This past fall, John Carroll University implemented a new partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for Ohio students (OU-HCOM). This program enables both current and future John Carroll students to gain acceptance to medical school much earlier than usual.
This program takes a novel approach to medical school application and should be commended. It maintains high standards for acceptance, including a 3.7 cumulative GPA and an SAT score of at least 1250. However, these high standards actually will be beneficial for med school hopefuls.
Rather than working towards a vague target of acceptance, students will know exactly what grades they will need to qualify for the program and remain eligible. It will keep them striving for high grades in their classes while alleviating the stress of juggling med school applications with a senior year course load. Furthermore, it allows students to effectively build their future plans.
John Carroll has plans to expand the program to include Loyola University of Chicago, University of Toledo and University of Cincinnati. Perhaps the University should look into instituting programs that accomodate other majors as well, like law, journalism, sociology and others.
With concrete goals in mind and a clear path for the future, students will be more motivated to not only achieve but also to excel.