Lake Forest College is affiliated with the Rosalind Franklin University Medical School for the Doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD) program.
RFUMS will consider for admission into the Allopathic Medicine program LFC students who meet the Admission Requirements, consistent with the Admission Procedures, each of which is described below.
Students will be eligible to apply for admission in accordance with the following:
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a permanent resident visa or be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application submission.
- You are successfully progressing towards completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest and will have completed prerequisite courses including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, physics, and behavioral/social sciences by time of matriculation into RFUMS. Students should refer always to the RFUMS website for the current list of prerequisites.
- Advanced Placement (AP) science or social science courses in which LFC credit is received will be considered as fulfilling the prerequisites.
- You have academic performance consistent with the following:
- For regular matriculation, as defined in Admission Procedures (2), a minimum grade point average of 3.5/4.0 for biology, chemistry, physics, and math with no grades below a C and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5/4.0.
- For accelerated matriculation, as defined in Admission Procedures (2), a minimum grade point average of 3.7/4.0 for biology, chemistry, physics, and math with no grades below a B- and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5/4.0.
- You have standardized test performance consistent with the following:
- For regular matriculation, as defined in Admission Procedures (2), a minimum total MCAT score of 500.
- For accelerated matriculation, as defined in Admission Procedures (2), a minimum total MCAT score of 505.
- You have acceptable results, as determined by RFUMS, from the situational judgment test currently in use.
- You have demonstrated appropriate and sufficient motivation for a career in medicine, commitment to serving others, leadership potential, and communication skills, through prior experience in academic, research, employment, volunteer, and/or patient care settings.
- You have a positive recommendation from the Lake Forest College Pre-Health Advising Committee through successful participation in the prerequisite coursework and the Health Professions Program offered in partnership between LFC and RFUMS.
- You have met or will prior to matriculation have met all other admissions requirements for the Allopathic Medicine program as outlined in the RFUMS catalog at time of application to RFUMS.
The admission procedures will be based on two separate conditions selected by the applicant.
- Early Decision vs. Regular Decision – the applicant may ask for an admissions decision early, during their sophomore year at LFC (early decision), or they may wait and apply during the cycle before their matriculation (regular decision).
- Accelerated Matriculation vs. Regular Matriculation – the applicant may matriculate into RFU at the end of their third year at LFC (accelerated matriculation), or at the end of their fourth year at LFC (regular matriculation).
- At the start of each academic year, Lake Forest College will provide RFUMS with the number of students and year of anticipated matriculation for both the early and the regular decision timelines who have indicated their intent to apply for the Allopathic Medicine program at RFUMS.
- LFC HPP students will fill out the Health Professions Program short application, accessible via RFUMS, to indicate their intention of applying to the Allopathic Medicine program in the current or a future application cycle, regardless of decision and matriculation type.
- The short app for this pathway will include essays on topics including, but not limited to, diversity and challenges overcome.
- Portfolio submissions for this pathway must include attestations sufficient for RFUMS to complete a Character and Misconduct Review. The required attestations should pertain to institutional actions, as well as any felonies, misdemeanors, academic suspensions, military discharges, or AAMC investigations. A standard of professional and ethical behavior is required and expected for matriculation into the Allopathic Medicine program.
- All LFC HPP students who meet the admission requirements and admission procedures described above will be invited to the interview phase of the application process.
- Students who do not meet the admission requirements and admission procedures described above may ask to be considered for admission to the RFUMS Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program, using the previously submitted Health Professions Program short application, accessible via RFUMS, and accompanying portfolio.
- When the Student Admissions Committee of the Chicago Medical School at RFUMS offers an initial letter of admission to LFC HPP students, it will be a conditional letter describing the academic performance, healthcare experience, and professionalism required during the final years at LFC. Pathway students will be required to acknowledge, in writing, their receipt of the conditional letter and their acceptance of its terms, including their understanding that conditional admission does not guarantee regular admission; failure to do so can result in revocation of the conditional offer of admission.
- LFC HPP students will complete and submit the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application and any supplemental application materials during the application cycle for the desired matriculation year. Fulfillment of this requirement is in keeping with RFUMS’ agreement with AMCAS and allows for inclusion of the applicants data in the national data pool.
- Final decisions on admission are the sole discretion of the Student Admissions Committee of the Chicago Medical School at RFUMS, consistent with Chicago Medical School and RFUMS policies. Furthermore, when the Allopathic Medicine program offers admission to LFC pathway students, all offers are conditional, pending agreement to the Technical Standards and completion of all matriculation requirements. Furthermore, admission does not imply graduation or licensure. Similarly, licensure requirements are subject to change and can vary by location.
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