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Greetings from UUSOM Office of Admissions!
There are several changes in the admissions requirements for the 2015 application cycle that we would like to tell you about.
For 2015, we anticipate increasing the class size to 122. We believe there will be 14 positions available to non residents, 100 positions for Utah residents or non-residents who graduated from a Utah high school, college, or university. The eight Idaho positions will remain the same.
There will no longer be a restriction on the number of times an applicant can re-apply to our school. In the past, applicants were only allowed to apply 3 consecutive years. We have eliminated this policy which will allow applicants to apply as many times as they would like.
Our residency requirements have changed. Applicants no longer need to have Utah ties, be a member of a population group underrepresented in the physician workforce, or apply to the MD/PhD program to be eligible for consideration. Our new policy states:
• A minimum of 82% of positions are awarded to Utah residents or non-residents who graduated from a Utah high school, college, or university.
• Eight positions are reserved for Idaho residents.
• The remaining positions are open to all applicants, including non-residents.
Because of this change in residency requirements, we anticipate receiving more applications for the 2015 application cycle. In an effort to expedite the distribution of secondary invitations to our applicants, we will NOT prescreen AMCAS applications for eligibility requirements.
All applicants will be invited to complete secondary materials. However, only those applicants who meet the minimum of all 7 (seven) criteria and are average or above average in 5 (five) will be eligible for further consideration.
Historically, we have given applicants 45 days to complete their secondary forms and submit their letters of recommendation. We are changing this to 30 days. Letters of recommendation will not be processed until applicants submit their secondary forms.
With the anticipated growth in our application pool, we will limit the number of interview invitations to approximately 500. This means there could be an advantage in submitting an application earlier in the process. Applicants who meet our admissions criteria but have a weak application may not be offered an interview.
Please monitor our website and/or check with your premedical advisors for more information as time moves forward.
Sincerely,
Dr. Chan
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Good afternoon everyone! A new podcast has been posted to iTunes, where I interview one of my former classmates, Jason Hansen MD (UUSOM Class of 2003). He went on to become a dermatologist and now exclusively does Mohs Surgery. I asked him all sorts of questions about #tatoos, #piercings, #tanningsalons, #sunscreens, and what exactly is #MohsSurgery.

So head on over to iTunes, type in "Talking Admissions and Med Student Life" to have a listen.
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Good afternoon everyone.

Today we are sending out the last batch of notifications, including those who will be placed on the alternate list as well as those who are not accepted.

This will be difficult news for many people to hear. I realize that you have worked very hard to prepare yourself for medical school. We have many qualified applicants, and simply not enough positions to accommodate everyone.

Getting into medical school is increasingly more and more competitive, so I encourage you to meet with your premedical advisor to discuss ways in which you might strengthen and improve your application. The Admissions Committee looks more favorably on applicants who strive to improve their application from one year to the next.

We anticipate increasing our class size for 2015 to 122 total positions. One hundred (100) of those positions will be reserved for those who are Utah residents or non-residents who graduated from a Utah high school, college, or university. Eight positions (8) are reserved for Idaho residents and fourteen (14) positions are for non-residents.
Please monitor our website and work with your premedical advisor to learn about changes to the admissions requirements for the 2015 application cycle.


Sincerely,
Dr. Chan
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I took a drive up to #loganutah and visited #utahstateuniversity to record a podcast with Yvonne Kobe and Andy Anderson PhD, who are the pre-medical advisors at USU.

Just 82 miles north of Salt Lake City near the eastern edge of scenic #CacheValley lies Logan, Utah. What is it like to be a #premedstudent at Utah State, what services are offered to students applying to med school and how important it is to “get connected quickly in your freshman year”? Head on over to iTunes to learn more.

http://www.usu.edu/medical/htm/medicine
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What do Molecules, Cells, and Cancer ‪#‎MCC‬ and ‪#‎Dansko‬ clogs have in common? What are the best shoes to wear while in medical school? ‪#‎happymedstudentfeet‬ A new podcast is up on iTunes where I interview Amalia, a current 3rd year student here at UUSOM, where we answer these questions.  So head on over to iTunes, type in "Talking Admissions and Med Student Life" to find the podcast.
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New podcast is up on ITunes! I interviewed Douglas Gray, MD, who is the Triple Board Residency Program Director here at UUSOM.

How does one become a Pediatrician, Adult Psychiatrist and a Child Psychiatrist in five years? Why is the University of Utah School of Medicine one of only nine in the country that offers this unique program? I interviewed Dr. Doug Gray, Residency Program Director for the Triple Board Program to discuss how and when the program came about, what characteristics are looked for in potential residents and how the program is good for students that are “really curious, love to learn and transition from one thing to another really well.”

So head on over to ITunes and take a listen!

Their website:
http://medicine.utah.edu/psychiatry/triple-board-program/index.php
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There is a new podcast up on iTunes. I interviewed Kris Olson, who is a current MD/PhD student here at UUSOM. We talk about what attracted him to the MD/PhD program, how he prepared his application, his passion for environmental advocacy, and finally the joys of fly fishing. Is ‪#‎ariverrunsthroughit‬ the greatest fly fishing movie ever? Take a listen to find out..
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Hey everyone! I was recently a guest on a podcast for pre-meds called Medical School HQ. Head on over to check it out! They have some really great material that everyone should find helpful.

http://medicalschoolhq.net/mshq-068-the-changing-landscape-of-medical-school-admissions/
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New podcast is up! I interviewed Rita Osborn, who is the Southern Utah University pre-medical advisor and associate director for the Utah Center for Rural Health.

Set against the beautiful back drop of Cedar City Utah, Southern Utah State University offers it 8000+ students a private feel (but with public cost) environment. Well known for its high acceptance rate, cultural immersion trips and helping students to get involved with leadership with local communities, the Rural Health Scholars Program at SUU is successfully promoting rural and primary care medicine. I interviewed Rita Osbourn, premed advisor at SUU and Associate Director at the Utah Center of Rural Health to discuss what the secret to the success of the program is and why Cedar City is the place to be.

So head on over to Itunes to check it out!

SUU premed website:

http://suu.edu/prostu/majors/premed.html
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