Welcome Graduate Studies students, OHSU’s newest corps of discovery

gs-92712The OHSU School of Medicine is pleased to welcome our new Graduate Studies students to the start of the 2012–2013 academic year.  So far, a total of 145 new students have matriculated, although some degree programs are still finalizing their rosters.

The 2012 class profile for our Ph.D. programs has been finalized. In 2012, the School of Medicine received a total of 417 Ph.D. applicants and matriculated 39 new students into nine programs. That's up from 362 Ph.D. applicants last year. The average age is 28 and average undergraduate GPA is 3.6 for the incoming cohort of Ph.D. candidates. Sixty-two percent are women. Our ratio of 11 applicants/accepted student demonstrates that we are still attracting outstanding students to our graduate programs. Thirty-five percent of the incoming Ph.D. cohort is from Oregon, with 12 percent coming from outside the US.

OHSU remains highly selective in its Graduate Studies programs. Masters acceptance rates were 48 percent and doctoral acceptance rates were 18 percent. For comparison, the national M.S. acceptance rate is 46 percent and 21 percent for doctoral programs. For OHSU's Physician Assistant program only 2.5 percent of applicants were admitted.

The Graduate Student Organization hosted a well-attended Welcome Barbeque on Friday, Sept. 21, where new students, returning students and many of our faculty noshed on a delicious spread of burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips, salad, ice cream, cake and cookies. Servers at the beer station were kept busy, and raffle prizes capped off the evening.

The School of Medicine Alumni Association supported the event financially and helped staff it – several Alumni Association Council members manned the grill and scooped ice cream. Thank you alumni volunteers!

Check out all the photos of the barbecue at the School of Medicine's Facebook page
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