University of Arkansas, College of Medicine Admission
University of Arkansas, College of Medicine Undergraduate Program
University of Arkansas, College of Medicine Application
The University of Arkansas is a rather large, public institution located in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and has a combined graduate and undergraduate population of over 22,000 students. The university's College of Medicine, however, is significantly smaller, and is home to about 575 graduate medical students. In addition, the university has schools of nursing, pharmacy, public health, and health related professions, which make up the Center for Medical Sciences. Aside from the basic MD degree, the school offers joint degrees in the MD/MBA, MD/MPH, and the MD/PhD in the areas of anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, as well as physiology.
Admission to the University of Arkansas' College of Medicine is extremely competitive among the relatively few students who apply; last year, over 1,675 students applied for admission to the school, and approximately 170 of those students were accepted. Eventually however, only about 140 of the admitted students actually enrolled for the coming semester. The admitted students had average MCAT scores of about 9.0 in Biology, 9.0 in Physics, and 9.0 in Verbal, as well as an average undergraduate GPA of about a 3.6. Students are notified of their admissions status on a rolling basis, and there is currently no early application program in place.
The College of Medicine has about 600 faculty members, all of whom come from relatively diverse medical and academic backgrounds. The school also boasts a very manageable student to faculty ratio of about 1:1, and the small classes allow for plenty of discussion and interaction between students and their professors.
Graduates of the College of Medicine often go on to be accepted to some of the most prestigious residency programs in the nation, and most frequently specialize in the areas of family medicine, primary care, surgery, ob/gyn, as well as neurology.
Students are required to complete extensive clinical training including 12 weeks of internal medicine, 8 weeks of surgery, 6 weeks of ob/gyn, 6 weeks of psychiatry, 8 weeks of pediatrics, 4 weeks of specialties, 2 weeks of geriatrics, 4 weeks of family medicine, as well as 8 weeks of primary care selectives.
"The clinical training really prepares you for your residency."
"There is a high degree of patient contact, which helps to solidify what you've learned."
"If you are an in-state student, you really can get a bang for your buck."
"There can be some competitiveness among the students."
"There is no on campus graduate housing, which can be quite annoying."
"You can basically expect to have no life whatsoever."
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