Rhodes-George Washington Partnership Relieves Stress of Medical School Preparation

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Publication Date: 5/14/2007

Rhodes College has entered into an early selection program with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences that will allow outstanding sophomore pre-med students to be conditionally accepted into medical school. Accepted students will have considerable flexibility in both sequencing and completing premedical requirements, thus allowing them to pursue varied academic interests. An additional benefit is relief from the pressure of preparing for the MCAT exam.

To qualify, students must have scored 1250 on the SAT (or equivalent on the ACT) and have completed 60 credits at Rhodes while maintaining a 3.3 GPA with no grades below a B- in any science course. Interested students will write a detailed proposal that outlines academic goals and indicates how coursework and academic plans will change upon acceptance into the program. Applicants will be screened by the Rhodes Health Professions Advising Committee (RHPAC) and selected by the George Washington Committee on Admissions. Applicants will be notified early in the summer of the outcome. Successful applicants will be mentored their remaining two undergraduate years at Rhodes by the RHPAC.

Diane McQuail, who chairs the Committee on Admissions at the medical school, says, “The emphasis at Rhodes on service to others and improving the quality of life in the community was very compelling to us. We also share the Rhodes College belief that learning takes place outside the campus walls. We look forward to welcoming Rhodes students to the GWU community.”

“We are delighted to make this program available to our students,” says Rhodes provost Charlotte Borst. “The George Washington University Medical Center is internationally known for its outstanding medical education, research and clinical care, and this program is a clear indication that they recognize the value of attracting students from strong liberal arts programs. Our partnerships with institutions like George Washington University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offer opportunities to Rhodes students that aren’t available at many large research universities.”

The reaction of Rhodes pre-med students—even those for whom the program came too late—is enthusiastic. Adam Robinson ’07, says, “If the Rhodes early selection program with GW had been available to me during my career at Rhodes it would have relieved a great deal of academic strain and frustration from juggling medical school requirements with having a deep desire to study abroad.”

Andy Ransford ’02, who is applying to medical school for the first time now, says, “Wow, early decision + no MCAT = no stress!”

Rhodes Professor Alan Jaslow, director of health professions advising at Rhodes, says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. George Washington is a great institution with a history of medical care in the community and a sincere commitment to global health issues. I couldn’t be more pleased.”