Linkage programs exist with both the Temple University School of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Through the linkage, students directly enter medical school in the fall, following the completion of their PBPMP curriculum. The advantage of a linkage program is that students do not have to sit-out the typical “glide year” between the time they apply to medical school and the time they start. As with other linkage programs, our program allows candidates to apply to only one medical school: either Temple or LECOM.
Selection for linkage is based upon a student’s qualifications prior to entering the PBPMP, MCAT scores, and the student’s academic and extracurricular record while enrolled in the program. Final acceptance into medical school is contingent upon continued high academic achievement and performance on the MCAT.
Temple University School of Medicine*
The linkage program with the Temple University School of Medicine is available to qualified students in the Career Changer Track. Students interested in Temple must meet these criteria prior to the start of the PBPMP:
* Were not an undergraduate pre-med student;
* Have not taken the MCAT;
* Earned a minimum cumulative and Math/Science GPA of 3.5 at the undergraduate level
* Earned a minimum SAT score of 1350 or minimum ACT of 31
Other factors that may determine student eligibility are non-cognitive attributes, work and volunteer experience, and faculty letters of recommendation.
*Classes must be completed in one year.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
The linkage program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine is available to qualified students in both the Enhancement Track and the Career Changer Track. In order to be considered for this program, students must have a 2.7 overall undergraduate and science QPA. They must also have a a minimum 3.2 GPA at Duquesne at the time of application, and achieve a minimum MCAT score of 25 with no section less than 7.