University of South Alabama

Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM)

 

Introduction

The DREAM program offers assistance to students who really have a DREAM of becoming a physician and are willing to work very hard to realize that DREAM. The program is an intense and rigorous summer preparatory curriculum for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The program emphasizes Science Review, Speed Reading and Comprehension, Critical Analysis and Thinking, and complementary enrichment activities of shadowing, presentation, and mock interviews.

Conditional admission to the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine awaits a student who successfully completes the two consecutive summer phases of DREAM and all of the required undergraduate pre medical curriculum for USA. The student must also achieve the requisite MCAT score for successfully completing DREAM, graduate from their respective undergraduate institution without a drop in the initial Grade Point Average upon entering the program, and make application through the American Medical College Admission Service (AMCAS).

 

The Program

The objective of the eight-week Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM) program is to provide a specially designed, comprehensive and consecutive two summer (Phase I and Phase II) sequential learning experience for students who are determined to be economically and educationally disadvantaged to the extent of having to defer their DREAM for lack of accessibility, and therefore under-represented in the health care professions. Participants enter the program in the summers following the completion of their sophomore and junior years in college. The program is designed and administered at a time when the students' ability can be assessed to determine their potential for becoming physicians. Early assessment provides an opportunity for students to discover any weaknesses they might have and to improve their performance to a level that makes them competitive for admission and success in medical school.

The premise behind the DREAM program is that certain quantitative performance and personal attributes manifest at the college sophomore level and can be correlated with success potential for medical school. Therefore, students can be identified early and offered preparation assistance to improve their chances for success. Participants in this program must demonstrate their ability and potential for medical school by achieving certain levels of performance within the program and before the completion of their college pre-medical requirements.

The official curriculum for the program is divided into two phases extended over two consecutive summers. The Phase I curriculum includes Diagnostic Testing, an intense Review of the Sciences which comprise the Medical College Admission Test, Speed Reading Comprehension with Critical Analysis, Oral Presentations of Health Disparities, and MCAT Practice Testing.

Students who successfully complete Phase I will be invited back to participate in Phase II the following summer where they can qualify for conditional admission to the first year medical school class, provided no infractions occur on their college records. The Phase II curriculum will consist of weighty Test-Taking Skills Development to achieve the skills needed for competitive test performance; Medical Case Analysis, Critical Analysis Application, Medical Seminars, Reflective Writing, and Mock Interviews.

Classes will be taught by medical school faculty, medical students, and university faculty. Seminars will be presented by physicians, clinicians, and possibly researchers. Medical student assistants will provide science review, tutoring, support and classroom facilitation during the eight-week program.

 

Eligibility

To be considered for participation in the DREAM program, applicants must provide evidence of economic and education disadvantage. Only first-time college sophomores who have completed only two years of college in a premedical curriculum should apply. The applicant must have completed a minimum of eight (8) hours each of Biology with labs, Chemistry with labs, and Math up to or including Calculus. Physics and Organic Chemistry are preferred and are considered optimal preparation for preference when considered for DREAM.

 

Application Procedure

DREAM seekers must submit a completed copy of the D.R.E.A.M. Application Form, a copy of their most recent family Income Tax Return, two (2) letters of recommendation from premedical advisors or science professors, and an official transcript from the undergraduate institutions they have attended.

The firm application deadline is March 1. All materials must be in our office by this date. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. It is preferable that all application contents arrive together. Letters and transcripts should be signed across the sealed envelope closure flap.

Remit application materials to:

Dr. Hattie M. Myles, Ph.D.
University of South Alabama
Medical Education and Student Affairs
Office of Education Enrichment
5851 USA Drive North, MSB 1005
Mobile, Alabama 36688

For information or questions contact:

Kimberlee Rish
Phone: (251) 460-7313
Fax: (251) 460-6761
Email: krish@southalabama.edu

 

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