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Overview

The Burnett Medical Scholars program facilitates the matriculation of the Burnett Honors College graduates into UCF’s College of Medicine MD program, provided that the students meet all the eligibility and performance criteria and other requirements included in the agreement.

Students admitted to the program reserve a seat in UCF’s College of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate studies at UCF with the University Honors and Honors Undergraduate Thesis distinction. Students maintain their seat through fulfilling a list of requirements and performance criteria, which are designed to prepare them for the medical school experience. The program is not designed as an accelerated program.

Deadlines


November 15

  • Deadline for applicants to submit their completed University Honors application and return the BMS Interest Form (included with application). Students will receive a decision in 3-5 weeks, at which time they will be directed to the UCF College of Medicine online application

February 1

  • Deadline to submit an updated transcript with senior year grades to Burnett Honors College

February 15

  • Deadline for confirmed eligible students to submit online Burnett Medical Scholars application to UCF College of Medicine

March 15

  • UCF College of Medicine informs students of admission decisions

May 1

  • Deadline to reserve seat in the Burnett Honors College and the Burnett Medical Scholars Program

Students who do not reserve their seat will lose the opportunity to participate in this program!

Eligibility

  1. Only “First Time in College” students who start at UCF in Summer or Fall are eligible (transfer students or current UCF students are NOT eligible)
  2. Students who complete an AA degree through dual enrollment at the time they graduate from high school are eligible on a case-by-case basis
  3. Students who earn > 30 credit hours through dual enrollment, AP, IB or other methods but NOT an AA degree will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  4. Students must apply to UCF and submit their complete University Honors application* and Burnett Medical Scholars Request for Consideration Form** by November 15

 

Unweighted high school GPA of 3.800 (based on academic core, as recalculated by UCF Undergraduate Admissions) and class rank of top 10 percentile (if the high school ranks).

 

Minimum SAT score of 1500 (Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) OR Minimum ACT composite of 34 (one sitting)

 

Students must complete the online application to the program by the deadline (February 15)

 

Students do not need to be Florida residents to be eligible for the Burnett Medical Scholars. However, they must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US with a permanent alien registration card in their possession prior to matriculation into the MD program

 

*The Burnett Honors College University Honors Application is a separate application, which may be requested here.
**The Burnett Medical Scholars Request for Consideration Form will be included in the University Honors Application packet for applications sent prior to the November 15th deadline.

Students must meet ALL of the eligibility criteria to be considered for the Burnett Medical Scholars program.

Requirements

(For the entering freshman class of Fall 2019 and later):

  • Year 1 End of Spring semester: 3.600 UCF GPA and 3.600 Science (BCPM*) GPA
  • Year 2 End of Spring semester: 3.700 UCF GPA and 3.700 Science (BCPM*) GPA
  • Year 3 End of Spring semester: 3.800 UCF GPA and 3.800 Science (BCPM*) GPA
  • Year 4 At graduation: 3.800 UCF GPA and 3.800 Science (BCPM*)

*BCPM GPA refers to the GPA for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses used for admission to medical schools

(For the entering freshman class of Fall 2018 and earlier):

  • Year 1 End of Spring semester: 3.500 UCF GPA and 3.500 Science (BCPM*) GPA
  • Year 2 End of Spring semester: 3.600 UCF GPA and 3.600 Science (BCPM*) GPA
  • Year 3 End of Spring semester: 3.700 UCF GPA and 3.700 Science (BCPM*) GPA
  • Year 4 At graduation: 3.750 UCF GPA and 3.750 Science (BCPM*) GPA

*BCPM GPA refers to the GPA for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses used for admission to medical schools

Students must provide UCF COM with a current CV every year during the first week of class in Fall semesters, starting with the beginning of Year 2. At the end of Summer semester of Year 2 (early August), students must provide two faculty evaluations. They must pass an interview at the College of Medicine in early Fall (late August/early September) of Year 3.
The last accepted test date is the last MCAT date for the senior calendar year (September of the senior (4th) year):

  • For the entering freshman class of Fall 2019 or later: A minimum score of 514 with no sub-score lower than 126.
  • For the entering freshman class of Fall 2018 or earlier: A minimum score of 512 with no sub-score lower than 126.

Coursework

BSC 2010C* General Biology, 4 credit hours
AND Two of the following:

  • MCB 3020* Microbiology, 5 credit hours (CR: CHM 2210)
  • PCB 3703C* Human Physiology, 4 credit hours (PR: BSC 2010, CHM 2045)
  • ZOO 3733C* Human Anatomy, 4 credit hours (PR: BSC 2010)

  • CHM 2045C* Chemistry Fundamentals I, 4 credit hours
  • CHM 2046*+CHM2046L Chemistry Fundamentals II and Chemistry Fundamentals II Lab, 4 credit hours.

  • CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I, 3 credit hours (PR: CHM 2046)
  • CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II, 3 credit hours (PR: CHM 2210)
  • CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Techniques I, 2 credit hours

 

  • BCH 4053 Biochemistry I, 3 credit hours (PR: CHM 2211)

OR

  • BCH 4024 Medical Biochemistry, 4 credit hours (PR: CHM 2211)

 

  • PCB 3063* Genetics, 3 credit hours (PR: BSC 2010, CHM 2046) WITH PCB 3063L Genetics Laboratory 1, credit hour

OR

  • PCB 3522* Molecular Biology I, 3 credit hours (PR: CHM 2211, MCB 3020)

 

  • Calculus: MAC 2311* Calculus with Analytical Geometry I, 4 credit hours
  • Statistics: STA 2023* Statistical Methods I, 3 credit hours

 

  • PHY 2053C* College Physics I, 4 credit hours
  • PHY 2054C* College Physics II, 4 credit hours

 

Students are required to take at least one upper-division Ethics course. Pre-approved options include:

  • IDH 3600H – Honors Case Studies in Ethics
  • PHI 4633H – Honors Ethics and Biological Sciences
  • NUR 3826H – Honors Bioethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
  • HSC 4652 – Health Law and Ethics

Other courses may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to take upper-division courses in Psychology and Sociology. Especially relevant courses include, but are not limited to:

  • SOP 3004 – Social Psychology
  • CLP 3143H – Honors Abnormal Psychology
  • SYO 4400H – Honors Medical Sociology

 

For the incoming class of Fall 2019 or later:

  • Demonstrated commitment to medicine through medical volunteering lessons in compassion, humility, and humanity are learned. Shadowing is essential since much of the learning needed to become a good physician comes from careful observation of and reflection on clinical experiences. Examples of acceptable experiences include service in an emergency room, physician's office, or clinic. Students should complete a minimum of 75 shadowing hours and 100 medical volunteer hours by September of the third year. An additional 25 shadowing and 25 medically related volunteer hours should be completed by graduation. Progress of completed hours should be tracked by the student and reported on the CV due at the beginning of the second year and third year. Total final hours should be documented on the AMCAS application.

For the incoming class of Fall 2018 or earlier:

  • Consistency of medical volunteering and clinical shadowing experience. Shadowing is essential since much of the learning needed to become a good physician comes from careful observation of and reflection on clinical experiences. Examples of acceptable experience include service in an emergency room, physician’s office, or clinic. Students should complete a minimum of 60 contact hours of approved clinical experience.

For the incoming class of Fall 2019 or later:

  • Strong commitment to service as demonstrated by sustained and meaningful volunteer activities: The community service experience must be designed to promote ethical development, self-awareness, and a sense of social responsibility. Commitment to serving others is mostly effectively demonstrated by uncompensated, face-to-face engagement with individuals who are underserved. Students should complete a minimum of 100 contact hours of volunteer community service by September of the third year. An additional 50 volunteer hours should be completed by graduation. Progress of completed hours should be tracked by the student and reported on the CV due at the beginning of the second year and third year. Total final hours should be documented on the AMCAS application.

For the incoming class of Fall 2018 or earlier:

  • Strong commitment to service as demonstrated by sustained and meaningful volunteer activities. The community service experience must be designed to promote ethical development, self-awareness and a sense of social responsibility. Commitment to serving others is most effectively demonstrated by uncompensated, face-to-face engagement with individuals who are under served. Students should complete a minimum of 75 contact hours of volunteer community service under the supervision of the Burnett Honors College.