Wilkes Medical Scholars Program

 

Medical Program Overview

The Wilkes Medical Scholars Program is a highly selective, early admission program into The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine for students who have a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine. Students receive a B.A. or B.S. degree from the Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter and the M.D. degree from FAU’s College of Medicine in Boca Raton in seven or eight years.

Admission is open to highly qualified incoming Wilkes Honors College freshman students.Those accepted into the Wilkes Medical Scholars Program are offered conditional admission to the College of Medicine. Students must successfully complete the program requirements and achieve a minimum qualifying MCAT score.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR Fall 2019

Minimum Requirements for Entrance: Fall 2019 (Subject to Change)

• SAT score of 1490 or a minimum ACT composite of 33
• Weighted high school GPA of at least 4.30
• Medical Pipelines online secondary application (found on the MedPipeline webpage)
• Résumé and letter of recommendation from a counselor or high school teacher emailed to medicalpipelines@fau.edu
• Highly recommended but not required—experience with patient interaction
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident status
Admitted to FAU and the Wilkes Honors College before January 11, 2019
• Medical Pipelines Application deadline is January 11, 2019

 

For further information, check the Additional Program Details, or contact medicalpipelines@fau.edu.

Contact Us:
Phone: 561.799.8646
Fax: 561.799.8533
E-mail: hcadmissions@fau.edu
Mail:
Office of Admissions,
5353 Parkside Drive,
Jupiter, FL 33458

 

How to Apply:

Please follow the link to the MedPipeline webpage where you can access the required secondary application for the MedPipeline program(s).
Remember: You must be admitted to FAU & Wilkes Honors College before the deadline January 11, 2019

 

 

Additional Program Details (Subject to Change)

*Undergraduate Expectations and Requirements

Wilkes Medical Scholars are expected to finish each undergraduate semester with a GPA of at least 3.7.  Single semester GPA’s lower than 3.7 will trigger an automatic review by the Committee for continuation in the program. Although there is no semester requirement for a science (BCPM) GPA, the science GPA for promotion to the College of Medicine (after three years) is 3.7.

All students must adhere to and exhibit the high moral and ethical values of one entrusted with the privilege of studying and practicing medicine at all times during their undergraduate enrollment.  Failure to do so will be cause for instant dismissal from the program.  Students who are dismissed or wish to leave the program may continue their enrollment at FAU provided they meet eligibility requirements. In no case may students delay their entry to the College of Medicine by more than one year.

In addition to the requirements stated above, all students are expected to participate in at least one of the following activities/experiences during each semester they are enrolled. These experiences are semester-long activities and cannot be accomplished in less time. 

  • A specialized pre-health course (e.g. Intro to Pre-Professional Studies, Basic Clinical Skills, Internship)
  • Experience in the medical field (hospital, clinic, hospice, physician’s office but not with parents or parent’s friends)
  • Community health volunteer (migrant farm workers, homeless, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underserved)
  • Laboratory research (with faculty in Science or Medicine)
  • Medically related employment (work-study, hospital, research, commercial)
  • Study abroad/teach abroad/volunteer abroad in health care setting
  • Medical scribe or medical translator activities
  • Mentoring from medical students and faculty in the College of Medicine
  • Standardized Patient Program
  • Thesis (current topics in biomedical field in a form suitable for puclicationin a peer-reviewed journal)

 

Wilkes Medical Scholar advisor will meet with the students every semester to make sure that these activities meet their satisfaction that the requirements have been met.

 

With the approval, students may opt to delay their entry to medical school by one year to broaden their education or personal experiences prior to entering medical school. This fourth year option is available only to students in good standing (3.7 or higher GPA). The fourth year option is not available to make up any MCAT, GPA, or coursework deficiencies. To request an extension of the undergraduate curriculum, students must present a clear, written plan of what they plan to accomplish during the additional year. In no case may students delay their entry to the College of Medicine by more than one year.

Students may not enter the Medical School in fewer than 3 years following their matriculation at Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College absent specific and prior approval from the College of Medicine Admissions Committee, after successful completion of an interview and other assessment.

The Medical Scholars Program is a “restricted” program. This means that students in the program may not apply to any other LCME accredited medical schools without permission. Students who do apply to other medical schools without permission will lose their conditional acceptance at the FAU College of Medicine (FAUCOM) and must apply as a regular applicant.

 

*Expectations and Requirements for Promotion to the College of Medicine

In addition to the above requirements, students must complete an application for admission to the FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine (FAUCOM). The admissions process includes completing and submitting the following:

  1. Verified AMCAS application (including personal statement and letters of recommendation)
  2. Complete FAUCOM secondary application (emailed to you after FAUCOM receives your AMCAS primary application)
  3. Letter of recommendation from the Pre-Health Professions Committee
  4. Interview with College of Medicine Admissions Committee
  5. MCAT composite score minimum of 510
  6. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 and a science GPA of at least 3.5 (both determined by AMCAS)
  7. Completed applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than October 15th.

All students will be interviewed by the Pipeline Committee to assess their personal readiness to start medical school.  Interviews will be scheduled after the priamary and secondary applications (including letters of recommendation and MCAT scores) have been received by FAUCOM. As alternatives to promotion to the College of Medicine, the committee may, at its discretion, require the student to take additional year of undergraduate or graduate preparation or to dismiss the student from the program.

Once promoted to the College of Medicine, students are subject to all requirements, responsibilities and privileges as all other medical students.  Among the forms that must be completed prior to matriculation are: 1) immunization form, 2) health form, 3) health/disability insurance forms, 4) Florida residency statement. All Florida residency documents must be submitted well before matriculation so that a residency determination can be made for tuition assessment. Students are eligible for the same types of financial assistance offered to all other medical students.

Wilkes Medical Scholars will be awarded their Bachelor’s degree by the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College after satisfactory completion of the requirements for the degree and after successfully completing all courses in the first year curriculum at College of Medicine. The MD degree will be awarded by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine after satisfactory completion of the MD curriculum.

Wilkes Medical Scholars Program Flyer

Updated August 2018

 

 

Students' Profiles

Shereen Jeyakumar

Shereen Jeyakumar

Hometown; High school: West Palm Beach, FL; Suncoast High School.

"I love the small community of the Honors College."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
My grandmother is a composer. While I toil away at school, she sits in her room and composes these beautiful melodies in our native tongue, Tamil. And yet, along with her sweet voice, I hear other things. I hear her deep, shuddering sighs as she injects insulin into her thigh, four times a day. I hear the barely audible sobs that fall from her lips. Disease has always followed her—from the destructive illness that took her husband in her thirties, to the open-heart surgery that ripped her chest when I was barely one-year old. As a doctor, it will be my burden to bear her suffering—to bear the suffering of hundreds of people like her. I want to help people, in all the ways I can. I can’t imagine a more humble profession than that of a physician.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I love the small community of the Honors College. As I pursued my dreams, I didn’t want to become an anonymous number in an ocean of faces. I wanted people to know me for who I truly am, and the Honors College encouraged that—more than any other school I’ve encountered.

Namrata Gadela

Namrata Gadela

Hometown; High school: Shoreview, MN; Mounds View High School

"I chose the Honors College because of the small class sizes as well as the many research opportunities available from Scripps and Max Planck."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I believe that as a doctor there is a wonderful opportunity to motivate patients, change behavior and act as a confidante. At the end of the day being a physician shouldn’t be about the glory, it should be about helping people on a daily basis. I want to study medicine to help people close to home in small ways that can help their quality of life.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I chose the Honors College because of the small class sizes as well as the many research opportunities available from Scripps and Max Planck.

Divyesh Doddapaneni

Divyesh Doddapaneni

Hometown / High school: Tampa, Florida / C. Leon King High School

"The incredible weather in Jupiter, convenience of single rooms, world class research institutions across the street, friendly students and professors, and fun school activities sealed the deal for me."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
When most five year olds receive Legos and toys, I received something else: stitches. All that pain and horror made me vow to never visit the hospital again. As I grew older, on the contrary, my fascination with the medical profession grew. I was inspired by the very doctors who gave me a scar on my forehead, to realize how doctors can make an immense positive impact on people’s lives. In high school when my love of science was growing, I realized that the medical profession would enable me to pursue the sciences while also improving people’s lives.  

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
The incredible weather in Jupiter, convenience of single rooms, world class research institutions across the street, friendly students and professors, and fun school activities sealed the deal for me. I love the Wilkes Honors College.

Sravya Gurivireddygari

Sravya Gurivireddygari

Hometown / High school: Tampa FL / Berkeley Preparatory School

"I am able to do research at the medical school, play in the FAU Symphony Orchestra, as well as complete my major in chemistry in three years."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
My grandfather's illness inspired me to study medicine. At an early age, I wanted to be able to help people not only emotionally but also physically. 

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
FAU gives me many different opportunities. I am able to do research at the medical school, play in the FAU Symphony Orchestra, as well as complete my major in chemistry in three years.

Hannah Levine

Hannah Levine

Hometown / High school: Cooper City, Florida / Cooper City High School

"There are so many opportunities here to advance knowledge, conduct research, and take on leadership roles in both academic and extra-curricular environments."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I want to become a doctor because being a doctor is the one profession in which I can fulfill my desire to help people, and follow my passion for the sciences to the highest degree possible. To be able to use my knowledge and enthusiasm for science to improve and save lives by discovering and implementing cutting edge breakthroughs in the medical field has been a lifelong goal that continues to inspire me.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I was drawn to the Wilkes Honors College because of its focus and commitment to a comprehensive and high quality education, and because of its strength in the scientific fields. There are so many opportunities here to advance knowledge, conduct research, and take on leadership roles in both academic and extra-curricular environments. The Honors College's mix of small college perks and university-level resources make it the ideal place at which to study.

Jamshed Desai

Jamshed Desai

Hometown / High school: Jensen Beach, FL / Jensen Beach High School

"I want to become a doctor to heal patients and to innovate new medical techniques and methods of treating the body. "

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I want to become a doctor to heal patients and to innovate new medical techniques and methods of treating the body.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I chose the Wilkes Honors College because of the small class size that allows me to get to know my professors personally, and because of the proximity to world-class research facilities like Max Planck and Scripps.

Priscilla Tang

Abhimanyu Ahuja

Hometown/High school: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL/Ponte Vedra High School

"The breadth and depth of medicine excites me: physicians can be at once healer, scientist, and explorer."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
The breadth and depth of medicine excites me: physicians can be at once healer, scientist, and explorer. I seek a career as a physician as it would allow me to help others by positively impacting the lives of children and adults facing medical challenges. Furthermore, I would have the opportunity to contribute to the rapidly changing field of medicine using the latest technologies in patient care.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
The Wilkes Medical Scholars Program at the Wilkes Honors College is an outstanding program for students who have a desire to pursue a career in medicine and I found it to be perfect fit for my goal of becoming a physician. I also appreciated the many research opportunities available from Scripps and Max Planck Institutes.

 

Accepted into FAU’s College of Medicine

Kevin Abadi

Kevin Abadi

Hometown; High school: Hollywood, Florida; Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy

"I want to be a doctor because i find the human body to be one of the most miraculous things in existence."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I want to be a doctor because i find the human body to be one of the most miraculous things in existence.

I chose the honors college because it has the benefits of a private school by having small classes but without the cost.

Felicia Cooper

Felicia Cooper

Hometown; High school: Wellington, FL; Palm Beach Central High School

"I was attracted to the small classes and ability to talk to the professors one-on-one."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I have always promised myself that my future profession will make a difference in people's lives, and I feel that doctors have that wonderful privilege. I am also fascinated with biology and anatomy, and I am looking forward to learning more about our unbelievable and incredible bodies.  

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
When I toured the Honors College, the students I met were welcoming, friendly, enthusiastic, and ambitious. I was attracted to the small classes and ability to talk to the professors one-on-one (there are no TAs). Both the Wilkes Honors College and FAU Medical School are up-and-coming, and I am excited to be a part of the school as it grows, expands, and thrives.

Emily Senderey

Emily Senderey

Hometown/High school: Ft. Lauderdale/Nova High School

"I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a doctor."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a doctor. Being depended on, making decisions and, more importantly, providing relief fueled the enthusiasm I had for my business. Through my experiences, I knew that as a physician my enthusiasm for medicine and ability to listen and communicate effectively would positively contribute to helpingnot just my family, but people in my respective community.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I believe that the Medical Scholars Program is a viable program. Together, the Honors College and the medical school have the potential to create competent and skilled physicians for our community.

SriGita Madiraju

SriGita Madiraju

Hometown/High school: Miami, FL, School for Advanced Studies-Kendall

"People say if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
People say if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. Touching other people's lives and making my achievements worth something in my community is priceless. Plus who doesn't love science? I would make a chemistry joke but all the good ones Argon.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
FAU Medical School is new and promotes clinical experience in the first year. I am also very interested about their MD/PhD program and hope to continue finishing all my education here at FAU. The small class sizes and relaxed atmosphere at FAU Jupiter really fosters an academic friendly environment. There is such a vast opportunity for research and shadowing to help guide me into my niche in the science/medicine field.

Priscilla Tang

Priscilla Tang

Hometown/High school: Weston, FL/Cypress Bay High School

"I desired to pursue my medical aspirations in an academically enthusiastic rather than academically competitive community."

Why do you want to become a doctor?
I want to become a doctor so that I may profoundly impact and save others in the way my physicians impacted and saved me.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
The amicability of the professors and students, coupled with the academic rigor of a holistic approach to learning, were the factors that struck me most and endeared me to the Honors College when I visited the campus for the first time. I chose to attend the Honors College because I desired to pursue my medical aspirations in an academically enthusiastic rather than academically competitive community.

Arushi Thaper

Arushi Thaper

Hometown/High school: Mount Dora, Florida/Trinity Preparatory School

"I can't imagine a better job that will allow me to help others and enjoy myself every day. "

Why do you want to become a doctor?
Ever since I was a young child I knew I loved helping people and the sciences. Being a doctor allows me to bring together two of my favorite things. I can't imagine a better job that will allow me to help others and enjoy myself every day.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I chose the Honors College because it provides me with a small college experience while still being a part of a big university. Since the class sizes are smaller, the professors are much more approachable and willing to help whenever needed. Also, having the Scripps and Max Planck facilities on campus gives opportunity for great internship opportunities in my future.

Florence Xiong

Florence Xiong

Hometown; High school: Weston, FL; Pompano Beach High School

"I want to use my experiences to not only help but relate to other people as well. "

Why do you want to become a doctor?
As a first generation Asian American, I learned to recognize the cultural differences that make me stand out from my peers. Frequent visits to my pediatrician made me realize that medicine can transcend cultural barriers that people have in society. I want to use my experiences to not only help but relate to other people as well. As a doctor I can show others the kindness and security that my pediatrician showed me.

Why the Wilkes Honors College?
I visited several universities during high school to try and get the feel for college life, but none of the campuses I visited seemed right for me. When I walked on the Wilkes Honors College campus for the first time, I knew I found the right place to be. The small campus here felt welcoming and the tight knit community I found made college feel like a home away from home. Rather than competing with my peers I feel as if we are building each other up, because everyone here has a passion for learning.