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The deadline to submit the AMCAS application for regular admissions is December 1, 2014 but students are encouraged to apply soon after applications open the beginning of June. Early Decision Program applicants must submit the AMCAS application by August 1, 2014.

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HWCOM Secondary Application

  • Applicants with a verified AMCAS application will be invited to submit the HWCOM Secondary Application to the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). As all applicants will receive the Secondary Application, please be aware of our average statistics for accepted applicants: MCAT 31 (range 25 - 41); overall GPA 3.6 - 3.7 (range 3.0 - 4.0); BCPM 3.5 - 3.6 (range 3.0 - 4.0). Please see MSAR for details.
  • A $30 nonrefundable application fee will be required with submission of the HWCOM Secondary Application. The HWCOM Secondary Application requires directed essays that provide additional insight into the applicant, focusing on issues such as the applicant's desire to become a physician, interest in medicine, commitment to Florida, and interest in the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.
  • As part of the HWCOM Secondary Application, each applicant will be provided with: (a) a link to the Standards of Conduct, (b) the Honor Code, and (c) the Technical Standards for Medical School admissions and graduation. All applicants will be required to read these documents and to attest that they understand the documents and can and will comply if accepted into HWCOM. Additionally, the applicant must agree to the policy of requiring a Level I and Level II background check and drug testing of accepted applicants.
  • The deadline to submit the HWCOM Secondary Application for regular admission is December 15, 2014. Early Decision Program applicants must submit by August 1, 2014.  (See Timelines for additional deadlines.)

Supplemental Materials

Although the deadline to submit the HWCOM Secondary Application for regular admission is December 15, 2014, all materials should be submitted as soon as possible, as interviews are scheduled only if the application is complete. Early Decision Program applicants must submit by August 1, 2014. (See Timelines for additional deadlines.)

Letters of Recommendation

The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation, two from science faculty (biology, chemistry, physics, and math) and one from any other faculty member who has taught the applicant. If the school has a Health Professions Advisory Committee, it is expected that the applicant will have the Committee letter. Additionally, it is preferred that full faculty letters (three letters described above) will be attached to this Committee letter. In all cases, letters should be recent and from individuals who know the student well. Letters must be on official letterhead and signed.

It is expected that the applicant will have sent:

(a) Health Professions Advisor or Advisory Committee letter with three letters attached, or

(b) Individual letters from science faculty (no more than two), and

(c) Individual letter from non-science faculty (no more than one)

(d) Additionally, up to two supplementary letters may be submitted by the applicant from physicians, researchers, mentors, etc.

AMCAS accepts Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation. This service enables the selected medical schools to receive all letters electronically via AMCAS, and enables authors to send letters to AMCAS, rather than to each school.

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine accepts Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation only through the AMCAS Letter Service.

Committee letters and individual letters must be written on official letterhead stationery and must have a signature. Letters may be submitted to AMCAS via:

Photo

A passport style photo is requested to be submitted as a part of the HWCOM Secondary Application.

CITIZENSHIP

The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine will only consider an applicant who is either a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident Alien. An applicant must verify citizenship status at the time of interview. One of the following documents must be presented on interview day:

  • If U.S. Citizen by birth, U.S. Birth Certificate or U.S. Passport
  • If Naturalized Citizen, Certificate of Naturalization or U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Alien Card or Green Card

FLORIDA RESIDENCY

Although preference will be given to residents of the State of Florida, well-qualified residents of other states will also be considered. A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a person who has established and maintained Florida domicile for at least twelve (12) months before the first day of Orientation.

Applicants claiming Florida residency may visit http://onestop.fiu.edu/residency/index.html for more information. On interview day, you must submit at least two (2) of the following documents dated at least twelve (12) months before the first day of Orientation to justify your claim of Florida residency for tuition purposes:

  • Driver's License (or DVM report if license has been renewed)
  • Voter's Registration Card
  • Motor Vehicle Registration (If renewed, submit current and previous registrations)
  • Letter of Full/Part-time Employment in Florida with W2s
  • Declaration of domicile in Florida (Issue date is the date filed in the State of Florida)
  • Mortgage, Warranty Deed, or Homestead Exemption
  • Lease for an Apartment or House

GENERAL GUIDELINES TO MEDICAL STUDENTS FOR RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION

Residency reclassification for tuition purposes is governed by Section 1009.12 of the Florida Statues. It is the norm that a student who comes to Florida for the purpose of receiving an education is not normally eligible for reclassification. Reclassification for tuition purposes requires clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months, rather than temporary residency for the purpose of pursuing an education. Medical students requesting reclassification must complete the residency reclassification form which can be found at: http://onestop.fiu.edu/_assets/docs/registrar/Residency_Reclassification.pdf.

The HWCOM only reclassifies students ONE TIME per year. All documents for reclassification MUST be submitted to the College of Medicine Registrar no later than MARCH 1st for the period in which a student is requesting tuition classification. All documents submitted must be dated no later than 12 months prior to the first day of classes for the period in which a student is requesting tuition reclassification.

You must ensure that you have no attachments to another state. Therefore all your addresses in the Panthersoft student system must reflect Florida addresses.

Marriage

Students classified as nonresidents who come to Florida for the purpose of attending the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine may not claim Florida residency on the basis of their spouse's residency status if they were married prior to the student's initial enrollment at FIU.

Additional MCAT Scores

The latest MCAT exam that can be taken by regular admission applicants for 2015 admission is October 25, 2014. The latest MCAT exam that can be taken by Early Decision applicants for 2015 admission is June 20, 2014. 

Applicants with a verified AMCAS application will be invited to submit the HWCOM Secondary Application to the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). For 2015 Early Decision Program applicants, the minimum requirements are an overall GPA of 3.70, BCPM 3.50, and MCAT of 35.