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.

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM SNAPSHOT

The Program Curriculum Contains 9 Key Components:

  • Pre-Med Foundations: Preparing for Medical School
  • Career Exploration & Planning: Navigating the Career Decision Making Process
  • Career Development
  • 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
  • International Experience: Cultural & Global Awareness Programming
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. Additionally, students will gain the knowledge and hands-on experience to navigate the complex medical school admissions and financial aid process with greater confidence, reduced stress and anxiety.

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
  • Workplace Readiness: Fundamental Skills and Workplace Competencies
  • 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 400:

Medical Ethics

MPP 401:

Introduction to Careers in the Field of Medicine

MPP 402:

Introduction to the First Year of Medical School

MPP 403:

Becoming A Competitive Applicant for Medical School

MPP 404:

Demystifying Your Options to Cover the Cost of Medical School

MPP 405:

Navigating the Medical School Admissions Process

MPP 406:

Introduction to the MCAT Exam

MPP 407:

First Aid & CPR Training & Certification

MPP 408:

HIPAA Compliance Training & Certification

MPP 409:

AED & BLS Training & Certification

MPP 410:

Site Visits to Local Hospitals & Clinics

MPP 411:

Medical School Tours

MPP 412:

Service Learning Community Projects

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MPP 413:

Understand the Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

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Academic Preparation

MPP 418:

Introduction to Immunology, Microbiology & Pathology

MPP 419:

Nutrition in Health

MPP 420:

General Biology

MPP 421:

Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

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 414:

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology I (Systems of the Human Body)

MPP 415:

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology II (Structure & Function of the Human Body)

MPP 416:

Introduction to The Molecular and Cellular Biology & Biochemistry

MPP 417:

Introduction to Human Genetics

MPP 422:

Algebra I & II

MPP 423:

Pre-Calculus

MPP 424:

Statistics

MPP 425:

Research Seminar and Methods

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 426:

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

MPP 427:

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

MPP 428:

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

MPP 429:

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

MPP 430:

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 431:

Career Simulations

MPP 432:

Writing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter

MPP 433:

Effective Interviewing Skills

MPP 434:

Connecting Students to Meaningful Work-Based Learning Opportunities

MPP 435:

Workplace Readiness: Fundamental Skills and Workplace Competencies

MPP 436:

Job Search Skills and Strategies

MPP 437:

Finding & Applying for Internships Aligned with Your Career Goal

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

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
  • AAMC’s Thinking and Reasoning Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
  • AAMC’s Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

MPP 438:

Overcoming Procrastination

MPP 439:

Time Management and Goal Setting

MPP 440:

Memory and Concentration

MPP 441:

Note Taking

MPP 442:

Textbook Reading Skills for Success

MPP 443:

Exam Preparation and Relieving Test Anxiety

MPP 444:

Pre-College Writing

MPP 445:

Study Techniques

MPP 446:

Taking Advantage of On-Campus Academic Support

MPP 447:

Intro to Public Speaking

MPP 448:

Balancing Academics with Extracurricular Activities

MPP 449:

Organizational Skills for Student Success

MPP 450:

Basic Research Skills for Student Success

MPP 451:

Power Reading Strategies: Comprehension & Speed

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 452:

Demystifying the System of Higher Education in America

MPP 453:

Understanding the College Application Process

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MPP 454:

Selecting Your College Major

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MPP 455:

Selecting Your "Best-Fit" College

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MPP 456:

Becoming A Competitive Applicant for Highly Selective Colleges

MPP 457:

Participation in Extracurricular Activities: In-School and Out-of-School

MPP 458:

Student Athletes & 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. 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 459:

Applying for Federal & State Financial Aid

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MPP 460:

College Affordability Action Planning

MPP 461:

Reapplying for Financial Aid Annually

MPP 462:

Demystifying Student Loans

MPP 463:

Understanding Work Study

MPP 464:

Repaying Your Student Loan

MPP 465:

Effective Strategies to Find and Win Scholarships

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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 470:

Breaking through the Fear of the Unknown

MPP 471:

Managing Stress and Anxiety

MPP 472:

Embrace Your Failure, Learn From Your Mistakes & Move Forward

MPP 473:

Building & Sustaining Healthy Relationships

MPP 466:

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

MPP 467:

Eating Healthy and Staying Fit

MPP 468:

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

MPP 469:

Transitioning From High School to College

MPP 474:

Replace Negative Self-Talk with Positive Self-Talk

MPP 475:

Manage Your Emotions, Negative Thoughts, and Feelings

MPP 476:

Ask For Help When You Need It

MPP 477:

Making Effective Decisions

MPP 478:

Tips for College Survival

MPP 479:

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 will meet new friends from around the world, establish a sense of community, and are provided with the opportunity for 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 480:

Exploring Student Support Support Services & Resources on Campus

MPP 481:

Visiting Your Intended Academic Major Department

MPP 482:

Living on Campus

MPP 483:

Visiting Academic Advisement

MPP 484:

Visit University Course Lecture

MPP 485:

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

MPP 486:

College Student Panel

MPP 487:

Intro to College Greek Life: Fraternities & Sororities

9. International Experience: Cultural & Global Awareness Programming

Students will learn about the social, economical, and environmental factors that affect the health of patients and populations in a healthcare system outside of the USA.

Aligns with NAPCA’s College and Career Readiness Standards:

  • Career Exploration and Planning: Career Decision-Making Processes
  • Nurturing Student’s College and Career Aspirations
  • Connecting Students to Meaningful Work-Based Learning Opportunities
  • 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 488:

Study Abroad Summer Intensive

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

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.

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

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

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