Application 2017 Now Available

Recommendation Form

June 5, 2017 through July 14, 2017

Application deadline: February 3, 2017

RowanSOM Summer PREP annually accepts 12 exceptional Juniors and Seniors from colleges and universities across New Jersey for a six-week residential internship program designed for students who are often underrepresented in health professions. This program comprehensively introduces 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).


"This amazing program gave me valuable insight on the humanistic side of medicine while also helping me develop important skills such as cultural competency and professionalism."





"This program gives students the opportunity to understand their role in medicine and the value of the journey they take to shape themselves to become the physicians. It gives their students a platform to express their own perspective of culture and the way medicine has become impacted by the diversity of different cultures that make up their own communities. The program is a great way to enrich yourself with knowledge from students that have already gone on the journey you seek to travel on and reinforce your own motivation to become a physician."


Objectives and Components

RowanSOM Pre-Medical Research and Education Program is a great way for motivated college sophomores and juniors to gain a variety of experiences that will support their medical school preparation. RowanSOM developed the Summer Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (PREP) as a health careers training opportunity to increase the number of under-represented students entering the medical profession, especially the field of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Mentorship: Program participants are paired with a RowanSOM faculty member to engage in research or to observe clinical evaluations for a period of six weeks during the summer. Participants will make formal presentations of their research findings and/or clinical experiences at the close of the program.
  • Preparation: Participants will receive skills development and instruction to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), how to plan academically and financially for medical school, and the interview and admissions processes.
  • Experience: Participants will be exposed to the SOM campus environment, faculty, students and staff, and to various healthcare and research areas via seminars, enrichment activities and demonstrations.

Selected students will receive housing, meal allowance and transporation; a $1,100 stipend; free MCAT tutoring, practice books and supplies; and certificate of completion at the end 0f the program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Summer PREP, applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduates who:

• Reside in New Jersey and are currently enrolled at a NJ College/ University
• Are recipients of the NJCHE-EOF grant
• Are currently in their Junior or Senior year
• Are US citizens or permanent residents
• Have earned a GPA of at least 2.75

Additional Information

  • Program is located at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
  • All amenities are provided, including housing and transportation.
  • Academic credit is not provided
  • Students are expected to provide their own health insurance.
  • All vaccinations and PPD shots are required to be sent prior to arrival to program


If you have any questions, please contact:

Elizabeth Cronin
Mailing address:
Summer PREP, RowanSOM
Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Center - Suite 210,
One Medical Center Drive, Stratford, NJ 08084.

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Recruiting Schedule

NJIT- September 7, 2016

Union County College- October 25, 2016

Brookdale Community College - October 28, 2016

Rowan Camden- November 15, 2016


How to Apply

1) Complete the application form.
2) Write a narrative introducing yourself, explaining why you want to participate in the program and why we should choose you as a participant. Limit your answer to 250 words.
3) An official copy of your latest college transcript, showing recent Fall 2017 grades.
4) Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a college/university science or math professor with whom you have taken a course, and the second from any professor (please use attached forms).
5) A letter from your EOF advisor verifying your participation in the program

6) A printed schedule of coursework to be completed in Spring 2017.

Enrollment is limited. Interested students should submit all materials via email or mail by Friday, February 3, 2017.


































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