The MA-AUA Pre-medicine Enrichment Program (PEP) is a scholarship program developed with the goal of empowering historically underrepresented minorities (URM) who are first-generation students considering medicine. Recipients of this scholarship will be enrolled in a mentoring and support program that focuses on developing key skills within four core areas that are essential to a successful career in medicine.
Applications for Summer 2024 funding will be accepted beginning in October 2023.
Selected students will participate in a comprehensive, eight-week mentorship and support experience. Students will meet with their assigned mentor biweekly to address key developmental aspects of the program, as they relate to the individual student. Candidate selection is at the discretion of the institution however a student at the end of their sophomore or junior year of study is recommended to allow for both educational experience and continued mentorship throughout undergraduate education.
Each student will be a member of a clinical research project team with the goal of submitting an abstract to a publication and/or presenting at an academic congress or professional meeting.
Students will also spend time shadowing physicians in their office practice, operating room, and other clinical settings to enhance the experience.
The exact experience will be developed by the host institution.
Successful applicant programs will receive a stipend of $5,000 in order to offset costs of their bespoke program that adheres to the criteria listed above. The maximum annual contribution from the MA-AUA will be $30,000, allowing up to 6 programs to participate annually.
The distribution will be equitable and rotational, allowing all programs to have access to financial support. Individual programs will have discretion to add to the section contributed fund if they choose to host additional students.
Candidate programs will be selected by a special MA-AUA task force. Student nomination and selection will be carried out by recipient programs.
Requirements are for an annual check-in with the candidate throughout college, graduate education, and early-career to determine impact of program on career development.