Early Assurance Programs
Program participants are offered the assurance of medical school admission without the substantial investments of time and energy preparing for optimal scores on the MCAT exam and applying to numerous medical schools. Applicants are selected by the end of their sophomore year and are therefore free to explore other areas of interest during their academic careers, thus broadening their college experience. Admission is highly selective.
Only students from Maine colleges are eligible for the Maine Track Program. Candidates for this program must have demonstrated academic excellence in their college work, particularly in the premedical science courses. Candidates will have attained a Science GPA (calculated on grades earned in courses offered by the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) and a Total GPA equal to or greater than 3.5. By the end of the academic year in which the candidate applies, eligible candidates will have taken two semesters of biology, two semesters of general chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry.
The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be selected to interview.
Important Dates: Applications become available through premedical advisors at participating schools by mid-December of each year. The application deadline is February 15. An announcement will be made through Healthwork when the application becomes available. Interviews are typically in April and notification of acceptances are sent in June.
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has expanded its renowned Humanities in Medicine (HuMed) program to offer early acceptance to college sophomores from any major, with no MCAT requirement, and a progressive approach to medical school preparation for half of each entering class.
Prior to the application deadline, students must complete two semesters of college biology OR two semesters of college chemistry. By the time the student matriculates at Mt. Sinai, students must complete 2 semesters of biology, chemistry, and English, and one semester of physics, public health, statistics, ethics, and senior thesis. Students will be strongly encouraged to gain proficiency in either Spanish or Mandarin and an in-depth experience that involves exposure to human illness.
Admitted students will be required to achieve a ‘B’ in all required courses, will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and will not be permitted to take the MCAT.
Important Dates: Applications open and review of applications begin on October 15. The application deadline is January 15. Acceptances are sent in June.