The FIU Honors College and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) are pleased to announce a program that allows FIU Honors College pre-med students to be considered for guaranteed admission to the HWCOM. In addition to securing an acceptance of admission (if all standards are met), the program will assist students throughout their premedical planning by helping to define and broaden their academic interests and by providing educational enrichment as students explore and learn more about the medical profession.
Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
Be enrolled in the Honors College at FIU
Have a minimum of 60 completed credits, including at least 24 credits from FIU
Have a minimum of 2 semesters enrolled in the Honors College
Apply in the spring semester of sophomore year
Complete at FIU at least one Biology course and three additional courses in either Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Math (BCPM)
Have a 3.6 overall GPA, and a 3.5 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math GPA
Submit two letters of evaluation directly to the Honors College EAP advisor: One from a science faculty member and one from an Honors College faculty member. An optional letter from a health care provider with whom a student has volunteered, shadowed, or been employed will also be accepted. (A letter from the Honors College Dean will be provided if the student completes a successful interview with the Honors College EAP Committee.)
Be in good academic standing, with no disciplinary actions and demonstrated professionalism
Students must apply directly to the Honors College EAP Committee by March 31st. Applications are submitted online at: https://eap.medicine.fiu.edu.
The Honors College EAP Committee will review applications and schedule interviews. Only the most competitive students, as determined by the Committee, are offered interviews. The number of applicants invited for interview will be limited. Interviews will take place after Spring term grades are available.
Applications recommended by the Honors College will be reviewed by the HWCOM EAP Admissions Committee, which will choose candidates for interviews.
Following review of all applications, selected candidates will be invited to interview first with the Honors College EAP Interview Committee. The EAP Admissions Committee of the HWCOM will select candidates for another interview with its members. During interviews, candidates will be encouraged to reveal such personal qualities as empathy, integrity, temperament, self-confidence and resourcefulness. Applicants also will have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for pursuing a career in medicine by addressing questions related (but not limited) to:
Motivation for medicine
Breadth of educational interests and accomplishments
Extracurricular activities and evidence of service to others
Self-awareness and insight into issues facing physicians today
After all EAP interviews have been completed, up to ten candidates will be guaranteed acceptance into the designated entering class at the HWCOM. This acceptance is contingent upon the candidate maintaining high standards, as well as:
Completion of all HWCOM prerequisites for admission
Participation in required programs and activities sponsored by HWCOM and the FIU Honors College
Meeting with an Honors College EAP advisor at least once each semester
Continued endorsement by the Dean of the Honors College
Posting a minimum composite score of 505 or 67th percentile on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Note: the MCAT must be taken no later than July of the year prior to matriculation at HWCOM
If you are accepted into the EAP, you must fulfill the following requirements to enter the HWCOM:
Take the MCAT by the stated deadline of your application year and score a minimum of 505, or in the 67th percentile
Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.6 and a minimum BCPM of 3.5
Enriching qualities- Additional personal characteristics outside Grades and MCAT
Participate in the special HWCOM premed mentoring program for EAP students
Submit an application to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) no later than July 1 of the year prior to matriculation at HWCOM
Complete the bachelor’s degree and all required courses prior to matriculation
Meet all pre-matriculation requirements, including health/vaccination documentation, drug testing, Level I and II background checks, etc.
Submit a complete online application by the application deadline
Send letters of recommendation to Brenda Luna at BrenLuna@fiu.edu. Be sure to provide your recommenders enough time to send the letters to the Honors College. Letters of Recommendation MUST be emailed to BrenLuna@fiu.edu. We will not accept forms that are mailed or faxed
Accepted EAP Students who apply to any other medical school will forfeit their guaranteed acceptance to the HWCOM. They may apply to the HWCOM via the normal process, through AMCAS, but will not be granted any special rights or privileges.
Accepted EAP candidates will be required to acknowledge their intent to matriculate at HWCOM in writing within two weeks of the acceptance, thereby constituting an agreement with the HWCOM that they will not pursue admission to any other medical school(s). Students that fail to meet the admission requirements for the conditional admission are not precluded from applying to HWCOM in the general pool.
Note: The Early Assurance Program will be reviewed annually to determine any necessary or desirable changes regarding EAP requirements and/or standards for admission to the HWCOM.