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Jeannie Cummins
Program Manager
Phone: (513) 558-3102
Fax: (513) 558-5738
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University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
Room 4261
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267
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Benefits of the Program
The master's program in physiology provides a course of study designed to help college graduates strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for application to U.S. medical schools. As with similar programs (referred to as gap-year, glide-year, or special master's programs) at Georgetown University and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), ours is a one-year course of study (see Program Comparison Chart). The special master's program in physiology provides an enriching experience that will:
  • Expose students to the rigors and excitement of medical school coursework and the fundamentals of biomedical research.
  • Allow students to take classes and identical exams with first-year medical students, and to be ranked in their performance directly against currently matriculated medical students, as well as recent graduates of the first-year medical student class.
  • Provide students with significant insights into the medical school interview process with mock interview sessions in both the traditional interview process and those focused on multiple stations.
  • Introduce students to the other exciting careers in the health professions. Students will learn about work in an interdisciplinary medical team, and the diversity of experiences available to enhance medical education and a medical career.
  • Qualify out-of-state students for Ohio residency and subsequent application to the numerous medical schools in our state.
  • Our small class size (32 students) allows us to devote significant resources to each student.

Success Rates

Our program graduated its first class in 2007. Similar to other programs, the success rate for admission into professional school is best illustrated after a gap year.

The table provides success rates for UC master's in physiology graduates applying to medical school, by program year.

Program year Students accepted to medical schoola during the program year Total students accepted to medical (or dental) school
2006–07b 53% 100%
2007–08 53% 89%
2008–09 55% 95%
2009–10 48% 100%
2010–11 82% 92%
2011–12 69% 96%
2012–13 78% 85%
2013–14 52% --
aExpressed as percent of the total number of students who applied to medical (or dental) school
bInaugural year

Program Comparisons

Compare UC's master's in physiology program with similar programs (sometimes called gap-year, glide-year or special master's programs) at other institutions.

Side-by-Side with Medical Students?
Duration of Program (Years)
Tuition (Annual)
Cost of Living Indexa
Entrance Minimum GPA, MCAT
University of Cincinnati Yes 1 $37,000-$37,400b 100% 3.0, 28
Georgetown University Yes 1 $47,839b 154% 3.0, 28
Eastern Virginia Medical School Yes 1 $33,777-$36,583c 110% 2.75, 23
Boston University Yes 1 $45,686b 153% 3.0, 25
Drexel University (IMS) Yes 2 $27,944c 132%
Loyola University No 1 $38,880b 128% 3.0, 25
a2013 data, taken from, are relative to Cincinnati cost of living set to 100%.
b2014-15 tuition is shown (in-state/out-of-state, if applicable).
c201314 tuition is shown (in-state/out-of-state, if applicable).

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