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Fifth Pathway Program

 

Description

The Fifth Pathway is an academic program that was created in 1971 by the Council on Medical Education (CME) of the American Medical Association (AMA). The Program consists of an academic year of supervised clinical training at a teaching hospital affiliated to a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). School of Medicine developed a Fifth Pathway Program that enrolled its first group of students on February 2003. This program has been recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and the ECFMG.

After completing the Program students receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to apply to residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
 

Program Goals

  1. Provide high quality clinical training, in a teaching hospital setting, affiliated to an LCME-accredited Medical School, while fostering ethical, intellectual and social values.
  2. Expose students to different approaches of health care delivery.
  3. Allow students who have completed their formal medical education in a foreign medical school to be eligible to apply to residency programs accredited by ACGME.
 

Admission Requirements

Ponce School of Medicine is currently accepting applications. The application form is available or sending an e-mail to the Admissions Office (admissions). A non-refundable fee of $100 must be sent along with the application to:

Ponce School of Medicine

To be considered for admission to the Fifth Pathway Program the candidate must:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Have USMLE Step 1 passing score (a limit of four attempts)
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5.  Applicants who did not complete a BS degree in Sciences must submit evidence of the pre-med courses required by our Institution.
  • Have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • Present evidence of successful completion of formal medical education, except for the inter nship and public service year. Candidates with MD degree are not eligible to apply.

    The Fifth Pathway Program must be started within four (4) years after completion of medical school studies
Physicians with an MD degree are not eligible for the Fifth Pathway Program


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