Admissions Process

The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program participates in AMCAS and can be found in the application by searching “UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program” (school code: 831).
To submit an application, please use the AMCAS website:

AMCAS  
Association of American Medical Colleges Office of Admissions  
655 K Street, N.W. Suite 100, Washington, DC 20001-2399 
(202) 828-0600 
Web site: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/
E-Mail: amcas@aamc.org

MCAT
Medical College Admission Test: It is recommended that all candidates take the Medical College Admission Test in the spring, but it must be taken no later than September of the year preceding admission to the School of Medicine. If more than one MCAT was taken, all the test grades must be included when making application.

The test must be repeated if, at the time of matriculation, more than three years have elapsed since it was taken. For 2021 matriculation, the oldest acceptable MCAT score date is July 2018.  For questions about registration and test administration contact: mcat@aamc.org
The MCAT Care Team 
Association of American Medical Colleges 
Section for Applicant Assessment Services 
2450 N. Street N.W. 
Washington, DC 20037 
Phone: 202-828-0690 
https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC - MCAT
We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations.  For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.  Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025.  Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

INTERVIEWS
On the basis of a thorough and comparative evaluation of the AMCAS application, supplemental information and letters of recommendation, the candidate receives a request to attend a multiple mini-interview session. To adhere to physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted virtually.

Please note the following:

  • AMCAS application deadline:  October 15, 2020
    PLEASE NOTE: Although the deadline for submission of your primary application to AMCAS is October 15th, we strongly recommend submission no later than September 1st. 
    Our deadline for submission of the supplemental application is November 15th, so submission of the AMCAS application by September 1st assures that you can receive and submit your supplemental application by the November 15th deadline.
  • Supplemental application deadline:  30 days after the date of the supplemental application request letter, or November 15th, whichever is earlier.
  • Screening of completed applications: July through November 2020
  • Invitations for interviews: July through November 2020
  • Interviews: August through November 2020
  • Offers of admission:  January 2021 until class filled
  • Applicant's response to acceptance offer: Maximum time is two weeks

Transfer Applications: The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program does not accept transfer students.
Admissions Requirements
Click here to refer to the DGSOM UCLA website regarding competency-based admissions considerations.
Competency-based Admissions Considerations
Beginning in the 2018 admissions cycle, DGSOM UCLA programs (including Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program) moved towards competency-based entrance requirements. Successful applicants will have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a US or Canadian college, or the equivalent, by completing at minimum 3 years of undergraduate or graduate level college coursework.   We adhere to the principle that college years not only prepare students for professional schools but also provide opportunities for creative intellectual engagement and experiences that promote enthusiasm for lifelong learning and engender psychosocial maturity. We recommend applicants demonstrate the following competencies through the successful completion of the suggested college-level course work as well as experiences that demonstrate your commitment to underserved communities. The fundamental knowledge gained via this coursework lays the foundation that helps support success in medical school. Please note AP credit is acceptable.
COMPETENCIES

A.    A successful Charles R. Drew/UCLA applicant will have demonstrated attainment of knowledge in the following topics:

  • Biological Sciences and Physiology: Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physical Sciences: Inorganic and Organic chemistry, Biochemistry of intermediary metabolism, and associated laboratory activities.
  • Humanities: This might include literature and/or art, history, philosophy, religion, ethics, economics, social behavior, psychology
  • Mathematics and Statistics: This might include biomathematics, computer science, matrix algebra

B.   A successful Charles R. Drew/UCLA applicant will have demonstrated attainment of skills in the following areas:

  • Writing and communication skills
  • Clinical Experiences: We value a sustained interest and commitment to medicine
  • Interpersonal Skills

C.    A successful Charles R. Drew/UCLA applicant will have demonstrated awareness in:

  • Health care delivery: This could include courses and/or experiences that deal with the ethical, legal, political, public health, scientific and moral challenges facing health care and health care delivery
  • Human Diversity
  • Research and/or Community Service experience

RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Pass/Fail Grades
Our program will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context.  In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis.   We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option.  Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges.  The pressure for grades need not be one of them.