University of Pennsylvania Pre-Med Enrichment Program
The aim of this program is to prepare minority students for careers in academic medicine or other positions of leadership in medicine. Over ten weeks, beginning in late May, student who have completed two years of undergraduate education, will be engaged in a program of research, clinical observations, classroom exercises and teaching observations, designed to stimulate their interest in academic medicine. In addition, the students will be engaged in the following: activities pertaining to the medical school application process and medical school admissions; classroom instructions and simulated testing to prepare the students for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
The program, now in its tenth year of operation, is sponsored by the Center of Excellence on Minority Health of the School of Medicine. Jerry C. Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine, is Project Director and principal investigator.
For the research component of the program, each student is assigned a medical school faculty mentor with whom the student work 2.5 days a week in a laboratory or clinical setting. At the end of the program, each student participating gives a 20 minute presentation pertaining to their work before an audience composed of medical school faculty, medical students and other summer students. In addition, all students are assigned a clinical preceptor with whom the students work four hours per week on an alternating weekly basis.
The lecture series consists of two 1.5-hour lectures per week on an alternating weekly basis. The goal of the lecture series is to acquaint students with some of the subject matter of medical school, to increase their understanding and appreciation for the art of medicine and for health issues of the underserved. Sample lecture topics are microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, ethics, clinical research, biomedical research, private practice in the community, communicating with patients and health care delivery to urban minority communities.
The students 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) fifty-three (53) hours of classroom instruction and twenty-four (24) hours of simulated testing provided by The Princeton Review, testing organization to prepare students for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
Participating students who successfully complete the program will receive a $2,500.00 stipend. This is an extremely competitive program. Students are selected from a national applicant pool. You are encouraged to apply if:
For application information, please contact:
John B. Craig, Ed.M., Associate Director
Center of Excellence on Minority Health
3508 Market Street, Suite 234, UCSC
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3357