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.

UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM SNAPSHOT

The Program Curriculum Contains 7 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
  • Medical School Affordability Planning: Paying for Medical School
  • Social and Emotional Skills for College & Career Readiness
  • 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 500:

Understanding the HealthCare System in America

MPP 501:

Medical Ethics

MPP 502:

Introduction to First Year Medical School Curriculum

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MPP 503:

Introduction to Careers in the Field of Medicine

MPP 504:

Becoming A Competitive Applicant for Medical School

MPP 505:

Navigating the Medical School Admissions Process

MPP 506:

MCAT Test Prep

MPP 507:

First Aid & CPR Training & Certification

MPP 508:

HIPAA Compliance Training & Certification

MPP 509:

AED & BLS Training & Certification

MPP 510:

Site Visits to Local Hospitals & Clinics

MPP 511:

Medical School Tours

MPP 512:

Service Learning Community Projects

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MPP 513:

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 514:

Anatomy & Physiology I & II (Systems, Structure, & Function of the Human Body)

MPP 515:

General Biology

MPP 516:

Cell & Molecular Biology

MPP 517:

Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

MPP 518:

Pre-Calculus

MPP 519:

Calculus

MPP 520:

Statistics

MPP 521:

Communication Skills I & II

MPP 522:

Research Seminar and Methods

MPP 523:

Introduction to Microbiology

MPP 524:

Introduction to Psychology

MPP 525:

Introduction to Biochemistry

MPP 526:

Introduction to Human Genetics

MPP 527:

Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology

MPP 528:

Introduction to Immunology, Microbiology & Pathology

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 529:

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

MPP 530:

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

MPP 531:

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

MPP 532:

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

MPP 533:

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 534:

Career Simulations

MPP 535:

Writing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter

MPP 536:

Effective Interviewing Skills

MPP 537:

Connecting Students to Meaningful Work-Based Learning Opportunities

MPP 538:

Workplace Readiness: Fundamental Skills and Workplace Competencies

MPP 539:

Job Search Skills and Strategies

MPP 540:

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
  • 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 541:

Overcoming Procrastination

MPP 542:

Time Management and Goal Setting

MPP 543:

Memory and Concentration

MPP 544:

Note Taking

MPP 545:

Textbook Reading Skills for Success

MPP 546:

Exam Preparation and Relieving Test Anxiety

MPP 547:

College Writing I

MPP 548:

College Writing II

MPP 549:

Study Techniques

MPP 550:

Taking Advantage of On-Campus Academic Support

MPP 551:

Public Speaking

MPP 552:

Balancing Academics with Extracurricular Activities

MPP 553:

Organizational Skills for Student Success

MPP 554:

Research Skills for Student Success

MPP 555:

Power Reading Strategies: Comprehension & Speed

5. 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 556:

Breaking through the Fear of Failure, Success & the Unknown

MPP 557:

Managing Stress and Anxiety

MPP 558:

Embrace Your Failure, Learn From Your Mistakes & Move Forward

MPP 559:

Building & Sustaining Healthy Relationships

MPP 560:

Replace Negative Self-Talk with Positive Self-Talk

MPP 561:

Manage Your Emotions, Negative Thoughts, and Feelings

MPP 562:

Ask For Help When You Need It

MPP 563:

Making Effective Decisions

MPP 564:

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

MPP 565:

Eating Healthy and Staying Fit

MPP 566:

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

MPP 567:

Special SEL Topics Seminar

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6. Medical School Affordability Planning: Paying for Medical School

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 15 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 568:

Understand Your Options to Pay for Medical School

7. 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 15 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 569:

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. For more info, visit

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

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

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