Tulane became the first national research institution to integrate public service into its core curriculum for undergraduates in 2006. Now, the entire university community, including the schools of Architecture, Business, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering and Social Work – is committed to public service.
Public service is of particular importance to those entering our one year masters program, because providing a track record of significant public or community service has become a prerequisite for admission to most US medical schools. Students are expected to move beyond the scope of academics and work in a community to improve the health of a population. This is "what medicine is all about".
As a result, a core requirement of our Masters program in Pharmacology is that students provide public or community service averaging at least 1 hour per week, or 15 hours per semester. During the 2013-14 academic year, students in our pharmacology Master's program performed over 1500 hours of public service in the New Orleans area.
Tulane has a Center for Public Service that helps connect students with numerous community partners & outreach programs that are active in the New Orleans area. As a part of the pharmacology curriculum, students are required to document their service activities in short essays, posted photos or video clips, and reflect upon the learning garnered from such activities in an online blog or wiki page. In addition, students are also expected to reflect on what they have learned from their academic and classroom activities.
Tulane is setting the standard for public service for the next generation of universities. When you receive a Tulane education, you will get a little something extra from community service activities that most other institutions don't offer. Our students get a unique educational experience that can be found Only in New Orleans. Only at Tulane.
The masters class has consistently performed as well or better than the medical class in our 2nd year School of Medicine's course in Medical Pharmacology, with an average class mean of 88.5±0.5% for the masters students compared to 85.8±0.6% for the medical students between 2001 & 2011 (n=11, P<0.001).
Students who have retaken the MCAT exam after completing our curriculum have improved their composite score by an average of 3.5 (SD:1.8, n=64).
The average graduate GPA upon completion of our program over the past 5 years (2007-2011) was 3.8 (SD:0.06).
Two thirds of the students who graduated from our program have achieved their goal of gaining admission into US Medical or Dental Schools or Doctoral programs. These schools include:
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