Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

A Division of the NAPCA Foundation

Empowering students with the tools and mindsets to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future college and career aspirations.

MPP Academy Goal 2035

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

Overview of MPP Academy

The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is a year-round, early outreach medical school preparation program that provides rigorous academic instruction and social-emotional skills training to help aspiring medical doctors become a competitive medical school applicant, with the mindset, tools, and resources to succeed in medical school and beyond. 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 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.

Our pipeline programs are delivered in a hybrid format (online and on-campus) over a 2-4 year period, depending on student grade level. We offer students a variety of academic and career experiences, and personalized guidance over the course of our year-round pipeline programs to help students break through the barriers that exist on the path to medical school. 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.

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.

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy
Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy
Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

The MPP Academy offers students a variety of academic and career experiences, and personalized guidance over the course of our pipeline programs:

MPP ACADEMY SNAPSHOT

An Early Outreach Medical School Preparation Program

The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is delivered in a hybrid format (online and on-campus) over a 2-4 year period, depending on student grade level.

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy Snapshot

The components shown in the infographic above are offered in all MPP Academy programs except for the following:

MPP Elementary Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic except the 1 week International Study Abroad Trip, Preparation for the MCAT Entrance Exam, and Medical School Admissions and Financial Aid Advising.

MPP Middle School Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic, except the 1 week International Study Abroad trip, Preparation for the MCAT Entrance Exam, and Medical School Admissions and Financial Aid Advising.

MPP High School Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic.

MPP Undergraduate Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic, except College Admissions and Financial Aid Advising.

MPP ACADEMY SNAPSHOT

AN EARLY OUTREACH MEDICAL SCHOOL PREPARATION PROGRAM

The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is delivered in a hybrid format (online and on-campus) over a 2-4 year period, depending on student grade level.

Summer Programming (On-Campus)

MPP Academy students will participate in a 4-5 week on-campus summer intensive program over a 2-4 year period, depending on grade level.

Academic Year Programming (Online)

MPP Academy students will participate in weekly academic and career preparation activities, 2-4 hours per week, during the academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters).

Medical Physician Preparation GOAL 2035

Goal 2035

Our big goal is to increase the diversity among doctors who are underrepresented in the physician workforce from the current rate of 11% to 25% by 2035. We are committed to building a pipeline of future medical students, as early as 4th grade, that is more representative of the U.S. population.

Academic Preparation for Pre-Med Coursework

Knowledge to Become a Competitive Applicant for Medical School

4-5 Week Summer Program at a Top University Campus

MPP Podcast

First Aid, CPR, BLS, AED, and HIPAA Certifications

Visits to Local Hospitals & Clinics

Medical School Tours

Mentorship

Social & Cultural Activities

Preparation for the MCAT Entrance Exam

Career Exploration & Planning

1 Week International Study Abroad Trip

Participate in Weekly Academic & Career Preparation Activities

Personal Strategic Action Planning: “A Roadmap to Your Future Career”

Clinical Simulation Activities

Academic Skills Development & Writing Courses

College & Medical School Admissions and Financial Aid Advising

Social-Emotional Skills & Resiliency Training

Career Coaching for Professional & Personal Development

Service Learning Activities

The components shown in the infographic above are offered in all MPP Academy programs except for the following:

MPP Elementary Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic except the 1 week International Study Abroad Trip, Preparation for the MCAT Entrance Exam, and Medical School Admissions and Financial Aid Advising.

MPP Middle School Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic, except the 1 week International Study Abroad trip, Preparation for the MCAT Entrance Exam, and Medical School Admissions and Financial Aid Advising.

MPP High School Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic.

MPP Undergraduate Program contains all of the elements included in the infographic, except College Admissions and Financial Aid Advising.

15 Core Competencies for Medical School

Successful medical school applicants are able to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and capabilities in these 15 defined competency areas. The 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students have been endorsed by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Committee on Admissions (COA) are listed here.

Over the past few years, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have been reviewing the framework needed for premedical training and for the lifelong training needed for medical school and practice. They issued a report, “Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians,” outlining the scientific and quantitative competencies that premedical students should master as well as a companion report, “Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians,” indicating that the conceptual framework in these disciplines that premedical and medical students need in order to understand socio-economic and cultural determinants of health and to address health care disparities.

Drawing upon this extensive research by several advisory panels, AAMC’s Group on Student Affairs and Committee on Admissions endorsed 15 core competencies for entering medical schools. The AAMC defines competency as an “observable behavior that combines knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes related to a specific activity.” 

We recommend all students interested in applying to Medical School to do the following:

  • Visit the AAMC website to review the list of competencies.
  • Review AAMC’s Self-Assessment Guide, “Anatomy of an Applicant: Competency Resources and Self-Assessment Guide for Medical School Applicants.   
  • Prepare a portfolio to keep track of and to reflect on your progress and to begin to frame this information in ways that would be useful when applying to medical school.

We urge students to consider these competencies when making decisions about courses, potential experiential learning experiences, community service, health-related service in research and clinical care.

Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

Curriculum Snapshot

Connecting students with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to thrive in undergrad, medical school, and beyond.