UConn’s CPiM receives approximately 200 to 300 applications each year, of which 30 to 40 candidates are selected for interviews at the medical school. Connecticut residents receive special consideration, and the final 25 candidate selections are alerted by the admissions office.
“We were one of the last to join a group of about 30 universities with similar programs nationwide,” said Aida Silva, associate director of admissions. “The reason to join was the advantage to cultivate interest for such a talented group of students in the medical field at such an early age and strengthen our undergraduate education for the selected students.”
Silva highlighted the importance of gaining connections through networking opportunities and working in medical facilities.
“By connecting [CPiM students] with the professional level early in their education and allow[ing] them to build connections and networking, [CPiM students can] advance in the professional schools,” said Silva.
“We do encourage [CPiM students] to look if they have that time available for summer fellowships, and very often these fellowships can be arranged at the medical school,” said Keat Sanford, assistant dean of admissions at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Sanford said that the clinical exposure that students gain through these fellowships and other activities is indispensable. CPiM students can spend multiple weeks in different departments, gain first-hand experience and exposure, and gain a better understanding of what field of medicine they most enjoy.
The first class to enter UConn’s CPiM as freshmen in 2000 are just finishing their medical residencies.
“At this point, they are in the professional level, and the medical school keeps track of them and their progress and they all do very well,” said Silva. “This is the reason for the program to have continued.”
According to rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus is currently the fifth-best Primary Care school in the country, the third-best for students specializing in Family Medicine, and the seventh-best for students specializing in Rural Medicine.
The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) established a BA/BS-MD program in 2010 that was modeled after the successful University of New Mexico combined BA/MD program. With the help of a $1.88 million grant provided by The Colorado Health Foundation, the BA/BS-MD program helps economically disadvantaged students who aspire to medicine fulfill their dreams. CU Denver and the Colorado Health Foundation’s partnership aims to address the heightening concern of physician scarcity in Colorado counties; it is not uncommon for residents to travel far to locate a doctor.