Academic ability, character and personality
Demonstrated academic ability, as well as attributes of character and personality, are of significance to the Admissions Committee in the selection process. A review of academic achievement as represented by the standard academic record and summaries, MCAT scores, evaluations and interviews are all sources of information on which the comparative evaluation process is based. A review of the completed application file and interviews with members of the Admissions Committee are an integral part of the admissions process.
Students who are in a current graduate program can not matriculate until they have completed their current program requirements for graduation.
Non-cognitive variables are also sought in all candidates. These qualities include, but are not limited to, health care experience, community service and social concern, communication skills both written and oral, leadership, ethical and moral behavior, creativity, compassion and empathy, altruism, personal maturity, self-confidence without arrogance, appropriate motivation, the ability to realistically self-appraise and a demonstrated ability to work as a team member. These qualities and characteristics are judged by references within the letters of recommendation and from a careful review of the student’s essays and extra-curricular activities, as well as the interviewer’s assessment during the interview.
The School of Medicine hopes to create a learning environment where students will meet colleagues whose life experiences and views differ significantly from their own. A physician must be at home and at ease in a wide variety of environments and with a wide variety of people. Students frequently comment that the aspect of the school they appreciate most is the diversity of their class. The admissions process seeks to foster that diversity of perspective and background by admitting students from a wide range of backgrounds socioeconomically, culturally, geographically and educationally.
The interview is an opportunity for the applicant to become acquainted with the institution and it offers additional information for the selection process. Only on-campus interviews in Richmond are available. Each year more applicants are interviewed than can be accepted in the class. Therefore, an interview is not an indication of acceptance to the School of Medicine.
Offers for admission are made on or before October 1 for the Early Decision Plan and October 16, December 15, February 1 and March 16 to fill the class for regular admissions. At the time the class is filled, an alternate list of applicants is compiled from which replacements are drawn for any vacancies which may occur in the selected class by the first day of orientation. Since selections are made in advance of actual attendance, all acceptances are made on condition of satisfactory completion of courses planned or in progress. It is expected that candidates will maintain acceptable standards of deportment. Students offered acceptance into a class are expected to respond within two weeks of the offer.
The enrollment of accepted candidates is considered complete only after payment of the $100 deposit towards the first tuition payment. This deposit will be returned to the candidate should withdrawal occur prior to May 15 of the year of attendance. By the act of matriculating in the School of Medicine, the student accepts the responsibilities related to this opportunity and agrees that during the time that he/she is a registered student he/she will follow the rules and regulations established by the governing bodies of the School of Medicine and the University.
Criminal Background Checks
All applicants to The VCU School of Medicine who receive an acceptance will have a criminal background check performed by Certiphi Screening, Inc. If there is a positive finding you will be notified by Certiphi first, which will allow you to make corrections to the report and verify the information. If there is no change in your status, Certiphi will then notify VCU of their positive findings.
VCU’s School of Medicine Criminal Background Committee (Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Student affairs, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Pre-clinical years, Director of Admissions and Associate Dean for Admissions) will meet to discuss your Certiphi report to determine if acceptance is to be withdrawn. Certiphi’s report to our school is confidential and can not be shared with any third parties. We encourage full disclosure at all times on the AMCAS and supplemental applications as dishonesty will impact the committee's decision. If you have a legal finding or institutional action against you after the supplemental is submitted please notify our admissions office immediately.
Once an applicant is matriculated full disclosure is also required throughout your time in medical school. Criminal Background checks are repeated for all students at the end of the second year and for specific program participations throughout medical school.