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Creative Premedical Scholars Program
Through the Creative Premedical Scholars Program, a limited number of well-qualified creative students are granted deferred admission into Tulane's School of Medicine following their sophomore year of college. In their application to the program, applicants must provide a clear vision of a non-science academic program that’s creative, non-traditional, and is more challenging than a conventional premedical student’s choice of coursework. The certainty of having a reserved place in medical school frees the student from the stresses and concerns associated with the competition for entrance, and allows the student to pursue his or her particular intellectual and creative interests. Accepted students can undertake an academically risky course of study that they might otherwise be reluctant to pursue if still concerned about gaining acceptance.
To be eligible applicants must have a 3.6 GPA, complete a minimum of 60 credits of undergraduate work and all of the premedical science course requirements during the regular academic year (not summer) of their freshman and sophomore years (one year each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, all with laboratories). Students must earn a B- or higher in the premedical science coursework to be considered for the program. Students who have completed more than two years of undergraduate work or have transferred to Tulane from another college will not be eligible. Creative Premedical Scholars are expected to pursue a non-science field of inquiry in depth during their Junior and Senior years. Usually, this will take the form of a major in the Humanities or Social Sciences, with a culminating honors thesis. Majors in the schools of Business and Public Health are not appropriate for this program, but students can minor in whatever subject they would like to.
In the application, students will need to submit a carefully constructed academic plan of study for “if accepted to this program” and one plan for “if not accepted.” Applicants must demonstrate a substantial difference in their proposed Junior and Senior schedules, and fulfill that proposal if accepted into the program. Students will be expected to explain the substantive differences between the two plans in their application and to be able to elaborate if necessary. The proposed academic schedule needs to include courses that demonstrate depth of inquiry. The academic schedule for Creative Scholars is expected to be rigorous, including enrollment in at least 15 credit hours per semester. In addition, if in the Honors Program students will need to do an Honors Thesis, and if not in the Honors Program they will need to do a thesis within their major to be able to receive departmental honors.
Application materials are available during the first week of February in the Pre-Health Advising Office in the Academic Advising Center (Richardson Hall). The completed application, faculty evaluations, and all other required materials, must be submitted to the Pre-Health Office by April 1 of the year in which the student applies. Applications will be reviewed by the Creative Scholars Nominating Committee and qualified students will be invited to interview with the Committee at the end of April. The Committee selects students to Tulane Medical School by mid-June; this is also when the students receive a letter stating the Committee’s decision. If accepted, the MCAT examination is not required for entrance to Tulane Medical School.
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