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B.A./B.S. and M.D. Program
B.A./B.S. and M.D. Program
B.A./B.S. and M.D. Special Program in Medicine (SPiM): University of Connecticut at Storrs and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
The University of Connecticut Undergraduate College at Storrs
and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine offers a
combined B.A./B.S. and M.D. program that will lead to the
awarding of an undergraduate degree from the University of
Connecticut and a medical degree from the University of
Connecticut School of Medicine. At the time of admission to the
undergraduate program, the combined program allows for
provisional acceptance to the School of Medicine once the
student has completed the four year undergraduate degree.
The program allows gifted and talented high school students,
who are certain that they want to become physicians, the
opportunity to combine liberal arts and professional education
at the University of Connecticut. The undergraduate and
professional schools are committed to providing a culture that
reflects diversity with respect to age, gender, racial and
ethnic origins, and academic concentrations across many
disciplines. The combined program is viewed as a liberating
opportunity for gifted and talented students to more fully
develop their interests, and encourages students to explore a
wide range of undergraduate courses encompassing the biological
and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
The program features the full curriculum of the two schools,
requiring four years at the Storrs campus and four years at the
Farmington campus. Aspects of the combined program, such as
summer research, clinical placements, community service
opportunities, among others, will involve activities designed to
acquaint students with research, clinical and community service
opportunities during the students' undergraduate experience. The
undergraduate school will award the bachelor’s degree upon
completion of an approved four year curriculum at Storrs and the
School of Medicine will award the M.D. degree upon completion of
its approved curriculum.
Admission to the Special Program in Medicine (SPiM) is
highly selective. Applicants must present evidence of
exceptional performance in a demanding high school curriculum,
which may include advanced preparation in mathematics and
laboratory sciences as well as other disciplines. Students must
take either the SAT 1 or the ACT exam. While there are no state
residency requirements, Connecticut residents receive special
Generally, candidates will present a high school grade point
average of 3.5 on a four-point scale, and either an SAT 1
combined score of 1300 with a 650 minimum score for each
category or an ACT composite score of 29. Additional factors
considered include, strength of recommendations, maturity, range
and depth of extracurricular involvement; and commitment to the
health sciences. The admissions committees for the undergraduate
and professional schools believe that the full breadth and depth
of candidates' preparation cannot be judged solely by grades and
test scores. The committees encourage applications from
candidates who present with more modest grades and test scores
if there is evidence of exceptional preparation in other areas.
Interviews at the School of Medicine are required as part of the
final selection process to the combined program.
The Division of Enrollment Management and the undergraduate
Admissions Office at Storrs will prepare application and
publication materials for dissemination to individual prospects
and feeder schools. The School of Medicine will develop a
program listing for inclusion in the MSAR, school catalog, web
page, and other suitable announcement and publication sites.
The admissions office will receive and evaluate all
applicants. It is estimated that between 200 and 300 applicants
will apply. A joint selection committee comprising faculty
members and admissions officers from the undergraduate campus
and medical school will select between 30 and 40 candidates for
interviews. Interviews at the medical school will be required
for any candidates under consideration for SPiM admission. The
school will provide a rank-ordered list of acceptable candidates
to the admission office.
Admission offers for the SPiM will consist of an offer of
admission to the undergraduate school and a contingent offer of
admission to the School of Medicine. The medical school will set
the specific contingencies (see below) required in order for a
SPiM student to matriculate into medical school. Students are
expected to conform to all codes of conduct applicable at the
main University, and while pursuing activities at the School of
Medicine or affiliated institutions.
At the end of each semester of study, beginning with the
first semester at Storrs, the School of Medicine will monitor
the progress of all students who matriculate in the SPiM. It
will require that SPiM students have an advisory committee
assigned to monitor the progress of each student. The advisory
committee will be charged with assisting each student in
developing a curricular and extracurricular program, and
monitoring and informing the School of Medicine of each
student's progress. Program advisors are expected to identify
enrichment experiences that will nurture and benefit students
during the critical undergraduate developmental and preparation
years. The advisory committee is expected to file a progress
report at the end of each semester. SPiM students will be
required to submit a statement of their activities, progress,
and plans at the beginning of each academic year.
The School of Medicine will ordinarily require a SPiM student
to maintain a 3.6 grade point average throughout the four year
undergraduate experience. The School of Medicine will ordinarily
require SPiM students to take the MCAT exam and score a minimum
of 30, with no individual score less than 8. During their
undergraduate years, the School of Medicine will require SPiM
students to engage in clinical, research, extracurricular and
community service activities consistent with the expectations of
the School of Medicine’s Admission Committee standards. The
school will require SPiM students to develop and then to present
sufficiently strong motivation and strong interpersonal skills
required for entry to the professional school setting.
Interviews and letters of recommendation will be used to
evaluate and determine whether a SPiM student is fully prepared
to initiate professional school studies. The School of Medicine
retains the authority to deny matriculation in its school if a
SPiM student does not fulfill all the contingencies required.
SPiM students may pursue any one of over 90 baccalaureate
degrees offered at the University of Connecticut at Storrs in
the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the School of
Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School
of Allied Health, or the School of Pharmacy. SPiM offers
students special opportunities to incorporate some curricular,
extracurricular, research and clinical experiential activities
as part of their preparation during the undergraduate years.
Activities expected may include some of the following: summer
research experiences at the UConn Health Center; clinical
experientials at the UConn School of Medicine and its affiliated
institutions; attendance at journal clubs and research symposia
at the Health Center and at Storrs; and participation in ongoing
community service activities of the Health Center student body.
The University of Connecticut at Storrs will confer a B.A. or
the B.S. degree at the completion of the undergraduate
curriculum and after all requirements have been met. The School
of Medicine will confer a medical degree at the completion of
its curriculum and after all requirements have been met.
Expenses and Financial Assistance
Students are responsible for the payment of tuition and fees
set by the university for both programs.
A full range of need-based and merit-based award programs are
available to undergraduate students and medical students. All
SPiM matriculants are eligible for merit scholarships, and for
participation in the Honors Program, as undergraduate students.
Candidates for financial assistance should submit the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
Applicants can request additional information on financial
assistance by calling the Office of Student Financial Aid
Services at the Storrs Campus, 860-486-2819, or by writing to
the office at U-4116, Storrs, CT 06269.
SPiM students will be automatically considered for summer
fellowship awards at the School of Medicine. Upon completion of
the undergraduate phase of the program, SPiM students who have
met all standards expected can apply for financial support
through the Student Financial Assistance Center at the Health
Center. SPiM students matriculating in the School of Medicine
will be automatically considered for merit scholarships.
Application and Acceptance Policies
Acceptance Fee: The School of Medicine
requires a one-time $500 program services fee for students as
they enter SPiM. This fee supports the activities conducted by
the School of Medicine during the undergraduate program,
including orientation sessions, counseling sessions, arranging
appropriate clinical, research, and community service activities
for SPiM students.
Medical School Application Fee: This fee is
paid at the time of formal submission of the medical school
Medical School Deposit Fee: This fee holds a
place in the medical school class and is payable at the time of
formal acceptance to the School of Medicine.
Starting date for School of Medicine: Mid
August. Note: SPiM students are required to file a medical school
application (AMCAS) as instructed by the director of admissions
before matriculating in the School of Medicine.