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Application Process

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Coursework & MCAT

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Admissions Statistics

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Evaluation & Interview

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

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Undergraduate Enrichment Program

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Answers

When should I start applying to medical schools?

Most applicants apply to medical school during the summer before their senior year in college. Some applicants have already graduated. The rule to remember is that applicants must apply one year before expected matriculation. Application season begins May 1.

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What else is important besides good grades?

Although there is no set formula for medical school admission success, the one factor that is seen just a vital as coursework and grades would be health care exposure. Good grades are definitely a must, but an applicant without solid health care exposure is at a serious disadvantage when applying.

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What is the application timeline?

May 1 - October 1, every year. The earlier you can submit your application, the better off you will be. For applicants applying through the AAMC Early Decision Option, the application period is May 1 - August 1.

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When is the best time to submit my application?

The earlier you submit your application, the better off you will be. Sometimes things can go wrong during the process that can devour your time. Application processing can take up to six weeks before it arrives in the respective admissions offices from TMDSAS. The sooner your application is in the admissions office, the sooner you can possibly be invited for an interview. The "early" period for application submission is May 1 - July 15.

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What is TMDSAS?

TMDSAS = Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service. It is the main application service for the state of Texas. All medical schools in Texas use this service for processing of main applications with the exception of Baylor College of Medicine. You must visit their website and fill out their application in order to be eligible for an interview at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas

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Who do I make the application fee check out to?

Make check payable to: TTUHSC

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When is the interviewing season?

Interviews begin at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in early August and end in late December, just before Christmas.

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I have a question concerning the Secondary Application.

Please visit the Secondary Application information and instructions page. If you have additional questions, please E-mail Louis Perez

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Do I have to fill out the secondary application?

Yes, The secondary application must be submitted online before your application can be considered for an interview offer. Please note that if you elect to pay the $50 application fee by check/money order, your application will not be considered complete until we receive your payment. The TTUHSC Secondary Application is available May of each year. Unlike most medical schools, you are able to fill out the TTUHSC Secondary Application BEFORE beginning the TMDSAS Application.

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Who should I get to write letters of evaluation on my behalf?

Letters from a physician or faculty professor at your educational institutions are preferred. Other health care professionals can be used, as long as your desire for medicine can be described by those individuals. It is important to make sure that the individuals or committee submitting letters on your behalf know you and your desire for pursuing medicine. Visit the TMDSAS (main application) website to find out more. http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas

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Who do I submit my letters of evaluation to?

When applying to medical school through TMDSAS, you must declare who will be submitting your formal letters of evaluation. They will come from either a Health Professions Advisory Committee at your school, or from two independent sources from the faculty or community. Any additional letters you would like to submit should be done so directly to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Admissions Office.

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Where do I send my transcripts?

When applying: Have your college or university submit transcripts to TMDSAS on your behalf when you initially apply, and every time there is an update with your courses and/or GPA.

If Accepted: If you are accepted to medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, a final version of your transcripts must be submitted to the TTUHSC Office of the Registrar before your first class day. For further questions on Final Transcripts, please contact the TTUHSC Office of the Registrar that is housed in Student Services: 806.743.2300.

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My GPA/MCAT is not so competitive, do I have a chance?

YES! Grades mean a lot when applying to medical school, but they are not everything. If your grades are not as competitive as our averages, (GPA: 3.65; MCAT: 31) then you want to have strong health care exposure, solid letters of evaluation, and an upward grade trend to name a few elements. There is no specific formula for success in the application process, but keep in mind that it is the Dean's goal to look for a specific set of reasons to invite you for an interview, not to eliminate your application.

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I'm an "older" student. Can I still go to medical school?

There is no age limitation for applying to medical school. The average age of our classes is typically around 24. Many people attend medical school who have already had a career in something else.

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Is research required or preferred in medical school applicants to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine?

Research is not required for medical school. It does not fulfill the requirement for health care exposure in any way. If you do have research experience, it is important that you are familiar with every detail of what your project is about, including its protocol. Common interview questions come from listed research experience.

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How do I know if I am selected as an alternate?

Individuals selected as an alternate will be notified by email and/or mail. As an alternate you will be placed on our wait list. The wait list is not ranked and each alternate (individual) on the wait list is also unranked.

An alternate/wait list will not be generated until after March 1st.

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Who do I contact concerning my immunization records?

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs:
Phone: (806) 743-3005
Fax: (806) 743-4165
Address:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS6222
Lubbock, TX 79430

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What if I don't get in the first time I apply?

Being a re-applicant to medical school is not something that is held against applicants to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Being a re-applicant is actually quite common. Getting accepted to a medical school in Texas is quite challenging. For the Entering Class of 2011, approximately 19% of the applications made to Texas medical schools were placed as re-applicants.

For applicants not accepted, it is important to remain active during the year(s) between applications. Although all applicants are different, most people choose to take some post-baccalaureate courses, and / or re-take the MCAT. Applicants are encouraged to contact admissions officers at the various medical schools to discover the areas that need improvement immediately after the admissions season ends in February.

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When should I take the MCAT?

Applicants to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine are encouraged to take MCAT administrations in April - July. MCAT reporting to TMDSAS is typically done in 30-35 days after the exam.

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Do I need a degree to be accepted to the medical school?

Yes.

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I'm not a science major, is that ok?

Yes. Most people applying to medical school are General Biology majors, but being a science major is definitely not a requirement. If an applicant is a non-science major, then extra upper-division science courses are recommended.

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How many people does Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine interview?

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine tyically interviews between 700-800 applicants each year. Beginning in 2013, we anticipate interviewing over 800.

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How many people apply to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine?

In 2012, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine received about 3,500 applications. This number represents a rise in comparison to recent years.

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What is the acceptance rate for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine?

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine has been increasing its class size over the past few years. Beginning in 2013 that class size will increase by 30 seats to 180.

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Is ethnicity used in the application process?

The goal of the institution is to recruit a diverse medical class exhibiting the personal experiences and the qualities promising academic success and to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. To that end, a hollistic review process has been in corporated to carefully evaluate applications.

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How long has a medical school been in Lubbock?

The School of Medicine was established in May of 1969 for the West Texas region. The first accepted classes included 36 Freshmen and 25 Juniors. The first graduating class was in 1974.

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How many physicians have been produced by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine?

Since the first class in the early-seventies, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine has produced over 2,600 physicians.

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What is the address to the medical school's admissions office?

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
3601 4th Street MS6216
Lubbock, Texas 79430 back to top

I hear students are not always in Lubbock, is this true?

Yes, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is responsible for providing health care to 108 counties in the region. Essentially, the vast area of West Texas falls under the responsibility of the health care providers at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. To facilitate this, medical students will attend school at the Lubbock campus for their first 2 years, and then the class will be broken down in thirds (Lubbock, Amarillo, & Odessa). The training is identical at every campus with respect to duration and grading. Due to the fact that each campus is in a completely different region from the other, there will be difference in the emphasis of cases seen for the particular specialties.

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What are the first two years like?

The first two years of the curriculum at TTUHSC provide a comprehensive introduction to normal and abnormal human physiology and covers the major basic science topics relevant to medicine. The topics are integrated to provide a continuum of learning and incorporate clinical scenarios to illuminate the relevance of each scientific concept to clinical practice. Students also participate in a longitudinal Early Clinical Experience block in both years, where they interact with patients in hospital, clinic and office settings and begin to learn basic clinical skills, including the performance of history and physical examinations. The other blocks in the first two years combine lecture, laboratory and small group activities and specific details of these blocks can be accessed under the Curriculum overview tab on the Office of Curriculum website.

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When does patient contact begin?

Patient contact begins in the first year, although it is very light. Many students shadow physicians in their spare time during the first year which is perfectly acceptable and encouraged. Patient contact becomes virtually exclusive when year 3 begins.

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What is the grading system like?

A five point categorical system (Honors, High Pass, Pass, Marginal and Fail) is used in Years One and Two. The Marginal grade is not used in Year 3 and the Marginal and High Pass grades are not used in Year 4.

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What about the MD/MBA program?

The MDMBA program is a combined degree program where students pursue an MD and an MBA in Health Organization Management. For more information , please click here. Applicants accepted through the MD/MBA program are accepted outside of the traditional MD rolling admissions and matching process. We will accept 9-10 students per year in this program.

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What is the Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative (UMSI)?

For more information on the UMSI program, please click here.

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What is the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)?

Please visit the JAMP website http://www.utsystem.edu/jamp

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