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Are You a Pre-Med DACA Recipient? Start Here!
With the recent news that Texas A&M University College of Medicine is considering DACA recipient applicants starting in entry year 2022, here are some things to remember as well as resources to help you along your journey to professional school.
Get the facts right
When it comes to TMDSAS DACA applicants, here's what you need to know:
- DACA students are Texas residents and will be considered as such by TMDSAS and schools that opt to accept DACA applicants.
- If additional schools move to consider DACA application, TMDSAS will work with that school to communicate guidelines to applicants and the pre-health community in a timely manner.
- Make sure to visit the Residency page for more information on the supporting documentation required for DACA applicants.
Here are some resources from our colleagues at the AAMC to help you get started:
- Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)
- The MSAR helps students learn about medical schools and their requirements and some of the schools indicate if they accept DACA students in the overview of each school profile.
- The "Applications Accepted Information" PDF report on the MSAR reports page also includes reports on how many DACA recipients are accepted.
- AAMC DACA Friendly Schools
Pre-Health Dreamers is an information-sharing network that investigates and shared information on career pathways for undocumented students
Financial support is available
While DACA students are not eligible for federal financial aid, there are still many resources to help you finance your education.
- Supporting the Financial Success of DACA Medical Students Webinar
- Immigrants Rising
You are not alone
Don’t forget that this journey is a marathon – and you’ll find supporters all along the way. Here’s how these DACA students found their way.
- DACA Students Risk Everything to become doctors: students share their stories and what they have done to overcome obstacles due to their status
- AAMC Inspiring Stories: César Eber Montelongo Hernández
Cesar couldn't apply to medical school when he first graduated from college due to his undocumented status. Now he's in a MD-PhD program and hopes to practice in the Southwest where there's a high need for Spanish-speaking physicians.
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