Special Consideration Program for Medicine
Through a partnership with the traditional undergraduate colleges on the Macon campus, Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) offers a Special Consideration Program (SCP) for its Doctor of Medicine degree. Up to 18 incoming freshmen will be selected each year for this special program.
Eligibility Criteria to Apply to the Special Consideration Program:
The applicant must:
- be a US Citizen or a US Permanent Resident;
- have continuously maintained status as a legal resident of the state of Georgia for the four years prior to application to the program;
- have obtained a high-school GA of 3.7 or greater on a 4-point scale;
- have obtained a SAT score of at least 1360 (Evidence based Reading and Writing + Math) or a composite ACT score of at least 29.
- have been accepted into an undergraduate program at Mercer University; and
- have at least 2 letters of reference (at least one from science or math instructor at high school, and at least one letter of character reference) directly submitted by the letter writer to Mercer University Undergraduate Admissions Office, by the deadline specified.
Incoming college freshmen who have not gone through the application process before registering for freshman year are not eligible to apply to this program.
SCP-Medicine Application and Instructions for Submission:
Please review and follow instructions in the applications carefully. The application forms are PDF documents with fillable fields. Please ensure you save your responses! Please return your completed signed application (to include parts 1, 2, and 3) in one packet to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, c/o Elizabeth Brewer, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207, by December 1 of the year before matriculation. Do NOT send them to Mercer University School of Medicine Admissions Office.
In addition to mailing a signed copy of your application packet, please e-mail an electronic copy of your complete application (the e-mailed copy does not have to be signed and / or notarized) to Elizabeth Brewer at firstname.lastname@example.org also by December 1 of the year before matriculation.
Please label your application files as follows:
- SCP Medicine Appl_Part 1_First Name_Last Name
- SCP Medicine Appl_Part 2 & 3_First Name_Last Name
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Brewer, Admissions Counselor, at 478.301.2322 or email@example.com.
After a complete application is submitted by the deadline:
Complete Applications submitted by the deadline are subject to screening by the MD Program Admissions Committee at MUSM before a decision to invite applicants to an interview is made. The Admissions Committee invites up to 40 applicants to an interview at Mercer University School of Medicine as a step toward further consideration.
Applicants invited to an interview will be notified by e-mail by 5:00 PM ET December 15 of the year before matriculation.
Interview dates are in mid-January of the year before undergraduate matriculation. A successful interview at Mercer University School of Medicine is required for acceptance in to the Special Consideration Program in Medicine.
*Eventual acceptance to the MD program at MUSM of a candidate accepted into the Special Consideration Program for Medicine is contingent upon the applicant meeting the following requirements:
1. Matriculating in the undergraduate program to which the applicant has been accepted at Mercer University in a fall semester, and meeting the requirements to graduate with a traditional bachelor's degree from Mercer University within four years of matriculation.
2. Obtaining an undergraduate degree from Mercer University before matriculation into the MD program.
3. Completing all pre-medical science pre-requisites at Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts (general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biology). The MUSM Admissions Office should receive official transcripts of all post-secondary college coursework from the institution(s) in which such work was undertaken by the end of June of the year of application to the medical program.
4. Attending 80% of the meetings for SCP students at MUSM. These meetings are held at MUSM and arranged by the director/dean of admissions twice a year, and are intended to familiarize SCP students further with what MUSM has to offer.
5. Obtaining a cumulative grade point average and a cumulative BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, and math*) grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of Year 1 of undergraduate studies (checked in July).
6. Obtaining a cumulative grade point average and a cumulative BCPM grade point average of at least 3.25 at the end of Year 2 of undergraduate studies (checked in July).
7. Obtaining a cumulative grade point average and a cumulative BCPM grade point average of at least 3.5 at the end of Year 3 of undergraduate studies (checked in July).
6. Documenting at least 100 hours of volunteer work consistent with Mercer University School of Medicine's mission during your first three years of undergraduate studies. This should be documented in the primary American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application and supported by letters of recommendation.
7. Achieving an overall percentile rank of 67 or better on the 'New (2015)' Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
8. Achieving a percentile rank of at least 50 in the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the same MCAT.
9. Applying to the Early Decision Program (for admission into the MD program at Mercer University School of Medicine) in time to meet the deadline for application to the Early Decision Program in August of the application year (i.e., for matriculation in August of the following year).
10. No history of institutional action against the applicant during his/her studies at Mercer University.
11. Positive letter of evaluation from Mercer University Health Vocations Advisement Committee.
12. MUSM's receipt of verified application data from AMCAS consistent with that submitted by the applicant at the time of a Primary AMCAS Application for that M.D Admissions Cycle.
13. MUSM's receipt of an acceptable Criminal Background Check following initial acceptance into the M.D. program.
14. Meeting Technical Standards for Admission to the M.D. Program at Mercer University School of Medicine.
*Please be aware that the Admissions Committee of Mercer University School of Medicine reviews admissions criteria for its various programs including the MD program from time to time. Mercer University School of Medicine reserves the right to amend criteria for eventual acceptance, but students in the SCP program will be notified reasonably in advance of any changes that may apply to their application to the MD program at MUSM.
Note: If the SCP applicant meets criteria 1-12 above, then a subsequent interview at the time of submitting an application to the MD program at MUSM is waived. If the applicant does not meet any of the above criteria or applies to the MD program as a 'Regular Pool' applicant, an interview is not waived at the time of applying to the MD program. Also in this case, an interview is required but is not guaranteed either, and such an applicant will be reviewed as any traditional applicant to the MD program applying during the senior year of undergraduate studies.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. I have been accepted into the Special Consideration Program for Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. Am I required to eventually apply to the MD program at Mercer University School of Medicine?
No, students in the SCP program in Medicine are not obligated to apply to the MD program at MUSM. They are not restricted from applying to other schools or to other programs. Some SCP students also change career plans.
2. I am a SCP student in Medicine good standing at Mercer University but would an interview be waived if I applied as a Regular Pool applicant instead of to the Early Decision Program?
For an interview to be waived at the time of applying to the MD program in August 2019, SCP students are required to apply to the Early Decision Program at Mercer University School of Medicine.
3. "I am a SCP Medicine student and have completed 3 years of undergrad at Mercer University with a cumulative science GPA of 3.6, but my total MCAT score was a percentile rank of 60. Am I still eligible to apply to the MD program at MUSM?
Yes, SCP-Medicine students that do not meet the GPA or MCAT criteria noted above may still apply to the MD program at MUSM but in this case their application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee just as other traditional applicants to the MD program are reviewed.
4. I applied to the SCP-Medicine program at Mercer University but did not get accepted. Can I still apply to the MD program at MUSM?
Yes. Please note eligibility criteria for applying to the MD program at MUSM here: http://medicine.mercer.edu/admissions/md/information/committee/
5. I am a SCP-Medicine student at Mercer University. How do I document the 100 hours of volunteer work required?
At the time of submitting your Primary AMCAS Application, you will have the opportunity to document your work and service experiences. The Primary AMCAS Application will allow inclusion of the name of the Experience, the organization, the supervisor, the supervisor's contact information, and allow the applicant to describe the experience and its impact on the applicant. Additionally, we require at least 2 letters of evaluation from physicians or members of the health profession in reference to the volunteer experiences documented by the applicant in the Primary AMCAS Application.