Medical School Early Assurance Program

The FIU Honors College and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) are pleased to announce a program that allows second-year Honors College pre-medical students to be considered for guaranteed admission to the HWCOM. In addition to securing an acceptance of admission (if all standards are met), the program will assist students throughout their premedical planning by helping to define and broaden their academic interests and by providing educational enrichment as students explore and learn more about the medical profession.

Eligibility

A. Initial requirements in order to apply, a student must:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Be enrolled in the Honors College at FIU
  3. Have a minimum of 60 completed credits , including at least 24 credits from FIU
  4. Have a minimum of 2 semesters enrolled in the Honors College
  5. Apply in your sophomore year, usually in your third semester
  6. Complete at FIU at least one Biology course, and three additional courses in either Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Math (BCPM)
  7. Have a 3.6 overall GPA, and a 3.5 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (BCPM) GPA
  8. Submit two letters of evaluation*: One from a science faculty member and one from the Honors College Dean** (or designate). An optional letter from a health care provider with whom the student has volunteered, shadowed, or been employed will also be accepted.
  9. Be in good academic standing without and professionalism violations or disciplinary actions

        * Evaluators email letters of support directly to Lsolorza@fiu.edu

       * *Letters from the Dean are requested through the EAP Advisor

Application:

  1. Students must apply directly to the Honors College EAP Committee by March 31 ** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: April 28 **. Applications are submitted online at: https://eap.medicine.fiu.edu.
  2. The Honors College EAP Committee will review applications and schedule interviews with successful candidates. Only the most competitive students, as determined by the Committee, will be interviewed. The number of applicants invited for interviews will be limited. Interviews will take place after Spring term grades are available.
  3. Applications recommended by the Honors College EAP Committee will then be reviewed by and HWCOM EAP Admissions Committee.

B. HWCOM Admissions Interviews

Selected candidates by the Honors College will be forwarded to the EAP Admissions Committee of the HWCOM for another interview with its members. During interviews, candidates will be encouraged to reveal such personal qualities as empathy, integrity, temperament, self-confidence, and resourcefulness. Applicants also will have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for pursuing a career in medicine by addressing questions related (but not limited) to:

  • Motivation for medicine
  • Breadth of educational interests and accomplishments
  • Extracurricular activities and evidence of service to others
  • Self-awareness and insight into issues facing physicians today

C. Acceptance

After all EAP interviews have been completed, up to ten candidates will be guaranteed a conditional acceptance into the designated entering class at HWCOM. This acceptance is contingent upon the candidate maintaining academic and standards.

D. Requirements in order to progress to medical school:

If accepted into the EAP, candidates must fulfill the following requirements to enter HWCOM:

  1. Complete all HWCOM prerequisite courses for admission
  2. Participate in required programs and activities sponsored by HWCOM and the FIU Honors College
  3. Meet with an Honors College EAP advisor at least once each semester
  4. Have a continued endorsement by the Dean of the Honors College
  5. Take the MCAT by the stated deadline of the application year and score a minimum of 505, or in the 75th Note: The MCAT must be taken no later than May of the year prior to matriculation at HWCOM.
  6. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.6 and a minimum BCPM of 3.5
  7. Demonstrate the following:
    1. Professional behavior/leadership
    2. Community service
    3. Clinical training
    4. Enriching qualities- Additional personal characteristics outside of grades and MCAT
    5. Research ability
  8. Participate in the special HWCOM premed mentoring program for EAP students

Other requirements: 

  1. Submit an application to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) no later than July 1 of the year prior to matriculation at HWCOM
  2. Complete the bachelor’s degree and all required courses prior to matriculation
  3. Meet all technical standards – http://medicine.fiu.edu/admissions/md/technical-standards/index.html
  4. Meet all pre-matriculation requirements, including health/vaccination documentation, drug testing, Level II Background check, etc.

Accepted EAP Students who apply to any other medical school will forfeit their guaranteed acceptance to HWCOM. They may apply to HWCOM via the normal process, through AMCAS, but will not be granted any special rights, privileges or guarantees.

Accepted EAP candidates will be required to acknowledge their intent to matriculate at HWCOM in writing within two weeks of the acceptance, thereby constituting an agreement with HWCOM that they will not pursue admission to any other medical school(s). Students that fail to meet the admission requirements for the conditional admission are not precluded from applying to HWCOM in the general pool.

Note: This information reflects Information pertinent only to the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Entering Class of 2018. The Early Assurance Program will be reviewed annually to determine any necessary or desirable changes regarding EAP requirements and/or standards for admission to HWCOM.

If a student does not meet the exact standards but are close and have a strong academic background, great attributes and strong recommendations, they should still consider applying. When evaluating academic credits eligibility, one of the determining factors is to evaluate if a student will be completing their final two years of college, junior and senior year.  The Admissions Committee will holistically look at applications to determine if a student is qualified based on a complete evaluation of their application.

For more information about the Early Assurance Program, please contact Lili Solorzano at Lsolorza@fiu.edu.