UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Early Assurance Program

Program Description

The W.A. Franke Honors College MedCat Early Assurance Program allows for academically talented students to gain early admission to the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine-Tucson. The UArizona College of Medicine is looking for a cohort of applicants who are poised to be the next generation of future physicians, physician-leaders, and physician-researchers for Arizona communities and throughout the United States. 

The University of Arizona Honors College in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson has built an innovative partnership to develop Arizona’s future physicians. This program responds to the ever-changing delivery of health care and clinical research while encouraging students to thrive in a rigorous academic environment with professional mentoring.  

The goal of the program is to introduce a small cohort of UArizona Franke Honors students to the UArizona COM’s integrated sciences and systems curriculum, interactive medical problem solving, team learning, and professional learning communities. The cohort will follow an academic plan to complete all medical school prerequisite coursework as well as individual learning modules to provide an early start to the content found in the medical school curriculum. 

Once admitted to the program, students will participate in the summer UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Scholars Program between the summer of their junior and senior year. This summer program will provide students with an immersive-mentored experience with UArizona COM faculty and medical students. Students will be matched with a research mentor from a list of available UArizona COM Scholars’ faculty mentors and develop a clinical, basic or translational research project. Scholars will have many opportunities to interact with medical, graduate, and other health professional students, and faculty to begin their socialization into the medical profession. Students are also required to participate in a Capstone Research forum with an oral presentation and poster session at the end of the program. Scholars will also attend a weekly 1-hour seminar series on topics such as Professionalism in Medicine, Careers in Medicine, Wellness, and Medical Ethics. The research project could form the basis for completing the Honors College thesis requirement. 

 Timeline

Fall semester of Junior year Applications open – Friday, October 29, 2021
Spring semester of Junior year

Students take and complete MCAT by March 12, 2022. Applications are evaluated for admission to the program.

Application deadline on Scholarship Universe, Thursday, February 24th, 2022.

Interviews conducted in March of Junior Year.

Summer between Junior and Senior year UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Summer Scholars Program
Spring semester Senior year Franke Honors College requirements
Following Graduation Students begin medical school

 

Eligibility To Apply

The Honors Track is open to all undergraduate Juniors from any major. Once accepted to the program, students will matriculate into the UArizona College of Medicine-Tucson, provided students adhere to all program requirements prior to entry. This includes satisfying all Franke Honors College and bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Applications will be considered through a holistic review process and will assess applicants who: 

  • Are a UArizona W.A. Franke Honors College Student with a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA. 
  • Receive a minimum score of 506 on the MCAT
  • Are clearly motivated to pursue a career in medicine.
  • Have previous healthcare and clinical exposure.
  • Hold a high level of resilience, integrity and emotional maturity.
  • Are strongly service and community oriented.
  • Maintain a high cultural competency.
  • Have previous research experience.
  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Speak a language (other than English) common among those who are medically underserved in Arizona.

Applicants who are invited for an interview will participate in College of Medicine-Tucson and Franke Honors College virtual interviews. Opportunities to tour the campus, meet with current medical students and administrators will also be available. 

Application Process and Deadlines

A separate UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Application will be available for students to apply in the fall of their junior year via Scholarship Universe. This application will be in addition to the regular AMCAS application that will be completed if you are accepted into the program. 

UArizona Franke Honors MedCats will be eligible for scholarships if available. 

Matriculation Requirements

  • Completion of the following courses and UArizona COM-Tucson prerequisite requirements: https://medicine.arizona.edu/admissions/key-info/requirements.
  • An in-depth clinical experience.
  • This is a conditional acceptance based on achieving and maintaining the academic standards and metric thresholds. Students who are unable to maintain a total GPA 3.6 and achieve MCAT 506 prior to start of summer UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Scholars program will not be able to continue in the UArizona Franke Honors Early Assurance Program. These students would be eligible for the regular UArizona COM-Tucson Admissions pool via AMCAS.
  • Once all Honors requirements, including the Honors thesis, and a final 360 interview are completed, acceptance will be offered. No deferrals or gap year will be allowed for the UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Early Assurance Program. 
  • For questions about the College of Medicine-Tucson Matriculation Requirements, MD processes, MCAT process, visits, or the Honors College MedCat Early Assurance Program, contact Camille Celaya, Admissions Coordinator Sr., College of Medicine-Tucson, camilleacelaya@email.arizona.edu, 520-626-6214. 

UA Honors MedCat Scholars Summer Program

Students accepted into the UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Early Assurance program will complete a summer program between their junior and senior year which will provide an immersive, mentored experience with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine-Tucson faculty and medical students. The length of the summer program will be determined in the spring semester, but the program typically runs from mid-July to mid-August. For questions about the summer program contact, Dr. Zoe Cohen, Director, Honors College MedCat Early Assurance Program, zcohen@arizona.edu.  

The goals of the program are to:

  • Train and inspire students in research-based approaches to problem-solving.
  • Foster interactions with UA COM faculty, researchers and clinicians.
  • Immerse UArizona Franke Honors MedCat Scholars in UArizona COM culture. 

Students will be matched with a research mentor from a list of available UArizona COM Scholars faculty mentors and work with the mentor to develop a research project. The research project could form the basis for completing the Honors College thesis requirement. Scholars will have many opportunities to interact with medical, graduate, and other health professional students and faculty in various summer research programs and settings at UArizona COM. Students are required to participate in a Capstone Research forum with an oral presentation and poster session at the end of the program. Scholars will also attend a weekly 1-hour seminar series on topics such as Professionalism in Medicine, Clinical shadowing, Careers in Medicine and Wellness. Other activities will include ASTEC lab, Willed Body Program, Patient interviewing and physical exam skills lab, and Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) Clinic.

Students will be given a summer stipend and housing.

Apply through Scholarship Universe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the program is not limited to Arizona Residents

No, only students in the W. A. Franke Honors College can apply for the UA Honors MedCat program.

Ten students will be selected every year.

No, all majors are welcome to apply.

No, the UA College of Medicine does not accept international students.

Yes, however, the medical school may waive this requirement if a student pursues another medically intensive summer program. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.