Early Careers In Community Medicine - Office of Admission

Early Careers In Community Medicine

The Early Careers in Community Medicine (ECCM) program provides highly qualified undergraduate students at The University of Tulsa with a unique opportunity to pursue an early provisional acceptance into the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine program, leading to an M.D. degree.

Students may apply for the ECCM program as early as their senior year in high school. Only five freshmen may enter this prestigious program each year.

To be eligible for the ECCM program, students must meet the application requirements. Finalists for the ECCM program will be interviewed by representatives from both TU and OU.

ECCM students must enroll in both a major and a minor concentration program. Students may select any major and any minor at TU.

ECCM students must meet or exceed the MCAT and GPA score of the previous year’s entering medical school class in order to be granted provisional acceptance without an interview. Students who do not meet that standard may still be considered through the traditional admission path as delineated by OU College of Medicine.

In order to be admitted to OU College of Medicine, provisionally accepted applicants must meet all academic and professional requirements and standards as defined by the OU-COM policy. They also must submit a completed application through the American Medical College Application Service and meet all deadlines prior to matriculation. Provisionally accepted applicants may matriculate through the Oklahoma City or Tulsa track.

For more information on this transformative program, please contact Jeffrey Alderman, Associate Professor of Community Medicine at jeffrey-alderman@utulsa.edu.

Benefits of provisional acceptance to OU College of Medicine

  • Access to scholarships from an endowed scholarship fund for students who are accepted to the Tulsa School of Community Medicine track has been made possible through the generosity of the William K. Warren Foundation and Saint Francis Health System.
  • Interview process for medical school complete upon acceptance into the program if academic standards are met upon graduation from TU.
  • Undergraduate participation alongside medical students in the OU School of Community Medicine Summer Institute, which provides students and faculty an in-depth look at the health needs of the Tulsa area.
  • 1:1 advising by TU and OU faculty Participation in a pre-med undergraduate honors program


For more information on this transformative program, please contact Jeffrey Alderman, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Medical Education at jeffrey-alderman@utulsa.edu.


  • Eligibility Requirements

    To be considered for the ECCM program, applicants must meet one or more of the following eligibility requirements. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply.

    • National Merit Semifinalists who list The University of Tulsa as School of Choice with National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    • National Hispanic Scholars who rank in the top 10% of their graduating class
    • Students who either
      • Rank in the top 5% of their graduating class OR
      • Have at least a 4.0 weighted grade point average
    • In addition to meeting one of the above requirements, students must submit an ACT or SAT. While there is no specific minimum score required, we are typically looking for students who score in the top 5% on either test.
  • Application Requirements
    • Submit a completed University of Tulsa application by January 15.
    • Submit a completed Special Programs Application for the Early Careers in Community Medicine by January 15.
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from a community member or educator who is familiar with the student’s commitment to service and learning by January 15. Letters of recommendation should be emailed to apply@utulsa.eduwith the subject line ECCM Letter of Recommendation and include the student’s name.

    The top 15-20 applicants will be selected to interview on February 21, 2022. Selections for program will be made by early April 2022.

  • Medical School Pre-requisites

    Science and Math

    • BIOL 1603/1611
    • BIOL 1703/1711
    • BIOL 2124/2120
    • CHEM 1013/1011
    • CHEM 1023/2021
    • CHEM 3013/3011
    • CHEM 3023/3021
    • PHYS 1013/1011 OR PHYS 2053/2051 (the latter requires Calculus I)
    • PHYS 1023/1021 OR PHYS 2063/2061 (the latter requires Calculus II)
    • MATH: Variable, from no requirement to MATH 2014 + MATH 2024

    ENG 1033 and 3003 (or equivalents) Other: Variable, various social sciences highly recommended; science or math majors generally use BLOCK II courses to fulfill these pre-requisites (see below)


    Science and Math

    • CHEM 4133 (needed for MCAT preparation)
    • BIOL 3xxx or BIOL 4xxx (upper- division course in biological science)


    • SOC 1033 (needed for MCAT preparation)
    • PSY 2253 (needed for MCAT preparation)
    • STAT 2013 (or equivalent; advisable for MCAT preparation)