FLORENCE – The Medical University of South Carolina has accepted 27 Francis Marion University students for study in various medical programs in 1999, according to FMU biology professor Tom Roop.
Roop and Peter King, both biology professors at FMU, attended a health advisers workshop at the MUSC for advisers to students enrolled in health degree programs at various state colleges and universities. They learned that FMU continues to be a dominant feeder institution in South Carolina for MUSC medical programs.
According to Roop, FMU had 60 student applicants to MUSC for post-graduate study in the medical field, of which 27 were accepted for study at MUSC in the fall 1999 semester.
“This is a 45 percent acceptance rate,” Roop says, and is greater than other state institutions. “It can be seen that FMU prepares students for a variety of careers in the health professions.”
Students are enrolled to study, among other things, dental medicine, pharmacology, cytotechnology, nursing, medical technology and in the physican’s assistant program and health management certificate program, according to Debbie Van Pelt, assistant director of university admissions at MUSC.
The health management certificate is available only at the FMU satellite.
Roop, pre-med adviser for FMU students, also reports that FMU has an outstanding 20-year record in its students being accepted to medical schools (82 percent), dental schools (93 percent), and to graduate schools (95 percent).