Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS)

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 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.


Applying to the REMS Program

Applications should be received through the Common Application or Universal College Application no later than December 1.
Please be sure to indicate your interest in this Professional Degree Program on your application in order to be considered for REMS.

REMS finalist interviews:

REMS applicants will be notified of their finalist/non-finalist status in January. Although all REMS applicants receive a full holistic review, those who are not offered a finalist interview may still be invited to have their application further reviewed for general admission to the College without REMS. Interviews with the School of Medicine and Dentistry, which are required for admission to REMS, will take place February 26 – 28, 2015. You must be invited to interview via finalist notification in January. Your final REMS decision will be sent by March 15, 2015.

If you are admitted to the College through Early Decision, you will receive your undergraduate decision letter in mid-December, but your REMS application will follow the regular decision process described here. Your acceptance of our Early Decision offer cannot be contingent upon your admission to REMS.


Justine Rumbel
REMS Coordinator, Assistant Director of Admissions

Catherine Towsley 
Director of Health Professions Advising 

Program Perks

Perks of the Program

The perks of the REMS program include:

  • A conditional guarantee of admission to the MD program as an entering undergraduate
  • Exemption from the MCAT
  • Mentoring by renowned faculty
  • Seminars and social events
  • Hands-on experience in clinics and labs
  • Funding for summer research

Is REMS for You?

Is REMS for You?

You might be a good fit for REMS if you:

  • Are passionate about a career in medicine.
  • Take challenging classes (honors, AP, IB, college-level classes, etc.).
  • Do well academically (strong REMS applicants typically have a 3.95 unweighted GPA and rank in the top 3 percent of their graduating class).
  • Perform exceptionally well on standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests).
  • Have medical experience (e.g., shadowing physicians, volunteering at a hospital, working for an ambulance corps/EMT program, participating in premedical summer programs, conducting research).
  • Are also involved in non-medical activities (e.g., leadership, music, athletics).

School of Medicine

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

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.

Student Profile

Student Profile

“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
Minor: Biology
Cluster: Music