In 1989, we initiated a Summer Prematriculation Program which includes students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine, medically underserved counties, non-traditional age groups, economically disadvantaged settings, and other disadvantaged backgrounds. The goal is to increase the likelihood of success in medical school. The program is five weeks in length and immediately precedes the beginning of the school year. This academic program focuses on the major first year medical courses (physiology, anatomy and biochemistry). Time is also devoted to overall orientation to medical school, study and test-taking skills, stress management, computing, financial management, practice opportunities, and clinical activity. Strengths of the program have included the academic preparation. In addition the development of peer groups, establishment of support systems, familiarity with the city and school, dialogue with faculty and upper-level students, and an early establishment of day-to-day routine are definite positives. 2014 Prematriculation Application.
Medical Education Development (MED) Program
Since 1987 the Medical Education Development Program has provided a special year for promising applicants who do not gain acceptance through the regular process. MED program participants are selected from the pool of regular applicants and are invited to take selected courses from the first year medical school curriculum, as well as three graduate level courses. Upon passing each course satisfactorily, MED Program participants are recommended for admission to the upcoming freshman medical school class to take the remainder of the first year medical curriculum. MED program participants are assisted regularly by staff and are required to participate in the Prematriculation Program.
Academic Support Programs
Individual and group counseling is provided by the staff of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to students at the undergraduate or professional school level. Students are closely monitored and counseled to provide for early intervention. Continuous collaboration is maintained between staff and course directors. Tutoring is available to students in need of assistance. Supplementary books and board preparation materials are available for review and checkout. Periodic follow-up continues during clinical rotations.
AHEC Medical Student and Medical Resident Clinical Rotations in Minority Communities
Clinical education takes place in/with Northwest Area Health Education Center-affiliated facilities and practitioners on a continuing basis. The Northwest Louisville area has the largest African American population of any community in the state.
Student National Medical Association Chapter
Students are encouraged to participate in activities sponsored by the local chapter of the SNMA as well as other student organizations. The SNMA activities allow students from groups underrepresented in medicine (first year through senior) to interact on a regular basis to discuss local and national issues and concerns that impact on their medical education.