New Carthage pact offers early admission to major medical school
Thanks to a new agreement, Carthage students who meet certain academic criteria can reserve a future spot at the nation’s largest medical school — in some cases without taking the Medical College Admission Test.
Each year, the deal will allow a limited number of students in the pre-health program to secure advance admission to either the medical or dental program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). The private college estimates that participants “bypass almost 95% of the competition” for seats.
Carthage students can apply to the program once they’ve accumulated 30 credits, but no later than May 1 of their second year. LECOM offers a separate application window for high school students who plan to attend Carthage.
This option eliminates the headache of a yearlong application process, explains Professor David Brownholland, chair of Carthage’s Pre-Health Committee. Students bound for the medical program can even skip the MCAT if their ACT/SAT scores and college GPA qualify.
“Ordinarily, applying to medical school is incredibly stressful,” says the associate professor of chemistry. “This option can relieve some of this stress while also saving quite a bit money from the normal application and interview process.”
Across three campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida, LECOM has more than 2,250 students in its Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program. That topped all U.S. medical schools in enrollment in 2017-18.
More than two-thirds of the school’s recent graduates have gone on to practice primary care, according to statistics from U.S. News & World Report.
“This is not going to be right for everybody,” Prof. Brownholland acknowledged, but “it’s a wonderful option for the right student.”
Since arriving here in 2014, he’s seen osteopathic medicine — once viewed as a fallback option for aspiring M.D. candidates who miss out on traditional (allopathic) medical school — become an increasingly popular choice for top-tier students. It features a holistic approach to health care, taking patients’ lifestyles and surroundings into account and emphasizing disease prevention.
Roughly 250 Carthage students have declared a pre-health concentration. Faculty coordinators from the Pre-Health Committee help students to design individual course sequences that prepare them for advanced education leading to medical, dental, physician assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, or veterinary degrees.
Students can learn more about the LECOM early acceptance program at one of two information sessions on Thursday, March 14. The sessions will be held at 11:40 a.m. and 4 p.m., both in room 99 of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.