Ohio State’s three-year Primary Care Track (OSU-PCT) medical school program prepares students to be successful in a career in primary care by providing strong faculty mentorship and advising for students, early-and-often clinical learning experiences in family medicine offices, and a cultivated learning community for students interested in primary care. Our program is ideal for students who are committed to family medicine as their specialty of choice, who want to enter practice earlier and with less debt, and who are looking for a six-year medical school to residency pathway. Students who successfully graduate from the Primary Care Track program are ranked to match into the Ohio State Family Medicine Residency Program. 

The OSU-PCT offers clinical experiences early in the program, beginning prior to the first day of medical school classes. First-year students are assigned to a family medicine clinical site, which continues throughout the three years of medical school, allowing students to become an integral part of the health care team.

The first 18 months of the OSU-PCT program mirror that of the college’s four-year track—the Lead. Serve. Inspire. curriculum, which introduces hands-on experience early in the program through longitudinal, practice-based clinical service. Students in the OSU-PCT participate in clinical care in a longitudinal fashion that allows them to complete several courses in our curriculum ahead of their peers. Students also complete coursework with an alternate program called the Medical Students Scientists in the first summer, which isn’t part of the typical track. This allows for earlier Step 1 exam dates and entry into full-time clinical care. 

Students accepted into the OSU-PCT program have advantages. In addition to a tuition scholarship of up to 50% off in-state tuition for all enrolled time, there’s a cost-savings of one year’s tuition and also one year of earnings by completing medical school in three years. Students are also eligible to apply for additional scholarships and Ohio-specific grants.

Program Benefits

  • An accelerated curriculum leading to the MD degree in three years
  • Core curricular objectives that are identical to the college’s four-year track, the Lead.Serve.Inspire. curriculum
  • Family medicine mentoring over three years
  • Support and engagement from the PCT faculty, residency faculty and residency program
  • Tutoring and exam prep provided 
  • Tuition scholarship, covering up to 50% of in-state tuition all three years
  • Progression into the Ohio State Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Completion of medical school and residency training in family medicine in six years at the same location

Admissions Criteria

We are seeking students who will be the family physicians of the future. Students must demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and a strong desire to enter into a career in family medicine. Only students who meet the following criteria will be considered for the program:

  1. Strong motivation to enter into family medicine
  2. Maturity necessary to be successful in an accelerated three-year program
  3. A record predictive of success in an accelerated three-year program

How to Apply

  1. First, designate The Ohio State University on the electronic AMCAS application, and select Regular MD as the application type.
  2. Next, contact us at threeyeartrack@osumc.edu for further instructions on specific steps to follow to apply to OSU-PCT.
  3. Please note that your application to the OSU-PCT program will not be complete until you have informed The Ohio State University College of Medicine of your interest in this program.
  4. Competitive applicants will be sent a secondary application. Your application to the Ohio State College of Medicine Primary Care Track is complete when your secondary application is received.
  5. Qualified applicants are invited for interviews, which take place from September to March, and will complete an interview day with the college of medicine and an interview day with the OSU-PCT and residency representatives.


  • Application for this program opens June 1 via the AAMC American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
  • Criteria for selection include demonstrated interest in family medicine and primary care through experiences, interests and/or understanding of the field. Applicants will complete an additional application that will give them an opportunity to discuss their interest and understanding of family medicine. Applicants should demonstrate academic credentials predictive of success in an accelerated, three-year curriculum.
  • Applicants to The Ohio State University College of Medicine will not be permitted to apply to both the standard 4-year MD program AND the Primary Care Track MD Program.


For more information on the Primary Care Track and directions on how to apply, please contact us at threeyeartrack@osumc.edu.

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