UNTHSC M.S. in Medical Sciences (Texas) 2023-2024 *In-Person*

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With applications opening November 15th for the UNTHSC Medical Sciences in-person program I figured I should start a thread.

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Same question^^
So I contacted admissions and they stated that they haven't required an MCAT for some time and that it's almost not considered at all when looking at an applicant. I spoke with the direct contact for admissions and was told that they look holistically at the applications but pay extra attention to sGPA's. Additionally, emphasis was put on experiences and personal statements. Interestingly, in my conversation with the advisor she gave me a very specific example of an applicant that states their intentions with health but has no experiences backing it up. I thought that might be worth mentioning in that they want to see your interest to pursue healthcare not only in your PS but in your experiences as well. Their admissions contact is awesome and great with communication. I'd highly recommend calling her.
 
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Such good advice! I am applying for the in-person cohort as well, do you happen to know what admission contact you called? Or was it just any of their admissions contact would be helpful to ask questions regarding the application?

Also, I know the program is rolling admissions but I heard they don't start sending decisions till after the priority deadline in February, does anyone know if this is true?
 
Such good advice! I am applying for the in-person cohort as well, do you happen to know what admission contact you called? Or was it just any of their admissions contact would be helpful to ask questions regarding the application?

Also, I know the program is rolling admissions but I heard they don't start sending decisions till after the priority deadline in February, does anyone know if this is true?
I spoke with Autumn Young their recruitment outreach coordinator. She's great with communication whether it be email, phone, or text. She also conducted my application workshop since I'm a reapplicant and she was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend giving her a call with any questions. Regarding your second question, from what I've heard people hear back as early as January as that's when I heard their committee starts meeting. I'd recommend applying before February because you beat all the professional school applicants that apply to SMP's once they find out they didn't get accepted into any programs.
 
I submitted my application 12/26. I'll update this post when I get updates.
 
Awesome and good luck! I got an email saying to apply by 1/15 as it is their first review cycle so hopeful I should submit my application before then.
 
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Does anyone know if the program does like an application review before you submit it? I realized I also have Autumn as my advisor this cycle and I was wondering if anyone has heard of them being able to go over your application with you? I emailed her but have yet to hear a response.
 
Does anyone know if the program does like an application review before you submit it? I realized I also have Autumn as my advisor this cycle and I was wondering if anyone has heard of them being able to go over your application with you? I emailed her but have yet to hear a response.
I did a 1-on-1 application review with her about 2 months ago. It's something they do.
 
i submitted mine on 12/29!
I attending the info session today and they said that the committee starts meeting late January and decisions role out as they make them. Additionally, they said that they are having issues with the myHSC website and that no one can see their application on their HSC account yet. Supposedly, when they fix it you should get an email to make an HSC account which is where you'll see any updates on your application.
 
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Yes, I got an email that the first review cycle is 1/15. Submitted yesterday so hopefully, we get decisions rolled out soon! Good luck to everyone.
 
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Yes, I got an email that the first review cycle is 1/15. Submitted yesterday so hopefully, we get decisions rolled out soon! Good luck to everyone.
I didn’t get that email. Who did you get that from?
 
I got it from the UNTHSC admission email I subscribed to when I started applying to the program. My admissions advisor Autumn Young also confirmed this. She told me that starting Jan 15th they will start reviewing the applications based on when you submitted so the earlier you submitted the earlier they will review and get a decision rolled out.
 
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I got it from the UNTHSC admission email I subscribed to when I started applying to the program. My admissions advisor Autumn Young also confirmed this. She told me that starting Jan 15th they will start reviewing the applications based on when you submitted so the earlier you submitted the earlier they will review and get a decision rolled out.
how can I subscribe to that email?
 
I believe I just signed up through this link: Admissions. If you scroll to the bottom it has like a "join our network" form that you can fill out with your info and it will send admissions info to your email or text.
 
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Quick update. Yesterday I got the email to setup my myHSC account and today my application finally showed up on it. I'm now able to track the status of my application.
 
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Today my application went from "application received" to "application is under review".
 
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Yay! Mine also did. Wish us the best of luck :)
 
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Just curious if anyone has heard anything? My application is under review as well and I submitted my application on 12/4. I know the committee meets on Tuesdays.
 
No mine still says under review. It may depend on how many applications they received and how many they must go through.
 
Just curious if anyone has heard anything? My application is under review as well and I submitted my application on 12/4. I know the committee meets on Tuesdays.
I want to say no one will hear back till 2nd week of February earliest. I'm basing this off of the previous threads from the past few years.
 
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How long till after sending the application does it take for them to send you the email to make your account?
 
How long till after sending the application does it take for them to send you the email to make your account?
I'm not the best example to use because I submitted when they were having issues with the myHSC portal which they just fixed about a week ago. I submitted 12/26 and I didn't get the email to make my account till 1/16. Under normal circumstances, I don't see it taking more than a week or two assuming your application is complete and there is nothing pending.
 
Update. My application status changed from "Application is Under Review" to just "Under Review". If I click on it it says "Hello! Your application is currently under committee review." Not sure if this means anything though 😂. I don't remember what it said before when it said Application is Under Review.
 
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Mine changed yesterday. Hopefully it doesn't take long to hear back! Based off last years, some heard back a few weeks later and others heard back a few days later
 
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Mine changed yesterday. Hopefully it doesn't take long to hear back! Based off last years, some heard back a few weeks later and others heard back a few days later
If my memory serves me correct, I was under review for about 3 days before I got the A, and this was the 2nd or so week of March. But best of luck bc this is an incredible program, and we hear there are some exciting changes coming to the fall curriculum for the next cohort!
 
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Update. My application status changed from "Application is Under Review" to just "Under Review". If I click on it it says "Hello! Your application is currently under committee review." Not sure if this means anything though 😂. I don't remember what it said before when it said Application is Under Review.
I just noticed mine had this change too!
 
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I just got rejected guys. Best of luck to everyone here, idk what to do next.
 
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I just got rejected guys. Best of luck to everyone here, idk what to do next.
Same! Just got a rejection at 3:30 today. Good luck to everyone else. Quick stats. I'm a sub 3.0 applicant with no mcat. Up down up trend w 3 years professional experience in health and a few hundred hours in community service. I highly suspect it was gpa that killed my chances but won't find out till June for the application review.
 
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Hi quick update! I was accepted this morning and I applied on 12/29!!
 
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Congrats! I also just received an acceptance this morning. I applied 1/16
 
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I just got rejected guys. Best of luck to everyone here, idk what to do next.
I know Texas A&m, Texas Tech as well as University of Houston also have similar SMP programs so I would definitely check them out and see if they would be something you would want to apply for.
 
Same! Just got a rejection at 3:30 today. Good luck to everyone else. Quick stats. I'm a sub 3.0 applicant with no mcat. Up down up trend w 3 years professional experience in health and a few hundred hours in community service. I highly suspect it was gpa that killed my chances but won't find out till June for the application review.
Is your science gpa also sub 3.0?
 
I know Texas A&m, Texas Tech as well as University of Houston also have similar SMP programs so I would definitely check them out and see if they would be something you would want to apply for.
Do you know about anyone for the UofH SMP? I've heard of it but have heard relatively nothing on their students and success rate from their program to medical school. They are very secretive.
 
I know Texas A&m, Texas Tech as well as University of Houston also have similar SMP programs so I would definitely check them out and see if they would be something you would want to apply for.
Tamu has an amazing program!!! It’s very difficult but 100% worth it. It is a 2 year program though
 
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Do you know about anyone for the UofH SMP? I've heard of it but have heard relatively nothing on their students and success rate from their program to medical school. They are very secretive.
Yesss, they definitely are. I had to email their admissions office to get answers as their website is very vague. I believe it's cause they are relatively new compared to other programs and from the email they stated that they had around 65%-70 success rate in matriculating to professional programs. I would definitely email the school though for any specific questions, the email on the website seems to be [email protected]
 
Is your science gpa also sub 3.0?
Yes! I was sitting at about 2.9 for both cgpa and sgpa. I had no MCAT which may have also been an issue although I asked admissions and they said it wasn't really used in the decision process at all.

I want to be completely transparent about my stats incase anyone finds themselves in a similar position as me and was thinking of applying. I also hope my rejection can benefit someone because I scoured the UNTHSC threads for months and noticed when people get rejected they typically go silent and we can't use their stats to compare. Here are mine in hopes to help others down the line.

Academics

sgpa - 2.9
cgpa - 2.8
Graduated 2020
wavy trend
No MCAT

EC & Leadership
  • Did four medical missions in central America for undergrad. President one year and vice president another year for said club.
  • Vice president for a year for a club that did monthly visits for retirement homes.
  • Board member for a local stroke support group for a year.
  • Member of above stroke support group for 3 years.
  • Helped organize a vaccine drive during the COVID pandemic
  • Helped organize two one week popup medical clinics in my own community that provided free medical, dental, and vision services to my community.
Shadowing
  • About 300 hours or so across the past 5 years. Mostly FP and gyno. One optha.
Community Service
  • Received 4 presidential volunteer service awards for a combined total of about 2000 hours community service during my undergrad across the various organization above.
  • Two organizational presidential volunteer service awards as a leader of the club I did medical missions with.
  • Still a member of aforementioned stroke support group

Relevant Professional Experience
  • Worked as a office clerk for a home health office.
  • Worked as a data entry specialist for a COVID data project during the pandemic to provide accurate COVID data for the midwest USA.
  • Worked as a health educator for a diabetes and obesity prevention program for a year after graduation.
  • Transitioned to Infectious disease epidemiology where I've worked as an investigator for the past 2 years.
There's some other stuff here and there that I didn't include but this is a bulk of it.

In hindsight
My academics are primarily the weakest part of my application hence why I want to complete an SMP. I didn't take the MCAT for various reasons but it definitely could have been a help given that my academic record ended on a wavy trend and I don't have any academic history after 2020 to truly show I've changed. In June they do the application reviews so hopefully I'll get some insight. I'll DEFINITELY be applying next year but with an MCAT score and maybe some additional post-bacc credits. TBH I'm going to hold off on applying to the online programs as the info on them is quite vague and I don't know how med schools view them as of now. I'll definitely update this thread down the line once I complete my application review. I wish everyone the best of luck! Congrats @aggiegrad23 !!!
 
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I also got accepted into the program and 2 other program (Des Moines Anatomy and Rocky Vista)
 
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I don’t know if anyone knows much about this program. Do they give students opportunities to become a Teaching assistant?
 
Yes! I was sitting at about 2.9 for both cgpa and sgpa. I had no MCAT which may have also been an issue although I asked admissions and they said it wasn't really used in the decision process at all.

I want to be completely transparent about my stats incase anyone finds themselves in a similar position as me and was thinking of applying. I also hope my rejection can benefit someone because I scoured the UNTHSC threads for months and noticed when people get rejected they typically go silent and we can't use their stats to compare. Here are mine in hopes to help others down the line.

Academics

sgpa - 2.9
cgpa - 2.8
Graduated 2020
wavy trend
No MCAT

EC & Leadership
  • Did four medical missions in central America for undergrad. President one year and vice president another year for said club.
  • Vice president for a year for a club that did monthly visits for retirement homes.
  • Board member for a local stroke support group for a year.
  • Member of above stroke support group for 3 years.
  • Helped organize a vaccine drive during the COVID pandemic
  • Helped organized two one week popup medical clinics in my own community that provided free medical, dental, and vision services to my community.
Shadowing
  • About 300 hours or so across the past 5 years. Mostly FP and gyno. One optha.
Community Service
  • Received 4 presidential volunteer service awards for a combined total of about 2000 hours community service during my undergrad across the various organization above.
  • Two organizational presidential volunteer service awards as a leader of the club I did medical missions with.
  • Still of a member of aforementioned stroke support group

Relevant Professional Experience
  • Worked as a office clerk for a home health office.
  • Worked as a data entry specialist for a COVID data project during the pandemic to provide accurate COVID data for the midwest USA.
  • Worked as a health educator for a diabetes prevention program for a year after graduation.
  • Transitioned to Infectious disease epidemiology where I've worked as an investigator for the past 2 years.
There's some other stuff here and there that I didn't include but this is a bulk of it.

In hindsight
My academics are primarily the weakest part of my application hence why I want to complete an SMP. I didn't take the MCAT for various reasons but it definitely could have been a help given that my academic record ended on a wavy trend and I don't have any academic history after 2020 to truly show I've changed. In June they do the application reviews so hopefully I'll get some insight. I'll DEFINITELY be applying next year but with an MCAT score and maybe some additional post-bacc credits. TBH I'm going to hold off on applying to the online programs as the info on them is quite vague and I don't know how med schools view them as of now. I'll definitely update this thread down the line once I complete my application review. I wish everyone the best of luck! Congrats @aggiegrad23 !!!
So the last time you took classes was in 2020?
Thanks for being so transparent! Not many people want to give as much detail as you did
 
Hi Y'all! Glad to have some many of you taking the initiative to apply to MedSci. I graduated from the in-person MedSci program in 2022 and am currently in med school. I would love to help if you have any questions or concerns. Some things have changed in the past few years since I graduated, but I will be as transparent in my responses for those that reach out. For now, best of luck and I will post a subsequent FAQ I have received these last few weeks. Rooting for y'all future healthcare professionals!
 
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So the last time you took classes was in 2020?
Thanks for being so transparent! Not many people want to give as much detail as you did
Yes! I graduated 2020 and haven't taken any coursework since.
 
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