Early Assurance Medical Programs

Frequently Asked Questions and List of Early Assurance Programs in the US.

early assurance medical programs

Part 1: Introduction

Most of us are familiar with the traditional method of applying to medical school. Students complete undergraduate education, take the MCAT, and apply to medical school, during either their senior year or a ‘gap’ year. For nontraditional students, this path can look different and is often much longer; a Post-Bacc may follow undergraduate education, research, or even another career. But what about a shorter path to medical school? What if you’re sure this is what you want to do? Early Assurance Medical Programs shorten the journey to medical school, and might be a good fit for you!

Part 2: What is an Early Assurance Medical Program?

Early Assurance Programs enable students to apply for medical school early, and often make it easier for them to do so. Students can apply to an early assurance program before they finish their undergraduate education and sometimes without even taking the MCAT. EAPs can also eliminate the need for students to apply to multiple schools, making the admissions process more streamlined and less expensive. 

If accepted to an EAP you have the time, and flexibility, to relax. Want to really immerse yourself in your research? Tackle a class that you wouldn’t have had time for or might have hurt your GPA? These are opportunities available to you when you no longer have to worry about the stress of the traditional application cycle. 

Part 3: What are the requirements of an EAP?

EAPs are for highly motivated students; many programs require that you’ve completed some premed coursework before applying. Since the programs often recruit students during their first two years of undergraduate coursework, you have to be ready to hit the ground running when college starts! Think about it this way: most students commit to medicine when they’re in their early twenties, by demonstrating dedication through their undergrad years.

Similarly, these days, with a rise in applicants from nontraditional backgrounds, some future doctors are applying to medical school when they’re a bit older; this means they have more to show when it comes to committing to medicine than EAP applicants. Non-EAP applicants have an easier time proving their dedication to medicine because they have more time and experience to demonstrate that commitment. Applying to an EAP means demonstrating excellence right off the bat. You don’t have the benefit of time so your GPA, extra-curricular activities, and volunteer work has to get going and stay strong.

Beyond a powerful, holistic resume of your first two years of college, EAPs require many of the same elements in their application process as traditional medical programs.

EAPs will ask you to:

  • Write a personal statement
  • Answer questions about your interest in their program in the form of essays
  • Submit letters of recommendation

You have to start thinking about these elements early. Who will write these letters for you? What service experiences can you highlight in your application? EAPs might streamline the process, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to accept applicants who haven’t demonstrated a commitment to academic rigor, community service, and hospital system interaction, just like any other medical school.

Your college might ask you to apply to be sponsored for an EAP. In this case, you first have to prove to your undergraduate program that you’re a strong candidate and a student that will make them proud if accepted into an EAP. 

It’s also important to make sure you know the specific requirements and opportunities associated with the EAPs to which you apply.

  • Some EAPs are only available if you’re a student at their undergraduate program; others are open to all applicants.
  • Some EAPs will waive the MCAT requirement (that’s a relief!) but may ask you for your SAT or ACT scores. Your high school scores are more important when applying to EAPs because they provide programs with an additional data point when considering your application.
  • Other programs will accept you contingent on an MCAT score or GPA above a certain level

Do your research and make sure you understand the parameters around which the EAP operates. 

Also understand what it means to be accepted. Just as with some undergraduate programs, some EAPs require a student to commit to their program upon acceptance, while others enable you to apply elsewhere if you so chose. You’ll have the best chance of success if you understand exactly how the EAP you’re applying to works, and can make a strong argument for why it’s going to work for you.

An EAP might be for you if:

  • You’ve known medicine was your career of choice for a long time and have a demonstrated interest, over years, to prove it
  • You have a strong academic record the first two years of undergrad
  • You have a strong academic record in high school
  • Your CV/resume includes medical volunteer work and shadowing
  • You can identify mentors that support your application and are willing to attest to your preparedness and write letters of recommendation

EAPs are NOT for everyone. Some applicants have a longer journey to medicine; that’s ok. In many cases, a longer road to an MD/DO is a good thing; it gives applicants time to grow, mature, and reflect on what they value and why a medical degree is important to them. An EAP is NOT for you if:

  • You’re interested in medicine, but not sure it’s for you
  • You struggled academically your first few years of undergrad and you’re hoping to avoid taking the MCAT 
  • You haven’t started any premed coursework yet
  • You haven’t done any shadowing or volunteer work 

Whether an EAP is the right choice for you or not, rest assured that there is more than one way to become a physician. No matter what your journey looks like, remember that the road ends in the same place; with an MD or a DO after your name.

Part 5: List of Early Assurance Medical Programs in US

Ready to learn more? Check out the following list of programs with EAPs. And remember: if you need any help along the way, Motivate MD has advising, essay editing, and interview prep services to make sure that you’re ready for whatever type of medical school program is right for you.

If you have any questions about our services, Becca is always happy to answer a call, text, or email from you within a day. You can reach her at support@motivatemd.com or 917-994-0765. 

Albany Medical College

Boston University School of Medicine 

Brody School of Medicine

Drexel University College of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Tufts University School of Medicine

University at Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

University of Florida Medical Honors Program

UC Riverside School of Medicine*

University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Tufts University School of Medicine

University at Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

University of Florida Medical Honors Program

UC Riverside School of Medicine*

University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

University of Rochester School of Medicine

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

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