University of Michigan-Flint Premedical Studies
early assurance program eligibility
As an endorsement-based program, the criteria for endorsement have been established with great care to ensure that our candidates represent students likely to thrive at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Accordingly, the University of Michigan-Flint stands ready to endorse only the brightest and best of our premedical students.
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, like all medical schools, has rigorous admission standards. Our faculty and coursework will help you meet their particular admission requirements; however, you must develop into not only an ideal medical school candidate, but also into an ideal Early Assurance Program candidate. In order for you to be considered for endorsement by UM-Flint, you should possess all the skills, traits, and training medical schools expect, as well as a commitment to return to the community to practice an underserved area of medicine.
Interested students should be in their junior year, with one final year left prior to graduation. Preference will be given to students who graduated from a low-income high school from a rural or urban area, are eligible/receive a PELL grant, or who are first-generation college students. Since the primary focus of this program is to develop students into doctors who will benefit our regional community by practicing in inadequately served areas of medicine—such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS, or OB/GYN—you must demonstrate to the committee your aspiration to serving humanity through underserved medicine, and the wish to return locally to do so. The best way to accomplish this is by obtaining direct experience with healthcare delivery, through volunteering, shadowing, or employment in medical or clinical settings. In addition to or in complement, your volunteer and service activities should show a clear and sustained commitment to your community.
As is the case with our advice to all candidates to all medical schools, this program also expects for you to have qualitative evidence of leadership in extracurricular and academic activities, including participation in the UM-Flint Premedical Club.
It should be noted that meeting eligibility criteria does not ensure admission to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Instead, it simply gives you an opportunity for the committee to review your application.