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George Mason University has early selection selection agreements with two medical schools: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
The Early Selection Program of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is a competitive program that gives gifted, talented, and committed students who’ve achieved academic distinction at Mason, the opportunity for early selection at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This is not an accelerated program. All early selection students admitted into the program will be required to take an MCAT as part of the MD application process. Historically, two students are selected for this program every year.
Successful candidates demonstrate outstanding academic preparation, professional conduct, dedication to the profession, and personal maturity. In addition, students nominated for this program must take the MCAT in the spring or summer of their junior year. This is not an accelerated program. Historically, two students have been selected for this program every year.
No, this is not a guaranteed admissions program. Students in the early selection program still need to maintain a certain GPA (specified by medical school), complete prerequisite coursework and major/minor requirements to graduate, take the MCAT and receive an acceptable score (as determined by the medical school), complete the AMCAS medical school application and school’s secondary application, and maintain contact with the Health Professions Advising Coordinator and the medical school throughout junior and senior years.
No, you can only apply for one program.
Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be considered.
No, both programs have requirements that you must complete a certain number of semesters/credits at Mason before applying. Please read through the program requirements above.
The GMU Health Professions Advisory Committee reviews all applications and interviews a selected number of competitive applicants. Those competitive applications are forwarded to the medical schools for consideration. The medical schools will contact competitive applicants for an interview at the medical school. After the interview, selected candidates are contacted by the medical school to proceed with the early selection program. Non-selected applicants will be informed by the Health Professions Advising Coordinator or the medical school and offered guidance on how to be a more successful traditional applicant to medical school.
The number of applicants varies year to year.
Historically, two students have been selected for each program each year (four total/year). If the GMU Health Professions Advisory Committee feels more than two applicants are competitive for selection, we can put the applications forth to the medical schools for consideration. Ultimately, the medical school makes the final determination.
Yes, students are encouraged to meet with the Health Professions Advising Coordinator to discuss their interest.