FAU High School MD Direct Medical Pipeline Program

Medical Program Overview

The FAU High School MD Direct Medical Pipeline Program is a highly selective, early admission program into The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine for students who have a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine. This program is offered on the Boca Raton campus, allowing FAU High School National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists and Scholars to receive early conditional admission to FAU’s College of Medicine. Admitted students earn an accelerated B.A. or B.S. degree from any College at the FAU Boca Raton campus, an approved 2-year M.S. degree from FAU, and the M.D. degree from FAU’s College of Medicine (FAUCOM) in Boca Raton in seven or eight years.

Admission is open to highly qualified FAU High School seniors, with preferential consideration given to National Merit Finalists and Scholars. Those accepted into the FAU High School MD Direct Medical Pipeline Program are offered conditional admission to the FAUCOM. Students must successfully complete the program requirements and achieve a minimum qualifying MCAT score.


Minimum Requirements for Entrance: Fall 2019 (Subject to Change)

  • Achieve National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist or Scholar distinction
  • Report FAU as National Merit Scholarship Program Sponsor College First Choice
  • SAT score of 1490 or a minimum ACT composite of 33
  • Weighted high school GPA of at least 4.30
  • Medical Pipelines online secondary application (found on the MedPipeline webpage)
  • Résumé and letter of recommendation from a counselor or high school teacher emailed to medicalpipelines@fau.edu
  • Highly recommended but not required—experience with patient interaction
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status
  • Admitted to FAU before January 11, 2019
  • Complete bachelor’s degree at FAU no earlier than Fall Term after high school graduation
  • Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at FAU in Fall Term after high school graduation
  • Medical Pipelines Application deadline is January 11, 2019

For further information, check the Additional Program Details, or contact medicalpipelines@fau.edu.


How to Apply:

Please follow the link to the MedPipeline webpage where you can access the required secondary application for the MedPipeline program(s).

Remember: You must be admitted to FAU before the deadline January 11, 2019


Additional Program Details (Subject to Change)

*Undergraduate Expectations and Requirements

FAU High School MD Direct Scholars are expected to finish each undergraduate semester with a GPA of at least 3.7. Single semester GPA’s lower than 3.7 will trigger an automatic review by the Committee for continuation in the program. Although there is no semester requirement for a science (BCPM) GPA, the science GPA for promotion to the FAUCOM (after three years) is 3.7.

All students must adhere to and exhibit the high moral and ethical values of one entrusted with the privilege of studying and practicing medicine at all times during their undergraduate enrollment. Failure to do so will be cause for instant dismissal from the program. Students who are dismissed or wish to leave the program may continue their enrollment at FAU provided they meet eligibility requirements. In no case may students delay their entry to the College of Medicine by more than one year.

In addition to the requirements stated above, all students are expected to participate in at least one of the following activities/experiences during each semester they are enrolled. These experiences are semester-long activities and cannot be accomplished in less time.

  • A specialized pre-health course (e.g. Intro to Pre-Professional Studies, Basic Clinical Skills, Internship)
  • Experience in the medical field (hospital, clinic, hospice, physician’s office but not with parents or parent’s friends)
  • Community health volunteer (migrant farm workers, homeless, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underserved)
  • Laboratory research (with faculty in Science or Medicine)
  • Medically related employment (work-study, hospital, research, commercial)
  • Study abroad/teach abroad/volunteer abroad in health care setting
  • Medical scribe or medical translator activities
  • Mentoring from medical students and faculty in the College of Medicine
  • Standardized Patient Program
  • Thesis (current topics in biomedical field in a form suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal)

A Medical Pipelines advisor/designee will meet with the students every semester to make sure that these activities meet their satisfaction that the requirements have been met.

With FAUCOM approval, students may opt to delay their entry to medical school by one year to broaden their education or personal experiences prior to entering medical school. This option may follow completion of the 2-year M.S. degree, and is available only to students in good standing (3.7 or higher GPA). The extra year option is not available to make up any MCAT, GPA, or coursework deficiencies. To request an extension, students must present a clear, written plan of what they plan to accomplish during the additional year. In no case may students delay their entry to the College of Medicine by more than one year.

The Medical Scholars Program is a “restricted” program. This means that students in the program may not apply to any other LCME accredited medical schools without permission. Students who do apply to other medical schools without permission will lose their conditional acceptance at the FAU College of Medicine (FAUCOM) and must apply as a regular applicant.

*Expectations and Requirements for Promotion to the College of Medicine

In addition to the above requirements, students must complete an application for admission to the FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (FAUCOM). The admissions process includes completing and submitting the following:

  1. Verified AMCAS application (including personal statement and letters of recommendation)
  2. Complete FAUCOM secondary application (emailed to you after FAUCOM receives your AMCAS primary application)
  3. Letter of recommendation from the Pre-Health Professions Committee
  4. Interview with College of Medicine Admissions Committee
  5. MCAT composite score minimum of 510
  6. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 and a science GPA of at least 3.5 (both determined by AMCAS)
  7. Completed applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than October 15th.

All students will be interviewed by the Pipeline Committee to assess their personal readiness to start medical school. Interviews will be scheduled after the primary and secondary applications (including letters of recommendation and MCAT scores) have been received by FAUCOM. As alternatives to promotion to the College of Medicine, the committee may, at its discretion, require the student to take additional year of undergraduate or graduate preparation or to dismiss the student from the program.

Once promoted to the College of Medicine, students are subject to all requirements, responsibilities and privileges as all other medical students. Among the forms that must be completed prior to matriculation are: 1) immunization form, 2) health form, 3) health/disability insurance forms, 4) Florida residency statement. All Florida residency documents must be submitted well before matriculation so that a residency determination can be made for tuition assessment. Students are eligible for the same types of financial assistance offered to all other medical students.