The UMKC School of Medicine offers a Medical Scholars program that would offer early and guaranteed admission to college students interested in applying to medical school. This program would offer early admission into the School of Medicine’s M.D. Program for students currently in their sophomore or junior year of college and who attend the following universities:
- Avila University
- Drury University
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- Missouri Western State University
- Park University
- Rockhurst University
- Truman State University
- University of Missouri – St. Louis
- Lincoln University
- University of Illinois – Chicago
Once admitted to Medical Scholars, a student would then have a seat in the M.D. program for the appropriate term after graduating with a baccalaureate degree.
M.D. students enter the School of Medicine in January each year, and enroll in the Human Structure Function series in January and remain in the program for 48 consecutive months. Three distinct curriculum plans have been devised, which allow M.D. students to proceed through the curriculum along one of three possible tracks. Two tracks provide the M.D. students with five months of time during which they do not formally enroll. The first track allows M.D. students to elect the five-month leave of absence immediately following completion of USMLE Step 1, and the second track provides for a five-month leave of absence midway through the clinical clerkship sequence. The third track allows M.D. students to complete their 48 months of continuous enrollment in December, and does not provide any break during the program other than one month of vacation time per year of enrollment.