Admissions Process and Requirements
Step One: AMCAS Application
The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine participates with AMCAS - the American Medical College Application Service. To submit an application, visit AMCAS. This initial process includes using the AMCAS letters of recommendation service.
Step Two: Supplemental Application
Select applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application based on the following MCAT score: The minimum required on the new MCAT is 495; while, the minimum required for the old MCAT is 24.
Step Three: Screening
The OUWB will complete a holistic review of your completed application materials to determine whether to invite you for an interview.
Step Four: Interview
Select applicants will be invited to attend an interview day.
Step Five: Admission Offer
Select applicants will be offered admission on a rolling basis.
Step Six: Acceptance and Deposit
Admitted students are asked to accept the offer within two weeks of admission. We will ask for the tuition deposit in the spring.
The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine seeks to admit applicants who possess personal and professional integrity, the potential for professional medical competence, the ability to deliver compassionate care, a passion for lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, educational excellence, ethical conduct, and an understanding that medicine is both art and science, open-mindedness and tolerance, and a service orientation to others.
Desired Criteria for Selection
- Undergraduate science GPA of 3.00 or higher and overall GPA of 3.20 or higher
- MCAT score (average for 2015 was 31; minimum required is 24 on old MCAT and 495 on new MCAT)
- Meaningful medical activities (including volunteer work, shadowing, etc)
- Service to others and to the community
- Teamwork and leadership skills
- Excellence in an activity or area of interest (sports, research, or other endeavor) at a local, regional, or national level
- Evidence of intellectual curiosity and a commitment to life-long learning
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
It is recommended and customary that a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution be completed prior to enrollment. Students must demonstrate that they have acquired a broad education that extends beyond the basic sciences to include the social sciences, history, arts, and languages. Broad academic training provides prospective physicians with the strong scientific skills necessary to continue study in medical science as well as a comprehensive understanding of social, historical and cultural forces that affect their professional lives and the lives of their patients.
OUWB has new prerequisite requirements. In 2017 applicants will be asked to indicate on their secondary application whether they met our new requirements or our traditional requirements. The coursework should be taken at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
Applicants should take a minimum of 24 college credits (excluding AP courses) with breadth and depth of science and math disciplines. Of those 24 credit hours, coursework must include:
- 1 course in Biochemistry
- 1 course in Statistics (Math or Social Science based)
- 1 lab in either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
- 1 course in Social or Behavioral Sciences.
Traditional (Previous) Requirements
- 2 semesters of General Chemistry with 1 lab
- 1 semester of Organic Chemistry with 1 lab
- 2 semesters of Biology with 1 lab
- 2 semesters of Physics with 1 lab
- 2 semesters of college-level Mathematics, OR one semester of college-level Mathematics and 1 semester of Statistics
- 1 semester of Biochemistry
- 2 semesters Social/Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology)
Additional Recommended Courses/Course Categories
Courses recommended are in disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature, language, anthropology, ethics, and theology. Studies in these areas deepen the applicant's understanding of the basis for human values and offer the opportunity to develop an appreciation of other cultures and ethnic groups. This background is vital to health care providers.
Understanding the range of variation of behavior as a biologic, psychological, and social phenomena is essential to the practice of medicine. Courses recommended are in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, and ecology.
Although there is no formal course requirement for English, applicants are expected to have a strong background in writing, oral communication, and critical reading skills.
MCAT is required of all applicants. Scores will be accepted for tests taken during or after the month of September three years prior to year of application. For example, for the 2018 admissions cycle (applying in 2017), the oldest acceptable MCAT is September 2014. We require a minimum score of a 24 on the old MCAT or a 495 on the new exam.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation (maximum of five). If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as two of your three required letters of recommendation. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.
We receive many questions about who should write letters of recommendation. We highly recommend you select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine. It is a good idea to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies. Letters from family members and/or friends are discouraged.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applicants who did not attend U.S. or Canadian schools should complete at least one year, preferably two, in residence at an accredited college in North America. The accredited college must validate all previous academic credits.
Criminal Background Check
The OUWB participates in the AAMC-Facilitated Background Check Service. A criminal background check is required of all accepted students. After January 1 of the application year, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will contact each accepted applicant for consent to conduct a background check. Upon completion of the background check, Certiphi will provide the report to you for review (10 days) prior to distribution to the medical school(s) you have been accepted to. More information is available on the AMCAS website.
Candidates for the M.D. degree must perform all essential functions in each of the categories that follow in order to achieve the levels of physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities necessary to successfully complete the full curriculum and meet the institutional learning objectives of the School of Medicine.
Individuals with questions or who need reasonable accommodations to the technical standards are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services.
All candidates are expected to use vision, hearing, and sensation to observe:
- Instructional demonstrations, and
- Patients at a distance and close at hand.
All candidates are expected to:
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing,
- Comprehend written communications,
- Assess non-verbal communications (such as mood, activity, and changes in posture) that are fundamental components of the patient interview and physical examination, and
- Demonstrate communication skills that are essential for the formation of effective professional relationships with teachers and colleagues, and therapeutic relationships with patients.
All candidates are expected to use motor and sensory functions to:
- Perform components of the physical examination such as palpation, auscultation, and percussion,
- Perform routine invasive procedures including the use of universal precautions to avoid posing risks to patients or themselves,
- Perform basic laboratory tests and evaluate routine diagnostic tools such as EKGs and imaging studies,
- Respond and perform with precise, quick, and appropriate actions in emergency situations,
- Participate effectively in physically taxing duties over long hours, and
- Complete timed demonstrations of skills.
All candidates must demonstrate cognitive functions and effective learning techniques that indicate the ability to meet the School of Medicine institutional learning objectives. Candidates must be able to:
- Measure, calculate, and analyze data,
- Synthesize information and apply reasoning to reach conclusions based on evidence,
- Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures,
- Draw inferences from the logical sequential relationships of events,
- Understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine,
- Be fully alert and attentive at all times in clinical settings, and
- Solve problems effectively.
All candidates are expected to demonstrate the attributes that would satisfy the School of Medicine institutional learning objective of professionalism. Compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are personal attributes that are considered in the admissions process and throughout medical school. All candidates are expected to:
- Demonstrate sound judgment and emotional stability,
- Demonstrate the perseverance, diligence and consistency required to complete successfully the rigorous curriculum of the School of Medicine,
- Function effectively under stress,
- Display flexibility and adaptability to changing and uncertain environments,
- Demonstrate evidence of the personal attributes of honesty, altruism, empathy, and concern for others,
- Contribute to the learning environment and receive and act upon constructive feedback from faculty members and peers.
The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine accepts students on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply and complete application requirements early to guarantee consideration for admission.
|Early May||AMCAS applications available at www.aamc.org/students/amcas|
|Early June||AMCAS applications may be submitted|
|July - December||Select applicants invited to submit supplemental application materials|
|September - March||Select applicants invited for interviews|
|September||Last acceptable MCAT score, up to three years prior to application|
|October until class is full||Offers of admission made on rolling basis|
|Within 2 weeks of acceptance||Admitted students are asked to accept the offer within two weeks of admission. We will ask for the tuition deposit in the spring.|
|November 15||Deadline for AMCAS application|
|December 15||Deadline for supplemental application and fee|
|January||Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (OUWB Code - 002307)|
|April 30||Deadline for non-refundable tuition deposit |
Students may hold only one acceptance (AAMC guidelines)
|Early August||Classes Begin|
OUWB School of Medicine will not be accepting transfer students for 2017.
- Citizenship in the United States (U.S.) or Canada, or permanent residency in the U.S.
- Good academic standing at an allopathic medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) (no exceptions will be made for students attending schools that are not LCME accredited).
- Successful completion of two years of medical school, including all basic science education.
- A passing score on the United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Step 1 exam prior to matriculation (classes typically begin in mid to late May).
Transfer Application Process
Complete the OUWB Pre-Transfer Eligibility Form by March 15. Students who are deemed eligible will be sent application instructions via email. Additional details about the process and timing for review and interviews will be shared with eligible students. The information below is provided to give prospective transfer students general information about the process. Requirements are subject to change.
Eligible students will be invited via email to submit the following documents within two weeks of invitation:
- A completed Transfer Student Application (application provided via email invitation).
- An application fee of $75.00.
- A copy of original AMCAS application.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including medical school(s). Records should be sent directly by institutions to OUWB Admissions.
- A letter of support from the Dean of Students at current medical school detailing current academic standing, any institutional actions, and reason(s) for transfer. The Dean should send the letter directly to OUWB Admissions.
- Two letters of recommendation from basic science or clinical faculty at current medical school. Faculty should send letters directly to OUWB Admissions.
- A statement including reason for transfer.
- A resume including community service, leadership, and honors while a medical student.
- Other materials, upon request.
All completed application files will be reviewed to determine interview invitations.
Selected applicants will attend an interview day program at OUWB which will include two interviews and an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).
Admissions offers will be made contingent upon successful completion of criminal background check, fingerprinting, and passing USMLE Step 1 exam.
Enrollment in Art and Practice of Medicine course for orientation into OUWB clerkships (typically in mid to late May).
OUWB requires the successful completion of a scholarly (Capstone) project for graduation. Students transferring to OUWB in the third year will be required to successfully complete a Capstone project before graduation. The project is subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Medical Education.