Section 1

Program Overview

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, working with undergraduate partner universities, has created the BS-MD Accelerated Pathway to train students in diverse settings and, ultimately, have graduates choose to meet the needs of Nevada communities.

The BS-MD Program is a special track developed for a limited number of motivated, mature high school students who intend to pursue a career in medicine. Students accepted into this program complete the first three years of the required undergraduate curriculum at one of the consortium partners, the University of Nevada, Reno or the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, followed by the traditional four years of medical school at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Students are awarded the B.S. degree after successful completion of the first year of Medical School, and are then awarded the M.D. degree after successful completion of all medical school requirements.

Applicants must be first-time freshman applicants to either UNR or UNLV. Transfer students are not eligible for the program.

This accelerated program offers high-achieving high school students, who demonstrate maturity and certainty about their goals of a career in medicine the opportunity to combine their undergraduate science education with a focused MD preparation program.

The program includes the full curriculum of both the undergraduate partners and the School of Medicine. In addition, summer coursework, research and clinical experience are required for completion of the program. BS-MD students must also complete community service activities while enrolled in the program. Students may select their own activities, either through the university or community organizations.

Administrative Offices and Functions

School of Medicine Office of Recruitment and Student Affairs

The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs coordinates and directs all program activities of the BS-MD program, under the direction of the Director of Recruitment and the Coordinator for Educational Outreach, reporting to the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. This office also works collaboratively with both University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

  • Selection Committee: The selection committee is responsible for admission and evaluation of applicants to the BS-MD program. The committee is comprised of five to nine members, including medical students, medical school basic science and clinical faculty (including representation from the SOM Admissions Committee), and UNR and UNLV faculty members. There are separate selection committees for UNR and UNLV applicants. Consultation and staff support are provided by the Office of Recruitment and Student Affairs.
  • Student Development and Progress: The Director and Coordinator work closely with the Assistant Dean for Admissions, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and many members of the academic community to oversee BS-MD student academic, personal development and professional progress. Among them are undergraduate advisors, instructors and medical student mentors.

University of Nevada, Reno

  • College of Science: The College of Science is involved with admission to and administration of the BS-MD program in collaboration with the Medical School and CABNR. The College of Science also serves as the academic home to students choosing an undergraduate major in Biology. Biology faculty serve as academic advisors, course instructors and research mentors for BS-MD students in this major.
  • College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR): CABNR along with the School of Medicine is home to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), one of the three potential BS-MD undergraduate majors. The BMB major provides students with an in-depth understanding of the molecules of life. Students in the major learn how genes control all metabolic and developmental processes of the human body and how their mutation or faulty expression result in the disease state. Extensive research opportunities are available in the Department and BS-MD students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The Department also tailors undergraduate academic advising to the BS-MD program and focuses on accommodating the needs of each individual ensuring that each BS-MD student is highly prepared for a successful medical school career.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • College of Sciences, School of Life Science: BS-MD students major in the Pre-professional Biology track. This college serves as the academic home to BS-MD students in the UNLV program. This program focuses on preparing students for the MD portion of the program.

Student Services

BS-MD students should refer to their undergraduate institution for complete information. BS-MD students receive the following support services from the School of Medicine:

  • Medical Student Mentor: Each BS-MD student is assigned and meets a medical student mentor at the Program Welcome the week prior to beginning their freshman year.
  • BS-MD Peer Contact: Each BS-MD student is assigned a peer contact, who is a current BS-MD student during the summer prior to beginning his or her freshman year. Students will receive this information via email and will meet their peer contacts at the Program Welcome the week prior to beginning their freshman year.

Financial Planning and Services

BS-MD students should refer to their undergraduate institution for specific financial aid guidelines and application information.

  • UNR Scholarships: UNR-based scholarships awarded to BS-MD students will be continued for the student's 4th year, which is their first year of medical school, and apply toward medical school tuition and fees. These scholarships are administered by the student's undergraduate institution and subject to the availability of funding and the universities' policies. Generally, students will receive the same annual amount they have received while in the undergraduate program.
  • Millennium Scholarship and BS-MD Students: Students will be registered as graduate students and technically not eligible for the Millennium Scholarship their first year of medical school. However, the School of Medicine has agreed to honor the Millennium Scholarship for the student's 4th year, which is their first year of medical school, as long as the Millennium Scholarship is available and the student meets all criteria, including residency and college GPA.

Tuition, Fees and Expenses

Student Records

Once a BS-MD student matriculates into the BS-MD program, the Office of Recruitment and Student Affairs establishes a file for each student to document progress and promotion, student advising, and in preparation for final acceptance and matriculation into medical school. The confidentiality and security of educational records are of primary importance. The management of student records complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and appropriate undergraduate partner policies. Access to student files is restricted to the school officials with a legitimate educational interest. Each student file contains:

  • General information
  • Years 1 - 3 undergraduate grade reports and evaluations
  • Clinical experiences evaluations
  • Research evaluations
  • Commendations/Scholarship information
  • Administrative Action

Students are encouraged to review their files on a regular basis and may do so at anytime during office hours. Such an examination is encouraged to provide feedback regarding performance and for advising purposes. Access to a student's file does not include the right to make copies of all or part of the file. Local, current student addresses, telephone numbers and email contact information must be on file in the Office of Recruitment and Student Affairs. It is imperative that this information is kept current and that the student provides updates of any changes.

Students in the BS-MD program are requested to sign a waiver to allow the sharing of educational records. The waiver can be located in the Appendix.

Transfer Policy

Students may not transfer between undergraduate institutions (UNR and UNLV) while in the BS portion of the program due to the curricular differences and accelerated nature of the courses and experiences at each university. Once students enter the medical school portion of the program, all transfer policies of the School of Medicine apply. Students will not be awarded their BS degree until successful completion of Year I of medical school is achieved.