The Medicina Scholars program is designed to introduce undergraduate Latino scholars to the medical profession. The three-year curriculum gives Latino undergraduate a strong basis to succeed and become competitive applicants for admissions to medical school.
Thirty students are admitted to the program each fall. Each group participates in a series of professional and medical development seminars designed to expand a student’s familiarity with the health field.
The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the history of medicine, professional issues, public health policy, health disparities, cultural competence, primary and specialized care, and medical school admissions. Additionally, Medicina Scholars take part in academic advising, community projects and leadership development.
As part of the Medicina Scholars program, doctors who were once a Medicina Scholar are invited to present on their journey to medical school and provide key advise to our current scholars.
Students who participate in this program have a track record of successful careers in the medical field. They stay focused on their course of study as undergrads and attend some of the top medical colleges in the United States.
Student must be freshman, sophomore or junior standing at an accredited college/university. Applicants will demonstrate a genuine interest and drive in becoming a physician.
Minimum 3.0 GPA (A=4.0) from an accredited college or High School
Minimum 21 ACT Composite or 1060-1090 SAT Composite (incoming freshman only)
Submit all supporting documentation by July 23, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
Supporting documents consist of the following:
- One (1) letter of recommendation: email to [email protected]
- Official transcripts: email to [email protected]
- Personal statement: upload to your online application
Key Dates and Deadlines
April 1, 2021: Application opens online
July 23, 2021: Deadline to submit your online application and supporting documents by 11:59 p.m.
July 26th – August 6, 2021: Invited to interview for a seat in Medicina Scholars
August 13, 2021: Notifications of acceptance emailed
September 11, 2021: Orientation for Medicina Scholars Cohort 2021
October 9, 2021- May 14, 2022: Monthly Medicina Scholars Seminars
The Medicina Scholars Program is open to undergraduate students pursuing a medical degree and study in the Chicago area.
If you have any questions about Medicina Scholars, contact Paulina Guzman at 312-996-4493 or by e-mail at [email protected]
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program on Health Disparities (SURPHD) provides research opportunities to undergraduate Pre-Medicine underrepresented students interested in health disparities.
This 10-week summer research program equips scholars with practical knowledge of research studies and its importance in the healthcare field.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on higher education, SURPHD 2020 was exclusively implemented as an online program.
Program dates June 1- August 6.
Orientation is May 28.
Application Deadline: March 12
Raul Vasquez, MEd
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program (LaHSEP) will be offered virtually via Zoom.
LaHSEP 3 is a six-week summer academic enrichment program for incoming first-year undergraduate students. It is FREE of charge. The program provides participants the opportunity to prepare for college by taking Math, English, Chemistry, and engaging in research. Additionally, LaHSEP allows participants to learn about the student resources at UIC, resulting in a smoother transition to college. This program is for first year undergraduate students who plan to attend UIC or other four year institutions in the fall and who have a career goal in medicine or the health sciences (priority given to UIC admitted students).
In addition to being exposed to college level courses, participants will virtually meet guest speakers in health careers, former LaHSEP participants who are now medical students, and meet other students in the program with similar goals.
Key Dates and Deadlines
February 22, 2021: Application opens online
June 11, 2021: Deadline for receipt of online applications and two (2) letters of recommendation
June 14, 2021: June 17, 2021: Selection and notification of participants
June 18, 2021: Orientation for participants via Zoom (parents are welcome to attend)
June 21, 2021: First day of LaHSEP
July 30, 2021: Last day of LaHSEP
LaHSEP Track 3 will virtually meet Monday through Friday beginning on June 21, 2021 and ending on July 30, 2021.
· Must be an incoming first year undergraduate (Freshman) in the fall 2021
· Have a genuine interest in medicine or the health sciences.
· Must have been accepted and attending a four-year institution in the fall
· Submit intent to enroll form (UIC students only)
· Complete ALL placement exams & place into college level English, Math and Introduction to Chemistry prior to starting LaHSEP
· Submit online LaHSEP application, personal statement, and two signed letters of recommendation
· Letters of recommendation must be on high school’s letterhead · Email letters of recommendation to Paulina Guzman at [email protected]
· All students selected for LaHSEP are expected to participate the entire six-weeks, Monday – Friday.
o Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
o Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
o Fridays from 9 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Participants will receive a $600.00 stipend upon successful completion of program.
How to apply
For full consideration please click on the APPLY NOW button and make an account. Complete the application for LaHSEP before the deadline. Make sure to submit ALL information and required documentation.
LaHSEP for incoming first-year undergraduates, Freshman, admitted to UIC or other four-year institutions for fall 2021
Program Duration: June 21, 2021 – July 30, 2021
Application Deadline: June 11, 2021
- Questions regarding LaHSEP Track 3:
Paulina M. Guzman Program Director Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine Department of Medical Education 808 S. Wood St., 990 CME (MC 591) Chicago, IL 60612-7333
Phone number: (312) 996-4493
Email: [email protected]