Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

A Division of the NAPCA Foundation

We are committed to building a diverse pipeline of future medical doctors, as early as 4th grade, that is more representative of the U.S. population.

ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM SNAPSHOT

The Program Curriculum Contains 8 Key Components:

  • Pre-Med Foundations: Preparing for Medical School
  • Career Development
  • Career Exploration & Planning: Navigating the Career Decision Making Process
  • Academic Skills Development & Writing for College and Career Success
  • Navigating the College Admissions Process
  • College Affordability Planning: Paying for College
  • Social and Emotional Skills for College & Career Readiness
  • Experience College Life
Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

1. Pre-Med Foundations: Preparing for Medical School

MPP Academy students will be prepared to become a competitive medical school applicant, with the mindset, tools, and resources to thrive in medical school and beyond.

Aligns with NAPCA’s 15 College and Career Readiness Standards as well as AAMC’s 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.

  • Career Exploration and Planning: Career Decision-Making Processes
  • Connecting Students to Meaningful Work-Based Learning Opportunities
  • Building a Strong Academic Foundation for College Success
  • AAMC’s Science Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
  • AAMC’s Thinking and Reasoning Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
  • AAMC’s Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

MPP 200:

Understanding the HealthCare System in America

MPP 201:

Introduction to Careers in the Field of Medicine

MPP 202:

First Aid & CPR Training & Certification

MPP 203:

Site Visits to Local Hospitals & Clinics

MPP 204:

Medical School Tours

MPP 205:

Service Learning Community Projects

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Academic Preparation

The curriculum focuses on providing students with the academic preparation necessary to ensure they are prepared to succeed in college-level pre-med coursework and in all aspects of university learning.

MPP 206:

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology for Kids

MPP 207:

General Biology for Kids

MPP 208:

Foundations in Elementary Mathematics

MPP 209:

Pre-Algebra

MPP 210:

Introduction to Algebra 1 (for accelerated students)

2. Career Exploration & Planning: Navigating the Career Decision Making Process

This component of the curriculum provides a comprehensive textbook (written exclusively for MPP Academy participants) to empower students with the tools and resources to explore the career as a medical physician in-depth.  Students also develop a personal strategic action plan, which is a roadmap that will help students to clearly outline a path to achieve their future career goal of becoming a medical physician.

Aligns with NAPCA’s College and Career Readiness Standards:

  • Career Exploration and Planning: Career Decision-Making Processes
  • Nurturing Student’s College and Career Aspirations
  • Workplace Readiness: Fundamental Skills and Workplace Competencies
  • Phases I through IV of Career Exploration and Planning Guidebooks (Future Medical Physician and General Career Exploration)

MPP 211:

Phase I: Self-Discovery through Introspection & Outrospection: Conducting a 360-Degree Review of Your Core Values & Interests

MPP 212:

Phase II: Choosing and Exploring Your Career of Interest: Conducting a Career Field Analysis

MPP 213:

Phase III: Conducting an In-Depth Analysis of Your Career Specialty

MPP 214:

Phase IV: Building Your Personal Strategic Action Plan (PSAP): Education and Career Plan

MPP 215:

PSAP - Capstone Project

3. Career Development

Students participate in clinical simulation, project based learning activities, and gain valuable, hands-on experience. Our simulation activities range from the basics of interacting with patients, checking vitals, providing wound care, making incisions, administering injections, to suturing.

Aligns with NAPCA’s College and Career Readiness Standards:

  • Nurturing Student’s College and Career Aspirations
  • Connecting Students to Meaningful Work-Based Learning Opportunities
  • Workplace Readiness: Fundamental Skills and Workplace Competencies

MPP 216:

Career Simulations

4. Academic Skills Development & Writing for College and Career Readiness

This component of the curriculum focuses on providing students with the academic preparation necessary to ensure they are prepared to succeed in college-level pre-med coursework and in all aspects of university learning.  Students will develop a more strategic approach to reading, college-level writing, note-taking, and researching topics for an academic paper in a quicker, more effective, way. Some of the seminar topics include overcoming procrastination, time management, memory and concentration, note-taking, textbook reading, and exam preparation. Please note that these seminars are not intended as remedial skills instruction.

Aligns with NAPCA’s 15 College and Career Readiness Standards as well as AAMC’s 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.

  • Academic Skills Development
  • Building a Strong Academic Foundation for College Success
  • Participation in College and Career Readiness Academic Achievement Programs, Events, and Activities
  • AAMC’s Thinking and Reasoning Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
  • AAMC’s Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

MPP 217:

Overcoming Procrastination

MPP 218:

Time Management and Goal Setting

MPP 219:

Memory and Concentration

MPP 220:

Note Taking

MPP 221:

Textbook Reading Skills for Success

MPP 222:

Exam Preparation and Relieving Test Anxiety

MPP 223:

Academic Writing

MPP 224:

Intro to Public Speaking

MPP 225:

Organizational Skills for Student Success

MPP 226:

Basic Research Skills for Student Success

5. Navigating the College Admissions Process

Students are provided with the tools, resources, and hands-on experience to navigate the college admissions process. Students will develop the knowledge to become a competitive college applicant and to be a desirable candidate at “top schools”.

Aligns with NAPCA’s College and Career Readiness Standards:

  • Building a Strong College and Career Readiness Culture in the Home
  • Nurturing Student’s College and Career Aspirations
  • School Selection: Enrollment in Schools with a Strong College and Career Readiness Culture
  • Participation in Extracurricular Activities: In-School and Out-of-School

MPP 227:

Intro to Becoming a Competitive Applicant for Highly Selective Colleges

MPP 228:

Intro to the College Admissions Process

6. College Affordability Planning: Paying for College

This component of the curriculum encompasses the college financial aid process, and additional options available to finance an undergraduate education, including, securing financial resources such as grants. This is meant to simplify the complex college financial aid process and reduce the stress and anxiety of paying for college.

Aligns with NAPCA’s College and Career Readiness Standards:

  • College Affordability Planning
  • Navigating the Financial Aid Process

MPP 229:

Intro to Understanding Your Options to Pay for College

7. Social and Emotional Skills for College & Career Readiness

The Social-Emotional Seminars are intended to help students “break through their barriers and complete a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives”.  The Wellness workshops are meant to help students to thrive, to maintain and even improve health, to take ownership of one’s health to prevent illness and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Aligns with NAPCA’s 15 College and Career Readiness Standards as well as AAMC’s 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.

  • Social and Emotional Learning: Skills and Competencies for College and Career Readiness
  • AAMC’s Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

MPP 230:

Managing Stress and Anxiety

MPP 231:

Embrace Your Failure, Learn From Your Mistakes & Move Forward

MPP 232:

Building & Sustaining Healthy Relationships

MPP 233:

Replace Negative Self-Talk with Positive Self-Talk

MPP 234:

Managing Your Emotions, Negative Thoughts, and Feelings

MPP 235:

Ask For Help When You Need It

MPP 236:

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

MPP 237:

Special SEL Topics Seminar

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8. Experience College Life

Students will experience college life while they live and learn on a college campus. Students establish a sense of community, and academic and personal growth in a safe and secure college environment.

Aligns with NAPCA’s College and Career Readiness Standards:

  • Transitioning from High School to College

MPP 238:

College Tours: Visiting Top Colleges in the U.S.

MPP 239:

College Student Panel

MPP Academy offers UC/CSU A-G Approved Courses

The MPP Academy works in partnership with the University of California Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (UC SAPEP) program and UC SCOUT to offer UC/CSU a-g approved courses to MPP Academy students.

MPP Academy students earn academic course credit through UC SCOUT to satisfy the UC/CSU A-G subject requirements that fulfills college admission requirements at institutions such as the University of California, California State University admission, and o requirements!

Courses are taught by teachers with a California teaching credential from the California Commission for Teaching Credentialing (CCTC).

About UC Scout

UC Scout is a University of California Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) program that develops and delivers A-G approved online classes and curriculum to students around the globe. UC Scout is hosted at UC Santa Cruz. For more info, visit

https://www.ucscout.org/about/

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