Texas A&M creates pipeline for Corps of Cadets members to become doctors
As part of Texas A&M College of Medicine’s commitment to produce more military physicians, the college created the Cadet to Medicine Early Assurance Program. Through this program, Texas A&M Corps of Cadets members receive early admittance at Texas A&M’s medical school.
Now, in partnership with the medical school at Texas A&M, up to five members of the Corps will be conditionally admitted each admissions cycle during their junior year of undergraduate education into the Cadet to Medicine Early Assurance Program.
“This opens up a new opportunity for our Corps members to attend medical school at an institution dedicated to serving the military community,” said Amy Waer, MD and executive dean of medical education and academic programs at the College of Medicine. “As we recruit the best and brightest future physicians, this program ensures we are educating a population of students who share our commitment to the Texas A&M core values, especially selfless service.”
The Cadet to Medicine Early Assurance Program will be looking for the top cadets. In addition to meeting criteria such as a minimum 3.5 GPA, members of the Corps must also demonstrate an interest in the military medical field and a desire to serve others.
Once accepted to the program, cadets will undergo preparations for medical school, including free MCAT preparation, shadowing experiences with physicians and a Pathway to Medicine seminar course that will better prepare them for their medical school entry.
“We are happy to continue to honor the military legacy at Texas A&M through this pipeline program with the Texas A&M College of Medicine,” said Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, Commandant of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. “It is one more opportunity for our cadets to showcase their talents, leadership and dedication to service through a targeted military medicine program that will serve to produce more military physicians for our nation.”
The Corps of Cadets is the largest, oldest and most recognizable student organization and leadership training program at Texas A&M University.
In 2017, Texas A&M College of Medicine recommitted to its charter to provide and advance medical care for the armed forces, their families and veterans—as well as increase the number of medical students at Texas A&M with military experience or plans to commission upon graduation. The Cadet to Medicine Early Assurance Program was developed to fill both needs.