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Integrated Life Sciences - B.S./M.D.

COLLEGE:    College of Arts and Sciences


Integrated Life Sciences Program Office
20-B Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3015

DESCRIPTION:    The Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) was established in 1973 by an act of the Ohio General Assembly. The college is a consortium of The University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University. NEOMED is fully accredited by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. The first class graduated in the spring of 1981.

The college was established to provide new opportunities in medical education. Its purpose is to prepare well-qualified physicians who are oriented to the practice of medicine at the community level, especially primary care and family medicine. The medical training required in the program is combined and integrated with university coursework in order to produce physicians who are well-grounded in the sciences, humanistic in their approach to patients and liberally educated.

This program requires that students be enrolled for 11 months in each of the six academic years. Phase I of the program is spent on one of the three university campuses. Phase I begins with a summer term and continues through two academic years and two additional summer terms. During this period, coursework is focused on studies in the behavioral and basic pre-medical sciences. It also includes orientation to clinical medicine and work in the humanities.

Phase II of the program involves intensive medical training and may be accompanied by summer coursework in the humanities. In the first year of Phase II, students study the basic medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and microbiology, at the NEOMED Basic Medical Sciences Campus in Rootstown. Students may return to the university campus for the summer term following this year to complete any requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

In the remaining three years of Phase II (years four, five and six of the overall program), students develop competence in the clinical aspects of medicine through instruction provided principally at one or more of the community hospitals associated with the program.

Eligibility for Admission:
Current high school students and those students who have completed high school, but have not yet earned college credit after graduating from high school, may be considered for the combined B.S. /M.D. program. Students who earn college credits while in high school are eligible.

Evaluation of Progress:
Progress through the undergraduate portion of the B.S./M.D. program is measured by academic performance and development of personal maturity appropriate to assumption of professional responsibility. The Committee Academic and Professional Progress (CAPP) will assess these factors and the student’s successful performance on the MCAT in order to recommend students for promotion and formal admission to Phase II of the program.

How to Apply:
The application for the combines B.S. /M.D. program is available online on the NEOMED website. Questions about the admissions process may be directed to the Integrated Life Sciences office at 330-672-3015.

During Phase I of the combined B.S. /M.D. portion, students pay tuition directly to the Kent State University. To learn more about tuition amounts, please contact the Kent State University Bursar’s Office at 330-672-2626.

Minimum 124 total credit hours required for graduation.

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    Students in Phase I may extend the program by one year to participate in an Enrichment Experience. This Enrichment Experience may include: Senior thesis, Graduate study, Study Abroad, Ambulatory care experience, Missionary or other service work. To be eligible for an Enrichment Experience, the student must meet minimum academic criteria and receive approval from CAPP.

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
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