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How To Get Into Medical Schools In Ohio

September 7, 2022
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List of All Medical Schools in Ohio Comparing Med Schools in OhioTips for Getting Accepted into Medical Schools in OhioOhio Medical School FAQsWant to Go to Med School in Ohio? You’ve Got Options

”Luke

Reviewed by:

Luke Hartstein

Former Admissions Committee Member, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Reviewed: 9/7/22

“If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” – Wilbur Wright. 

Ohio is home to several exceptional medical schools — six allopathic and one osteopathic. Several med schools in Ohio are highly ranked in research and primary care globally, and each offers a unique learning experience. 

However, although each program is extremely competitive, the requirements of each school vary widely. This article will explore what you need to get into each school, their respective admissions statistics, and tips on how to attend med schools in Ohio.  

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List of Medical Schools in Ohio 

Let’s explore the list of medical schools in Ohio and outline their admissions requirements and class profiles. 

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 

Cleveland, OH

Since 1843, Case Western Reserve University of Medicine has been at the “forefront of medical education and has been a leader and innovator in healthcare education and biomedical research.” Ranking among the top 25 medical schools in the country, Case Western Reserve is also the “#1 medical school and largest biomedical research institution in Ohio.” 

Case Western Reserve’s mission is three-fold:

Requirements 

In terms of required coursework, applicants to Case Western Reserve must complete: 

Other courses that are strongly encouraged by Case Western Reserve include: 

To successfully complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application, you’ll need:  

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. CASPer Test score 
  4. Letters of Recommendation   

The table below outlines Case Western’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate: 

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine AMCAS admission stats
Source: Case Western

Northeast Ohio Medical University 

Rootstown, OH 

With over four decades of experience developing physicians “from and for Ohio,” the College of Medicine at NEOMED is known for developing students’ focus on primary care in underserved areas. Its partnership with universities and around 150 clinical health facilities provides students with a unique and interactive learning experience.  

The College of Medicine at NEOMED’s mission is to inspire “medical students to become exemplary patient care centered physicians.” Specifically, it educates students who “seek to improve the health and quality of life of the communities of Ohio and beyond.”

Requirements

Applicants wishing to apply must first complete the following coursework

Candidates wishing to have a competitive allocation are strongly recommended to complete additional coursework in: 

To successfully complete your AMCAS application, you’ll need:

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. CASPer Test score 
  4. Letters of Recommendation   

You will also need to complete the Northeast Ohio Medical University secondary application after submitting your AMCAS application to be accepted. The table below outlines the College of Medicine at NEOMED’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate:

Northeast Ohio Medical University admission stats
Source: Northeast Medical, Northeast Medical

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Toledo, OH 

Located 100 miles west of Cleveland in Toledo, the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is home to a state-of-the-art Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center. This facility, measuring over 65,000 square feet, integrates an advanced clinical simulation center, a virtual impatient-centered center, and a surgical skills center. 

“Our mission,” the college writes, “is to improve health in the communities and region we serve. We do this by educating excellent clinicians and scientists, by providing patient centered and high-quality care and by producing nationally recognized research in focused areas.”

Requirements 

Successful candidates must meet the Toledo medical school coursework prerequisites, which include: 

Other highly recommended, though not compulsory, courses include: 

To successfully complete your AMCAS application and satisfy the Toledo medical school prereqs, you’ll need:  

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. CASPer Test score 
  4. Letters of Recommendation   

The table below outlines Toledo medical school’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate:

University of Toledo Medical School Admissions Stats and Class Size
Source: University of Toledo, University of Toledo

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Cincinnati, OH

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is the second oldest public college of medicine in the United States. This prominent college provides cutting-edge research and is the only medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Its curriculum is designed to offer diverse learning opportunities where students can utilize a broad range of skills, knowledge, and attitudes they can use in a medical setting. 

UC College of Medicine’s mission is three-fold:

Requirements 

UC College of Medicine does not have any specific course requirements. However, it does specify that you must “have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours at a U.S. accredited four-year degree-granting institution of higher education.” 

“Highly competitive applicants,” the school notes, “have completed coursework in the social, cultural, and behavioral sciences.” UC College of Medicine also recommends that candidates know basic statistics and computer literacy principles.

To successfully complete your AMCAS application, you’ll need:  

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. CASPer Test score 
  4. Letters of Recommendation   

The table below outlines UC College of Medicine’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate:

Requirements for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Source: University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine 

Dayton, OH

Located in Dayton, Southwest Ohio, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) strives to maintain its position in the communities that it serves. BSOM is “known for successfully partnering with a diverse array of committed community partners” and supports several initiatives that provide "significant benefits" to its partners. 

Aside from being a national leader in generalist medicine and the diversity of its student body, BSOM provides several opportunities for students to work in health care systems within the communities it serves. 

BSOM’s mission is “to educate culturally diverse students to become excellent physicians by focusing on generalist training that is integrated, supported, and strengthened by specialists and researchers, all of whom value patient-focused care, community service, and research, and have passion for improving health in their communities.”

Requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed 90 semester hours of preparation in an approved college or university in the country and completed the following coursework: 

To successfully complete your AMCAS application, you’ll need:  

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. CASPer Test score 
  4. Letters of Recommendation   

The table below outlines BSOM’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate:

BSOM's admissions stats and class profile
Source: Wright State University, Wright State University

Ohio State University College of Medicine 

Columbus, OH

Famous for its Division One sports team — go Buckeyes! — The Ohio State University College of Medicine is one of the best medical schools in Ohio. It also contains one of the most diverse student bodies in the country and emphasizes hands-on clinical experience early on in its curriculum.  

The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s mission is “to recruit self-directed learners who are driven to become empathetic physicians providing evidence-based, compassionate medical care.” The school also notes that “diversity is central to… [its] academic medical center mission and serves as a driver of institutional excellence.” 

Requirements 

The required premedical coursework includes: 

Ohio State University College of Medicine also recommends undertaking additional premedical coursework: 

To successfully complete your AMCAS application, you’ll need:  

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. CASPer Test score 
  4. Letters of Recommendation   

The table below outlines Ohio State University College of Medicine’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate:

Ohio State University Admissions Stats and Class Profile
Source: Ohio State University

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Athens, OH 

Since welcoming its first class in 1976, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has focused on patient-centered care. The school is spread across three campuses in Cleveland (Warrensville Heights), Dublin, and Athens. 

Each campus provides a different experience: 

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s overarching mission is simple: “training osteopathic primary care physicians to serve Ohio.” It aims to educate physicians “committed to practice in Ohio” by emphasizing primary care, engaging in focused research, and embracing both Appalachian and urban communities. 

Requirements 

The course requirements for Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine include: 

To successfully complete your American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) application, you’ll need:  

  1. Transcripts 
  2. MCAT 
  3. Letters of Recommendation   

The table below outlines Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s class profile, tuition fees, and acceptance rate:

Class Profile and Requirements for Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Source: Ohio University Heritage


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Comparing Med Schools in Ohio

So, we’ve looked at all of the requirements for each school. Let’s see how they stack up against each other. 

Allopathic Medical Schools: 

Table comparing the requirements of medical schools in Ohio

Source: AAMC MSAR

Osteopathic Medical Schools: 

Table showing admissions stats of Ohio University Heritage College students

Tips for Getting Accepted into Medical Schools in Ohio

Dr. Quinn Capers IV, vice dean of faculty affairs and professor of cardiovascular medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, says that most med schools use “holistic review.” This means that “they put an equal emphasis on the academic record and the experiences that the candidate has had and, finally, the personal attributes of the candidate," he continues.

Previously, medical schools focused primarily on GPA and MCAT scores and, while "you have to have a strong academic record,” Capers acknowledges that “you also have to have a strong record of experiences that show you want to help your fellow man, and you have to be able to prove that you have the attributes that we want to see in medicine.”

So, non-academic factors like clinical research, shadowing a physician, hands-on clinical experience, and extracurricular activities are evaluated by every school. Indeed, Ohio State University College of Medicine states, “We want to know how applicants deal with the demands of their lives outside the classroom.” 

Demonstrating that you can balance these responsibilities with your academic work strengthens your application profile. Additionally, Ohio State encourages applicants to complete research activities and demonstrate commitment to the community as both are “important part[s] of the preparation for medical school.”

Similarly, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine states that other attributes that it looks for in candidates include: 

So, make sure you have a well-rounded application that includes strong academic scores and useful and insightful medical experiences. For example, Carl Allamby, a current student NEOMED, writes in a blog article that after he decided to pursue medicine, he started volunteering at a hospital.

Initially, he “worked in a pediatric ward for immune compromised children, providing activities for them during their oftentimes long-term stay” while “shadowing/volunteering in the emergency, urology, and neurology departments at this and other hospitals.” Ultimately, he concludes that “every exposure I had in medicine further solidified my choice to pursue a medical career.” 

Finally, do your research on each medical school; look at their respective curricula, missions, campuses, and training modalities to determine what makes a particular school unique and which is for you. 

Allamby notes that he liked how NEOMED “focus[ed] on underserved communities in Northeast Ohio.” He writes that “their dedication to training doctors who will be sensitive to the needs and problems seen in many urban and rural settings was an important attribute that made NEOMED the right fit for me.” By doing this research, you can better demonstrate how you would be great for the school in secondary essays and interviews

Ohio Medical School FAQs

Still have questions about Ohio’s med schools? Take a look at several commonly requested questions and answers below. 

1. How do I apply to medical schools in Ohio? 

All of the allopathic medical schools use AMCAS, whereas Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine uses AACOMAS. 

2. What qualities do the best medical schools in Ohio consider in addition to grades and test scores?

Although meeting academic requirements for your chosen school is essential, other qualities that medical schools look for include: 

3. Do medical schools in Ohio accept non-Ohio medical students? 

In short, yes. However, each school has different policies regarding out-of-state students and how many they admit. Check out their website and class profiles to see if your preferred school accepts non-Ohio students. 

4. Do medical schools in Ohio have a preferred major of study? 

Any major is accepted, though the best pre-med majors will tick all of the required coursework boxes. If your major doesn’t contain the necessary coursework needed for your preferred school, you will need to complete these classes separately to apply successfully. 

5. How do I improve my medical school application?

Take the time to obtain valuable and insightful hands-on clinical or volunteering experiences that you can discuss in an interview or reflect upon in your personal statement. Working hard for your classes and MCAT is a good idea as well! 

6. How do I gain an insight into the culture of my preferred medical school in Ohio?

It is always a good idea to thoroughly research your preferred institution by visiting their website and scrolling through all of the relevant pages. Another great idea is to network. Connect with alumni or, better yet, current students who will more than likely be happy to describe their experiences thus far and maybe give you some tips on how to ace your application. 

7. Is Ohio State a good medical school?

The question above is similar to the commonly asked question, “Does Ohio State have a good medical program?” Ohio State has a fantastic medical program that emphasizes hands-on clinical experience early on in its curriculum. 

Want to Go to Med School in Ohio? You’ve Got Options

Each of the seven medical schools in Ohio has different cultures, curricula, and entry requirements. Now is the time to evaluate which one is for you — are there more realistic or appealing ones? Is there a location or a curriculum that you are drawn to? 

The choice is yours but, whichever school you select, there are plenty of medical schools in Ohio to choose from!  

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