Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions by prospective TCOM students:
How many students does TCOM admit each year?
We usually plan to have approximately 230 first-year students. Since weâre a state-supported medical school, weâre required to fill at least 90% of our seats in each incoming class for Texas residents. The remaining 10% are open to non-residents.
Whatâs TCOMâs minimum GPA for admission? What about MCAT scores?
We donât use a minimum cutoff score in these two categories. Grade point averages and MCAT scores are only two of the factors we use in evaluating our applicants. However, we do expect applicants to have better than a B average in their prerequisite course work.ÌıThe most recent entering class statistics are available here.
When will I be notified about a decision on my application?
Notification is typically sent in accordance to a schedule agreed upon by the state-supported medical schools through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service.ÌıA schedule for admission notifications is available on this web site.
Does TCOM have an Early Decision Program?
Yes, we offer early admission to applicants who have outstanding credentials. You must apply only to TCOM. You must submit your completed application by August 1. Decisions will be sent by October 1.ÌıInformation for Early Decision is available here.
What if this a second career for me? Can I still go into medicine?
Absolutely. We have always accepted qualified non-traditional students. We think their attitudes and life experiences enhance and strengthen the medical school experience for everyone. You arenât required to have a degree in any premedical field, but you must have completed the appropriate course prerequisite requirements for admission.
How does an osteopathic (D.O.) school differ from an allopathic (M.D.) school?
The key distinction is in a philosophical approach to medicine that âtakes care of people, not just symptoms.â Osteopathic medical students are trained to not only to treat illness, but examine a number of different aspects of a patientâs life, including lifestyle and environment. In addition, Americaâs osteopathic medical schools instruct students on the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment.
In general, the medical sciences portions of an osteopathic medical school and an allopathic medical school do not differ in terms of content.
How do TCOM students perform on national board exams?
TCOM students are required pass the ÌıComprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA) Levels 1 and 2 to graduate. ÌıOverall, students perform extremely well on this exam. ÌıData of ourÌıpass rates are available online here.
Are there research opportunities for TCOM students?
Yes, students have a number of options available to them to conduct research while attending TCOM. ÌıDuring the summer between the first and second year, a summer research program is available with a number of faculty mentors here on campus. ÌıStudents who have an interest in pediatrics have the opportunity to complete a research program with Cook Childrenâs Medical Center located in Fort Worth. ÌıAlso, an honors research elective is offered to medical students during their second year of study.
Students who have an interest in pursuing a research-oriented career path may have an interest in completing the dual DO/PhD program which takes approximately six to seven years to complete.
What Ìırequired clinical rotations do TCOM students complete?
TCOM students are required to complete the following clinical rotations:
- Introduction to Core Clerkships â 2 weeks
- Family Medicine â 8 weeks
- Internal Medicine â 8 weeks
- Surgery â 6 weeks
- Obstetrics & Gynecology â 4 weeks
- Pediatrics â 4 weeks
- Manipulative Medicine â 4 weeks
- Psychiatry â 4 weeks
- Emergency Medicine â 4 weeks
- Patient Safety â 2 weeks
- Professional Identity and Health Systems Practice â Year Long Course in year 3 & year 4
In addition, students have the opportunity to complete nine (9) elective rotations for 36 weeks.ÌıRural scholarsÌıhave different requirements.
Where do TCOM students complete their clinical rotations?
TCOM uses a statewide network of hospitals and clinics to complete core rotations.Ìı Below is a list of a few of our affiliated sites and our current satellite campuses for third year clinical rotations.
Affiliated Sites (Location):
- Cook Childrenâs Medical Center (Fort Worth)
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital (Fort Worth)
- John Peter Smith (JPS) Health Network (Fort Worth and Tarrant County)
- Methodist Dallas Medical Center (Dallas)
- Medical City Fort Worth (Fort Worth)
- Driscoll Childrenâs Hospital (Corpus Christi)
Satellite Campuses (Location):
- Bay Area Medical Center and Christus Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi, TX
- Christus Good Shepherd Health (Longview)
- Texoma Medical Center, Denison, TX
- Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland, TX
How do TCOM students perform in the residency match programs?
TCOM graduates have done extremely well in residency match process with the majority of graduates staying in Texas to complete their training.
Approximately 60% of any given class will enter a primary care residency (family medicine, internal medicine obstetrics & gynecology or pediatrics) while nearly 40% choose to enter a specialty residency program. ÌıSuch specialties have included anesthesiology, emergency medicine, pathology, psychiatry, radiology, surgery to name a few.
A summary of our match data by specialty is available here:ÌıTCOM Residency Placement Data
How is TCOMâs curriculum formatted?
TCOM uses a modified integrated systems approach. The curriculum is divided into systems. During year one, each systemâs anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and other basic sciences are taught together to help students develop a more integrated understanding of its function. At the same time, students work individually and in groups on clinical topics relating to the system. Osteopathic clinical courses are also taught throughout the first two years.
During year two, students are taught primarily through patient presentations. ÌıThere are over 100 patient presentations used to study approximately 1,000 different diseases. ÌıThrough this approach, students are able to integrate basic medical knowledge through a more clinically relevant approach.
The last two years are devoted primarily to clinical rotations. Students complete a number of core clinical rotations in different specialties including family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology. Most core rotations are completed in one of our affiliated hospitals and clinics. ÌıStudents also have the opportunity to complete elective rotations in hospitals and clinics located throughout the United States.
Can students complete international rotations?
ÌıYes. International rotations are available through various organizations outside of the school. See the Osteopathic Clinical Education website for more information.