Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM)

The University of South Alabama Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM) program was first developed in 1986 as the Biomedical Enrichment and Recruitment (BEAR) program. The major goal of the program was to introduce, expose, and encourage disadvantaged and underrepresented students to consider careers in medicine. In 2008, the program became the DREAM program with a primary shift in focus from first-year medical school introduction to intense preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Twelve students per year are selected from around the state of Alabama and its contiguous states to participate in an eight-week summer program over two consecutive summers with the ultimate opportunity to earn a seat in our first year medical school class. Applications are scrupulously reviewed with the applicant’s demonstrated career interest, efforts, commitment, and qualifications considered. Qualified Alabama residents are given priority for acceptance. Within the program, students gain knowledge through daily instruction and review of the basic sciences and topics that make up the MCAT. Team-Based Learning and Clinical Case seminar activities, weekly examinations, reading comprehension, and critical thinking are utilized in homework and classroom assignments.


Program Terms

The Summer DREAM program is a mandatory eight-week program that begins the first Monday in June and runs through July. Students are recruited into Phase I of the program each year and earn their promotion into Phase II for the following summer. Participants are taught by rising second-year medical students under the supervision of a medical faculty course director. Students are expected to:

  • Attend a full day orientation on the first Monday of the program
  • Attend daily mandatory didactic classes on time and fully prepared
  • Attend weekly clinical skills seminars
  • Complete all program requirements beginning and ending on the prescribed program dates



The program is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Proof of economic and/or education disadvantage, underrepresented ethnic minority, first in family to attend college, first-time college sophomore in pre-medical curriculum
  • Acquired ACT score of 20 or above and Grade Point Average of 3.4 or above
  • Has completed at least eight (8) hours in each class of Biology w/labs, Chemistry w/labs, Math through Pre-Calculus with Physics, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry as added preference for optimal consideration


Application Procedure

Completed applications must be received no later than March 1 of the participation year. Late or incomplete applications are not considered. To apply:

  • Submit a fully completed Application Packet [PDF document].
  • Submit a copy of your most up-to-date official college transcript
  • Submit two letters of reference from science faculty
  • Where possible, submit all application contents together. Letters of recommendation on university stationery should be signed by the writer across sealed closure flap of the envelope


Support and Benefits

The cost of the program is covered by the College of Medicine. Students receive a stipend twice per month based on academic performance.


Contact Information

Remit application materials to:

Office of Student Affairs and Education Enrichment
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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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