The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of studies for medical students at GeorgeWashington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Students don their white coats for the first time and recite the school's honor code. These SBU graduates began their studies at GW last year.
The student receives a provisional letter of acceptance to the eight-year program upon entering the program at SBU, and has a provisional seat in the medical school class that begins four years later. The acceptance to the M.D. program is provisional as program requirements must be maintained in order to transition into the M.D. curriculum.The Committee on Admissions for the M.D. program reviews all students concerning promotion to the medical school curriculum at the end of the fourth year of study at St. Bonaventure Univeristy, which is also when the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of degree requirements. These requirements include both academic and comportment standards, as well as continued service work and clinical exposure.
Whether you are a future Pulitzer prize winning author or someone struggling in high school English, the SAT optional essay is a component that most students can study for in order to perform well. This is an extremely technical writing exam and can easily be boiled down to a structure that can be applied to almost any prompt. The majority of test-takers are able to score between the 25th to 75th percentile of this portion of the exam even with a small amount of preparation.
Super scoring is a practice that allows college applicants to combine their most competitive section scores from multiple SAT exams. Some universities may require the SAT optional essay in order to super score. This is another factor to take into consideration when reviewing your list of schools to apply to. Super scoring can allow you to advance your application to the top of the pile statistically. If this is applicable to you, I highly recommend taking this optional section in order to secure your ability to super score.
If you plan to apply to schools and scholarships that do not require the SAT optional essay, it may not be worth spending the extra money. The addition of the essay costs $14 more. Notably, this cost can be eliminated if you qualify for a fee waiver. I would not let cost be your determining factor on taking this section, but it is something to keep in mind.
While there are arguments for or against taking the optional essay section of the SAT, the pros tend to outweigh the cons. Planning on doing this section of the test sets you up on a successful timeline for college applications. Scheduling an additional test if you end up needing the essay could be a difficult and stressful process. Including the additional essay also opens opportunities to apply to schools that require it should you decide to add schools later on in the application process.
However, in the medical school context, diversity has an additional, more utilitarian purpose: it is crucial to the quality of medical care provided by these soon-to-be physicians. An ability to understand your patients -- regardless of background -- is an integral part of your life as a doctor.
For example, being a chronic truant or two-time felon are certainly unique qualities and experiences for an applicant to medical school. Will they help you get in? Almost certainly not, and for obvious reasons. Best to focus on some other topic for your medical school diversity essay.
Thus, if you do decide to focus on ethnic, cultural, or religious diversity, the best approach is not to hammer the adcom with how significant your minority status is. Rather, a strong medical school diversity essay might focus on your activities which were committed to diversity and social justice issues; or on your pursuits which address health disparities between minority and non-minority populations; or experiences which provide tangible evidence of your cross-cultural competence during patient or client interactions. Of course, these three topics are not exhaustive, but might be a good place to start.
For many, it is extremely difficult to articulate why they are interested in medicine or know where to start when it comes to brainstorming their response. One of the best ways to come up with grist for this task is to ask yourself the following 50 questions before you start writing your medical school essays:
The honor code applies to all students (undergraduate and graduate) in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Management, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Faculty and students in the School of Law should review their own honor code for policies and procedures. Students enrolled in distance learning (online courses) are subject to these policies as well as supplemental policies set forth by their program.
The Academic Integrity Committee is responsible for oversight of the honor code and shall investigate alleged honor code violations in a fair and impartial manner. In cases in which a student is found in violation of the honor code, the Academic Integrity Committee will award sanctions as appropriate (a description of possible sanctions is included under section V, part D). Under no circumstances (including a finding of 'not in violation' of the honor code) does the Academic Integrity Committee have the authority to change a student's grade. In cases in which a student is found not in violation of the honor code, all information pertaining to the alleged violation, including the name of the student, will be removed from the committee's records.The Academic Integrity Committee is a representative group of faculty, students, and administrators from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Ordinarily, a minimum of three faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, one faculty from the Schools of Management, Education, and Nursing and Health Professions, up to four undergraduate students, and two graduate students as well as staff members constitute the Academic Integrity Committee. The University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA) and the Provost Council jointly appoint the faculty and administrative members. The ASUSF undergraduate and graduate councils select the student representatives.The Chairperson is appointed by the Provost for a term of two years and is a non-voting member unless the members are evenly split on a decision regarding an honor code violation. Other members serve for a minimum of two years; ideally members from the same department serve staggered terms. Academic Integrity Committee members administer the Honor Code and educate students, staff, faculty, and administrators about their academic responsibilities. Scheduling problems and other circumstances may alter committee makeup and length of terms.The Academic Integrity Committee is in session during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year and will make every effort to resolve an alleged incident of an honor code violation within the semester during which the initial report of a violation is made. Should a report of a violation be made during summer or intersession, the Committee will address the report in the ensuing semester (either fall or spring). Anticipated timeframes for completion of each stage of the investigation and resolution process are included in the descriptions that follow and may be adjusted at the discretion of the Chair as necessary.A staff person in the Office of the Provost keeps all written or recorded information related to the business of the Academic Integrity Committee on a password protected server.
All members of the university community are charged with ensuring that the honor code is applied in a fair and unbiased manner. This includes individuals who witness a violation or potential violation of the honor code and individuals who are accused of an honor code violation.Referring individuals are members of the faculty, staff, or the student body who witness or suspect they have witnessed a violation of the honor code. Such individuals are bound by the honor code to report the violation, resolved or unresolved, to the Academic Integrity Committee. (Examples of potential resolutions that can be applied at the course level are offered in section VI.)Faculty or staff members who witness a violation have the responsibility to confront the student(s) allegedly involved, gather evidence regarding the alleged violation, and contact the Academic Integrity Committee. Resolution at the course level is encouraged but does not remove the reporting requirement. Should the case be unresolved or otherwise serious, reporting individuals are expected to be available to the Academic Integrity Committee throughout the course of its investigation, including in-person interviews and serving as a witness in any hearings.Students who witness a potential honor code violation are charged to either approach a faculty member or to contact the Academic Integrity Committee directly to provide a direct and honest account of their observations. Should the case be unresolved or otherwise serious, student witnesses are expected to be available to the Academic Integrity Committee throughout the course of its investigation, including in-person interviews and serving as a witness in any hearings. While every effort will be made to ensure the anonymity of a student witness through the initial stages of an investigation, it may be necessary for the student to step forward publicly and in front of the accused.Students who are accused of an honor code violation have the right to defend themselves against any and all charges levied against them. Students may gather and submit evidence and recruit witnesses in their defense. Students also have the right to bring a case to the Academic Integrity Committee themselves if they believe they have been falsely accused. Students may also appeal the initial decision of the Academic Integrity Committee through a request for a formal hearing.