia residents?
No, we do not 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 1st. (Note: If we do not receive your application or the $60 application fee, your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee)
- 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, it is reviewed within two weeks by the Admissions Committee.
What is the class size?
The class of 2015 has 58 students.
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 2015 has 58 students. For Fall of 2015 we expect the one-year program to have 70-75 students and the new two-year program to have 10-12 students.
If I apply for the One-Year program, is my application automatcially 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 credientials 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-base basis for those who apply to both.