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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the NON-Matriculating SPFD?
How much does it cost to attend the program?
What are my housing options?
When will I know if I've been selected?
What if I haven't taken the MCAT yet?
If I can't get my SAT scores, what happens?
I've been out of college for awhile and I may have a hard time getting letters from my professors. What should I do?
Who can apply to the program?
If I've already applied to the Brody School of Medicine, do I still have to complete the application?
What is the application deadline for the NON-matriculating applicants?
Can I use the grades from the Summer Program in my undergraduate education?
On the SPFD application, you ask for documentation of financial status. What will you accept?
Who funds the SPFD?
Who should I contact if I have questions?
What is the application deadline for the Matriculating applicants?
What is the schedule like?


Q: What is the purpose of the NON-Matriculating SPFD?
A: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (BSOM) is committed to educating primary care physicians, making medical care more readily available to the people of eastern North Carolina, and providing opportunities to minority and disadvantaged students. It is also the commitment of BSOM to offer encouragement and opportunities for the training of premedical students.  The Office of Medical Education (OME), in affiliation with BSOM, sponsors an intensive, challenging educational summer program that allows participants to experience the pedagogical style and demands of the medical school curriculum.
   
Q: How much does it cost to attend the program?
A: Students attend the program FREE of charge. The Brody School of Medicine actually pays each eligible participant a stipend to assist with the lodging and traveling expenses incurred throughout the program.
   
Q: What are my housing options?
A: Several housing options are available. These options include: University Housing, Hotel Accommodations, or sublease of apartments of medical students who are away for the summer. The student is responsible for all housing costs.
   
Q: When will I know if I've been selected?
A: Immediately following the deadline for applying to the program, the Admission Committee will meet to select participants. As part of the process, applicants will be placed in one of three categories; those to be offered a slot in the program, those to be placed on an alternate list, and those who do not qualify for admission to the program.  At that time, those chosen for admission will be notified by e-mail that they have been selected for admission to the Summer Program for Future Doctors. Should one or more of those chosen to participate decline the offer, then the Admission Committee will review the list of alternates to select replacements. When all non-matriculating positions are filled, acceptance and rejection letters will be emailed to all applicants.  The process should be completed by the middle of April.
   
Q: What if I haven't taken the MCAT yet?
A: The MCAT is not a prerequisite for the summer program. Even though we would prefer that you have taken the MCAT, it will not hurt you if you haven't. If you have not taken the MCAT, be sure to include your SAT scores and scores from any other standardized admission test (i.e. GRE).
   
Q: If I can't get my SAT scores, what happens?
A: Check for your SAT scores in various places: undergraduate institution, your college transcript, or your high school transcript. A screen shot of your score, showing your name and ETS website can also be used. If you absolutely can't get a copy of your SAT scores, please contact the Office of Medical Education at 252-744-2149.
   
Q: I've been out of college for a while and may have a hard time getting letters from my professors. What should I do?
A: Because you will need these letters when you apply for medical school, it is a good time to try to reconnect with your professors. If this is not possible, you may have to get letters from supervisors, mentors, and service supervisors.
   
Q: Who can apply to the program?
A: Eligible applicants include college juniors, seniors, or post-graduates. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed introductory college courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged. Currently, only North Carolina residents are accepted.  Minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students are given preference, but all students are encouraged to apply.
   
Q: If I've already applied to the Brody School of Medicine, do I still have to complete the application?
A: Yes. You still need to complete the whole application in its entirety including the essay portion of the application. In addition, you will be required to submit an additional letter of recommendation for your acceptance in the Summer Program for Future Doctors. Also required is the signed release form giving the Office of Admissions permission to release your AMCAS application information to our office for the Summer Program file. This release form is available for download on the program website. You do not need to submit transcripts. However, immunization records are required.
   
Q: What is the application deadline for the NON-matriculating applicants?
A: The deadline for applying as a matriculating student is March 1, 2015.  However, students notified of their acceptance to Brody School of Medicine after that date who wish to be considered for SPFD are encouraged to contact OME.
   
Q: What is the application deadline for matriculating applicants?
A: The deadline for applying as a matriculating student is March 1, 2015. However, students notified of their acceptance to Brody School of Medicine after that date who wish to be considered for SPFD are encouraged to contact OME.
   
Q: Can I use the grades from the Summer Program in my undergraduate education?
A: The Summer Program for Future Doctors does not give an official transcript of your grades. We do, however, provide a detailed summary of your grades along with a summative evaluation.
   
Q: Who funds the SPFD?
A: Funds by the Brody School of Medicine and the Golden Leaf Foundation make the summer program possible.
   
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions?
A: Dr. Richard Ray is the Director of the Summer Program for Future Doctors. However, if you have any questions regarding the SPFD, please feel free to contact our office at 252-744-2149 or via e-mail at ome@ecu.edu.
   
Q: What is the schedule like?
A: Click here to see a copy of the 2014 SPFD schedule.