We assist capable and dedicated students from disadvantaged backgrounds in preparing, re-applying, and gaining admission to medical school. RAP is a focused eleven-month academic enrichment program designed to prepare students to gain admission to medical school in the United States.
Application opens: January 5, 2023
Program dates: September 11, 2023 - August 1, 2024
Round 1 Application Period:
- March 1, 2023, at 11:59pm PST - Round 1 Application Deadline
- March 15, 2023 - Decision Notifications
Round 2 Application Period:
- July 6, 2023, at 11:59pm PST - Round 2 Application Deadline
- August 2, 2023 - Decision Notifications
About UCLA RAP
The program begins with an initial three-month segment of focused prerequisite science review and MCAT preparation. Distinguished guest lecturers or KAPLAN/Princeton Review will provide seminars and workshops on topics including academic skills, biology, chemistry, and physics. Scholars will also advance their preparations through classroom instruction in self-development, time management, financial planning, medical school re-application, and interviewing skills provided by experienced faculty and staff. Current medical students and former RAP participants provide supportive mentoring and advising for RAP scholars.
MCAT Test Prep
Learning and Test Taking Strategies
2 Science Courses
Apply to the Fee Assistance Program (FAP)
Take the MCAT in January
3-4 Science Courses
Draft Personal and Disadvantage
Concurrently, the second segment of RAP provides an academic component focused on science curriculum through UCLA Extension and an application preparation component. In the academic component, participants, in close consultation with program advisors, will select courses based upon identified individual needs. In the application preparation component, scholars will prepare for medical school re-application through individual preparation and strategy sessions with an experienced advisor. Participants will further their application preparation by practicing interviewing skills through mock interviews conducted and videotaped for participant evaluation and feedback. Segment 2 extends the academic year and scholars will meet regularly with program advisors and mentors. Occasionally, the RAP program makes recommendations that will require more than 11 months to strengthen the participant’s application to medical school. In such cases, the participant’s progress will continue to be monitored after the 11-month program to ensure re-application preparation completion
3-4 Science Courses
Participation in Clinical, Research, or Community based activity
Continue editing Personal and Disadvantage Statements
Draft Experience narratives
Finalize Primary applications
Pre-write secondary responses
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Re-Application Program is made possible by funding from the University of California Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. There is no tuition or enrollment fee for participation, however, students are expected to provide for their own living expenses during the program, in addition to any tuition and/or fees for courses during the academic-year session. Tuition and fees must be paid by the student directly to the institution in which they enroll. Participants may be eligible for a stipend depending on the availability of funds
If required to take additional courses for academic enhancement, students will be taking classes through UCLA Extension. Tuition and fees for these courses will be paid directly through UCLA Extension. You can find more information here: UCLA Extension - Student Services
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to a U.S medical school
- Legal resident of California or provide documentation of approved eligibility for the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of California
- Committed to practice in an underserved community
- Come from an educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background
- Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S college or university
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate BCPM GPA of 2.7
- No more than 140 total undergraduate BCPM credits taken
- No more than one C- or below in a prerequisite course
- MCAT scores from 2012-2014 or later must have a minimum combined score of 20
- MCAT scores from 2015 must have a minimum combined score of 490
- Official transcripts for every undergraduate institution attended
- Personal statement
- Verified AMCAS application(s) from all previous applications submitted
- Three letters of recommendation
- Letters should be from individuals who know the applicant well and have spent a significant time with them, e.g. PI or mentor. If your pre-health advisory office provides a committee letter, this letter will fulfill one letter requirement.
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Re-Application Program is a participant with the consortium of the University of California medical schools' postbaccalaureate programs online application service. To apply for the UCLA RAP Program and all UC postbaccalaureate programs, you must go to the website linked below to complete and send your application through the centralized application portal managed by UC Davis. The finalists will be granted an interview and notified of their acceptance.
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