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Frequently asked Questions Factoids More than 2,600 graduates 40% of students and residents continue to serve Missouri residents after graduation 25% of UMKC’s graduates practice in the greater Kansas City area. More than 40% of graduates choose residency in primary care specialties – family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics More than 450 full-time faculty 18 endowed chairs, 15 of which qualify for matching funds through the State of Missouri Primary Hospital Affiliations include: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill, Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, Western Missouri Mental Health Center, and the Veterans’ Administration of Kansas City, MO The tem “docent” means teacher. Here at the School of Medicine the term refers to a primary care physician who works with a group of medical students. Actually, “docent” and “doctor” have the same Latin root word, docere, to teach. What is the Program Like? How does the combined-degree program work? Learning takes place in a small-group setting known as the docent system. The docent system is central to our program. Each student is assigned to a docent team with a docent-physician who serves as a teacher and mentor. First- and second- year students primarily take required courses in the College of Arts & Sciences on the Volker campus in order to fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements. The first-year class is divided into small “teams” of ten to twelve students who work with a docent throughout their first and second years. Students are integrated into clinical situations literally from their first week in the program. Most of our students obtain their undergraduate degree from the College of Arts & Sciences or the School of Biological Sciences. A bachelor of liberal arts degree is the choice that allows medical students the most flexibility. Some students, however, major in psychology, chemistry, or sociology. The School of Biological Sciences awards the biology degree. How Do I Apply? What are the Primary and Supplemental applications for the BA/MD or MD degrees? Each applicant must complete two applications to be considered for a degree from the UMKC School of Medicine. The primary application (link) is to the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications on-line to speed the process and avoid error. The code for the BA/MD program MED-UNDEC-Medicine MD-6yr program. On the primary application, the BA/MD degree is listed as an undergraduate degree. Applicants to Medical School must be admitted to both UMKC and the School of Medicine. Admittance to UMKC does not guarantee admission to the School of Medicine Applications are available in August. The application deadline is November 1 and interviews occur in January and February. Interviewed applicants are notified in March whether they will be offered admission. Do you have rolling admission or early decision for admissions to the program? All applications postmarked by our deadline are reviewed equally. We do not give any weight to applications submitted earlier in the process Do all the materials have to be mailed in together (supplemental application and recommendations)? Processing of applications is easier when materials arrive together but it is not necessary. More importantly, materials should be sent as early as possible to allow time for proper processing. Can I send in a letter of recommendation along with the form? A letter of recommendation can be submitted in addition to the form, but we do ask that references complete the form provided in the application. Can my mentor/coach/doctor/pastor send in a letter of recommendation for me? Letters can be submitted in a sealed envelope with the supplemental application or mailed directly to the University Office of Admissions. At least two out of the three recommendations should be academic (i.e. from a teacher). Will I receive notification when my application is complete? The School of Medicine Office of Admissions does not have the resources to individually follow- up with applicants about the completeness of their packet. Applicants can check on which items have been received by logging into Pathway using the single-sign on assigned by the Office of Admission once the primary application is received. Is it a postmark deadline or do you have to have received all materials by Nov 1th? All materials should be postmarked by November 1, 2008. . What are the requirements? What are the minimum requirements? Applicants for admission to Year 1 must meet the requirements for admission to UMKC and the medical school. These requirements include: Graduation from a US-accredited high school U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status by application deadline. A copy of the permanent resident card must accompany an application. High school curriculum including (one unit equals one year) i. Four units of English ii. Four unit of mathematics iii. Three units of science (including one unit biology, one unit of chemistry) iv. Three units social studies v. One unit fine arts (visual arts, music, dance, or theater) vi. Two units of a single foreign language Students are strongly urged to earn Advanced Placement (AP) credit in math, English, European history, or American history if available while in high school. The average accepted Missouri applicant has an ACT score of 29 and a rank within the top 10 percent of the graduating class. The average accepted regional or out-of-state applicant has an ACT score of 30 and a rank within the top 5 percent of the graduating class. Can I still apply if I am below your minimum requirements? Application to the UMKC School of Medicine is very competitive. While most students invited to interview meet the averages mentioned above, occasionally students have extraordinary elements to their application that compel an interview. All completed applications are reviewed thoroughly. What if my school doesn’t rank its students? We understand that not all schools rank their students. If your school does not rank, it is not a detriment to your application. Your transcripts will be reviewed by the Admissions Office in the medical school. Do you have any “tips” on how to strengthen application? There are several ways to strengthen your application • Retake the ACT/SAT (enroll in prep courses if necessary) • If you have already graduated from high school, you can enroll in undergraduate science course (24 or less credits) and establish an undergraduate science GPA. This could include but does not necessarily need to be enrollment in a Pre-Med program. • Get more health-related experience • Reflect more about your desire to become a physician so you can articulate your aspirations well. Do you take students from out-of-state? The UMKC School of Medicine looks for a balance of Missouri Residents and out-of state students, including those who are from a regional state. Medical students will be allowed to change their residency based on the guidelines provided at http://www.umkc.edu/admissions/06residency.html. Those who qualify as a Missouri resident or who are under the age of 18 and have parents established as Missouri residents, will be allowed to pay In-State fees. Additionally the School of Medicine has a regional rate for those who have legal resident status in Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arkansas. Regional rates are 1.5 times the in-state rate and out-of-state tuition (besides those 5 regional states) is 2 times the in-state rate. Are there options if I already have college credit? Students may apply for admission after graduation from high school if no more than 24 hours of post-high school college credit have been earned. If a student is enrolled in college in the semester when applying to the medical school program, the 24-hour limit must not be exceeded by the end of the semester in which the application deadline falls. The applicant may continue in college the next semester while the application to the combined-degree program is being considered. A student with more than 24 hours of college credit may be considered for MD-Only admission. A small number of students each year are selected for the MD-Only program. If a student has received “credit by examination,” (AP, IB, 1-8-1-8, dual credit, etc.), 30 hours of credit may be applied to core requirements. What should I know about interviewing? How do I know if I can interview at UMKC? You will be notified by your UMKC email if you have been selected for an interview. Your UMKC email is assigned to you after your primary application is processed by the University. You will not be selected for an interview if you have an incomplete application. How do I afford Med School? UMKC School of Medicine Scholarships The UMKC School of Medicine has s limited number of $10,000 scholarships (renewable for a second $10,000 for Year 2). Because all students admitted to the UMKC School of Medicine are meritorious, awards are based on need. In order to be considered for a scholarship applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1. Applying for Financial Aid UMKC requires only that a student file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are two methods for filing. Please submit your financial aid application in sufficient time for processing and awarding. Failure to do so can result in your fall classes being cancelled or requiring you to make a significant minimum payment. A) File your information electronically by using FAFSA on the WEB at this Internet address: www.fafsa.ed.gov to file a 2009-2010 FAFSA. Remember to mail in the requested signature page that you print after filing. UMKC priority date for submission is March 1, 2009. B) A less desirable method is to use an original paper 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); submit it to the processing center in the supplied envelope. Do not omit the required signatures. UMKC priority date for submission is March 1, 2009. Students should fill in "1" to question #29 and "0" to question #30 and "no" to question #53. On question #86, fill in the UMKC school code 002518 and remember to answer question # 87, housing plans box. Please note: You may be requested to provide additional information at a later date. This might include items such as verification forms or income tax forms. After initial awarding, you may need to submit applications for alternative loans. University of Missouri-Kansas City Financial Aid and Scholarships Office Mailing Address: 5100 Rockhill Rd. AC101, KC, MO. 64110 Location Address: 5115 Oak, AC 101 (816) 235-1154 or (816) 444-2868 (automated info) www.umkc.edu/finaid If I am a regional student/parents have tax liability am I in the in or out of state applicant pool? Will I fit in? Where would I live? BA/MD students are required to stay in Oak Street Hall for their 1st year and the summer of their second year. During this time they bond with classmates, make “non-Med” friends and become integrated with UMKC campus life. Oak Street is a beautiful facility on the West side of Volker campus where School of Medicine students spend their first 18 months. Additional information about residential life is found at http://www.umkc.edu/housing/. What is daily life like on UMKC? UMKC has a growing campus life. With the growth of more residential students, UMKC has developed a full program to engage learners in co-curricular activities. In addition to the programs listed below, students are encouraged to participate in Medical School specific programs and organizations like the UMKC Schol of Medicine: Medical Student Advisory Council (MSAC) the Soujouner Health Clinic (http://studo.umkc.edu/sojournerhealthclinic/) and the Color Officers. Campus Newspaper Community Service Greek Life Intramurals Leadership Opportunities Student Government Association Student Life Office / Campus Activities Student Organizations Swinney Recreation Center UMKC Athletics How safe is UMKC? UMKC officers are REAL police officers who attend either the Kansas City Police Department's Regional Academy or the Western Missouri Regional Police Academy. Both of these academies provide nearly 1000 hours of police training which more than meets the minimum 600 hours required in Jackson county where UMKC is located. They are fully certified, sworn law enforcement officers. All officers go through many hours of in-service training each year. The jurisdiction of the UMKC Police is primarily the university campus and the adjacent neighborhood and state certified officers, they can write tickets and have the powers of arrest according to the Missouri Statutes. UMKC Officers also enforce city ordinances and write Kansas City tickets for traffic violations on surrounding city streets. In addition to being able to call the UMKC by dialing dial 9-1-1 or 1515 on any campus phone, well-marked emergency or "blue light" phones are located throughout the campus grounds and parking lots which will connect directly with the UMKC Police dispatcher without dialing. UMKC is a safe place and by far the most common crime that occurs on campus is simple theft. You can avoid being a statistic in this category by simple common sense. Do NOT leave your possessions unattended at any time. Do NOT leave anything of value visible in your car. Lock your office door/desk any time you leave no matter how short the absence will be. A full Crime report is compiled each year and posted at http://www.umkc.edu/adminfinance/police/csr.asp The Department is located in Room 213 of the old Student Services Building at 4825 Troost. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Personal escort services are provided Monday thru Thursday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. by the UMKC 'Safewalk' program. If you require an escort at other times, contact the UMKC Police at 235-1515. Where do I get help if I need it? There are countless people available to assist students who need help in one way or another. Each new Year 1 student is assigned both a staff advisor and a faculty docent. Additionally, Year 2 students specifically selected as peer mentors are assigned to each docent group. Professional assistance is available in Oak Street Hall in the community assistants and the resident manager. Students having academic difficulty can access help through the Year 1 & 2 Academic Affairs office (http://www.umkc.edu/medicine/sa/Year1&2.htm). Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Counseling, Health and Testing Center (UMKC Counseling, Health and Testing Center - About the Center) which works towards students’ physical and mental health.