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The Pre-Matric Program

The Pre-Matriculation Program is a three-week educational program especially designed to facilitate the academic, social, and environmental adjustment of incoming SOM students. It addresses the needs of students who may benefit from an intensive introduction to the medical curriculum.

After completing the Pre-Matriculation Program, students should be able to:

  1. Describe their respective medical school curricula (e.g., anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and OMM) through course-based instruction and practice.
  2. Evaluate their motivation for learning, willingness to use academic resources, and the effectiveness of current study practices through the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) and other formative assessments to identify strengths and areas of improvement.
  3. Demonstrate various study and metacognitive skills to become independent learners and navigate the academic rigors and necessary personal and environmental adjustments in successfully completing their first year of medical school at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  4. Foster relationships with SOM faculty, staff, and their peers through large and small group interactions.
  5. Identify the areas where they may need continual academic support in their first year.

Program Information

Tracks: There are two curricular tracks - SGL and PBL. Only students who have been accepted into the PBL program for the school year will participate in PBL for pre-matric.

Location: SGL Sessions will take place on the Stratford campus. PBL sessions will be split between the Stratford and Sewell Campus.

Schedule: Classes take place Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The schedule includes lectures, small group sessions, OMM lab, "How to be successful in medical school" workshops, independent and group studying sessions, tutoring and assessments.

Content: Students will receive content from their courses from the Fall semester.

Assessments: SGL students will take two quizzes and a cumulative exam. PBL students will have one exam at the end of program.

Grading: A passing score for the program is an 80. Your performance in the program does not impact your admission into the school.

Supplies: You don’t have to purchase any books for the program. You will have to use your personal laptop.

Attendance: You must participate in the entire program. Individual absences must be reported in advance to the program coordinator.

Cost: The program is offered to incoming SOM students free of charge. However, housing/travel expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.

Registration: To participate in the program, you must complete the registration. It is not an application. Contact Dr. Corley ( for the registration link. Registration closes at the end of April.