The Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) was established in 1972 by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. MEDPREP is a two year post-baccalaureate program housed in historic Wheeler Hall on the Southern Illinois University campus, in Carbondale, Illinois. We provide assistance to educationally and economically disadvantaged students in preparing for and achieving success in health professions schools.
Our students have successfully matriculated into allopathic medical schools, osteopathic medical schools and dental schools across the country. The program operates on a year-round basis, beginning in June of each year. Students complete the program in five semesters (summer, fall and spring in the first year; fall and spring in the second year). Students are not obligated to take MEDPREP courses in the summer between their first and second year. Students typically pursue a variety of opportunities outside of the MEDPREP program during this time, including summer research or pre-medical enrichment programs, physician shadowing, volunteerism, additional coursework, or summer employment.
MEDPREP provides an environment in which students can hone their test-taking skills and enhance their academic record with the goal of matriculating in a medical or dental school. With the assistance of their MEDPREP academic advisor, students tailor their academic program to maximize their professional school application profile. Most students enroll in MCAT/DAT preparation courses during the first academic year and in upper-level science enrichment courses during the second academic year.
The MEDPREP Mission is to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students from southern and central Illinois who will enter and graduate from health professions schools and who will serve in U.S. health professions shortage areas.
Our students come from a variety of geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Up to 36 students are accepted each year into the program. The highest priority for MEDPREP participation is given to residents of central and southern Illinois. However, many of our applicants and participants come from out of state.
MEDPREP is open to post-baccalaureate students seeking assistance with pre-professional preparation. Students must have completed their bachelor’s degree prior to program entry. Students who are accepted into MEDPREP have the opportunity to apply to either our Master's in Public Health or Master's in Biological Science. Application for either of the concurrent Master’s degree programs must be pre-approved by your assigned MEDREP Advisor. Additional information about the concurrent Master’s Degree programs can be found on our Graduate Programs page.
Each MEDPREP student receives assistance in developing an academic plan tailored to his/her specific needs. Students prepare their plans through consultation with MEDPREP advisors and participation in courses such as Orientation Seminar and Learning Skills. Faculty members are available for individual consultation and tutoring. Small group interaction and group study are encouraged.
MEDPREP provides an opportunity in a supportive environment for students to demonstrate their potential for success in health professions schools. The structured academic and personal support systems we provide facilitate the efforts of highly motivated MEDPREP students as they work to reach their goals.
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|The MEDPREP mission is to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students from southern and central
Illinois who will enter and graduate from health professions schools and who will serve in U.S. health professions shortage areas.