Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admissions Process and Requirements

Admissions
Process

Step One: AMCAS Application

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine participates with AMCAS - the American Medical College Application Service. To submit an application, visit AMCAS. This initial process includes using the AMCAS letters of recommendation service.


Step Two: Supplemental Application

Select applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application based on the following criteria.

1. MCAT Score of 495 or higher

2. BCPM (Math and Science) GPA:

a. Cumulative undergraduate BCPM of 3.0, OR

b. Cumulative post baccalaureate BCPM of 3.5 with at least 24 credit hours, OR

c. Cumulative graduate BCPM of 3.5 with at least 24 credit hours


Step Three: Screening

The OUWB will complete a holistic review of your completed application materials to determine whether to invite you for an interview.


Step Four: Interview

Select applicants will be invited to attend an interview day. 


Step Five: Admission Offer

Select applicants will be offered admission on a rolling basis.


Step Six: Acceptance and Deposit

Admitted students are asked to accept the offer within two weeks of admission. We will ask for the tuition deposit in the spring.

Admissions
Requirements

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine seeks to admit applicants who possess personal and professional integrity, the potential for professional medical competence, the ability to deliver compassionate care, a passion for lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, educational excellence, ethical conduct, and an understanding that medicine is both art and science, open-mindedness and tolerance, and a service orientation to others.


Desired Criteria for Selection

  • Undergraduate science GPA of 3.00 or higher and overall GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • MCAT score of 495 or higher
  • Meaningful medical activities (including volunteer work, shadowing, etc)
  • Service to others and to the community
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Excellence in an activity or area of interest (sports, research, or other endeavor) at a local, regional, or national level
  • Evidence of intellectual curiosity and a commitment to life-long learning

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

It is recommended and customary that a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution be completed prior to enrollment. Students must demonstrate that they have acquired a broad education that extends beyond the basic sciences to include the social sciences, history, arts, and languages. Broad academic training provides prospective physicians with the strong scientific skills necessary to continue study in medical science as well as a comprehensive understanding of social, historical and cultural forces that affect their professional lives and the lives of their patients.


Prerequisite Coursework

All prerequisite coursework should be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.  Applicants who use community college courses to meet prerequisite requirements are encouraged to show competency by taking higher level courses in these areas at a regionally accredited four-year institution in the United States.  Applicants with foreign educational credentials should complete prerequisite requirements at a regionally accredited four-year institution in the U.S.

Requirements

Applicants should take a minimum of 24 college credits (excluding AP courses) with breadth and depth of science and math disciplines.  Of those 24 credit hours, coursework must include:

  • 1 course in Biochemistry
  • 1 course in Statistics (Math or Social Science based)
  • 1 lab in either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
In addition to the 24 Science/Math credits, applicants must complete:
  • 1 course in Social or Behavioral Sciences.

Additional Recommended Courses/Course Categories

Humanities:

Courses recommended are in disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature, language, anthropology, ethics, and theology. Studies in these areas deepen the applicant's understanding of the basis for human values and offer the opportunity to develop an appreciation of other cultures and ethnic groups. This background is vital to health care providers.

Behavioral Science:

Understanding the range of variation of behavior as a biologic, psychological, and social phenomena is essential to the practice of medicine. Courses recommended are in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, and ecology.

English:

Although there is no formal course requirement for English, applicants are expected to have a strong background in writing, oral communication, and critical reading skills.


MCAT Scores

MCAT is required of all applicants. Scores will be accepted for tests taken during or after the month of September three years prior to year of application. For example, for the 2019 admissions cycle (applying in 2018), the oldest acceptable MCAT is September 2015. We require a minimum score of 495.


Letters of Recommendation

Applicants should submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation (maximum of five). If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as two of your three required letters of recommendation. All submitted letters must be signed, preferably on letterhead, and submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

We receive many questions about who should write letters of recommendation.  We highly recommend you select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine.  It is a good idea to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies.  Letters from family members and/or friends are discouraged.

International Applicants

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for admission.  Applicants who did not attend U.S. or Canadian schools should complete at least one year, preferably two, in residence at a regionally accredited college or university. The accredited institution must validate all previous academic credits.

Criminal Background Check

The OUWB participates in the AAMC-Facilitated Background Check Service. A criminal background check is required of all accepted students. After January 1 of the application year, Certiphi Screening, Inc. will contact each accepted applicant for consent to conduct a background check. Upon completion of the background check, Certiphi will provide the report to you for review (10 days) prior to distribution to the medical school(s) you have been accepted to. More information is available on the AMCAS website.

Technical
Standards

The M.D. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine. Candidates for the M.D. degree must possess the requisite knowledge and skills, and the physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities to function in a broad variety of clinical situations to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Therefore, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine has established the following essential requirements necessary for medical students to successfully complete the full curriculum and meet the core competencies to become a candidate for the M.D. degree.

Individuals with questions or who need reasonable accommodations to the technical standards are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services.


Observation

All candidates must demonstrate their ability to use vision, hearing, and somatic sensation to accurately observe:

  • Instructional demonstrations, and
  • Patients at a distance and close at hand.


Communication

All candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing,
  • Comprehend written communications,
  • Assess non-verbal communications (such as mood, activity, and changes in posture) that are fundamental components of the patient interview and physical examination, and
  • Demonstrate communication skills that are essential for the formation of effective professional relationships with teachers and colleagues, and therapeutic relationships with patients.

Candidates must also possess computer literacy, including keyboard skills.

Motor Coordination

All candidates must demonstrate their ability to use motor and sensory functions to:

  • Perform components of the physical examination such as palpation, auscultation, and percussion,
  • Perform routine invasive procedures including the use of universal precautions to avoid posing risks to patients or themselves,
  • Perform basic laboratory tests and evaluate routine diagnostic tools such as EKGs and imaging studies,
  • Respond and perform with precise, quick, and appropriate actions in emergency situations,
  • Participate effectively in physically taxing duties over long hours, and 
  • Complete timed demonstrations of skills.

Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch, vision and hearing. All candidates must possess the physical health and stamina necessary to independently perform the duties of a medical student and physician in training without endangering the lives of patients and colleagues with whom the medical student might have contact.

Cognitive

All candidates must demonstrate cognitive functions and effective learning techniques. Candidates must be able to:

  • Measure, calculate, and analyze data,
  • Retrieve, organize, integrate and synthesize information and apply reasoning to reach conclusions based on evidence,
  • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures,
  • Draw inferences from the logical sequential relationships of events,
  • Understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine,
  • Be fully alert and attentive at all times in clinical settings, and
  • Solve problems effectively.


Professional

All candidates must: 

  • Demonstrate sound judgment and emotional stability,
  • Demonstrate the perseverance, diligence and consistency required to successfully complete the rigorous curriculum of the School of Medicine,
  • Function effectively under stress,
  • Display flexibility and adaptability to changing and uncertain environments,
  • Demonstrate evidence of the personal attributes of honesty, altruism, empathy, and concern for others,
  • Contribute to the learning environment and receive and act upon constructive feedback from faculty members and peers.

The OUWB Office of Student Affairs can assist medical students in understanding other University policies and practices, addressing personal and academic concerns, and supplying referrals to other University offices when appropriate.

Timeline
Rolling Admission

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine accepts students on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply and complete application requirements early to guarantee consideration for admission.

Admissions Timeline
DateProcess
Early MayAMCAS applications available at www.aamc.org/students/amcas
Early JuneAMCAS applications may be submitted
July - DecemberSelect applicants invited to submit supplemental application materials
August - MarchSelect applicants invited for interviews
SeptemberLast acceptable MCAT score, up to three years prior to application
October Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (OUWB Code - 002307)
October until class is fullOffers of admission made on rolling basis
Within 2 weeks of acceptanceAdmitted students are asked to accept the offer within two weeks of admission. We will ask for the tuition deposit in the spring.
November 15Deadline for AMCAS application
December 15Deadline for supplemental application and fee
April 30Deadline for non-refundable tuition deposit 
Students may hold only one acceptance (AAMC guidelines)
Early AugustClasses Begin
Transfer
Admission Process

Eligibility

  • Citizenship in the United States (U.S.) or permanent residency in the U.S.
  • Good academic standing at an allopathic medical school accredited by the  Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) (no exceptions will be made for students attending schools that are not LCME accredited).
  • Successful completion of two years of medical school, including all basic science education.
  • A passing score on the United States Medical Licensure Exam (USMLE) Step 1 exam prior to matriculation (classes typically begin in mid to late May).

Transfer Application Process


Step One

Complete the OUWB Pre-Transfer Eligibility Form by March 15.  Students who are deemed eligible will be sent application instructions via email. Additional details about the process and timing for review and interviews will be shared with eligible students. The information below is provided to give prospective transfer students general information about the process. Requirements are subject to change.  


Step Two

Eligible students will be invited via email to submit the following documents within two weeks of invitation:

  • A completed Transfer Student Application (application provided via email invitation).
  • An application fee of $75.00.
  • A copy of original AMCAS application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including medical school(s). Records should be sent directly by institutions to OUWB Admissions.
  • A letter of support from the Dean of Students at current medical school detailing current academic standing, any institutional actions, and reason(s) for transfer. The Dean should send the letter directly to OUWB Admissions.
  • Two letters of recommendation from basic science or clinical faculty at current medical school. Faculty should send letters directly to OUWB Admissions.
  • A statement including reason for transfer.
  • A resume including community service, leadership, and honors while a medical student.
  • Other materials, upon request.


Step Three

All completed application files will be reviewed to determine interview invitations. 


Step Four

Selected applicants will attend an interview day program at OUWB which will include two interviews and an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). 


Step Five

Admissions offers will be made contingent upon successful completion of criminal background check, fingerprinting, and passing USMLE Step 1 exam.


Step Six

Enrollment in Art and Practice of Medicine course for orientation into OUWB clerkships (typically in mid to late May).

Note

OUWB requires the successful completion of a scholarly (Capstone) project for graduation. Students transferring to OUWB in the third year will be required to successfully complete a Capstone project before graduation. The project is subject to approval by the Associate Dean for Medical Education.