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The Application Process
The academic profile for the entering class of 2012 has a mean total MCAT score of 31.0, verbal reasoning 9.9, physical sciences 10.1 biological sciences 10.8. The mean total grade point average is 3.63 with a science GPA of 3.55.
Preference for admission is given to residents of the State of New Jersey. However, the importance of geographic diversity is recognized and out of state applicants with outstanding credentials are encouraged to apply.
Admission is determined on the basis of academic achievement in a balanced undergraduate education, results of the MCAT, pre-professional committee evaluations, other recommendations, extracurricular involvement, motivation, character, and the interview. Interviews are arranged by invitation.
How to Apply
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School participates in the American Medical College Application Service AMCAS. If you wish to apply for admission into the first year class, visit the Association of American Medical Colleges website.
Upon receipt of the AMCAS application, all applicants will receive an email directing them to complete a secondary application as well as to submit an $80 application fee. The secondary application must be returned via email. The $80 application fee may be paid by credit card or mailed back by check. Instructions on submitting the fee will be sent by email.
All applications must include letters of recommendation (Pre-medical Advisory Committee evaluation or three academic recommendations) and MCAT scores in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will be participating in the AMCAS letters program for the 2014 cycle. Click Here for more information.
Entrance Requirements for Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
The MCAT and a minimum of three years of college consisting of 90 semester hours of college work (exclusive of military and physical education) are required. The MCAT must be taken within the three years preceding the application and no later than September of the year of application. Early submission and completion of the application is strongly encouraged. The following undergraduate courses are required:
**English requirement must include one semester of a college writing course. College approved "intensive writing courses" may substitute for English.
NOTE: Other courses which are not required for admission but may be helpful include biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, biostatistics and Spanish. Applicants should have a total undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a total MCAT of at least 22.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School places high value on a balanced undergraduate education. While this balance will vary with the background and interests of the individual, it is expected that applicants will have exposed themselves to course work in the humanities, the behavioral sciences, and the liberal arts as well as the premedical sciences. Students in post-baccalaureate programs are encouraged to apply. We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and careers in other disciplines. Students capable of superior performance in any academic field, whether in the sciences or humanities, should feel free to pursue their intellectual interests in depth, provided that they perform well in the prerequisite courses listed above. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive or impose specific requirements at its discretion. As a condition for admission and matriculation, all accepted students will be required to authorize the medical school to obtain a criminal background check.
The medical school is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Commitment to Diversity
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is committed to diversity in its student body. We believe that a diverse student body contributes to the educational program of all students. With increased emphasis on small group learning and self-directed learning, the opportunity to understand health and disease, physician-patient relationship, impact of culture on patient care and similar issues are enhanced by having as diverse a student body. Selection and recruitment is based on a holistic review of each applicant’s experiences, accomplishments, personal qualities and potential to enhance the learning environment. Information from the academic record, life history, letters of recommendation, personal essay and interview provide the basis of this review.
The medical schools commitment to students is broad and wide-ranging, beginning with pre-application counseling and advocacy until graduation. The Academic Advancement Program is a major component of the comprehensive services available at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. A four-week pre-matriculation summer program affords the opportunity for students who qualify to fine-tune their study skills and test taking strategies. These services are awarded to economically or educationally disadvantaged students. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is consistently rated among the top schools for its recruitment, retention and graduation of minority and disadvantaged students.
The Interview Process: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Multiple Mini Interviews
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Multiple Mini Interview Stations (MMI) were adapted from the Multiple Mini Interview format developed at McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Ontario. The Admissions Committee voted to implement the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-MMI in the summer of 2010. The MMI consists of a series of seven interview “stations” or encounters which last eight minutes each. Each station has one member of the Admissions Committee and each student will be evaluated by seven different Admissions Committee members. The stations may be comprised of scenarios which do not test or assess scientific knowledge but will focus on issues such as communication, ethics, service, critical thinking and adaptability.
The individual members who participate in the MMI sessions will not have access to the AMCAS or Secondary application during the MMI session. While students can discuss their backgrounds, qualifications, experiences during their interview visit, it is important to understand that the stations and scenarios will be the focus.
The interview day will consist of the MMI in addition to a tour of the Medical School provided by current students and information on the admissions process, financial aid, the curriculum and other topics of interest.
The Admissions Committee will no longer admit applicants on a "rolling" basis. Offers of admission will be made beginning in late December and will continue to be made in batches throughout the winter months.
Why has Robert Wood Johnson Medical School decided to use the MMI?
The MMI was adapted from the MMI or Multiple Mini Interview format which was developed approximately eight years ago at McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Ontario. It is an interview technique used at many Canadian, Australian, and European medical schools. It is gaining in popularity and is currently being used at several schools in the U.S. This format has been shown to be more reliable than a typical one-on-one interview. By using multiple stations, the student has multiple opportunities to demonstrate their strengths in such areas as communication, ethics, critical thinking, etc. This will allow for a thorough holistic and fair assessment by our Admissions Committee.
How do I prepare for the MMI?
Applicants will have 2 minutes to read the question/scenario before they enter each encounter. Each encounter will last six minutes. At the end of the time limit the applicant will be asked to move to the next encounter. While it is difficult to prepare for the MMI, research on the multiple mini interview format has demonstrated that applicants have found multiple stations to be more enjoyable than traditional interviews and have rated this format highly with regard to fairness.1
1 Razack, S, Faremo, S, Drolet, F., Snell, L., Wiseman, J, & Pickering, J. (2009). Multiple mini-interviews versus traditional interviews: stakeholder acceptability comparision. Med Educ, 43 993-1000