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The University of Evansville believes a new partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine will help address a physician shortage in southern Indiana. The Baccalaureate to Doctor of Medicine program will allow a select number of students who complete their undergraduate degree at UE to be guaranteed a spot at the IU med school's Evansville campus. Coordinator Kristy Miller says the program will allow students to connect to training and job opportunities at the region's hospitals.
September 16, 2013
The University of Evansville has an exciting new opportunity for students who plan to become physicians: a Baccalaureate to Doctor of Medicine (B/MD) program that offers direct entry into the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville. The University of Evansville is the first private university in Indiana to establish this collaboration with IU’s School of Medicine (IUSM).
Beginning with UE’s entering freshman class of 2014, a select number of highly qualified students will be admitted simultaneously to UE and IUSM-Evansville. Once these students complete their undergraduate degrees and medical school prerequisite courses at the University of Evansville, they will begin medical school at IUSM-Evansville, provided they maintain academic eligibility and meet all IU School of Medicine requirements in effect at that time.
Students admitted into the University of Evansville’s B/MD program will receive a President’s Scholarship ($19,000) for eight undergraduate semesters and provisional admission to the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville. These students are also eligible to attend Davidson Scholarship Day and compete for a Trustee Scholarship.
"The B/MD program is an incredible opportunity for academically talented students who enter college with the goal of attending medical school after they graduate," said John A. Mosbo, UE senior vice president for academic affairs. "Students will, of course, need to sustain an excellent academic performance and meet established medical school admission criteria, but this program will make a major impact on students' college experiences by eliminating the additional stress of applying to medical school their senior year, thus allowing them to truly make the most of the meaningful undergraduate experience available at UE."
"Past University of Evansville students have been very successful in medical school, and ultimately, we believe this new program will help us recruit an even greater number of exceptional pre-medical students and keep those talented individuals in Indiana to practice medicine," Mosbo added.
To be admitted into the B/MD program, students must be Indiana residents, have a minimum SAT score of 1920 or an ACT score of 29, and hold a high school GPA of 4.0 (A average) or greater in their academic courses. The B/MD Advisory Committee, which consists of representatives from UE, IUSM-Evansville, and the local medical community, will review applications and invite finalists to interview for the program.
For an application and more information on the B/MD program, please visit the program website.
Members of the media seeking more information may contact Kristen Lund, UE director of news services, at 812-488-2241.
About the University of Evansville: The University of Evansville is a private, liberal arts-based university in Evansville, Indiana, with a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,300. UE’s diverse student body represents 41 states and 54 countries.
U.S. News & World Report recognizes UE as a top 10 master’s-granting university in the Midwest, and third in the region for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” For more information, please visit http://www.evansville.edu.
Source: University of EvansvilleEditor's Note - We were informed September 17 that the University of Southern Indiana and the Evansville Center for Medical Education, Indiana University School of Medicine have been operating a similar program since 2000.