Office of Enrichment Programs

Dr. Lisa D. Cain
Medical Enrichment Director
Welcome to the Office of the Medical School Enrichment Program’s web page. The mission of the Office of Medical School Enrichment Programs is the recruitment and the exposure of a diverse population of students to medical school. This includes economically, educationally disadvantaged, as well as underrepresented minority students. The programs provide mentoring and academic enrichment opportunities for students. These opportunities assist students in their retention and graduation from undergraduate school and also assists in their matriculation into and preparation for medical school. High school, undergraduate, and pre-entry medical students are exposed to the medical school environment, receive mentoring from those involved with academic medicine, participate in academic enrichment activities and network with students with similar goals. These activities increases their academic success. This office has established partnerships with a number of Texas colleges and universities to assist with the recruitment of students with an interest in the medical field. Through this website, students interested in medical school may obtain information and applications to the summer programs which are sponsored by this office. This office supports academic excellence, diversity in medical education and promotes the importance of service and leadership for mankind. The programs offered are supported by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP)


Current College Student Application Instructions
Current College Student Application
High School and College Freshmen Application Instructions
High School and College Freshmen Application

MSAP Mission

The Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) is designed to provide a rigorous undergraduate educational experience to ensure that students who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged receive the academic exposure and preparation required to successfully pursue a medical education. Upon acceptance to EMSAP, students will receive conditional acceptance to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) School of Medicine, if they complete all EMSAP requirements and graduate from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Texas Southern University (TSU), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), or The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). EMSAP has a productive record in recruiting talented students to attend medical school at UTMB.

Scoring a 498 (or higher) on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and maintaining a 3.25 OVERALL and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) GPAs at your undergraduate partnership institution

EMSAP Participants will receive a conditional acceptance into UTMB.


High School Application Requirements

  • High school senior who has been accepted to PVAMU, TSU, TAMIU, UTEP, or UTRGV
  • Texas Resident with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Must be economically and educationally disadvantaged**
  • High School GPA of 3.25 and above
  • Minimum SAT score of 1500 (3 part) or ACT score of 21
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • FAFSA Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Essay outlining motivation for a career as a physician
  • Additional evidence of exceptional achievement
**Educationally disadvantaged students are 1st generation college students (parents did not receive a Bachelor’s Degree)

Students With Dual Hours

Although students are permitted to earn dual credit hours, students may not matriculate at the UTMB-SOM until at least three years have elapsed from their initial admission to EMSAP.

Program Components

  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree within 4 years at one of the 6 affiliate schools listed above
  • Academic enrichment courses and seminars to strengthen preparation for medical school
  • Academic advising and mentoring from undergraduate advisors and faculty, staff and administrators at UTMB
  • Exposure to the clinical practice of medicine with UTMB clinicians
  • MCAT preparation course
  • Workshops for medical school admissions, personal statement, and interviewing skills
  • Community Service Opportunities

How to Apply

Applications can be downloaded by visiting:

  • Applications must be postmarked by January 29, 2016.
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation must be postmarked by February 12, 2016.
  • Application packets should be mailed to the EMSAP Advisor at your perspective undergraduate institution.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Lisa Cain
Director, Medical School Enrichment Programs
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1308
(409) 772-1212

Ms. Trea Smith, B.A.
EMSAP Coordinator
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1308
(409) 772-5488

Pre-Matriculation Reinforcement and Enrichment Program (PREP)

The Pre-Matriculation Reinforcement Enrichment Program (PREP) is a program for students that have been offered admission to medical school at UTMB. It is an outstanding pre-entry preparatory program that is offered by invitation to students from educationally, economically, or geographically disadvantaged backgrounds. The intent of this program is to provide a smooth transition from the undergraduate curriculum to the rigorous and demanding expectations of the medical school curriculum.

This six-week program gives a realistic preview of selected courses in the first-year medical school curriculum. These classes are taught by medical school faculty, and the demands of the course, including the pace and the examinations, mirror that of courses during the academic year. PREP provides the opportunity to make the academic, psychological, emotional, and physical adjustment necessary to adapt to the demands of medical school curriculum.