The Medical School Preparatory Enhancement Program (MSPEP) is a collaborative program between University of California Davis School of Medicine’s Office of Student and Resident Diversity (OSRD) and California State University, Sacramento aimed to increase opportunities for socio-economically and educationally disadvantage students to pursue careers in medicine.

Program Overview

Part I: During the spring semester, students will participate in a 1 credit seminar course led by distinguished UC Davis SOM faculty, staff, and current medical students.

Part II: During the summer, students will enroll in an intensive MCAT preparatory course Participants are provided a $1,500 stipend for their involvement in the program.

*All students must participate in Part I and II. We discourage program participants from taking summer school classes or working during MCAT prep course.


Must be a junior, senior, or recent graduate of California State University Sacramento or the University of California, Davis.
Minimum BCPM GPA of 3.2

Application Process

Eligible students who wish to be considered should submit an online application HERE. After completing the online application, all supplemental materials must be emailed to hs-OSRD@ucdavis.edu by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 22, 2019, using the subject header: MSPEP Application for {applicant last name, the applicant first name}

Essay Questions

  1. Why should you be selected to participate in the Medical School Preparatory Enhancement Program?
  2. Describe a difficult situation you have had to overcome in your life or during your college academic experience. How do you feel this has prepared you for a career in medicine?
  3. Please describe activities that you have done that demonstrated your commitment to providing services to individuals from economically and medically disadvantaged communities. If have not completed these experiences, what do you hope to do in the future?

Supporting Materials

  1. Letter of recommendation (letter writers are required to send the recommendation electronically to the following address: hs-OSRD@ucdavis.edu with the subject header: MSPEP Recommendation Letter for {applicant last name, applicant first name})
  2. Copy of ALL college transcripts (can be unofficial)
  3. Copy of financial aid award letter (can be unofficial)
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Completed GPA Calculator (access the AMCAS GPA calculator HERE)

Completed applications will be reviewed and if selected, applicants will be contacted directly for an interview.  For questions, please email hs-OSRD@ucdavis.edu.

Prep Médico is a wonderful opportunity that is directed by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Prep Médico provides community college students or first or second year college students mentorship, internship opportunities, various trainings and scholarships.

The Office of Student and Resident Diversity also encourages interested future medical students to attend the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference which provides the information and skills necessary to succeed in the health-professions school admission process.

For further information about these programs and to make reservations, contact

Undergraduate and Community College Outreach Programs
Office of Student and Resident Diversity
UC Davis School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 4101
Sacramento, CA 95817

Email: hs-osrd@ucdavis.edu