Guillermo Vazquez, Ph.D., Program Director
The primary goal of this program is to educate and train graduate students who have completed all prerequisites required for medical school but wish to enhance their understanding of the biological sciences and improve their academic credentials for applying to medical school. Beginning on the 2017-2018 academic year, the program offers a complete redesign of the former MSBS-MS program with renewed emphasis on the core-teachings of pathophysiology of disease. The program has been conceived with three primary objectives:
1. Provide clinically relevant, medical and graduate-level education to students who wish to boost their academic standing, towards a long-term goal of pursuing a career in medicine.
2. Create a strong foundation for improved performance in any MD/DO-curriculum, and USMLE step 1 and step 2 exams.
3. Provide basic and clinical research opportunities to broaden student perspective and strengthen their overall portfolio.
The newly redesigned curriculum emphasizes on an organ-systems based approach where clinical and graduate faculty train students in the pathophysiology of disease. This graduate-level course incorporates materials taught to medical students during their first and second years, thus providing foundational information on the MD curriculum. Since pathophysiology of disease is a significant component of the USMLE exams, its inclusion in the new MSBS-MS curriculum has the potential to increase our student scores on Step 1 and Step 2. The MSBS-MS program also provides a unique opportunity for the graduate students to achieve meaningful clinical and/or basic science research experience. UT’s basic and clinical science faculty will guide students through their year-round assignment on clinical or basic research. This allows students to learn the tenants of investigational sciences, widen their scope beyond clinical practice, adding a strong component to their portfolios. Students completing the MSBS-MS program with strong academic performance will have confirmed their ability to perform in any medical school curriculum, and therefore greatly strengthen their overall admissions package. The MSBS-MS program also provides students with insights into the medical school interview process with mock interview sessions and guidance from medical school students and faculty. Students meeting all prerequisites for UT medical school and who are in good academic standing within the MSBS-MS program, have a guaranteed medical school interview at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the Masters in Biomedical Sciences-Medical Sciences (MSBS-MS). Completion of this degree is a requirement, but not a guarantee of admission, for those MSBS-MS students seeking admission into UT Medical School. In additions, students who subsequently gain admission to the MD degree program will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation.
- Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- All prerequisites required for medical school must be completed prior to admission into the MSBS-MS program
- Official MCAT score (28/500 or higher is recommended) less than 3 years old.
- Official undergraduate transcripts confirming degree submitted directly to the College of Graduate Studies
- GPA of 3.0 or greater is recommended
- One letters of recommendation
- Committee recommendation letters are accepted with all signatures
- Recommendation letters must include your full name
- Personal statement
- Personal Statements submitted from medical school admission are accepted. A new career goals personal statement is required for MSBS-MS admission.
- Personal Statements must include your full name
- University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies online application
- Application Fee submitted at the time of online application
- Please note: If you have already applied to the University of Toledo Medical School you must submit written authorization to the College of Graduate Studies in order for your medical school file to be accessed. Please do not make this request until you have submitted your application and fee.
|INDI 5450||Molecular Cell Biology||7|
|INDI 5550||Anatomy and Pathophysiology||3|
|PUBH 6000||Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis in Public Health||3|
|INDI 6980||Scholarly Project for Medical Sciences||1|
|INDI 5350||Pathophysiology of Organ Systems||10|
|INDI 5650||Immunology and Medical Microbiology||4|
|INDI 6980||Scholarly Project for Medical Sciences||1|
|INDI 6020||On Being a Scientist||1|
|INDI 6920||Student Seminar Series||1|
|INDI 6980||Scholarly Project for Medical Sciences||6|
Program total minimum of credits for MSBS degree in Medical Science is 37 credits.
1. MSBS-MS students will assess and integrate concepts from a variety of sources including lecture-based, research-based and practice-generated information.
2. MSBS-MS students will be able to explain human physiology and pathophysiology through an organ systems-based approach.
3. MSBS-MS students will engage in volunteering work – community, clinical setting – to enhance their exposure to and experience in service and diversity.
4. MSBS-MS students will collaborate with M1 students -admitted to the UT MD degree program from the MSBS-MS class- to discuss medical school curriculum, identify volunteering/shadowing opportunities, and develop peer interaction and leadership skills.