Applying to the College
The deadline to submit the AMCAS application for regular admissions is December 15, 2013 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, 2013.
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). For 2014 admissions, the minimum requirements are an overall GPA 3.0, BCPM 3.0, and MCAT of 25 for regular admission and overall GPA of 3.7, BCPM 3.5, and MCAT of 35 for Early Decision Program applicants.
- 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 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 background check and drug testing of accepted applicants.
- The deadline to submit the HWCOM Secondary Application for regular admission is January 1, 2014. Early Decision Program applicants must submit by August 1, 2013. (See Timelines for additional deadlines.)
Although the deadline to submit the HWCOM Secondary Application for regular admission is January 1, 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, 2013. (See Timelines for additional deadlines.)The Letters of Recommendation
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 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:
A passport style photo is requested to be submitted as a part of the HWCOM Secondary Application.
In order to apply to HWCOM, the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident. Although preference will be given to residents of the State of Florida, well-qualified residents of other states are encouraged to apply. Verification including driver's license, vehicle registration, and voter registration will be required to prove Florida residency.
Additional MCAT Scores
The latest MCAT exam that can be taken by regular admission applicants for 2014 admission is September 12, 2013. The latest MCAT exam that can be taken by Early Decision applicants for 2014 admission is June 20, 2013.
Applicants are responsible for indicating on the AMCAS application, any additional dates on which they intend to take the MCAT. If the applicant decides to retake (or not to retake) the MCAT, it is up to the applicant to update his/her AMCAS application.