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We at Ohio State’s College of Medicine know that a diverse class promotes cultural awareness and understanding and creates an appreciation for the importance of producing physicians who can better serve a diverse community.

The Program’s aim is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and students from educationally and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds who enter medical school, and who show evidence of a commitment to practice in a medically underserved community.

To complement this mission, students who are not underrepresented or from disadvantaged backgrounds may also be considered for admission to MEDPATH with the following conditions:

  • The student must show clear evidence of a commitment to practice in a medically underserved community. This can be demonstrated by extensive volunteer activity in service to an underserved or disadvantaged community (e.g., free clinics, mobile health units, American Indian reservations) or other extensive volunteer service to persons from lower socioeconomic communities).
  • In addition, at least one personal/professional experience letter, submitted through AMCAS, that attests to the candidate's desire to serve underserved communities as a physician is highly desirable.

Program Requirements

Applicants seeking referral to MEDPATH must satisfy the following criteria:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in either the Science GPA (BCPM), the All Other Courses GPA (AO), or Total GPA on the AMCAS Application.
  • A bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.
  • United States citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Completion of all required prerequisite courses, and MCAT examination.
  • A commitment to community service and ethical behavior.
  • Demonstrated compassion, leadership ability and excellent communication skills.

Application Process


  1. Submit a completed AMCAS application listing The Ohio State University College of Medicine as a school selection, along with transcripts by November 1.
  2. Complete and submit the OSU College of Medicine Secondary Application by December 15.
  3. Be referred to the MEDPATH Program by the OSU College of Medicine Admissions Committee and complete the MEDPATH supplemental application provided via your status page by January 31.
  4. Interview with the College of Medicine Admissions Committee


TJohnson-TJJr_PE2016 (2).jpgMEDPATH begins in August with a one - week long orientation, which includes assessment and instruction in learning strategies, test taking and problem solving.

Courses taken during the academic year (autumn and spring semesters) include, but are not limited to, biochemistry, genetics, histology, medical terminology, microbiology and physiology. Tutoring is provided for the most challenging courses. Community service projects, a mentoring program, and professional development sessions are integral components of the Post Baccalaureate Program.

The final six-week summer component (Pre-Entry Program) consists of instruction in human gross anatomy, biochemistry, and immunology. Conditional acceptance is awarded following the successful completion​ of the program.


November 1 at 12:00 midnight EST is the deadline for all applications to be received by AMCAS. Early applications are encouraged.

Financial Aid

Information regarding financial aid, including cost of attendance, scholarships, and loans, may be accessed through the College of Medicine's Financial Services page. A limited number of University tuition waivers are available to students participating in MEDPATH.

For more information contact us!

Nikki Radcliffe Goldsberry,
Associate Director
P: (614) 292-3161
E: medpath@osumc.edu ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​