Pre-Health Opportunities

Pre-Health academic preparation

Find your pathway to medical school and other health science schools.

The 2019 UCLA PREP and RAP Students

The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) Office of Pre-Health Opportunities offers various opportunities for prospective students to interact with our Faculty, students, and staff.

  • We participate in numerous graduate and professional pre-medical conferences nationally
  • Additionally, we visit our local community and state colleges to talk about medical school admissions.
  • We offer opportunities for pre-health students to participate in our summer pre-health pipeline programs and a yearlong Post-baccalaureate program hosted here on our UCLA campus. 



What are Pre-Health Opportunities?

Sometimes called 'Pipeline Programs', Pre-Health opportunities at DGSOM consist of two pre-medical and one post-baccalaureate program. The programs are held annually to prepare promising but disadvantaged students for professional training and careers in medicine. 

Medical faculty, science professors, advisors, admissions officers, and current medical students work with participants in small group settings.

In addition to didactic work, participants are assigned to observe practicing physicians and researchers performing the typical functions of their professions. Special focus is directed towards the provision of care in health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas/populations in California.

Funding for these programs is provided by the University of California Academic Preparation & Educational Partnership, David Geffen School of Medicine.



Which Summer Pre-Health Program is right for you?

Freshmen and sophomore college students

UCLA/DREW Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

This is a six-week summer enrichment program targeting educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students while also accepting a number of 4-year college students. 

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Junior and senior college students

UCLA Premedical Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) 

A four-week summer program for promising premedical students that experienced social, economic, or educational disadvantages interested in strengthening their readiness to study medicine.

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Post-baccalaureate students

UCLA Re-Application Program (UCLA RAP) 

This is an eleven-month post-baccalaureate program designed to assist promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds who were previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to a U.S. medical school.

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Have questions? Chat with staff every Thursday from 1:00pm - 2:00pm to learn about DGSOM medical tracks, Pre-Health summer programs, and Postbacc programs.

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Summer 2022 Programs

Campus health and safety precautions

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