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The Pre-matriculation Program (PMP) is a multi-track academic enrichment program sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). PMP offers highly motivated post-baccalaureate students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to enroll at no cost in a non-degree curriculum track. These tracks give students the ability to experience medical school level coursework while preparing to take or re-take the MCAT and grants additional, competitive academic development and experience to students seeking to improve their competitiveness as a medical or health professions degree applicant. PMP students benefit from focused faculty, staff and alumni mentors who provide academic support, skills development and a small cohort with whom they can experience professional school life and other enrichment experiences to which they might not otherwise have access.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is committed to increasing the diversity of the university’s enrollments and thereby helping to create a well-trained, diverse health professions workforce committed to working with underserved and disadvantaged populations to reduce health disparities.
In keeping with its goal of increasing the diversity of medical school enrollments, PMP encourages applications from students who come from groups that are underrepresented in medicine. For instance, some applicants may come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or from racial and ethnic groups that historically have been underrepresented in medicine, or may attend schools with largely socioeconomically disadvantaged or underrepresented student bodies. Other applicants may come from geographic areas whose residents historically have been underrepresented in medicine or lacked access to medical services.
Economically disadvantaged: A student who comes from a “low income family” with an annual income below the thresholds published in the Federal Register by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. For the most updated document search the Federal Register for the document with the title: "Low Income Levels'' Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs".
Educationally disadvantaged: A student who comes from a community college or a less competitive four-year institution as defined by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.
Standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) at student’s school are markedly below other institutions, or student performance on standardized tests (ACT/SAT) is below national averages AND student has an overall grade point average below 3.0 or a science grade point average below 2.90.
A student who attended secondary school in a financially-designated poor district or has parents or other adults in the household who did not graduate from high school.
A student who lacked the opportunity to gain academic enrichment from other sources.
Socially disadvantaged: A student who comes from an environment that has inhibited (but not prevented) him or her from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities required to enroll in and successfully complete an undergraduate course of study that could lead to a career in the health sciences. This includes, but is not limited to: first generation college students, students limited by their community setting (rural, inner city or reservation), and students with a certified learning and/or physical disability.
Demonstrated commitment to improving the health of the underserved and disadvantaged populations: Students who are motivated by personal life experiences with underserved communities and/or experiences with disadvantaged health issues to pursue training in healthcare/medicine. Significant volunteer or other work for a clinic or agency serving the underserved or disadvantaged populations (local, national or international).
Students meeting any of these criteria are encouraged apply.
Rosalind Franklin University and the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP) have partnered for decades to provide pipelines for disadvantaged students in the Chicago area seeking entry into the health professions. Recommendations are made by CAHMCP based upon the long and close relationship that exists between CAHMCP staff and students.
For questions about our PMP program, including information about how to apply, please contact pmp.admissions@