The Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) was established in 1972 by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and is located in Carbondale, Illinois. It provides assistance to educationally and economically disadvantaged students (click to view definition) in preparing for and achieving success in health professions schools. The program operates on a year-round basis, beginning in June of each year.
MEDPREP is a two-year post-baccalaureate program for disadvantaged students. It provides an environment in which students can hone their test-taking skills and enhance their academic record before matriculating in a Medical or Dental School. With the assistance of an academic advisor, students tailor their academic program to maximize their profile. Most students enroll in MCAT/DAT preparation courses during the first academic year and in upper-level science enrichment courses during the second academic year.
The MEDPREP Mission is to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students from southern and central Illinois who will enter and graduate from health professions schools and who will serve in U.S. health professions shortage areas.
Our students come from a variety of geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The highest priority for MEDPREP participation is given to residents of central and southern Illinois.
MEDPREP is open to post-baccalaureate students seeking assistance with pre-professional preparation. College juniors and seniors can also participate. MEDPREP participants are regular university students pursuing a special pre-professional program. About 72 (36 first year and 36 second year) students participate in the program annually. Students who are accepted to MEDPREP have the opportunity to apply to either our Master's in Public Health or Master's in Biological Science. Approval for either of the Master’s must be pre-approved by your assigned MEDREP Advisor.
Each MEDPREP student receives assistance in developing an academic plan tailored to his/her specific needs. Students prepare their plans through consultation with MEDPREP advisors and participation in courses such as Orientation Seminar and Learning Skills. Faculty members are available for individual consultation and tutoring. Small group interaction and group study are encouraged.
MEDPREP provides an opportunity, in a supportive environment, for students to demonstrate their potential for success in health professions schools. The structured academic and personal support systems provided by program personnel facilitate the efforts of highly motivated MEDPREP students as they work to reach their goals. If you are interested in applying to the MEDPREP program, follow these next steps: