Typically, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all medical school candidates, particularly in the United States. Some schools have opted to make this criterion voluntary. Students, however, may place themselves at a disadvantage should they choose to not submit MCAT scores with their applications.
Overseas, the MCAT becomes less of a requirement and more of an option. Some of the top medical schools in Canada, for example, do not require students to submit MCAT scores.
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Dartmouth Medical School
Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) is one of the top medical schools in the United States. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, DMS offers world-class research and training facilities. The school offers M.D., M..D/Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A. and advanced degrees in public health policy. Admission into any of the school's programs is competitive. DMS does not require potential medical candidates to take the MCAT, but it states that opting to do so may put prospective students at a disadvantage. It has does not enforce rigid cutoffs but states that entering classes report average MCAT scores of approximately 33 and average undergraduate GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. Dartmouth Medical School 1 Rope Ferry Road Hanover, NH 03755 603-650-1200 dms.dartmouth.edu
University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa is a bilingual school with courses taught in both French and English. The university offers a medical program, which students can apply to after completing three years of undergraduate study inclusive of the prerequisite courses in the natural sciences. Candidates may complete missing prerequisite courses in the academic year preceding admission but not during the summer before their registration into the M.D. program. Per their website, the medical school does not require MCAT scores for admission because of the prerequisite courses in the sciences. However, this also means that the school will scrutinise the applicant's academic record more closely.
University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine 451, Smyth Rd., Ottawa (Ontario) Canada K1H 8M5 613-562-5409 med.uottawa.ca
Early Assurance Programs
Some top medical schools offer an "early assurance" program whereby a potential student applies to medical school during her sophomore or junior year in college. Applicants are accepted based on their credentials and are offered a guaranteed spot at the medical school, provided that she maintain a certain level on a given set of criteria, such as a minimum GPA.
Some schools that offer this option include:
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine 1 Gustave L Levy Place New York, NY 10029-6500 212-659-6700 mountsinai.org
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Medical Center Boulevard Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1090 336-716-4264 wfubmc.edu
Georgetown Medical School Medical Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20057 202-687-1154 som.georgetown.edu
Some postbaccalaureate programs, such as The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Post-Bac, offer linkages to medical schools that would waive the MCAT requirement. In the case of JHU, Post-Bac graduates can apply directly to the Brown University and the University of Rochester medical schools without taking the MCAT.
The Johns Hopkins University Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program 28 Shriver Hall 3400 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218 410-516-7748 jhu.edu
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