UCLA PREP 2018 Cohort. Photo Credit: Todd Cheney
UCLA Pre-medical/Pre-dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP)
UCLA PREP is a non-residential program designed to provide premedical and predental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there.
December 3, 2018 (1:00AM PST) - Online Application Opens
March 3, 2018 (11:59 PST) - Application Closes
June 2019 - Program Starts
July 2019 - Program Ends
Students are eligible for UCLA PREP as long as they have not previously applied to medical and/or dental school. We accept community college, out-of-state and post-baccalaureate students. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Academic Component Students will work at a rigorous pace with a highly focused scope to prepare for the MCAT and DAT. Participants will engage in an extensive and lively classroom review of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Verbal Reasoning. Beyond learning and reinforcing scientific facts, participants learn to manipulate and integrate the information through analytical thinking. To further enhance the classroom experience, participants are assigned to small study groups lead by medical and dental students. In addition, students are introduced to problem based intensive workshops covering reading, writing and critical thinking. These skills, which are improved during the summer, have considerable value throughout the student’s academic and professional life.
You can view a sample from our PREP 2017 schedule here: PREP 2017 Calendar.pdf
Note: This is not a test preparation program and applicants are advised that independent study time is limited
Career Guidance and Personal Development Through individual counseling, guest lectures and personal development workshops, which include topics such as; Study Skills and Time Management, Financial Planning, Application Procedures & Strategies, Interviewing Skills, Networking, complementary medicine, and Issues of Modern Medicine; participants are able to more realistically prepare themselves to successfully reach their goals. The most critical of these are the “Life Management” series and the ongoing values clarification sessions called “A Winner…You”, which provide a safe venue for participants to explore their inner calling and motivation.
Clinical Preceptorships Participants are assigned to observe practicing physicians, dentists and medical researchers performing the typical functions of their profession. The clinical settings range from any of the UCLA affiliated hospitals and clinics to private practice settings, community clinics and health maintenance organizations. This invaluable experience allows PREP students to interact with established practitioners who are addressing the constantly changing problems of modern medicine. Students can project themselves into a variety of roles and can make more realistic self-evaluations of their own motivation and intentions surrounding their career choice. In addition, many mentorship relationships grow from these experiences.
Special Events PREP participants will explore the healthcare delivery system and the unique diversity of L.A on all-da “Vistas of Los Angeles” site tours. Students will also gain the opportunity to personally meet with invited recruiters from health professional schools from around the country.
Fees There is no tuition for participation. Students who must relocate to participate in the program may be eligible for a stipend depending on availability of funds.
PREP 2019 Application process
PREP 2019 FAQ
SAMPLE PREP 2018 Application
PREP 2017 Calendar
Monica Perkins, M.Ed.Interim Director Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Jam Narte, B.S Program Coordinator Diversity, Inclusion, & Outreach David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Schedule an appointment
Please send all inquiries to: UCLAPREP@mednet.ucla.edu
David Geffen School of Medicine Diversity Inclusion, & Outreach 885 Tiverton Avenue Suite 305Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-3575