The MAPP: The Medical Admissions Preparatory Program is designed to assist premedical students from underrepresented backgrounds prepare for the MCAT and strengthen their medical school application. This is an eight-week program that runs from June 28 – August 15, 2021. Students applying should be committed to taking the MCAT and applying to medical school by Spring 2022.
The eight-week in person program is sponsored by the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OHEDI) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Students are afforded opportunities in research, patient exposure, volunteer opportunities, the Kaplan course and writing seminar. Students are competitively selected in the spring for summer admission and upon selection are expected to attend weekly meetings with the cohort and staff advisors.
Program Components include:
- Kaplan MCAT preparation course
- Access to online Kaplan MCAT resources and practice test
- Study tips & Test taking Strategies
- AMCAS Application Assistance and Review
- Medical School Admissions Information
- Personal Statement Writing Workshop
- Interview Skills Training and Mock Interviews
- CV Workshop
- Weekly meetings with the cohort and staff advisors
- Faculty Mentoring
- Clinical Experience
- Professional headshot photograh
Kaplan Course & Writing Seminar
Included with the program is the Kaplan MCAT Prep Course which reviews all subjects pertaining to the Medical College Admission Test. Students receive all course materials and have supplemental instruction from a qualified tutor to augment the Kaplan Course, as well as a group study and access to test banks and practice exams. To ensure readiness for the application for medical school, all students participate in a professional writing seminar that focuses on personal statements and meet with a staff member to review application materials prior to submission.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Must be from an underrepresented and/or underserved population in medicine (i.e., African American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander AND/OR students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, such as first generation or low-income household.
- College junior, senior, master’s student, or recent college or master’s graduate.
- Completed at least two years of undergraduate science or premed coursework.
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required at the college level.
How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed once complete, and all supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Please have the below list of items prior to beginning the application as they will need to be uploaded with the application along with the forms below. Do not submit materials separately, the list is provided in order to assist you in building a competitive package.
- Brief personal statement (approximately one page in length) describing your interest in participating in a Research/Clinical/MCAT Preparation program and your motivation for pursuing medicine. Be sure to highlight your personal and professional goals and any personal attributes you have that would be deemed desirable for medical school.
- Brief personal statement (one paragraph) describing your eligibility for this program based upon at least one of the criteria listed, (Underrepresented in medicine, social disadvantage, educational disadvantage, and/or economic disadvantage.
- (2) Letters of Recommendation
- One academic letter of recommendation from a science faculty member who will attest to your interest and ability in science
- One personal letter of recommendation from a faculty member, counselor, employer or community leader who knows you well and can describe your accomplishments and abilities
- Unofficial copy of your college transcript(s)
- Premed course list verification
- Current Resume/CV
Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility, selection, etc. should be directed to:
University of Utah School of Medicine
Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
30 North 1900 East, 1C347
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
This program is made possible by the University of Utah School of Medicine Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Disclaimer. **Due to COVID-19 our program may be virtual or in-person. All COVID-19 guidelines/regulations will be implemented and enforced throughout the entirety of the program.