Medical school is one of the most challenging paths a student can pursue. Typically, as an aspiring medical student, you would complete a four-year bachelor's degree, study long and hard for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), wait anxiously to find out how well you scored, apply to medical schools, wait anxiously to find out where you were accepted, and then complete at least four more years of schooling to earn your medical degree.
Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) is an eight-year BA/BS + MD program for outstanding undergraduates who are committed to pursuing a medical career. Established in 1991, REMS was the first combined-admission program at Rochester and remains the most competitive. Students admitted to REMS are admitted to the University's School of Medicine and Dentistry upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree and pre-med core courses, without any of that added stress in the middle.
REMS students also work closely with highly respected faculty members, attend special events, gain hands-on experience in clinics and labs, and earn funding for summer research projects.
In addition to the regular application requirements for the College, REMS applicants must also complete the Combined-Admissions Programs (CAPs) application form. Complete applications must be received by 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, December 1.
Innovative approaches to medical education are required to prepare physicians who can integrate the healing power of the doctor-patient relationship with rapidly expanding developments in scientific knowledge, technology, clinical practice, and health care delivery systems. No medical school is better poised than Rochester to deliver a balanced, integrated, and flexible curriculum to meet the needs of students and society. The School of Medicine and Dentistry's Double Helix Curriculum combines basic science and clinical work throughout all four years of medical school. Rochester is committed to medical education, medical science, and medical practice for the benefit of humanity. Learn more about the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
"I chose REMS because of the amount of personal attention and support I received, even as an applicant. Being in REMS is like being part of a family. You get to meet everyone in the program and enjoy fun and interesting activities together, such as seminars, lectures, and picnics.
Another great feature of the REMS program is that our exceptional medical institution is right across the street from the River Campus, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved as an undergraduate.
I went into college knowing that I wanted to pursue both a career in medicine and a hobby in music. The REMS program, along with the unique Rochester Curriculum, allowed me to do exactly that. I had plenty of time to study biology and public health and even shadow physicians, while also performing music frequently with several different ensembles on campus."
Bryan Brown '11, '15M (MD)
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Major: Health and Society
Stacy Wells Shea
REMS Coordinator, Associate Director of Admissions
Director of Health Professions Advising