LSUS, LSU Shreveport Medical School create Guaranteed Interview Program for undergrads

A new agreement between LSU Shreveport and LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport will guarantee qualified LSUS students an admissions interview at the medical school.

In August, LSUS and LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine signed off on the Guaranteed Interview Program. LSUS students who meet specified criteria in course work, grade point average, MCAT scores and participation in events or projects hosted by the LSUS Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement will receive an admissions interview.  

“Our new MOU with the LSUHS School of Medicine creates an important new pathway opportunity for our best and brightest students in their pursuit of an advanced degree in medical science,” said LSUS Chancellor Larry Clark.

LSUHS School of Medicine Dean Dr. David Lewis, himself an LSUS alumnus, expects the program to yield a strong partnership.

“We are pleased to enter into this MOU with our fellow LSU institution which produces so many outstanding students. With LSU Health Shreveport’s strong track record of graduates practicing in the community and throughout Louisiana, I am confident this collaboration will prove beneficial to LSUS students, LSU Health Shreveport, and the entire state of Louisiana,” Dr. Lewis said.

To qualify for the Guaranteed Interview Program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident in the US
  • Complete all LSU Health Shreveport SOM required coursework
  • Complete at least three LSU Health Shreveport SOM recommended courses
  • Achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) (as shown on the LSU Shreveport transcript) in the BS or BA with no fewer than 30 LSUS hours, or a cumulative GPA in the Master’s program of 3.8 on no fewer than 24 hours
  • Complete all required coursework, with no science course grade lower than C. If a course is repeated, only the higher grade will be considered
  • Achieve a minimum of 504 on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) with no section score (Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior) lower than 123
  • Complete the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine application process
  • Provide to LSU Health Shreveport a LSUS Health Science Advisory Committee (HSAC) Letter of Recommendation with designation of “Recommended” or “Strongly Recommended”
  • Release MCAT scores to LSUHS-SOM’s Admissions Office
  • Be a first-time applicant to the Guaranteed Interview Program
  • Remain in good disciplinary standing at LSUS
  • Participate in any of the following activities hosted by the Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) Office of LSUS:
    • Attendance at two DICE campus events
    • Attendance at DICE-selected Common Read
    • Participation in a Social Justice Project