MEDPREP Will Absolutely Get You Into the Best Medical Schools

The MEDPREP program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine may be the best postbac program in the country for underrepresented minorities. This program has a long standing history, dating back to 1972 and has graduated over 1,200 students. What makes this program very good is that the graduates are not just getting into medical school, they are succeeding at top-ranked Ivy League medical schools.

Program Focus

Many people in the medical community strongly endorse this post-bac, including many of my advisors, therefore I have gone ahead and spoken directly with a counselor/recruiter to get the specifics of the program and its focus. Therefore, if you fall into one or more of the below categories I strongly encourage you to apply:
  • Underrepresented minority (Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans)
  • Need assistance before (or retaking) MCAT/DAT
  • Improve GPA
  • Educationally or economically disadvantaged

Structure

This post-bac program is two years, with the first year dedicated to becoming competent in the basic sciences and preparing for the MCAT, while the second year provides advanced level courses, those which you would typically find in medical school. Individuals who are looking for a supportive environment, are highly motivated, and have a desire to practice in medically underserved areas are the best candidates.

Year 1 (Summer/Fall/Spring Semesters)

MedPrep Courses
  • Orientation
  • Learning Seminar
  • Convocation

MCAT Preparation Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Reasoning in Reading and Writing
  • Quantitative Skills

Campus Courses- individualized choices

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

Year Two (Fall/Spring Semesters)

MEDPREP Courses
  • Convocation
  • Clinical Experiences

Professional school enrichment courses

  • Hormonal Regulation
  • Medical Immunology

Campus Courses-individualized choices

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Histology
  • Pharmacology

Eligibility

  • Educationally or economically disadvantaged
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • A minimum overall GPA and minimum science GPA of 2.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Significant coursework completed in the sciences
  • Strong commitment to a career in medicine or dentistry

Admissions

The MEDPREP program begins at the end of June of each year. A completed application will include: a completed application, two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. As of now there is no application fee.

The program has on average 70 participants each year to insure that each student has the individualized attention which they deserve, and this means it is harder to get into the program because many people are applying for a limited number of spots. But from those who I know who have completed the program it has changed their lives and gave them the opportunity to be superb physicians.

There are three admissions cycles, but it is hoped that students will apply to the first cycle to enhance their chances of admission into the program. It is also understood that applicants will want to wait until fall semester grades have been received and if this is the case the second and third cycles will suffice. Therefore the admission deadlines are as following:

  • First Admission Cycle: mid September of each year
  • Second Admission Cycle: mid December of each year
  • Third Admission Cycle: end of January of each year


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