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Rowan-Virtua SOM Summer PREP

Each summer the Rowan-Virtua SOM Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (PREP) accepts exceptional rising sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across New Jersey for an educational internship program. This program provides underrepresented students interested in the medical profession with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and support for their medical school preparation. PREP introduces students to the exciting world of osteopathic medicine through biomedical research, clinical shadowing, MCAT instruction, medical school admissions processes, and skill-building seminars. The program is fully funded via the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), so there are no costs to participants.

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    • Professional Training and Mentorship: PREP provides students with a unique opportunity to shadow and engage in research or clinical evaluations with Rowan-Virtua SOM clinical physicians and researchers. Throughout the program, scholars are encouraged to network and build a rapport with campus deans, current medical students, PREP alum and peers. At the close of the program, PREP scholars will have the chance to showcase their research findings and/or clinical experiences through formal presentations.


    • Academic Preparation: PREP scholars 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. Scholars are exposed to academic success skills such as learning strategies, test taking strategies, academic and financial planning strategies for medical school, as well as an introduction to the interview and admissions processes.


    • Experiential Learning: PREP scholars have the opportunity to learn about the SOM campus community, its faculty, students and staff, and various healthcare and research areas through seminars, enrichment activities, trips, webinars, and demonstrations.



  • Program dates: June 17, 2024 - July 12, 2024
  • Application deadline: May 24, 2024

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 EOF grant at their current college/university
  • Are currently in their Freshman or Sophomore year. In the summer, the student would be considered either a rising Sophomore or Junior. 
  • 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:
  • A $1,250 stipend 
  • Free MCAT preparation courses, practice books and supplies
  • Opportunity to visit Stratford and Sewell campuses to participate in an on-site laboratory experience
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the program
Important items to note:
  • Most activities are held at the Rowan-Virtua SOM 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

Additional Info

If you have any questions about the program or our application process please reach out!
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