Fall 2013 Program Guidelines

Fall 2013 Program Guidelines

Our Purpose

This program is twofold; academic and enrichment. The academic component allows you to complete your pre-med requirements for medical school and prepare for the medical college admission test (MCAT). The enrichment component is to equip you with experiences that can enhance your competency and competitiveness for medical school.

The enrichment component includes scheduled community service projects, monthly enrichment sessions, clinical observations, mentoring and extracurricular activities (e.g., simulation center and medical school visits, teambuilding, etc.).

Our Expectation

As a student in our program, you are expected to participate regularly in both the academic and enrichment components.

Academics

You're expected to attend classes regularly and complete your pre-med requirements while maintaining strong grades. You must earn the required 3.5 cumulative GPA with 30 credit hours of pre-med requirements and upper level science course work to complete the program and for assured admission consideration.

  • The minimum hours you can take each semester is six credit hours. Summer courses are optional.
  • If your semester or cumulative GPA drops below a 3.3., you will need to meet with the Program Director to discuss an academic improvement plan. If your grades do not improve, you may be scheduled to meet with the Program Advisory Committee and potentially be at risk of being dismissed from the program.
  • If you do not meet the required 3.5 GPA at the end of the program, but did complete your required credit hours and course work, our records will indicate that you completed the program but did not graduate due to the GPA requirements not being met. This would disqualify you for further assured admission consideration. However, you can still be considered via the general applicant pool.

Enrichment

You're expected to participate in our enrichment component which includes ongoing group community service projects and monthly enrichment sessions throughout the academic year. There are also mandatory and optional extracurricular activities to participate in.

Our Commitment to You

Our commitment to you is evident by offering assured admission to the University of Louisville School of Medicine. A seat in our entering medical school class is reserved just for you. Your involvement and success in our program is crucial for you to receive that seat and to be considered at additional medical schools. Please take this opportunity seriously by abiding by our requirements.

Enrichment Sessions

This fall semester there are five required enrichment sessions scheduled; Sept. 7, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. If you must miss a session, you must contact our office and indicate why you are unable to attend (e.g., prior engagement, sick, family emergency, work schedule conflict, etc.).

Community Service Projects

There are five required service projects scheduled this semester.

  • Ronald McDonald House- Adopt A Meal Program
    Schedule with Shonna
  • Supplies Overseas Volunteer Sorters
    Schedule on-line first and then inform Shonna of your scheduled date
  • Walks for a Cause: American Heart Association Heart Walk or the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
    Schedule on-line
  • Making Strides Against Cancer Bake Sale
    Schedule with Shonna
  • Friday Fun Night at the Volunteer of American Family Emergency Shelter
    Schedule with Shonna

Extracurricular Activities

There are some additional extracurricular activities scheduled. Some are mandatory and others are optional.

  • Teambuilding @ Cedar Ridge Camp on September 28 @ Noon-2:00 p.m.
    *Mandatory
  • Lunch & Learn 
    *Must attend at least one date; Oct. 8, Nov. 7 and Dec. 4
  • Holiday Social & December Graduate Recognition - December 18 @ 5:00-6:30 p.m.
    *Mandatory
  • Cultural Competency Symposium Thursday Sept. 19 on HSC Campus (8:00-3:00 p.m.)
    *Optional
  • Simulation Center Visit -Tuesday Oct. 8 @ 10:00-11:30 or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
    *Optional
  • CPR Training/Certification-Pending* Date to be announced
    *Optional

Follow up Consultations and Communication

Each semester you are required to schedule a follow up consultation leading up to pre-registration for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students in their final semester are also required to have an exit consultation to make sure everything is finalized for graduating from the program. The dates for follow ups will be announced and you can schedule a day and time.

Students are encouraged to keep the lines of communication open with the Program Director. If there are any issues you encounter while in the program or concerns you may have, I have an open door policy. However, appointments are preferred to ensure that I’m available.

Penalty for Non-participation

Inconsistent participation or lack of involvement can put you at risk of being dismissed from the program.
Dismissal from the program would disqualify you from a committee letter and assured admission consideration.

  • If you miss more than one enrichment session, community service project and/or mandatory activity, you will be notified. A meeting will be scheduled to meet with the Program Director to discuss your situation and possible alternatives to compensate for your absences.
  • If inconsistent or lack of participation continues, a meeting will be scheduled with the Program Advisory Committee to discuss your situation and possible consequences (e.g., probation, dismissal, etc.).
  • Our Program Advisory Committee members are Dr. David Wiegman, Associate VP of Health Affairs and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Faye Jones, Assistant VP of Health Affairs and Tonia D. Thomas, Program Director.
  • Our Assured Admission Committee members are Dr. Stephen Wheeler, Associate Dean of Medical School Admission, Ms. Pamela Osborne, Director of Medical School Admissions and the Program Advisory Committee.