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INMED – Reimagine IndianS into MedicinE (RISE) Wy’east Pathway

The RISE Wy’east Pathway is a Postbaccalaureate pathway at OHSU in Portland, OR which runs from September – June. In the RISE partnership, WSU College of Medicine selects up to 4 scholars annually to attend this pathway who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes and meet the residency entry requirements for the WSU College of Medicine. This cohort will participate with up Wy’east scholars selected by OHSU and UC Davis School of Medicine.

 

Focus of the Wy’east Pathway:

  • MCAT Prep
  • Foundations of biomedical sciences
  • Population health and health disparities
  • Academic skills and wellness
  • Clinical observation
  • Research experiences
  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Cultural activities

 

Timeline:

  • April 1: the primary application to apply will open. Apply at https://www.nnacoe.org/wyeast-pathway
  • The WSU College of Medicine secondary application will be sent to eligible candidates
  • May 15, 2021: Primary application is due
  • May 28, 2021: Secondary application is due
  • June: interviews
  • July: applicants notified of decisions
  • September–June: Wy’east Pathway at OHSU begins

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited US or Canadian institution
  • Previously taken the MCAT*
    • *Note: If your MCAT test date was canceled by the AAMC due to COVID-19, we will still consider you for acceptance into the Wy’east pathway. If this is the case, please email your cancellation correspondence from the AAMC to nativehealth@ohsu.edu. Please also include your rescheduled test date. If you have yet to reschedule your test date, you will be expected to take the MCAT at some point in the 2021 calendar year.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Plan to apply to medical school for Entering Year of 2022
  • Enrolled membership in a federally recognized tribe
  • Meet ties to Washington or have Washington residency. Descriptions of this can be found at on admissions page under “Requirements to Receive a Secondary Application”

 

Benefits:

  • Cost to attend: FREE
  • Living stipend of $1114/month while in the program
  • Access to and exposure with medical school faculty, leadership, and students
  • Coursework and exposure to become better prepared for entry into the WSU College of Medicine
  • Conditional acceptance to the WSU College of Medicine for entering year 2022

Conditional Acceptance:

  • Satisfactorily completing the Wy’east pathway, which includes
    1. Attending all classes with no unexcused absences,
    2. Obtaining a passing score during each end-of-block exam,
    3. Completion of all weekly quizzes, and
    4. Professionalism in all aspects of pathway activities.
  • Formal AMCAS application and WSU College of Medicine secondary application in the 2021 cycle for entry in August 2022
  • Successful interview with the WSU College of Medicine during the regular interview cycle
  • Meeting a combination threshold of undergraduate overall GPA and MCAT composite score as follows:
    1. If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.8 – 4.0, then 27th percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
    2. If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.4 – 3.79, then 43rd percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
    3. If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 2.6 – 3.39, then 61st percentile rank or higher on the MCAT

 

The INMED – RISE program is held in collaboration with:

  • Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Washington State University Health Science Spokane

 

If you have questions, please contact the following:

WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at medicine.admissions@wsu.edu or 509-358-7518.