St. George’s University and California State University, Long Beach, have launched a new academic partnership that will allow qualified CSULB students to gain expedited admission into SGU’s School of Medicine.
“We are excited to welcome a talented cohort of CSULB students to St. George’s,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George’s University. “We look forward to working with CSULB to educate the next generation of physicians.”
CSULB students of all majors are eligible to apply to the new program, provided they complete the necessary coursework for medical school admission, maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA, and post an MCAT score within five points of the average for last year’s class at SGU.
All applications will be reviewed by a newly created committee within CSULB’s Whitaker Health Professions Advising Office. Applicants must also submit to a face-to-face interview with a representative from SGU. Students approved by both the committee and the interviewer will be granted admission to the program.
The program will allow students to finish their medical degrees a semester early. Students will spend their final semester of undergraduate studies at St. George’s University, after which they’ll be awarded their BA or BS degree by California State University, Long Beach. They will then complete another year-and-a-half of medical studies at SGU, before moving onto the final two years of graduate medical education at clinical rotation sites in the United States and the United Kingdom.
“By encouraging CSULB students from all majors and backgrounds to apply to our new program, we hope to admit a diverse and well-rounded group of individuals,” Olds said. “We also believe that students will value how this program allows them to complete their medical degrees, and start their careers as doctors, a semester faster than the conventional medical school track.”