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Committed to preparing the next generation of medical doctors and scientists for the physician and healthcare workforce.
The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is a year-round, early outreach medical school preparation program. We partner with medical schools, student organizations, and other stakeholders to build a pipeline of future medical students, as early as the 4th grade, from diverse backgrounds to the physician workforce. The MPP Academy is open to high achieving elementary (4th & 5th grade students), secondary (6th-12th grade students), and undergraduate students from all backgrounds who might not have considered a career as a medical physician or have already committed to pursuing a career in medicine.
Our early outeach programs are delivered in a hybrid format (online and on-campus) over a 2-4 year period, depending on student grade level. Every summer, MPP students participate in a 1 or 2 week summer intensive at a top university. Additionally, students are engaged in weekly virtual online classes for up to 2 hours per week during the academic year (Mid/Late September – Mid June). The MPP Academy works to increase the number of high achieving students who are academically and mentally prepared with the social-emotional skills to: 1) complete medical school and 2) become licensed to practice medicine in a medical specialty that provides a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.
We provide rigorous academic instruction to help aspiring medical doctors become a competitive medical school applicant, with the mindset, tools, and resources to succeed in pre-med undergraduate coursework, medical school and beyond. In addition, students explore a myriad of careers in the field of medicine and develop a comprehensive education and career plan (roadmap). Additionally, students receive social, emotional, and resiliency skills training to help them break through any barrier that they may face on their path to success.
1 University Location Outside of the U.S.A
There are several potential barriers on the path to medical school. The MPP Academy addresses these issues as early as fourth grade to ensure that students are prepared for pre-med college coursework. In addition, our curriculum proactively addresses the most common barriers to diverse representation in the medical field, including:
The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is truly transformational because of our research based curriculum and focus on sustainable impact. Every summer, MPP students participate in a 4-5 week summer intensive at a top university. Additionally, students are engaged in weekly virtual online classes for 2-4 hours per week during the academic year. Students live in the dorms on a university campus, spend up to 12 hours a day learning and experiencing collegiate life. Participants will take rigorous classes in mathematics, science, academic writing, to name a few.
The MPP Academy contributes to a culture of health and promoting diversity in health care. We do this by working to increase the racial and ethnic composition of the medical physician work- force through our programs.
In addition, the MPP academy creates diverse applicant pools and increases the number of students underrepresented in medicine who are prepared to enter and graduate from medical school. Our work strengthens not only the workforce but also the medical care for generations of Americans and our global community. Moreover, the academy offers the medical community an opportunity to engage diverse talent while supporting their career development.
The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that by 2032, the U.S. will see a physician shortage of nearly 122,000 doctors because a large cohort of physicians over age 65 are retiring (AAMC Physician Shortages, 2020).
These shortages will be felt most acutely in underserved communities across the nation (AAMC Physician Shortages). To properly address the racial disparities in our healthcare system, it’s crucial that we build a more diverse pipeline of medical students.
The MPP Academy implements a four-phase evidence-based approach to empower students with the tools and resources to navigate the career exploration and planning process.
Early career exploration and planning with personalized guidance will support the dreams of high-achieving students as early as the 4th grade through undergraduate studies and beyond, increasing the number of qualified candidates entering medical school.
MPP students are provided with the knowledge, resources and tools to thrive academically coupled with the social-emotional attributes to complete medical school, residency and physician licensing requirements, and to lead a fulfilling and meaningful career in the field of medicine.
The MPP Academy represents an unparalleled opportunity for students from elementary school through high school to explore careers in the field of medicine, to develop a comprehensive education and career plan (roadmap), and to develop skills of emotional literacy and resilience to help students break through any barrier that they may face on their path to success.
Additionally, the academy empowers students with the knowledge and understanding of the process of applying to college and to medical school, the prerequisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to attend medical school, collegial and professional networks, and ultimately, helps students fulfill their life’s purpose or goal of becoming a licensed medical physician.
Live and Study at a top university campus for 1 or 2 weeks during the summer.
Build a robust community of peers and support that will last a lifetime.
Navigate the four-year college and medical school admissions and financial aid process, including preparation for the MCAT entrance exam, with greater confidence and reduce stress and anxiety.
Provide participants with substantive academic preparation and social-emotional skills development training to breakthrough academic and non-academic barriers to strengthen their preparation for undergraduate study and medical school.
Earn First Aid, CPR, AED, & BLS Certification from Americal Red Cross.
Connect with professionals from different specialties in the medical field to learn about the wide variety of medical specialties and career opportunities in medical.
Build the knowledge to become a competitive applicant to gain admission into top universities and medical schools.
Experience the first year of Medical School. Learn what it’s like to be a student at a top Medical School in the U.S.
Build a strong scientific and mathematical foundation to thrive in pre-med coursework, medical school, and for future medical practice.
Participate in a variety of academic and career preparation activities each month during the academic year.
Medical School tours and visits to local hospitals and clinics to observe the activities to physicians and residents.
Learn effective learning strategies/ study skills and strengthen non-cognitive skills, behaviors and attitudes for success in college and career.
Connect with a career coach and receive personalized one-on-one sessions to support your professional and personal development into the medical field.
Explore the career as a medical physician in-depth and develop a personal strategic action plan (your roadmap) to clearly outline a path to achieve your future career.
I participated in NAPCA as a high school student in 2012 at the University of Southern California. I’m currently a 1st-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). I think the most powerful thing I gained from the program was the confidence to pursue a career in medicine. I cannot thank the program enough for that!
Additionally, I loved it so much that I wanted to get involved as a staff member. In the summer of 2015-16, I coordinated all student activities outside of the classroom on the campus of Harvard University. I am so grateful for this experience as it helped to build my leadership skills.
If your current circumstances don’t match your dreams, meaning you don’t have the grades, finances, knowledge, experience, etc. to pursue it, don’t let that discourage you. You need help on your journey. There are several people who have had obstacles similar to yours and have accomplished exactly what you want to do. You have to find these people and come up with a game plan. Programs like NAPCA’s Medical Physician Preparation Program can provide the support and guidance that you need.
We are grateful for the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations who support our work.