The Ohio State University College of Medicine Medical Careers Pathway Post Baccalaureate Program (MEDPATH) is a one-year program aimed at developing and enriching the academic knowledge base and skills of students prior to their entrance into medical school. The program is designed to increase the number of students underrepresented in medicine and students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from medical school.

MEDPATH began in 1991 with a Health Careers Opportunity Program grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Each year a cohort of 15 students are selected complete the program annually and matriculate to the College of Medicine.

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

Students who wish to be considered for 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
  • Strong non-cognitive characteristics including emotional maturity, character, sense of caring for others, communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and commitment to service.

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


MEDPATH begins in August with a one-week 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 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.


Midnight EST on November 1 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.

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