Rochester’s pre-med program is one of the strongest in the country, because of the close partnerships between the faculty and students across our River Campus and the adjacent medical school, hospitals and clinics. While all Rochester undergraduates have excellent academic preparation and opportunities for research, shadowing, and volunteering in our labs and clinics, the REMS program streamlines the medical school admission process and provides distinct advantages for the most select few of our pre-med students.
When selected for REMS as an undergraduate, you will have the following:
- A conditional guarantee of admission to the MD program at the School of Medicine and Dentistry (part of Rochester’s campus)
- Exemption from the MCAT
- Funding for summer research
- Mentoring by renowned faculty
- Hands-on experience in clinics and labs
- Access to seminars and social events
Medical school is one of the most challenging paths you can pursue. Typically, you would complete a four-year bachelor’s degree, study for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), wait anxiously to find out how you scored, apply to medical schools, wait to find out where you get accepted, and then complete at least four more years of schooling to earn your medical degree.
The Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program helps to expedite this process. REMS is an eight-year BA/BS + MD program for outstanding undergraduates who are committed to pursuing a medical career. Established in 1991, it’s the most competitive combined degree program at Rochester. As a REMS student, you’re admitted to the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry once you successfully complete your bachelor’s degree and pre-med core courses.
REMS students work closely with highly respected faculty members, attend special events, and gain hands-on experience in clinics and labs.