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 advice 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 or sophomore standing at an accredited college/university. Applicants will demonstrate a genuine interest and drive in becoming a physician or have an interest in other health professions.
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 25, 2022 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
March 1, 2022: Application opens online
July 25, 2022: Deadline to submit your online application and supporting documents by 11:59 p.m.
August 1 – August 12, 2022: Invited to interview for a seat in Medicina Scholars
August 15, 2022: Notifications of acceptance emailed
September 10, 2022: Orientation for Medicina Scholars Cohort 2022
October 8, 2022- May 13, 2023: 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 limited funding, we will not offer the program for the summer of 2022.
Please check again in the Spring of 2023.
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). LaHSEP will be held in person.
In addition to being exposed to college-level courses, participants will meet guest speakers in health careers, and former LaHSEP participants who are now medical students, meet other students in the program with similar goals, and go on field trips to explore healthcare careers.
Key Dates and Deadlines
November 1, 2022: Application opens online
June 2, 2023: Deadline for receipt of online applications and two (2) letters of recommendation
June 12, 2023: Selection and notification of participants
June 16, 2023: Orientation for participants in person (parents are welcome to attend)
June 19, 2023: First day of LaHSEP
July 28, 2023: Last day of LaHSEP
LaHSEP Track 3 will meet Monday through Friday beginning on June 19, 2023 and ending on July 28, 2023.
- Must be an incoming first-year undergraduate (Freshman) in Fall 2023
- Have a genuine interest in medicine or the health sciences
- Must have been accepted and attending UIC or a four-year institution in the fall
- Submit intent to enroll form (UIC students only)
- High School Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Submit online LaHSEP application, personal statement, and two signed letters of recommendation
- Letters of recommendation must be on the high school’s letterhead and signed by the recommender
- Email letters of recommendation to Paulina Guzman at [email protected]
- All students selected for LaHSEP are expected to participate for the entire six weeks, Monday – Friday.
- Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program.
How to apply
For full consideration please click on the APPLY NOW button and create 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, freshmen, admitted to UIC or other four-year institutions for fall 2023
Program Duration: June 19, 2023 – July 28, 2023
Application Deadline: June 2, 2023
- 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]