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Every path is different

Pre-Health Opportunities

Find your pathway to medical school

The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs offers various opportunities for prospective students to interact with our faculty, staff, and students: 

  • We offer a Pre-Health Guidance Center to help students find their path to medical school
  • We offer summer pre-health pathway programs and a yearlong Post-baccalaureate program hosted here on our UCLA campus.
  • We visit our local community and state colleges to talk about medical school admissions.
  • We participate in numerous graduate and professional pre-medical conferences nationally
The 2019 UCLA PREP and RAP Students

DGSOM Pre-Health Guidance Center

There are so many things to prepare to apply to Medical School, it can be hard to know where to start. Wherever you are in your pre-health journey, our Guidance Resource Center is designed to help you to:

  • Find support and resources to support your pre-health interests
  • Understand the requirements needed for Medical School (and what you can start doing now)
  • Create a plan for applying to medical school

Visit the DGSOM Pre-Health Guidance Center

Pre-Health Pathway Program Opportunities

The Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs offers three programs held annually to prepare promising premedical students that experienced social, economic, or educational disadvantages for professional training and careers in medicine. Funding for these programs is provided by the University of California Academic Preparation & Educational Partnership, David Geffen School of Medicine.

Freshmen and sophomore college students

UCLA/DREW Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

A six-week summer enrichment program for students who are interested in learning more about the health professions and how to apply to medical, nursing, and/or dental school. 

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Junior and senior college students

UCLA Premedical Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP)

A four-week summer program for students interested in strengthening their readiness to study medicine and apply to medical school. 
 

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Post-baccalaureate students

UCLA Re-Application Program (UCLA RAP)


An eleven-month post-baccalaureate program designed to assist students who were previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to a U.S. medical school.

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Pre-Health Virtual Office Hours and Guidance Appointments

Have questions? Connect with our staff to learn about DGSOM medical tracks, pre-health summer programs, and postbacc programs.

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Campus Health and Safety Precautions

Summer 2023 Programs

In addition to UC’s vaccination requirement, the campus has implemented a number of health and safety protocols designed to keep the Bruin community safe this fall. For a full list of these protocols, see our UCLA COVID protocols page.

All Students participating in SHPEP, PREP, and RAP are expected to comply with the UC health and safety protocols to participate in our programs.

Please see current precautions, requirements, and information for students.

See student requirements

Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs 

Note: The Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs is during the UCLA Winter Closure from December 23, 2022 to January 2, 2023.

Location: Geffen Hall, Suite 305
Main Number: (310) 825-3575
Email: outreach@mednet.ucla.edu