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Who should apply for the MedPrep Academic Enhancement Program?

Applicants interested in attending medical school that have completed the prerequisite courses for medical school but want to enhance their academic record. Applicants should have strong clinical and volunteer experience.

What is the recommended minimum MCAT score?

500 MCAT is recommended.

What is the recommended minimum GPA?

3.0 GPA is recommended.

How much does the program cost?

Are there scholarships available?

What happens once I apply to the program?

Admissions is not rolling. Applications will all be reviewed after the application deadline and then interview invitations will be sent.  Students must be invited to interview.

What is the interview process?

We participate in the multi-mini interview process (MMI).  Students are REQUIRED to attend an on-campus interview for consideration for the program within pre-identified dates.

What is a multi-mini interview (MMI) process?

The MMI is an interview format that uses many short independent assessments, typically in a timed circuit, to obtain an aggregate score of each candidate's soft skills.

Do I have to submit an AMCAS application?

Not to be considered for this program however the admissions office will make a recommendation, to take full advantage of the guaranteed interview to the college of medicine, to apply for year after you expect to participate in this program (for example, someone applying for Fall 2020 for MedPrep would be recommended to apply for Fall 2021 to medical school through AMCAS).

For students accepted to the MedPrep program, how are they considered for Upstate College of Medicine?

Accepted students that have applied for the following year to Upstate College of Medicine through AMCAS will be presented by the MedPrep Team to the Admissions Committee in December after fall grades come out. Under consideration at this time are the AMCAS application, the interview from the MedPrep program, letters of recommendation and fall grades from the first semester of MedPrep.

What percentage of MedPrep students get into medical school?

Our inaugural class that entered MedPrep was in Fall 2019 and 100% of that class were accepted to and started in medical school in Fall 2020.

Are there clinical opportunities in the program?

Not in the formalized sense, no.  However, as an academic medical center, we have many opportunities to get involved. Competitive applicants to MedPrep will have significant clinical experience already and we hope to focus on their academic enhancement primarily.

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