Moon Township, Pa. -- RMU is taking the stress out of getting into medical school.
Through partnerships with top medical schools, Robert Morris University’s Pre-Medicine Program now offers select students guaranteed admission into medical school immediately upon graduation from RMU. The University currently has these so-called linkage agreements with the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia; the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie; and the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
The agreement with the Drexel University College of Medicine includes a partnership with Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) on Pittsburgh’s North Side. During their undergraduate career, students will complete a pre-professional internship at AGH, which is a regional campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Then, during their final two years of medical school, they will return to the hospital for a clerkship and a clinical rotation.
To be considered for the program, students must have a minimum combined score of 1270 on the mathematics and verbal portions of the SAT, and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA while enrolled in the pre-medicine program at RMU. Officials at AGH and Drexel University College of Medicine will interview candidates recommended for the program by RMU. Students must score at least a 31 on the MCAT medical school admissions exam.
Preference will be given to students from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and to those who want to pursue careers in family medicine, general internal medicine or general pediatrics. This exclusive program will admit five students each year.
“We are very pleased to build upon our strong academic relationship with AGH through this affiliation with Robert Morris University,” said Richard V. Homan, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs and dean of Drexel University College of Medicine. “This unique partnership will enable more students to attend medical school, and ultimately enter local residency training programs and practice in Western Pennsylvania in order to serve their communities.”
RMU’s partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) -- the fastest growing medical college in the country – is open to 10 students each year. They must have a combined score of at least 1250 on the mathematics and verbal portions of the SAT and earn a 3.5 GPA while in high school. They will be required to maintain at least a 3.4 GPA while a student at RMU and score a 24 on the MCAT.
Once they receive their bachelor’s degree from RMU, students enter LECOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program. This unique program allows students to choose from three student-centered, learning pathways: traditional lecture-discussion courses; small-group, problem-based learning; and independent study based on self-directed learning modules.
“We’re pleased that RMU has recognized the opportunity to train new doctors,” said LECOM President John M. Ferretti. “We have a long relationship with many Western Pennsylvania hospitals, and we see RMU attracting students who will want to work at those hospitals and serve patients in the region after earning their LECOM degree.”
RMU also offers a 3+4 linkage agreement with Palmer College of Chiropractic (PCC) in Davenport, Iowa. This valuable collaboration gives students the opportunity to earn an RMU undergraduate degree and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in just seven years: Students complete three years of undergraduate study at RMU followed by four years of study at PCC. Students are awarded a bachelor’s degree from RMU after completing their first year of medical training at PCC.
Palmer College of Chiropractic is one of the most prestigious chiropractic colleges in the nation, and is widely accepted as the birthplace of the discipline. It was founded in 1897 by D.D. Palmer – the “father of chiropractic.” Today, Palmer alumni make up one-third of the approximately 75,000 chiropractors practicing worldwide.
The Pre-Medicine Program at RMU is part of the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. High school students who are interested in pursuing a medical degree through one of these innovative partnerships are invited to attend an open house on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9:30 a.m. in Massey Theater at RMU’s Moon Township campus. Those who attend may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship each year at RMU.