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Medical School Mentorship & Enrichment Summer Program

Are you considering applying to medical school? The UVM Larner College of Medicine Mentorship & Enrichment Summer Program can provide practice and feedback on essential interviewing skills, and important knowledge and tools for taking the recently revised MCAT exam. The Program will also provide you with essential elements of a first-year medical school experience, including learning patient interviewing and clinical skills through work in our exceptional Standardized Patient Program and medical Simulation Center; and building the critical reasoning, team-working and active-learning skills required for success in any medical school curriculum. In addition, you will build clinical experience with formal shadowing of medical center physicians on hospital rounds and in their clinics. In addition, our surgeons provide valuable operating room instruction.

The program is designed, run, and taught by College of Medicine Teaching Academy faculty highly accomplished in medical education. 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.

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.
  • With a deep dive into Biochemistry, 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.

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, with a deep dive into Biochemistry.

Tentative Program Schedule


“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 Participant