Skip to main content

Rowan-Virtua SOM Summer PREP

Each summer the Rowan-Virtua SOM Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (PREP) accepts exceptional rising seniors and juniors from colleges and universities across New Jersey for an educational 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 Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).

  • A graphic that includes items a doctor or nurse might use, including a stethoscope, computer, heart rate images.


    • Professional Training and Mentorship: PREP scholars are paired with either a Rowan-Virtua SOM Clinical Physician or Researcher throughout the 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 alumni, and peers. PREP scholars make formal presentations of their research findings and/or clinical experiences at the close of the program.


    • 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, how to plan academically and financially for medical school, as well as an introduction to the interview and admissions processes.


    • Experiential Learning: Though the 2023 program is virtual, PREP scholars still have the opportunity to learn about the SOM campus environment, faculty, students and staff, and to various healthcare and research areas through seminars, enrichment activities, trips, webinars and demonstrations.



  • Virtual program dates: June 5, 2023 - July 7, 2023
  • Application deadline: May 10, 2023

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 Sophomore or Junior year. In the summer would be considered either a rising Junior or Senior. 
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • The program is run from 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!
Paula Watkins
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Apply Today