Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research

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Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program For Under-Represented Minority Students

Application Deadeline: January 31, 2015 (We will begin accepting applications October 2014)

The aim of this program is to prepare under-represented minority students for careers in academic medicine or other positions of leadership in medicine. Over a ten-week period, beginning late May, students who have completed two years of undergraduate education, will be engaged in a program of research, clinical observations, classroom exercises and teaching observation designed to stimulate their interest in academic medicine. The students will be exposed to activities pertinent to the medical school application and admissions process, including classroom instruction and simulated testing to prepare the students for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

This summer program, now in its fourteenth year of operation, is sponsored by the Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research of the Perelman School of Medicine, with funds provided by Department of Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. Jerry C. Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine, is the Project Director.

For the research component of the program, each student is assigned a medical school faculty mentor with whom the student works 3 days a week in a laboratory or clinical setting. At the end of the program, each student participant gives a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation pertaining to their work before an audience composed of medical school faculty, medical students and other summer program students. All students are assigned a clinical preceptor whom the students shadow eight (8) hours per week, on an alternating weekly basis.

The lecture series consists of two, 2-hour lectures on alternating weeks. The goal of the lecture series is to:

  1. acquaint the student with some of the subject matter of medical school, and
  2. increase their understanding and appreciation for the art of medicine and health issues of the underserved.

Past lecture topics have included: microbiology, physiology, practice in the community with patients and health care delivery to urban minority communities.

The student will be engaged in several workshops:

  1. A medical school admissions workshop designed to guide the students through the medical school admissions process and to prepare the students to complete their AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) application
  2. In addition, the students will have over 50 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of simulated testing provided by Kaplan Educational Centers to prepare students for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
  3. Requirements:

  4. Rising Junior or Rising Senior
  5. Minimum 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  6. Submit and Complete an Online Application
  7. Two Recommendations
  8. Official Undergraduate Transcripts (from each institution attended)
  9. * Please review the brochure below for additional information

2014 Informational Brochure


You will need the following to complete the application:

  • Undergraduate information (institution, address, major, and GPA)
  • A one-page essay describing why you are interested in this program and why you should be selected (please have essays completed before beginning the online application) format: double spaced, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins
  • Ethnicity information
  • A one-page essay discussing your interest in medicine (please have essays completed before beginning the online application) format: double spaced, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins
  • Ethnicity information
  • Research experience
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Two (2) typewritten letters of recommendation (sent separately)
  • Official transcripts (sent separately)

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