Admissions FAQ's


Is there a preferred major of study?

We recommend majoring in something you enjoy that also allows you to take necessary science courses. Students enter medical school with a variety of majors; no one major is preferred. Undergraduate programs have career advisors that can and should give you the direction you need in selecting courses and planning for your future.

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What criteria are used to evaluate applicants?

The admissions committee evaluates each candidate’s academic preparation (GPA, coursework, MCAT), research activity, letters of recommendations, life experiences, leadership, volunteer effort, clinical or shadowing experiences, and demonstrated commitment to medicine. All of these factors drive decisions to interview and/or accept.

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What is the latest MCAT score considered for this year?

MCAT scores are valid for three years prior to starting medical school. 2008 is the last year for MCATs that can be considered for applicants applying in 2010 for matriculation in 2011.

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When should I take the MCAT? 

Preferably sometime between January and August to allow you to submit your application in the summer.

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Am I at a disadvantage if I take (or retake) the MCAT in August and I am applying that year for medical school?

No, but taking it later than August will likely do that. It is helpful to complete your AMCAS and secondary applications (including sending letters of recommendation) earlier while you are waiting for MCAT scores, so as not to delay your application’s review.

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Will you accept the January 2010 MCAT for 2011-2012 application season?

No. It is simply too late in our admissions process.

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What if I have already taken the MCAT and applied, and then decided to take the January 2011 MCAT? Will you consider those scores?

No. Not for the 2010-2011 application cycle.

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How long after I submit my AMCAS application will I receive word about my secondary application?

All applicants receive an email approximately two weeks after the verified AMCAS application. (full verification by AMCAS may take four to eight weeks) Once received by our admissions office, we will invite the applicant to complete our secondary application.  The email contains a unique URL and password that will allow you to access our iApply system.  We suggest that you complete your secondary as soon as possible. Detailed instructions about completing the secondary applications are provided online.

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Is preference given to Ohio residents?

No.

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What is tuition for 2010-2011? 

$47,730
Students enrolled in the CCLCM receive a full tuition and fees scholarship.

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Are AP credits accepted for premedical requirements?

Yes, AP credits are acceptable for mathematics, physics, and general chemistry. They are not accepted for organic chemistry or biology. If a student does have AP biology credits, they must complete two upper level biology courses to complete their premedical requirements.

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Are laboratory courses considered prerequisites for medical school?

Laboratory courses are considered prerequisites.  Most premedical courses have laboratory components that enhance and reinforce students’ knowledge of the scientific topic, and may be helpful in preparing for the MCAT and for the basic sciences in medical school. Further, many schools require laboratory work to complete the requirements in a specific major. 

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Are premedical requirements taken at community colleges accepted?

We discourage students from taking all of their science pre-requisites from a community college. However, if some are taken there, the MCAT must show solid science scores.

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Is the waiting list “ranked?”

No.

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Is a deposit required?

No.

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How do I apply for a Dual Degree?

After the student has matriculated, they may apply to take graduate school courses in September as long as they remain in good standings. The decision to pursue a Dual Degree can be made after the student takes several graduate school courses, determining how they handle the work load.

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Is research experience necessary for applying?

Some prior research experience in a medical or non-medical field is a requirement for CCLCM track since the program is designed to train physician investigators.

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What is the MD research thesis for CCLCM?

Student will spend at least 12 months during the last three years on their mentored research project, including preparation and defense of a master’s level thesis. Research usually follows the core clinical rotations, but may precede them. It can be completed in one block of time or divided over the final three years and interposed with clinical clerkships and electives, depending on the student’s research project and clinical interests. Students select mentors from CCLCM faculty based at the Cleveland Clinic, CWRU faculty based at the CWRU School of Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Metro Health Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center. The thesis project can also involve collaborations with others outside Cleveland (e.g., the NIH). Time for selection of a thesis project and preparation of the thesis is ample and does not reduce clinical experiences. During time devoted primarily to research, students are required to spend on average a half-day each week in related clinical activities.

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How many students matriculate annually?

32 students matriculate.

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Can international students get accepted?

A candidate from an institution outside the United States will be considered if he/she completes one or two undergraduate or graduate years of science coursework in an accredited four year college or university in this country (Canadian universities are acceptable) and demonstrates the ability to perform well in the United States academic environment. One degree (bachelors, masters or PhD) must be earned from a school in the US or Canada.

Although the full tuition scholarship is given to international students, they need to determine how they will cover living expenses. Note should be paid to the limitations on resources available for financial aid to students who are not citizens of the United States. Most medical schools, including the Case School of Medicine, require proof of payment up front for 2 years. International students often take loans to cover costs, and these must be cosigned by a US citizen.

The requirements for acceptance to medical school are listed in the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) handbook, which you can get from the American Association of Medical Colleges (aamc.org).  We require the MCAT from all applicants. More details for acceptance into U.S. medical schools and Canadian medical schools can be found at the AAMC.

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Is there an early decision program?

No.

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Are transfer students accepted?

No. Because of Program’s unique features, students in advanced standing cannot be accepted as transfer students.

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How many letters of recommendation are required?

We recommend three to five letters of recommendation from individuals who know the candidate well and who are in a capacity to judge the student’s performance objectively (no family members or friends of family). At least two letters should be from science or research advisors. A letter from a research advisor is required for the College Track. A premedical committee evaluation will be considered in lieu of the three to five letters required with the addition of a letter from a research advisor for the College Track. Letters of recommendation are considered critical to the decision-making process. Confidential letters are highly preferred, and a specific statement that a student is in good standing is also preferred. Commentary on any institutional action taken needed, when applicable.

It is acceptable to send your letters before your AMCAS application is received, but please make sure your recommenders include both your name and AAMC ID number in each letter. Please keep in mind that your file will not be considered complete until all letters have been received by the Admissions office.

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What is the schedule and procedure for the application process?

Please be sure to review our application procedures carefully. Take special note of the following deadlines, which could jeopardize your application if not followed. Any changes in your status or information (address, email, phone number, etc.) should be reported to our office as well as to AMCAS. We have a rolling admissions process.
  • June 1, 2010 - Consideration of preliminary (AMCAS) applications begins.

  • November 1, 2010 - Deadline for filing AMCAS application.

  • December 15, 2010 - Deadline for submitting electronic secondary application.

  • April 15, 2010 - Notify CCLCM of your final decision regarding your intention to attend CCLCM (this is earlier than most medical schools because we start course work July 2010). You may remain on other schools' alternate lists.

  • July 2010- Classes begin
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What is the grading system?

Throughout the 5-year curriculum, students are promoted on the basis of meeting the performance standards for each of CCLCM's nine competencies. No grades are given except for courses that count toward master's degree requirements if a student is pursuing a dual degree.

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Do I need to take biochemistry before I can apply to CCLCM?

No. Applicants can apply before fulfilling the biochemistry requirement, but must complete the course prior to matriculation.

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