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 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 that will assist in their matriculation into medical school and their retention and graduation from medical school. High school, undergraduate, and medical students are presented with an array of opportunities to increase 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 many summer programs which are sponsored by this office. There are also research opportunities. 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, the National Institutes of Health, the TG Public Benefit Grant Program, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP)

EMSAP Forms
HIGH SCHOOL Senior Application Instructions
HIGH SCHOOL Senior Application
COLLEGE Student Application Instructions
COLLEGE Student 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 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 at Brownsville (UTB), Texas Southern University (TSU), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), or The University of Texas Pan American (UTPA). EMSAP has a productive record in recruiting talented students to attend medical school at UTMB.

High School Application Requirements

  • High school senior who has been accepted to PVAMU, UTB, TSU, TAMIU, UTEP, or UTPA
  • 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

Students who have dual credit enrollment hours can apply to EMSAP; however, they will not be allowed to matriculate at UTMB until four years have elapsed from the date of 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 must be postmarked by January 30, 2015.
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation must be postmarked by February 13, 2015.
  • 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
Email: ldcain@utmb.edu

Ms. Trea Smith, B.A.
EMSAP Coordinator
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1308
(409) 772-5488
Email: tresmith@utmb.edu

Medical School Matriculation Program (MSMP)

Mission

Application
MSMP 2015 Application
The Medical School Matriculation Program is designed to increase the pipeline of competitive minority students who can be recruited to medical school. This competitive and intensive six-week preparatory program has two levels:
  • Level 1 is designed to give academic enrichment, motivation, and clinical exposure to rising junior pre-medical students with an intense comprehensive MCAT preparation review course;
  • Level 2 provides rising senior pre-medical students assistance with the medical school application process, including preparation of the personal statement, mock interviews, and information about admissions policies and procedures.
MSMP participants are introduced to the medical school environment, provided with mentoring and given the opportunity to interact with UTMB administrators, faculty and medical students. Students are also exposed to community service and healthcare. Students will spend 6 weeks at UTMB.

Program Components

  • Academic enrichment courses and seminars to strengthen medical school preparation.
  • Academic advising and mentoring from undergraduate advisors and from 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.
  • Exposure to community service and healthcare.

Program Dates

May 19, 2015 – June 22, 2015

Application Requirements

  • Texas resident, U.S. permanent resident or American citizenship
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 and Science GPA of 3.25
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement outlining motivation for a career as a physician
  • Additional evidence of exceptional achievement
  • Junior and Senior college classification for the Fall Semester of 2015
  • Underrepresented students in the medical sciences who are also educationally* & economically disadvantaged**
    *Students are 1st generation college students (whose parents did not receive a Bachelor’s Degree)
  • **Estimated family contribution up to $8000 (FAFSA) and Pell Grant Eligibility

Application Deadline

Applications, copy of FAFSA indicating family contribution, transcripts and recommendation letters must all be received by March 16, 2015.

Medical Careers Health Track Overview (MCHT)

The Medical Careers Health Track (MCHT) Program is designed to expose talented freshman high school students, who are in the Ball High School Prep TSTEM Academy, to a career in medicine. MCHT will provide four seminars that will consist of academic workshops, clinical applications, lectures, and career presentations by UTMB faculty and students. The seminars are designed to introduce students to the medical profession, provide academic enrichment and present a realistic picture of the preparation necessary for entrance into college and medical school. The students will be mentored by UTMB faculty and students, tracked, and will be encouraged to apply to one of UTMB’s pre-medical preparatory programs.

Program Components

  • Academic enhancement activities consisting of problem based learning workshops centered on clinical topics. The students will also receive lectures regarding clinical issues based on basic science principles.
  • Presentations by UTMB faculty. This will provide information regarding a career in medicine.
  • An introduction to the clinical techniques. Students will learn how to perform techniques such as listening to heart sounds and taking blood pressure.
  • Presentations on college preparation, survival techniques, and application submission.
  • Mentoring by UTMB faculty and students.

Selection Criteria

  • Texas Resident with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Economically disadvantaged and underrepresented freshman students
  • A member of the Ball High School Prep TSTEM Academy in good academic standing
  • Completion of application and personal statement outlining an interest in the health profession careers.

Application

Applications will be available in Dr. Marsha Ricks office, Principal, Ball High School Prep TSTEM Academy.

National Heart, Lung and Blood institute (NHLBI) Research Diversity Program at UTMB

Program Description

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) supports basic and clinical research directed to the causes, prevention, and treatment for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematological diseases. Summer research training opportunities in these areas are available at UTMB for talented, under-represented minority undergraduate and medical students. Each student will work closely with a NIH funded UTMB faculty member on an exciting research project directed to area of interest of the NHLBI. In order to bolster the already short supply of minority biomedical researchers, we believe that by providing this opportunity, underrepresented students may become interested in pursuing a career in medical biomedical research. All trainees will participate in scientific seminars, workshops, or clinical conferences that will be held throughout the summer. At the conclusion of the program, each student will present their research at a scientific symposium held on campus.

Application Requirements

Undergraduate Students:
  • A legal residence within the United States or citizenship
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed Application Form (see link below)
  • College Transcripts
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • Applications available online. To request an application by mail or email, send a request to Driana Urbina, Business Coordinator at durbina@utmb.edu.

UTMB Medical Students:
  • *Completed Application Form (see link below)
  • Medical Transcript
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement

  • Applications available online.
    To request an application by email, send a request to Driana Urbina, Business Coordinator at durbina@utmb.edu
    *The form can also be obtained from Ms. Urbina in the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions Suite 1.206 Ashbel Smith Building.

Program Dates

Undergraduate Students: 10 Weeks, June 2 – August 8, 2014
Medical Students: 8 Weeks, May 5 – June 27, 2014

Stipend

Undergraduate Students – A stipend (up to 10 weeks) will be provided to cover living expenses such as housing, room, and board. Travel allowance will also be provided.
Medical Students – A stipend will be provided to cover living expenses such as housing, room, and board.

Application Deadline

Medical Students - All application materials must be received by March 1, 2014.
Undergraduate Students - All application materials must be received by February 1, 2014.

Applications must be mailed to the address listed below:

Special Programs – NHLBI
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
1.206 Ashbel Smith Bldg.
Galveston, TX 77555-1308

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Cain, Ph.D., Director
Medical School Enrichment Programs
(409) 772-1212
Idcain@utmb.edu

Driana Urbina
Business Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
(409) 772-6063
durbina@utmb.edu

This program is supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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.

Aerospace Medicine Track

The Aerospace Medicine Track Curriculum is unique to UTMB Health and was implemented in 2007. The purpose of the curriculum track is to introduce medical students to aerospace medicine and to space medicine research. Students join the track in their first year of medical school and continue throughout their fourth year.

Students join the aerospace medicine track because they have an interest in:
  • Becoming Astronauts
  • Establishing a career as a flight surgeon
  • Certifying military pilots
  • Certifying individuals interested in commercial space flight travel
  • Participating in space medicine research
  • Increasing their knowledge of the effects of space medicine on the human body

Students must contribute at least five electives (5 months) of their medical education to aerospace medicine. The track will consists of a combination of seminars, research opportunities, and an intensive aerospace medicine course. Students also benefit from UTMB Health’s close relationship with the Johnson Space Center and from interactions with Directors of the Aerospace Residency program at UTMB Health. Upon graduation students receive a certificate indicating that they are “Scholars in Aerospace Medicine”.