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RowanSOM Summer PREP

Each year the RowanSOM Summer Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (PREP) accepts exceptional rising seniors and juniors from colleges and universities across New Jersey for a six-week residential internship program. This program is an opportunity for students who are often underrepresented in the medical profession to gain experiences to support their medical school preparation. We introduce students to Osteopathic Medicine through exposure to biomedical research, clinical shadowing, MCAT instruction, medical school admissions processes, and skill-building seminars. The program is funded via the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education's Educational Opportunity Fund (NJCHE-EOF).

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    • Professional Training and Mentorship: PREP students are paired with either a RowanSOM Clinical Physician or Researcher throughout the 6 week program to shadow and engage in research or clinical evaluations. They are given the opportunity and encouraged to network and build a rapport with Deans, Current Medical Students, PREP alum, and peers. Participants make formal presentations of their research findings and/or clinical experiences at the close of the program.
    • Academic Preparation: Participants recieve instruction and tutoring to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). They are provided academic course work in Anatomy, Physiology, Problem Based Learning and Health & Wellness. Students are exposed to academic success skills such as learning strategies, test taking strategies, how to plan academically and financially for medical school, as well as an introduction to the interview and admissions processes.
    • Experiential Learning: Students are exposed to the SOM campus environment, faculty, students and staff, and to various healthcare and research areas through seminars, enrichment activities, trips and demonstrations.


Due to COVID 19, this program has now transitioned to a virtual four-week program for the summer of 2020. 
New Summer 2020 dates: June 1, 2020 - June 26, 2020
Applications for Summer 2021 will become available at the end of September 2020. 

PREP: Six week residential program: 

  • Program dates: June 1, 2020 - July 10, 2020
  • Move in day/Orientation: May 31, 2020
  • Application deadline: March 8, 2020
  • Application for summer 2020 now available! 

Eligible applicants for Summer PREP must be currently enrolled undergraduates who:
  • Reside in New Jersey and are currently enrolled at a New Jersey College/University.
  • Are recipients of the NJCHE-EOF grants.
  • Are currently in their Sophomore or Junior year.
  • Will not have completed their BA/BS degree by June of the year of application. 
  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 2.75.



In addition to regular daily programming, participating students receive:
  • Housing and meals
  • Transportation to and from campus
  • Stipend 
  • Free MCAT preparation courses, practice books and supplies
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the program
Important Items to Note:
  • Program is located at the RowanSOM campus in Stratford, NJ.
  • Academic credit is not provided.
  • Students are expected to provide their own health insurance.
  • Documentation of all vaccinations and PPD shots is required prior to arrival to program. 


 You can now apply online: RowanSOM Summer PREP Application
If you have any questions about the program or our application process please reach out!
Chantal Vergara M.A., N.C.C.
RowanSOM PREP Program


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