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Medicine

Medicine is the science and practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Physicians practice medicine by earning a doctorate degree from an allopathic medical school (M.D.) or an osteopathic medical school (D.O.). Entering into a medical school and becoming a physician is a highly competitive endeavor that requires a student to demonstrate the highest levels of academic achievement as well as a strong desire to serve others.

Medical schools can be divided into four groups:


  • Out-of-State and Private Medical Schools
    • To apply to non-Texas medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine, and the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, you will use AMCAS.
  • Osteopathic Medical Schools
    • To apply to osteopathic medical schools, you use AACOMAS.
  • Foreign Medical Schools
    • To apply to medical schools outside of the US, you must apply directly to each school, rather than using a centralized service.

Typically, pre-Med applicants at the University of Houston apply using at least two of the application services above. Fortunately, the applications are very similar in the sections that need to be completed as well as their overall timelines.

Public TX Medical Schools:

Allopathic Medical Schools (MD)

  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • McGovern Medical School
  • Long School of Medicine
  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
  • University of Houston College of Medicine

Osteopathic Medical Schools (DO)

  • University of North Texas-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sam Houston State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine

Private TX Medical Schools:

Allopathic Medical Schools (MD)

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine

Osteopathic Medical Schools (DO)

  • University of the Incarnate Word

In the United States, pre-Med students have two pathways to a career as a physician: allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO).

Osteopathic medicine involves a holistic or "whole-person" approach to healthcare and osteopathic physicians receive specialized training involving the musculoskeletal system. Specifically, osteopathic treatment usually involves a system of therapy known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).

Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine in all 50 states. They practice in all types of environments, including the military, and in all types of specialties, from family medicine to obstetrics to surgery. However, the primary focus of osteopathic medicine is primary care.

If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) serves as a valuable resource.

There are three osteopathic medical schools in Texas:

Why apply to an osteopathic medical school?

The major of students who apply to an osteopathic medical school feel they may not be as competitive for allopathic (MD) medical schools. Indeed, the admission requirements for most osteopathic schools are lower compared with their allopathic counterparts. That said, admission into osteopathic medical school is still very competitive and it is important to perform well on both the MCAT and in your science courses, just as you would for allopathic programs.

Average GPA/MCAT for accepted students in 2018: 3.5/3.4 (overall/science) and 504 (total MCAT)

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Pre-Med is not a major at the University of Houston. Therefore, you will need to pick a major that reflects what you are actually interested in learning. Indeed, there is no "best" major for pre-Med students. Many pre-Med students select a STEM major, such as Biology, because many of the required courses for admission into medical school are already included as a part of the degree-program. However, medical school admissions committees do not care which major you choose, as any major can lead to a career in medicine. So when choosing a major, you should be looking for a field that you are interested in and one that will challenge you academically, rather than the major you believe will help you "stand out."

While GPA is important, medical school admissions committees can easily identify when an applicant has selected coursework or pathway that is not challenging. You will benefit more from taking difficult classes together, than taking each course in isolation.

The basic course requirements for admission into medical school include:

  • Introductory Biology: BIOL 1361/1161 and BIOL 1362/1162.
    • Note: General Biology (BIOL 1310 & BIOL 1320), Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 1334 & BIOL 1344), and Pre-Nursing Biology (BIOL 1353 & BIOL 1153) do not meet the requirement.
  • General Chemistry: CHEM 1331/1111 and CHEM 1332/1112
    • Note: Foundations of Chemistry (CHEM 1301) will not substitute for CHEM 1331.
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 3331/3221 and CHEM 3332/3222
    • Note: General Organic Chemistry (CHEM 1302) will not substitute.
    • Note: Even though Organic labs at UH are 2-credit hours, you are still expected to complete both CHEM 3221 and CHEM 3222 to fulfill the Organic Chemistry requirement for programs that require both Organic I and II.
  • Biochemistry: BCHS 3304
  • Physics: PHYS 1301/1101 & PHYS 1302/1102 or PHYS 1321/1121 & PHYS 1322/1122
  • English: ENGL 1303 and ENGL 1304
  • Statistics: MATH 2311, MATH 3339, MATH 4310, BIOL 4310, PSYC 3301, or TMTH 3360
  • Additional Advanced Biology Courses (at least 2): BCHS 3305 (Biochemistry II), BIOL 3301 (Genetics), BIOL 3324 (Human Physiology), BIOL 3332 (Microbiology), BIOL 4323 (Immunology), BIOL 4374 (Cell Biology), etc.

The above requirements are true for most medical schools; however, it is important you review the specific requirements for each school you are interested in applying using both the medical school webpage and the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) Handbook.

You do not need to complete all prerequisite courses to apply to medical school, but should have completed most of the required courses. All prerequisites will need to be completed by July of the year you plan to matriculate.

Can I use AP/IB credit?

Generally speaking, our office recommends students do not use AP/IB credit to satisfy prerequisite courses for medical school (i.e, courses in Biology, Chemistry, English, Physics, and Mathematics). While AP/IB credit can prepare students for the rigor of courses at the University of Houston, they may not always provide an equivalent foundation for advanced courses. If you are unsure of your overall mastery in a particular area (e.g., Biology or Chemistry), we encourage you to consider beginning with the introductory courses to better prepare for advanced courses (e.g., Genetics, Biochemistry) and be on equal footing to your peers.

That said, TMDSAS-participating institutions will accept AP/IB credit as long as the specific credit hours and course for which AP/IB credit is used is clearly defined in your transcript (which it is at UH).

NOTE: Baylor College of Medicine does not currently accept AP/IB credit for prerequisite courses. Non-TX medical schools are varied with regards to AP policy. It is important you review the specific admissions policies of all programs in which you to hope to apply.

The various applications for medical school (TMDSAS, AMCAS, and AACOMAS) calculate GPA in several different ways:

  • Overall (Undergraduate + Graduate, BCPM)
  • Undergraduate (overall, BCPM, non-BCPM)
  • Graduate (overall, BCPM, non-BCPM)

Your Overall GPA includes all coursework completed at the college-level. This includes all courses taken at the University of Houston, but also any coursework completed at other institutions (e.g., HCC, Lonestar, etc.). Additionally, all attempts are included in the GPA calculation, even if you withdrew (W) or received a better grade. You must submit a transcript from every institution attended to each application service. 

Science GPA is generally understood to mean BCPM: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Coursework in other fields, even those in STEM (e.g., Engineering, Kinesiology, etc.), is excluded from the BCPM GPA. Some non-BCPM courses can still be factored into the BCPM GPA if they include >50% Biology content. If you received an A in a course and are unsure of how it may be categorized, include it as BCPM. Each course will be evaluated during the application verification process.

Yes, to a certain extent, you may complete prerequisite courses outside of the University of Houston. However, our general advice is that if you are enrolled at the University of Houston, you should only take courses that fulfill prerequisite or requisite coursework for your degree plan or for your professional school application at the University of Houston. Taking 1-2 courses in the Summer outside of UH is not a big deal, but avoid making it a habit.

That said, if you are a transfer student bringing in credits from another institution, then you do not need to retake prerequisites for your professional school application. That includes transfer students who are transferring from community college as well as four-year institutions. The quality of your education will be tested in the coursework that you take once you enroll at the university.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is the standardized, multiple-choice exam that medical school admissions use as a standardized metric to measure student preparation for medical school.

Students are required to the read the MCAT Essentials before submitting an application to test.

Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes

Sections:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Cost: The basic registration fee for the MCAT is $310, which covers the cost of the exam, as well as distribution of your scores. Late registration and changes to registration will result in additional fees. Applicants with financial need may apply for the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program to receive reduced MCAT registration fees.

Scores: Scores range from 472-528. Individual sections are scored from 118 to 132. Generally, medical schools require a minimum score of 125 on each section.

As of 2019, the average accepted applicant in Texas scored a 510. High MCAT scores do not guarantee admission and should not be expected to outweigh a low GPA. Further, you should only take the MCAT once you are adequately prepared for the exam. The idea is to take the real exam only once, though many applicants do attempt the test twice. The key is you must improve on your second attempt; therefore, retakes should not be taken lightly.

Timeline: The Pre-Health Advising Center recommends that applicants start studying for the MCAT only AFTER all required MCAT coursework has been completed. This means you should complete all MCAT coursework at least three months before you plan to start studying. Students should plan to take the MCAT no later than May in the year they plan to apply.

MCAT Preparation: Preparation for the MCAT can take many forms, whether through self-study or a formal test-preparation course. Most applicants dedicate at least 3-4 months to preparing for the MCAT. This includes content review and practice tests. It is recommend you complete at least 5-6 full-length practice tests before sitting for the real exam. Doing so will allow you to build endurance for the exam as well as give you a better idea of where you "true score" lies.

The Pre-Health Advising Center does not endorse any specific test preparation resource. We encourage you to explore each of the different options to determine which will best fit your needs.

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There is no formula that will make you the perfect applicant. That said, a competitive applicant has:

  • Strong GPA (>3.5 for both overall and BCPM)
  • Strong MCAT (>510 total;>125 on each section)
  • Pattern of taking challenging coursework and credit-load (>12/semester)
  • Extra-curricular involvement (leadership in student organizations, research, employment, etc.)
  • Consistent volunteer experience
  • Experience in or exposure to the medical field (shadowing, volunteering, or employment)

The key is to perform well in your science classes, do well on the MCAT, and pursue activities and opportunities that introduce you to the field of medicine. It also important that you follow your interests as well, even if they are not directly related to being a doctor or healthcare, generally. Sports, literature, film, music, acting, dancing, hobbies, and any sort of competition all fall in this category. Admissions committees value applicants that well-rounded and have interests outside of medicine.

A well-rounded person has interests that broaden them and that is what your extra-curricular activities should do for you. By definition, extra-curricular implies something outside of coursework so it should be an activity that you participate in that does not count for course credit. Sports, literature, film, music, acting, dancing, hobby, and any sort of competition can all fall into this category. Medical schools do not want robots! Performing well in your classes is only one piece of what admissions committees are looking for.

Consider who you are and what makes you happy. What are the things that you like to do for fun? What do you do to "de-stress" and recharge? Well do them and do them regularly. Join clubs, learn more about the activity, become proficient and get excited about it. Be able to talk about it in depth and be able to teach others about it. If you can, get others excited about your interest, get them involved, and take on leadership roles, if applicable.

Most medical schools do not require shadowing hours, but instead strongly encourage potential applicants to investigate the field of medicine and the job of a physician, specifically. Indeed, even working in a hospital may not provided you an in-depth glimpse into the day-to-day life of a doctor. Therefore, shadowing and having conversations with doctors are an important part of confirming that this is the career path that you wish to pursue and proving to admissions committees that you understand what you are getting into.

It is generally recommend that you shadowing for at least 50 hours, but there is no minimum or maximum. Often, your time is better spent volunteering or participating in other, more engaging, activities than shadowing, so do not feel compelled to shadow forever.

Importantly, shadowing means hands-off observation only. Please refrain from participating in activities that could be construed as practicing medicine. You are not yet licensed nor trained as a healthcare professional, therefore, use ethical decision-making in the choosing the activities you observe and participate in.

Research is not required for admission into medical school, though many admissions committees appreciate students that have participated in a research project or laboratory. Whether a medical school values research will often depend on the mission of that program. Indeed, many medical schools that prefer to focus on community health and primary care will not weigh research as heavily when making their admission decisions.

If you are not interested in research, you are better off engaging in other activities that you are more passionate about. Remember that admissions committees appreciate you following your interests, rather than simply checking off a box of activities you feel are necessary for admission.

If you are interested in research, you should not feel limited to wet-lab or life-science research. Indeed, feel free to explore research projects outside of medicine, healthcare, or translational science if you are interested in other areas. It is more about being passionate and productive in the project, than the specific content.

Conducting research is also another opportunity to secure a strong letter of evaluation from a faculty member.

See here for our tips on finding research experiences.

Just like shadowing and research, volunteering is not just a box to check. It is an opportunity to display your desire to serve others, so there is no minimum number of hours. Instead, approach volunteering from the view that this is just something that you do regardless of whether you are required.

You do not need to volunteer in ten different settings and no amount of volunteer work will ever substitute for a poor GPA or MCAT score. Think about how you'd like to serve others. What kind of environment or what population of people do you think needs your attention and help? Find an organization that works in that area and try to dedicate a few hours every week. If you grow tired of a particular setting, find a different one and commit your time and effort in the same way. Medical schools can sense when an applicant is participating in activities only to pad their resume versus someone who is investing in opportunities in which they are most interested.

See here for more information on volunteering in Houston.

Short answer is yes.

That said, which organization(s) to join is completely up to you. One misconception that students make is that you must join all pre-med or pre-health clubs. Instead, consider what hobbies and interests you have and seek out like-minded people. General advice for any UH student is to join at least one academic club and one social club. Academic clubs include professional clubs like pre-med clubs but also clubs for a major of an academic discipline. Social clubs include Greek life, hobbyist clubs, and other clubs that allow you to explore a variety of extra-curricular activities.

Generally speaking, the impact of joining an student organization (besides gaining friends and learning about a particular area) on your application will depend on your level of involvement. Medical school admissions committees strongly value leadership in applicants. Therefore, it is not enough to simply attend organizational meetings, but you should look for ways to further the mission or cause of the organization. This could mean becoming an officer, but may also mean engaging in activities organized by the club, such as fundraisers, food-drives, volunteer activities, etc. If you are more involved, you will have more to included on your application and discuss during an interview.

Typically, you will apply to medical school during the Summer term between your Junior and Senior years. That said, one of the most important decisions you will make in the application process is deciding when to apply. There is no one timeline that fits all students. It all depends on when you can submit your strongest possible application.

A lot of planning must go into preparing a competitive application, so it's important to carefully consider your timeline. Our office emphasizes the importance of applying when you are the most competitive applicant you can be; do NOT rush your application timeline. Being competitive relies on both academic and extracurricular plans AND experiences. You will need to assess when you will be the most competitive applicant.

Things to consider when determining your application timeline:

Academic Accomplishment

  • Have you finished ALL prerequisites? When will these be completed?
  • How have you performed in those courses? Do you need more time to improve?
  • When will you be ready to take your admission exam? You should not plan to take these exams multiple times.

Experience

  • Community Service should be substantial and consistent. If you just started, you're not ready.
  • Have you gained clinical experience? Some programs have specific requirements.

Support

  • Do you have professors/PIs/supervisors who can write letters of support?
  • Are your family/friends are supportive of your goals?
  • Have you utilized UH Pre-Health Advising services?

Your professional and personal goals

  • Are you sure of your professional goal?
  • Do you need/want some time for other experiences between undergrad and graduate school?
  • Do you need time to save for/pay for your next program?

School Selection

Number of schools: UH students typically apply to between 10-20 medical schools. Our office recommends applying to at least all Texas-based schools.

Factors to consider:

  • Location I: Students have the best chance of admission at the public medical schools in their state of residency. Outside of your in-state school(s), consider private schools and other state public schools that accept a reasonable number of out-of-state residents.
  • Location II: Urban vs. rural setting, proximity to family, recreational opportunities, cost of living, etc.
  • Mission Statements: You should look for schools with mission statements that fit with your own goals.
  • Curriculum: Seek out information about the curriculum and consider how it fits with your learning style.
  • Cost: Consider tuition and type of financial aid available

Do not focus on “rankings”. In fact, the governing bodies of the medical schools (AAMC and AACOM) do not rank or endorse any ranking of the accredited schools and programs within their organizations. There are no "safety" medical schools. Each and every accredited medical school in the U.S. has rigorous admission standards.

Once you have decided to apply, you will need to review the various application services used by the different medical schools:

Texas Medical Schools (Allopathic and Osteopathic Primary Application)
  • Centralized Application Service: Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
  • Number of Participating Schools: All public Texas medical schools (10 allopathic, 2 osteopathic)
  • Cost: $150 flat fee, which includes all TMDSAS participating medical schools.
  • Fee Assistance? No fee waivers available
  • Personal Statement: Two required, One optional. Additional essay required for MD/PhD or DO/PhD applicants.
    • Required: "Explain your motivate to pursue a career in medicine. Include the value of your experiences that prepare you to be a physician." 5,000 character limit
    • Required:"Learning from others is enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe your personal characteristics (background, traits, skills, etc.) or experiences that would add to the educational experience of others." 2,500 character limit
    • Optional: "Briefly discuss any unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application which have not previously been presented." 2,500 character limit
  • Application Timing: Students will apply in the summer of the year preceding their planned matriculation. TMDSAS opens in early May for submission. Students applying after Junior year should wait until their Spring grades are posted before applying.

Allopathic Medicine Primary Application:

  • Centralized Application Service: American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
  • Number of Participating Schools: 149 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • Cost: $169 which includes one medical school designation. Each additional school is $39.
  • Fee Assistance? Yes, through the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program, which includes a waiver for all AMCAS fees for up to 16 medical schools, along with other benefits. Applications for FAP open in January. Apply early. 
  • Personal Statement Prompt:"Use the space provided to explain why you want to go to medical school." 5,300 character limit.
    • Applicants will write 3 additional essays on their most meaningful activities (1,325 characters).
    • MD/PhD applicants will 2 additional essays explaining their motivation for pursuing an MD/PhD and a detailed explanation of their research.
  • Application Timing: Students will apply in the summer of the year preceding their planned matriculation. AMCAS application opens in early May for edits; Applicants can submit in early June.
Osteopathic Medicine Primary Application
  • Centralized Application Service: American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
  • Number of Participating Schools: 33 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • Cost: $195 which includes one medical school designation. Each additional school is $45.
  • Fee Assistance? Yes, through the AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program
  • Personal Statement Prompt:"In the space provided, write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a DO." 4,500 character limit.
  • Application Timing: Students will apply in the summer of the year preceding their planned matriculation. AACOMAS application opens in early May for submission.

Following submission of your primary application (e.g., TMDSAS, AMCAS), you will begin to receive secondary (or supplemental) applications.

Secondary applications are program-specific and usually include additional essay questions in an attempt to learn more about an applicant's motivations for pursuing medicine as a career and, more importantly, why they are interested in attending a specific medical school. Therefore, when writing your secondary essays, be sure to be as specific as possible in your reasons for wanting to attend a given medical school. Review the program website, brochures, and missions statement for more information. Does the school offer a unique curriculum, research or clinic opportunities, access to a particular clinical population, or student organizations that you find attractive? General answers that could be applied to every medical school will not be viewed as favorably.

Medical schools usually send invitations to complete a secondary application as soon as an applicant's primary application has been submitted; however, others will wait until the primary is processed and only send secondary applications to selected applicants. While you wait to receive a secondary application, you may wish to Google secondary prompts from previous years to get a jump-start on your answers.

Note: Some medical schools (e.g., Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M) provide access to complete secondary applications on their website instead of notifying applicants by email. 

The Pre-Health Advising Center recommends applicants submit secondary applications within 2 weeks of receiving them (especially high-priority programs). 

Many medical schools have begun to utilize the CASPer in their admissions process.

The CASPer is a situational judgement test involving a series of realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asks applicants to indicate how they would respond if they were to be in that particular situation.

Medical schools purportedly use the CASPer to assess an applicant's non-academic, personality and interpersonal competencies, such as professionalism, communication, ethics, empathy, and motivation.

CASPer results are not released to applicants, so be wary of companies/test-preparation services that claim to offer guaranteed techniques for obtaining a high score. 

Which schools require the CASPer?

Currently, the CASPer is required by the following TX medical schools:

  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
  • Texas Tech University HSC, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio

What is the structure of the CASPer?

Please review the CASPer FAQ

The CASPer consists of 12 sections to be completed in 60-90 minutes, with an optional 15-minute break after six sections.

Each section is comprised of either a video-based or word-based scenario and a set of three associated questions. You are asked to type out your response to each question in the designated text box. You have 5 minutes to respond to all three questions.

When the timer is up, you are automatically directed to the next section where you are presented with a new scenario.

How do I prepare for the CASPer?

Technically, the CASPer is not designed to be “studied” for in a traditional sense, as it is supposed to evaluate your in-the-moment decision making and problem-solving skills. Responses are not categorized as right or wrong, but instead should be viewed as appropriate vs. inappropriate. That is, evaluators consider how comprehensive and thoughtful your response is to any given scenario.

As the CASPer is similar in nature to a Multi-Mini Interview (MMI), our office recommends using example MMI prompts to simulate and practice a CASPer scenario (including keeping to the strict 5-min time constraints). After outlining your responses, discuss your answers with a friend for feedback and to brainstorm any variables you may have overlooked. It may also be useful to familiarize yourself with the stance/position that the primary medical organizations (e.g., AMA, etc.) have on current medical issues and hot-topics, as this could help you formulate your own opinion and how you would respond to specific scenarios.

Our office also recommends approaching each scenario in a similar fashion:

  • What are the facts? What information is provided in the prompt? What information is not provided or do you wish you had?
  • What is the primary issue or question being asked?
  • Who would be affected by your response? These individuals may not have been included or mentioned in the scenario
  • Does your response produce the greatest good/least amount of harm?
  • As you write your response, are you including your thought process/reasoning behind the decisions and assumptions you have made?
Additionally, given the the limited time allotted to write your reponses, it is also important that you practice your typing skills. Our office suggests "warming-up" just prior to beginning your CASPer exam. CASPer raters are trained to disregard spelling mistakes when evaluating responses, so do not worry about correcting any minor mis-types as you are writing. Focus on getting your point across. Raters will also will accept any typed answer, whether it be in summarized, bullet-point form or complete sentences.

For in-state Texas applicants applying through the TMDSAS application, offers of admission are provided through a match process.

Applicants are required to rank order every Texas medical school in which they were invited to interview by preference. Similarly, each medical school provides TMDSAS a list of applicants they wish to admit. TMDSAS then matches applicants’ preferences and the schools’ preferences in a systematic method and releases the results during Match Day.

For example, if you interviewed at three TMDSAS-participating medical schools: University of Houston, McGovern Medical School, and Dell Medical School, you will submit a ranked list in your TMDSAS application based on your first-choice school preference, second-choice, and so on. During Match Day, if more than one of your ranked schools includes you on their list, you will receive an offer of admission from only the highest ranked school on your list. You will not rank any schools in which you did not receive an interview.

For AY2020:

Applicants must submit their rankings by 5:00PM on February 19th, 2021 .

Match Day is to be held on February 3rd, 2021.

What is "pre-match"?

Pre-match is a process in which TMDSAS allows Texas medical schools to offer admission to highly-qualified applicants prior to the official Match Day. Importantly, applicants may receive multiple pre-match offers.

If you receive one or more pre-match offers, you must still submit a ranking list in TMDSAS. On Match Day, you will only receive an offer of admission from your highest ranked pre-match school (unless you have been accepted by a medical school that you did not receive a pre-match offer with but ranked higher than your pre-match schools).

An applicant who receives more than one offer should decline any pre-match offer from a school that he/she definitely does not plan to attend as soon as that decision is made (but you will still be asked to rank that school).

For AY2020, pre-match will begin on October 15th, 2020 and continue through January 31st, 2021.

What if I do not receive any pre-match offers?

If you did not receive a pre-match offer, you are still required to submit a ranked list to TMDSAS by the stated deadline. Importantly, you are still eligible to receive an offer of admission during Match Day, so do not fret about not pre-matching.

What if I have multiple pre-match offers?

If you receive multiple pre-match offers, you must still rank each school with whom you interviewed based on your individual preferences. On Match Day, you will be automatically accepted by your highest ranked pre-match school (unless you have been accepted by a medical school that you did not receive a pre-match offer with but ranked higher than your pre-match schools). 

What if I have a pre-match offer, but wish to rank another school higher?

Pre-match offers are not binding. If you pre-match with one or more schools, but still wish to rank a school with whom you interviewed but did not receive a pre-match offer, you may do so. If you are offered acceptance to that school, it will take precedent over your lower-ranked pre-match schools.

For example, let us assume you interviewed with 5 medical schools (UH, UTMB, Dell, McGovern, Long), received only 3 pre-match offers (UH, Long, Dell), but still believe McGovern is your first choice. You would rank your schools something like:

  1. McGovern (interview, but no pre-match)
  2. UH (interview, pre-matched)
  3. Long (interview, pre-matched)
  4. UTMB (interview, no pre-match)
  5. Dell (interview, pre-matched)

On Match Day, if you receive an offer of admission from McGovern, it will supercede all other offers (including pre-match) since you ranked McGovern first. However, if McGovern does not offer admission, then you will automatically receive an offer from UH, as it is your highest-ranked pre-match school.

What if I have match to a TMDSAS-participating school, but wish to attend an out-of-state medical school or Baylor College of Medicine?

Again, pre-match offers are not binding. If you receive an offer of admission from a non-TMDSAS participating medical school and wish to accept, simply notify all other medical schools in which you have been accepted of your decision to decline their offers as soon as possible.

Click here for more information on the TMDSAS Match Process

International students in the US on a Visa without permanent U.S. resident status ("Green Card") often find it surprising that it is much more difficult to enter a U.S. medical school (M.D. or D.O) than it is to enter a U.S. university or graduate school to study for a Ph.D. or M.S. degree.

Many U.S. medical schools give preference to legal residents of the geographic state in which the school is located. Eligibility for many U.S. Federal Government sponsored financial loans may require being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

International students should review the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) to determine the medical schools they are interested in accept international applicants.

How do I apply as an international applicant?

TMDSAS Admissions Data for EY2019*

  • UH Applicants: 208
  • UH Accepted: 68
  • UH Acceptance Rate: 32% / Texas Average Acceptance Rate: 26%
  • Applicants from the University of Houston were accepted into over 22 different medical schools, including Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse University, New York University, and every school in Texas.
  • Accepted applicants came from over 14 different majors, including those in the sciences, humanities, History, Finance, and Political Science.
University of Houston (EY2019)
Overall GPA Science GPA MCAT Average MCAT Percentile
Applied 3.62 3.51 506 68th
Accepted 3.81 3.75 513 86th
TMDSAS Applicants (EY2019)
Overall GPA Science GPA MCAT Average MCAT Percentile
Applied 3.61 3.49 505 n/a
Accepted 3.80 3.73 510 n/a

*Note: Excludes admission data from AMCAS, AACOMAS, and Baylor College of Medicine. Includes only those applicants who designated the University of Houston as their primary institution and authorized release of their application data to the Pre-Health Advising Center.

Admissions Data by Texas Medical School (EY 2019)

  • Baylor College of Medicine:
    • 17 Accepted/165 Applied
  • UT Southwestern Medical School
    • 8 Accepted/190 Applied
  • UT Medical Branch at Galveston
    • 17 Accepted/196 Applied
  • McGovern Medical School - UT Health Houston
    • 19 Accepted/198 Applied
  • Long School of Medicine - UT Health San Antonio
    • 14 Accepted/188 Applied
  • UT Austin Dell Medical School
    •  5 Accepted/182 Applied
  • UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
    •  5 Accepted/173 Applied
  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
    • 11 Accepted/190 Applied
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
    • 11 Accepted/181 Applied
  • University of North Texas—Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • 19 Accepted/155 Applied
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso
    •  14 Accepted/177 Applied
  • University of Houston College of Medicine (*EY 2020; inaugural 30-student class)
    • 6 Accepted/133 Applied