Program Details

Dates: June 18 – July 12, 2018 (4 weeks)

Times: Monday – Thursday morning and afternoon sessions with a break for lunch.

Program Price: $3,995 Non-Credit

Financial Assistance: Available based upon need

On-Campus Housing: Available for an additional fee

Location: UVM Larner College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center campus

Program Overview

Are you planning to apply to medical school? The UVM Larner College of Medicine Summer Medical School Prep program can help prepare you for the revised MCAT, build your clinical experience with formal shadowing and medical simulation center activities, and provide you practice and feedback on essential interviewing skills. The program is designed, run, and taught by College of Medicine Teaching Academy faculty highly accomplished in medical education.

Students who successfully complete the program will be provided with a detailed personalized assessment document to support their application when they apply to medical school.

Current UVM Medical students will serve as personal mentors throughout the program.

Supplemental tutoring by current UVM Larner College of Medicine students and faculty will be provided as needed.


“The summer medical school prep course was a great experience. Dr. Tracy went above and beyond to ensure that the four weeks were full of opportunities, such as working with standardized patients and working in the simulation lab. We did a ton of MCAT review and group work, which was super helpful. The learning environment in the classroom was different than most undergraduate courses because there were no grades, so it was 100% okay to guess and be wrong. Overall, I think Dr. Tracy is the reason that the course was so influential, and anyone who has the opportunity to learn from her should definitely take it.”

-Melissa A. 2016

Learning Objectives

Throughout the program students will:

  • Expand clinical experiences by participating in organized shadowing opportunities with physicians in various specialties at UVM Medical Center and the UVM Medical Center Network including in emergency medicine, pathology, radiology, primary care, community medicine, and more.
  • Practice for medical school interviews at one of the most selective medical programs in the country through mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) with feedback to improve interview skills.
  • Perform virtual medical procedures in the University of Vermont’s state-of-the-art medical simulation center.
  • Prepare for the revised MCAT with didactic sessions and practice questions integrating all areas covered on the MCAT including: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; Scientific Inquiry and Reasoning Skills; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
  • Develop critical reasoning skills and achieve higher-order learning through active team-based and flipped classroom experiences taught by faculty who teach UVM medical students in the College of Medicine’s high-tech Larner classroom and other integrated learning environments.
  • Learn to balance the demands of medical school by developing essential time-management skills and individual approaches to wellness.

A course outline preview is available as a PDF document here.

A schedule outline is available here.

A program summary is available here.



What can I expect for a time commitment?

Expect a full-time commitment daily, Monday through Thursday. Classroom sessions will take place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and experiential activities, independent learning, and/or mentorship meetings start at 1:00 pm each day.  There will also be some evening sessions for reflection. In July, there will be no class on the 4th and instead there will be class on Friday, the 6th.

Are there pre-requisites for this program?

Yes. Applicants must have successfully completed at least 60 credit hours including completion of Basic Physics, Organic Chemistry, and either Cell Biology or Biochemistry with a grade of C or better. You will be asked to verify that you have met these pre-requisites at the time of registration.

If you do not meet all of these pre-reqs but meet most of them and have demonstrated your ability to succeed as a pre-med student, you can request instructor permission to participate in this program. To request instructor permission, please email a brief explanation of your qualifications for this program and an unofficial transcript (for non-UVM students) to with the subject line “Summer Medical Instructor Permission Request”.

Can I take this program if I have already completed my baccalaureate degree?

Yes, as long as you have successfully met the pre-requisites. We anticipate a balanced mix of undergraduate and post-graduate pre medical students to enroll in this program.

Is housing available for this program?

Yes, but it is not included in the program fee. Students can choose to purchase housing during the registration process and have the option of staying in the cost efficient, newest, green residence halls on campus – University Heights. Single room with linens costs $82 per night and double room with linens costs $59 per night.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, financial assistance is available based on financial need. Please email the Senior Program Developer, Matt Sayre ( with a Statement of Need (no more than 1 page in length).

Do I have to pay in full at the time of registration?

No. A $500 deposit is required to hold your seat in this program. All payments must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of the event, which is June 4, 2018. An attendee will not be allowed to attend this offering if a balance is due.

What is the refund policy?

If you need to cancel your attendance from this offering, you must notify us via email at LEARN@UVM.EDU at least 15 business days prior to the start date of this offering, May 28, 2018, in order to receive a refund.  Should we receive notice of your cancellation in time; a full refund will be granted for your registration, less a $25 cancellation fee.

What will I receive for completing this program?

Students who successfully complete the program will be provided with a detailed, personalized assessment document to support their application when they apply to medical school. In addition, students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Is this program a good fit for me?  Yes, if:

  • You are a current college student interested in strengthening your qualifications to become a stronger applicant to medical and health-professional schools.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree and strong academic record, but require further development of critical reasoning skills and higher-order learning focused on health and medicine through active team-based, flipped classroom, and hands-on learning experiences, that will help strengthen your application and readiness for admission to medical school.
  • You want to learn much more than the basics covered in the common MCAT prep courses.

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