The SOM Premedical Enrichment Program (PrEP) is coordinated through the Office of Academic Resources & Support (OARS). PrEP is a two-semester, post baccalaureate curriculum offered to educationally-disadvantaged New Mexican students who are felt to exhibit exceptional non-cognitive characteristics but who are not yet eligible for direct admission into medical school.
Established in 2007, PrEP is a pre-matriculation program to the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine: Students who successfully complete PrEP are admitted directly into Medical School the following year.
The goal of the PrEP curriculum is to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills that are needed for students to be successful in medical school and to eventually become providers of high-quality healthcare for our communities.
Goals for PrEP are to provide pre-matriculated medical school applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds: 1) A solid foundation in the sciences basic to medicine; 2) Enhanced critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities; and 3) Individualized development in lifelong learning skills. Selection criteria include undergraduate overall GPA; undergraduate science GPA; MCAT scores; non-cognitive variables determined by Admissions Committee; Interview; New Mexico residency; educationally disadvantaged background.
Specific Curriculum Objectives
- Provide a foundation in the basic sciences essential to successful careers as medical students and physicians.
- Enhance critical-thinking abilities.
- Facilitate individualized development of life-long learning skills.
- Improve verbal and written communication skills.
- Introduce student to general aspects of community-practice.
Students do not apply directly to the PrEP program, students must first apply to the regular MD program through the AMCAS process. For information about SOM Admissions: contact the UNM SOM Office of Admissions.
For PrEP curricular information, contact Steve Mitchell, MD, 272-5192, firstname.lastname@example.org, PrEP program director.