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Medicine FAQ

Am I guaranteed admission to the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School?

​​​​​No, this is a competitive program and there is no guarantee of admission. However, if you apply through the pre-medicine advisor your application will receive priority screening.​ ​

Who is the DePaul pre-medicine advisor for this program? Is this the same person as DePaul’s pre-health advisor? What do I need to do to be a viable applicant for early admission to the Chicago Medical School?

​​​​​The advisor for accelerated programs is Dr. Phillip Funk. The pre-health advisor who is also a critical resource for this program. It is strongly advised that you meet with either of them as soon as possible to map out a course plan. You must have completed at least 96 credit hours prior to your application, including the complete CHE 130 sequence, the complete CHE 230 sequence, the complete BIO 190 sequence, and all First year program courses. The advisors will look through your academic record to make sure you are ready to apply to the Chicago Medical School.​

What is the application process?

​​​​​The medical school application process is called AAMCAS, (https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/ ).  You complete the application online, including your MCAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. You must use DePaul’s Pre-Health Advising Committee (PAC)​. Register with PAC and state your intention of utilizing the Accelerated 3+option for medicine.  You will need to notify them by the winter of your second year at DePaul in order to participate in the committee letter process. An interview with Dr. Funk and the pre-health staff advisor is required before you start the PAC committee letter of recommendation process to ensure that you have completed sufficient DePaul requirements and have a plan to complete all DePaul specific coursework.

When is the MCAT (Medical College Aptitude Test) offered? How long before my application should I take the MCAT?

​​​​​The MCAT is offered several times during the year. Visit the MCAT website for the most up to date information (https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ ). You should also think about taking an MCAT review course to prepare for the exam. The MCAT scores are required for review of your application, so you should plan on taking the MCAT in the spring or early summer of the year in which you are applying.​

What coursework will prepare me for the MCAT?

​​​​​The MCAT covers material in prerequisite classes, including organic chemistry. Beginning in 2015 the MCAT will also include material on ethics, statistics, and social science. (https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ )​

How do I know if a career in medicine is for me?

​​​​​The HLTH 120 course “Careers in HealthCare” and the HLTH 201 course can help you begin to understand the roles of various health care professionals. You will want to register for the Pre-Health Pro​gram​ at DePaul.  By being in the program, you will be invited to pre-health events through the year, including visits by Chicago Medical School faculty. Join a student organization, like the pre-med club or pre-health career community, to help you to network with students who have similar interests as your own.​

What happens if I don’t get accepted into the Chicago Medical School?

​​​​​In the event you are not accepted for early admission you are still a DePaul student and should complete your bachelor’s degree at DePaul.  You can consider reapplying to medical school or taking any other direction you might choose. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to seek an exit interview with the Chicago Medical School to discuss how they might make a stronger application.​

What happens if I enter the Chicago Medical School but decide to leave before completing my first year of coursework there?

​​​​​In that event you may return to DePaul to complete your bachelor’s degree.  Any courses completed at Rosalind Franklin University will be counted toward your degree.​

After I finish my fourth year of coursework, do I automatically graduate from DePaul without notifying anyone? May I still walk at DePaul’s Commencement ceremony?

​​​​​No, you must apply for degree conferral via Campus Connection in anticipation of the quarter when you plan to finish your BS degree.  Yes, after your fourth year you may still walk at DePaul’s Commencement ceremony.​