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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL 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
  • 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 300:

Understanding the HealthCare System in America

MPP 301:

Introduction to Careers in the Field of Medicine

MPP 302:

Introduction to the First Year of Medical School

MPP 303:

Becoming A Competitive Applicant for Medical School

MPP 304:

Understanding Your Options to Pay for Medical School

MPP 305:

First Aid & CPR Training & Certification

MPP 306:

Site Visits to Local Hospitals & Clinics

MPP 307:

Medical School Tours

MPP 308:

Service Learning Community Projects

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MPP 309:

Understand the Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students

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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 310:

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

MPP 311:

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

MPP 312:

General Biology

MPP 313:

Pre-Algebra

MPP 314:

Algebra I

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 315:

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

MPP 316:

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

MPP 317:

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

MPP 318:

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

MPP 319:

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 320:

Career Simulations

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 321:

Overcoming Procrastination

MPP 322:

Time Management and Goal Setting

MPP 323:

Memory and Concentration

MPP 324:

Note Taking

MPP 325:

Textbook Reading Skills for Success

MPP 326:

Exam Preparation and Relieving Test Anxiety

MPP 327:

Academic Writing

MPP 328:

Study Techniques

MPP 329:

Taking Advantage of On-Campus Academic Support

MPP 330:

Intro to Public Speaking

MPP 331:

Balancing Academics with Extracurricular Activities

MPP 332:

Organizational Skills for Student Success

MPP 333:

Basic Research Skills for Student Success

MPP 334:

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 335:

Understanding the College Application Process

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MPP 336:

Becoming A Competitive Applicant for Highly Selective Colleges

MPP 337:

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

MPP 338:

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, 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 339:

Understanding Your Options to Pay for College

MPP 340:

College Affordability Action Plan

MPP 341:

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 342:

Managing Stress and Anxiety

MPP 343:

Embrace Your Failure, Learn From Your Mistakes & Move Forward

MPP 344:

Building & Sustaining Healthy Relationships

MPP 345:

Replace Negative Self-Talk with Positive Self-Talk

MPP 346:

Eating Healthy and Staying Fit

MPP 347:

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

MPP 348:

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 349:

Living on Campus

MPP 350:

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

MPP 351:

College Student Panel

MPP 352:

Intro to College Greek Life: Fraternities & Sororities

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. For more info, visit

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

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

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