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    Early Decision Programs

    Early Decision Programs, EDP, are offered by the following medical schools:

    1. Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine - AAMC Early Decision Program
      * TTUHSC SOM only considers and accepts Texas residents for this program.
    2. University of North Texas HSC-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Why apply through an Early Decision Program?

    By applying for early decision you can greatly reduce the high financial and psychological costs of applying to and interviewing at multiple schools.

    It should be emphasized that only applicants with an excellent chance of admission should apply through one of the EDP's since only a small portion of the first-year class is admitted through this program. Applicants whose GPA is lower than 3.5 or whose MCAT score is lower than 28 are unlikely to be accepted through EDP.

    EDP Applicant Requirements:

    The rules of a formal Early Decision Program stipulate that an applicant cannot apply to ANY OTHER medical school in the U.S. until he or she receives the EDP decision.

    All EDP applicants are required to do the following:

    1. Indicate in the [Select Schools] section that they are applying through one of the restricted Early Decision Programs.
    2. Submit the TMDSAS application by August 1st.
    3. Submit any required secondary applications by August 1st.
    4. Submit MCAT scores to TMDSAS by August 1st (test must be taken by June to obtain your score by August).
    5. Submit payment and all required transcripts and letters of evaluation TMDSAS by August 1st.
    6. Attend the selected school if offered acceptance through the Early Decision Program.

    An applicant who is offered admission is OBLIGATED to attend the medical school. He or she must obtain a formal release from TTUHSC-SOM or UNTHSC-TCOM to be eligible to apply to other schools.

    If not accepted as an EDP candidate, the applicant is eligible to apply to other schools as soon as the formal notification letter is received from the school.

    To apply to other TMDSAS schools for regular admission consideration, you must send an email request to TMDSAS at info@tmdsas.com or through the internal message system within the application. The request must be received by the application deadline. The message should include your full name, TMDSAS ID and a list of the schools you would like added to your application.

    EDP program provides:

    • An interview in August or September to selected applicants.
    • Prompt admission decision from the school - no later than September 15th.
    • The opportunity to apply to other TMDSAS participating schools, without having to submit an additional application, if not accepted as an EDP candidate.

    MD/PhD & DO/PhD Dual Degree Programs

    The UT System, Texas Tech University HSC and Texas A&M HSC Medical Schools and UNT Health Science Center-TCOM along with their Graduate schools offer combined MD/PhD or DO/PhD Programs. The Combined Degree Program is a 6-8 year course of study designed specifically to meet the training needs of individuals dedicated to a career in biomedical research. Successful applicants should have significant research experiences prior to application to the program.

    Applicants to the joint MD/PhD program at UT Southwestern, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, UT HSC at Houston, UT SOM at San Antonio, Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine and Texas Tech HSC School of Medicine must complete the AMCAS application as the primary application and pay the required application fee to AMCAS.

    Those joint degree applicants who also want to be considered for the MD only program at the above schools must submit a TMDSAS application in addition to the AMCAS application as applicants cannot apply to the MD only program through AMCAS.

    Applicants to the DO/PhD at UNTHSC -TCOM need ONLY to select the appropriate program on the TMDSAS application.

    Additional application procedures are required when applying to the combined programs as one is applying to two different entities, the medical school and the graduate school. Most of the programs require that information be sent directly to the respective graduate office in addition to submitting the medical school application to TMDSAS. Marking the MD/PhD and/or DO/PhD boxes on the application simply alerts the graduate schools to your interest in applying to the combined programs, so please follow the instructions for each school indicated below. Also, keep in mind that application to the MD/PhD and/or DO/PhD Programs will require an additional interview. While the schools try to complete both interviews on the same day, it may be necessary to schedule the graduate school interview on the day before or after your medical school interview.

    Listed below are the schools that offer MD/PhD or DO/PhD programs. Click on the school link to obtain the contact person, mailing address and additional application requirements for the graduate school at each institution.

    UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT Medical Branch at Galveston

    UT Austin/UT Medical Branch Dual MD/PhD Program

    UT Health Science Center at Houston/M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

    UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine

    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

    University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

    MD/MBA Dual Degree Program

    The health care system is changing rapidly. Managed care and other reforms have created a need for physicians with a greater knowledge of business. To address this need, Texas Tech has initiated a unique program which offers a joint MD/MBA degree.

    In this joint degree program, the student will receive both MD and MBA degrees within the four years of medical school.

    For complete information on the program, visit TTUHSC SOM website.

    JD/MD Dual Degree Program

    The Doctor of Jurisprudence / Doctor of Medicine Dual Degree Program is administered by Texas Tech University School of Law and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine. The JD/MD program is designed specifically for individuals interested in the areas of health law, healthcare policy, bioterrorism, forensics, or biomedical compliance.

    For complete information on the program, visit TTUHSC SOM website.

    F-MAT Family Medicine Accelerated Track

    The Family Medicine Accelerated Track, or F-MAT, is an innovative 3-year accelerated medical school curriculum that culminates in the M.D. degree and will prepare participants for a standard 3-year family medicine curriculum at one of three Texas Tech programs, in Lubbock, Amarillo, or the Permian Basin.

    The purpose of F-MAT is two-fold:

    1. To increase the number of medical students choosing a career in family medicine, especially in under served areas, who will provide patient-centered care.

    2. To prepare primary care physicians more efficiently and with less cost.

    For complete information on the program, visit TTUHSC SOM website.