Requesting MED Evaluation / Course Credit
The MED Evaluation is utilized by participants as a Letter of Recommendation to medical, dental, or other health professions schools/programs. The MED Program’s summer curriculum is not listed for open enrollment and therefore does NOT lead to a UNC transcript. Thus, the classes/grades should not be entered on any application as classes or coursework. The MED classes you complete do NOT appear on an official transcript from the University of North Carolina and therefore, no transcript can be provided. You may ONLY list it as an experience on an application and use the evaluation as a letter of recommendation. Please contact the office if you have any questions about how to list the MED Program on an application.
If you want your evaluation uploaded, please contact email email@example.com with the subject line MED EVALUATION & your MED Year (ex. 2014).
AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Services)
Evaluations can be uploaded to the AADSAS service by the Office of Special Programs or mailed or emailed directly to individual schools.
Please refer to the AADSAS site or FAQs below.
AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service)
Evaluations can be uploaded to the AMCAS service by the Office of Special Programs. MED participants who would like their evaluation uploaded must first designate the letter type as a Committee Letter, MED program as “the letter writer”, and Dr. Cedric Bright as the author.
Once you have received the letter writer ID and AMCAS letter request form, then email the letter request (in pdf form) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Health Professional Services
Evaluations can be uploaded to other health professional services by the Office of Special Programs. This will be completed by the necessary requirements of the respective application services.
Policy on Credit for MED Courses
For further information, contact Claudis Polk, Associate Director of Special Programs
Participation in the MED Program does not lead to an official UNC-CH transcript of courses because the summer curriculum is not listed for open enrollment. Responsibility for program registration, administration, and basic science courses rests within the UNC School of Medicine. It is program policy to provide upon request the following documentation: certification of satisfactory completion, course descriptions, recommendations of approximate equivalent credit hours (see below), and final grades in each course. Note also the sections below concerning level of instruction, testing, and interpretation of student averages.
Based on this report of work done, other institutions may make determinations about recording credit for MED courses to the extent allowable within their existing institutional policies. Students who want course credit should make advance arrangements with appropriate officials (faculty advisor, major department, and registrar) at their home institution. Note also that the AMCAS and AADSAS applications allow students to list work done in the MED Program, although MED grades are not included in the AMCAS and AADSAS GPA.
Total Course Hours & Credit Equivalents: UNC School of Medicine officials and course directors have approximated credit equivalents based on guidelines used by the UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences
Lecture / formal review / exams
Laboratory / discussion / problems sets
30 – 45 hours
3 credit hours
1 credit hour
|Basic Sciences||Contact Hours / Activities||Total Contact Hours||Approximate Credit Hours|
Microbiology / Immunology
Dental Orientation (Dental Theory, anatomy, & lab techniques)
MCAT / DAT Exposure
8 lec + 8 lab + 3 exams
10 lec + 6 lab + 3 exams
21 lec + 16 lab + 3 exams
52 lec + 7 lab + 3 exams
12 lec + 7 lab + 3 exams
20 lec + 1 pre-exam + 1 post-exam
Test Skills / Learning Skills
Seminars / Workshops
Group sessions & self-paced
Total Program Hours: A typical schedule involved about 325 structured hours during nine weeks: 35-40 hours/week in formally organized courses, seminars, and other activities, as well as 5-8 hours/day of class preparation. Of this total, 215 hours (@25 hours/week) are spent in the four basic sciences and prep Gross Anatomy, Histology, Biochemistry, & MCAT/DAT taken by all students, together with Microbiology (51) and Dental Orientation (62). The remaining 110 hours (an average of 15 hours/week) are distributed among a variety of activities. Most participants need to put in 2-3 hours/day, 6-7 days/week in order to keep up and earn acceptable averages.
Level and Context of Instruction: Medical and dental faculty conduct all basic science courses using standard texts and regular UNC School of Medicine teaching resources and facilities. Within the educational limits of a 12-week period, most courses approximate portions of the first year medical curriculum at UNC. Collectively, the summer curriculum is intense in academic level, pace, volume, and faculty expectations. No single course, however, should be viewed as the equivalent of or a substitute for a regular degree requirement at either the pre-professional or professional school level. In Histology, students cover roughly one-third of the corresponding first semester course. Gross anatomy concentrates on regional anatomy of the thorax and abdomen. Microbiology and Biochemistry survey first year topics, in less depth but with similar clinical applications. MCAT / DAT exposure is a Princeton / Kaplan Review course with materials.
Level and Type of Test: Objective testing is an integral part of student learning and assessment with test items and conditions modeled on exams in medical school. All courses have 3-7 achievement measures in addition to comprehensive final exams with a total close to 800 items or separate measures across courses. Weekly quizzes contain material from each course offered in the previous week, with a final week of separate, comprehensive exams in each course.
Interpretation of Course Averages: Student scores are recorded in terms of percent correct. Each course average is the direct product of all test scores and any other measures.
Performance distribution and faculty policy for assigning ratings vary somewhat from course to course and summer to summer. In general, course means have been around 74%-77% , with the following criterion levels: 60% = marginal pass (D): 70% = satisfactory (C); 76%-80% = (B); 83%-85% = (A). These criteria should be interpreted in relations to the professional school context of the curriculum with corresponding faculty standards, rather than to an undergraduate college grading system.