4-Year M.D. Program Admission Requirements

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American University of St. Vincent School of Medicine is on a trimester system (three semesters per year) for the Four-Year M.D. Program with intakes in September, January, and May (see the academic calendar for specific dates). Students may apply for admission to the program at any time throughout the year. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.

Admission Requirements

The following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents) are required pre-medical prerequisites for admission (Please note that if you are interested in applying to American University of St. Vincent and are missing any of the above, you may qualify to join our pre-medical program. For information about that program, please click here):

  • One year of General Biology or Zoology with labs
  • One year of Inorganic Chemistry (General or Physical) with labs
  • One year of Organic Chemistry with labs – Or one semester of Organic Chemistry and one semester of Biochemistry
  • One semester of Physics with lab
  • One semester of math (preferably Calculus or Statistics)
  • One year of English

In addition, the Admissions Committee strongly recommends an additional semester of Physics (one year in total), two semesters of social sciences courses (Psychology, Sociology, etc), and courses in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Physiology as preparation for medical school. In today’s increasingly technical environment, a basic knowledge in the use of a computer is imperative.

Required Documents to Apply:

  • Application for Admission
  • One-Page Personal Statement
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • All Undergraduate Transcripts
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Passport Photo

Within one week of a completed application file, including all necessary documents is received; an admissions counselor will schedule an interview to be done either over the telephone or personally at our campus in St Vincent. Applicants are advised that being granted an interview is not a guarantee of acceptance.

The purpose of the interview is to evaluate the applicant regarding his or her: :

  • Intellectual and academic ability
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Knowledge of the medical field
  • Hobbies, special talents, volunteer experience
  • Personal qualities, character and motivation
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Compassion, empathy and ability to deal with everyday issues
  • The interview also allows the student to ask pertinent questions and to introduce any special circumstances that should be considered.

Following the Admissions Committee interview, the student will be notified of their admission status within one week. After receipt of the acceptance letter, the student is required to acknowledge their intention by returning the acceptance response form included with their acceptance letter, as well as mail the seat deposit fee to our Admissions Office within one week or by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. This deposit will be credited towards the first semester tuition fees when the student matriculates. The deposit will not be refunded if the student rescinds his or her acceptance