Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Scholars Program

ABOUT
The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Scholars Program is a partnership between New Jersey Medical School, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Manhattan Staten Island Area Health Education Center.

The program uniquely builds on the collective expertise of four outstanding institutions to expand health career preparation for minority and disadvantaged students from junior high school through medical school with the goal of increasing competitiveness for and in medical school. Ultimately, we expect our scholars will have the humanism, professionalism, and interpersonal skills required of a future physician caring for a diverse population.

For additional information: 

Funded by the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Grant no. D18HP10627 from the U.S. Departmant of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.
 
PROGRAM DATES FOR 2015:

Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

MedPrep Level 1: June 15, 2015 – July 31, 2015

MedPrep Level 3: June 19, 2015 – July 31, 2015

 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

MedPrep Levels 2 & 3: June 16, 2014 – July 31, 2014

 

New Jersey Medical School 

MedPrep Level 1: June 2, 2014 – July 18, 2014

MedPrep Levels 2 & 3: June 2, 2014 – July 11, 2014

 

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

MEDPREP APPLICATION
Scholars selected for this highly competitive program will be expected to complete MedPrep 1, 2, and 3. Upon completion of the 3 phases, a composite letter of recommendation will be sent to your undergraduate institution. All programs run a full day. If you are taking credit courses, working, or have demands that would require you to miss class, we suggest that you not submit an application. In addition, please note that students must also provide proof of health insurance once admitted to the program.

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MEDPREP 1
The MedPrep Program builds on the academic, experiential, and communication skills requisite to becoming a competitive applicant to medical school.

During the first summer, the scholar will be immersed in an intensive academic program consisting of the development of verbal reasoning skills, biological and physical sciences, study strategies, and communication skills.

MedPrep 1 encompasses:

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Accelerated Learning Skills Course
  • Seminars on various topics in medicine and healthcare
  • Medical School Admissions counseling session

Content includes:  

  • Biological & Physical Sciences - Topics covered in subjects such as Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy
  • Accelerated Learning Skills Course - Time allocated: 1) to evaluate a student's study habits, reading ability, thought processes, learning techniques, time management skills, exam preparation, and writing techniques; 2) to train a student in how to modify and improve in areas where deficiencies are detected; and 3) to verbal reasoning enhancing the student's skill in navigating this section of the MCAT
  • Seminars cover specialties in medicine (i.e. Pediatrics, Surgery, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, etc.) as well as medical research, the medical school application process, and public health issues.
  • Counseling Sessions -Students will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the Admissions team for tips to make themselves into more competitive applicants.

MEDPREP 2
During phase 2, scholars have an opportunity to experience the clinical setting and complete an intensive MCAT prep course designed to maximize their performance. For students that complete Phase 1 at Columbia, Phase 2 will take place at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

MedPrep 2 encompasses:

  • MCAT Prep Course
  • Clinical Experience
  • Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)  

Content includes:

  • MCAT Prep Course: The MCAT prep course provides students with the tools necessary to master the skills being tested on the MCAT examination. The course begins with a four-hour diagnostic test. A report will be generated based on the results of this sample MCAT examination and will allow students to identify areas of strengths and, more importantly, areas of improvement. Students will also be evaluated midway and at the end of the program. Results of the individual evaluation will be used to build upon the individual education plan in an effort to identify areas of academic and non-academic improvement. Each student will receive home study books to also allow him/her to review and practice at their convenience.
  • Clinical Component: Students will present orally and provide a written report, based on a specific clinical experience, the following: a medical condition or procedure, its history, epidemiology, current treatment or use of a procedure, and cost-benefit/risks.

MEDPREP 3
During phase 3, scholars will gain an understanding of how research impacts medical care.

MedPrep 3 encompasses:

  • Research Component
  • Getting Ready for Medical School

Content includes:

  • Research Component: Students will be provided with research opportunities on health-related issues affecting underserved communities and be able to discuss in a written report and oral presentation a detailed description with illustrated examples the following: 1) the scientific method as it applies to the original investigation; 2) methods of data gathering, recording, analysis, and interpretation; 3) use of the Internet for literature retrieval; 4) communication of the results; and 5) specific techniques used to conduct the research. Through a series of seminars, students will learn the responsible conduct of research, fundamentals of research design, including clinical trials, and considerations in the use of human subjects and animals in research, including the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students will also be exposed to various medical specialties and, ultimately, gain a broader understanding of the numerous healthcare issues plaguing underserved communities.
  • Getting Ready for Medical School: Students will have counseling sessions with Admissions staff, practice mock admissions interviews, and have continued seminars on applying to medical school and professional skills. 

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Students must be United States Citizens or a permanent resident. Student Visas are not accepted. Permanent residents are required to demonstrate proof of status by providing a copy of both sides of their Green Card.
  2. Students must write two (2) short essays.
  3. Students must provide two (2) letters of recommendation, sealed and signed, from a science and/or math professor, mailed to the office. Address is below.
  4. Students must provide a current official transcript which includes most recent grades. This transcript must be uploaded with the application.
  5. Please submit your application ONLY when complete with uploaded personal statement, transcript, and resume. Doing otherwise can delay processing and review of your application.
Click here to access the application.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the NERA MedPrep Program at Columbia University, an applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • be a resident of the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, or Westchester county (this is a non-residential program and keep in mind that classes will start as early as 8 a.m.);
  • be a college freshman OR sophomore;
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5, or equivalent academic credentials.

It is also recommended that students complete, at the least, one (1) semester of Chemistry before beginning the program.

SELECTION PROCESS
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014

Notification: Sudents are admitted on a rolling basis. Students must also provide proof of health insurance once admitted to the program.

Contact information for each site and where to send letters of recommendation:

Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
630 W 168th Street,
Suite 3-401
Attn: MedPrep
New York, NY 10032
UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
Office of Special Programs
185 South Orange Avenue
Medical Science Building – B 624
Newark, NJ 07101
973-972-3762

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HCOP STAFF
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.
HCOP Co-Principal Investigator and Columbia Site Principal Investigator

Damaris Javier, M.A.
Director

Samantha McLaughlin
Program Coordinator

Samuel Quiah
HCOP Evaluation Specialist

Contact Columbia's site at: nera-ps@columbia.edu.

New Jersey Medical School
Maria Soto-Greene, M.D.
HCOP Co-Principal Investigator and NJMS site Principal Investigator
Phone: (973) 972-3495
Email: sotogrml@umdnj.edu

Victor Marques
Office of Special Programs
Phone: (973) 972-3762
Email: marquevm@umdnj.edu 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Gary Butts, M.D.
HCOP Principal Investigator
Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs
Phone: (212) 241-8276
Fax: (212) 241-3594
Email: gary.butts@mssm.edu

Alyson Davis, MSW
HCOP Project Coordinator
Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs
Phone: (212) 241-7655
Email: alyson.davis@mssm.edu

Sherria McDowell, MPH
HCOP Project Administrator
Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs
Phone: (212) 241-6036
Fax: (212) 241-3594
Email: sherria.mcdowell@mssm.edu

Ann-Gel Palermo, MPH
Grant and Contracts Oversight
Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs
Phone: (212) 241-8886
Fax: (212) 241-3594
Email: ann-gel.palermo@mssm.edu 

Manhattan Staten Island Area Health Education Center
Mary Mitchell
Executive Director
Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC
Phone: (212) 534-2432
Email: MMitchell@institute2000.org

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CONTACT US
Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
630 West 168th Street, Suite 3-401
New York, NY 10032
Phone: (212) 305-4157
Email: nera-ps@columbia.edu

UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
Office of Special Programs
185 South Orange Avenue
Medical Science Building, B–624
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: (973) 972-3762
Email: marquevm@umdnj.edu

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs
1 Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1035
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 241-6755
Email: sherria.mcdowell@mssm.edu

Manhattan-Staten Island AHEC
43 Central Park North, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10026
Phone: (212) 534-2432
Fax: (212) 534-2478
Email: MMitchell@institute2000.org

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VISIT US
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
630 West 168th Street, Suite 3-401, Room 411
New York, NY 10032

The Center is located at West 168th Street and Broadway, immediately southeast of the George Washington Bridge, in the Heights/Inwood section of northern Manhattan.

By Public Transportation
Subway: Take the 1, A, C, trains to the 168th Street station. From midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.

Bus: A number of city buses serve the medical center: M-2, 3, 4, 5, and 100. For additional bus and subway information, visit the MTA website or call at (718) 330-1234.

By Automobile
The fastest and most convenient way to reach the medical center by automobile is to follow directions to the George Washington Bridge. Then exit onto Riverside Drive. From there, proceed south and turn left onto West 165th Street (the first left), and then right onto Fort Washington Avenue to the medical center parking facility.

From upstate New York and New Jersey: After crossing the George Washington Bridge, follow the signs to the Henry Hudson (also called the West Side Highway), and then to Riverside Drive.

From Riverdale and Westchester via the Saw Mill River Parkway: Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at the Riverside Drive exit, which is immediately past the George Washington Bridge.

From the West Side of Manhattan: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway to exit 15-Riverside Drive South.

Bus Shuttle Stop Locations
Inter Campus Shuttle Bus between Medical Center, Morningside, and Harlem Hospital campuses

Medical Center: Bus departs in front of Neurological Institute at Fort Washington Avenue and West 168th Street.

Morningside Campus: Bus departs Broadway at West 116th Street.

Harlem Hospital Center: Bus departs Lenox Avenue and West 136th Street. Travel time between points is approximately 15 minutes. All scheduled times are approximate; please allow two to three minutes variance. During the summer months of June, July, and August the shuttle runs on the same schedule as the academic year, except there is no service between the Columbia University Medical Center and Morningside campuses after 8:00 p.m. There is no shuttle service on New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal
George Washington Bridge (GWB) Bus Terminal shuttle between the Medical Center and the George Washington Bridge Port Authority Bus Terminal.

UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
Office of Special Programs
185 South Orange Avenue
Medical Science Building, B-624
Newark, NJ 07101

From New Jersey Turnpike, North or South
Take exit 15W to I-280 West to the Orange Street/6th Street exit. Make a right onto Orange Street and proceed one block to First Street. Turn right onto First Street which will become Bergen Street. At the 6th traffic light make a left onto South Orange Avenue. Go one traffic light and make a left turn into parking lot #1.

From the Garden State Parkway, North or South
Take exit 145 to I-280 East to exit 13 (First Street) which is on the left. Turn right onto First Street which will become Bergen Street. At the 5th traffic light make a left turn onto South Orange Avenue. Go one traffic light and make a left turn into parking lot #1.

From Route 78, East or West (from Newark Liberty International Airport use Route 78W)
Take exit 56, Downtown Newark/Elizabeth Avenue exit. Stay in far left lane to follow the exit ramp to the traffic light at Elizabeth Avenue and make a left onto Elizabeth Avenue.  At 1st traffic light make a left turn onto West Bigelow Street.  Follow to the 2nd traffic light and make a right onto Hillside Avenue.  Follow Hillside Avenue to the end, you must make a left turn. At the light make a right onto Irving Turner Boulevard which will become Jones Street. At the 7th light make a left turn onto South Orange Avenue. Go one traffic light and make right turn into parking lot #1.

From New York City
Take the George Washington Bridge or Lincoln Tunnel to the NJ Turnpike to exit 15W and follow the directions from the NJ Turnpike from above. Or, take the Holland Tunnel to NJ Turnpike to exit 14 (Route 78 West) and follow the directions for Route 78 from above.

Parking
Upon arriving to campus, please try to find a space in parking lot #1 (185 South Orange Avenue) or the parking deck (entrance on Norfolk Street). If you use the Norfolk Parking deck, proceed to Level A (street level) and follow the signs to the medical school entrance. DO NOT park in "Reserved", "Guaranteed", or metered parking spaces.

Mass Transit
PATH and Amtrak rail lines and New Jersey Transit buses and trains serve Penn Station in downtown Newark, about a mile from the UMDNJ campus. The #21, #31 and #34 buses stop at the campus. Buildings closest to those routes are: #31 (4, 5, 11, 13); #34 (2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12); #21 (1, 2, 3). Taxi service is available to and from Penn Station and Newark International Airport. 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs
1 Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1035
New York, NY 10029

Location
The Mount Sinai Medical Center campus stretches from 98th Street to 102nd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues on Manhattan's Upper East Side. There are three main entrances to the Mount Sinai campus:

  • Madison Avenue at 100th Street: Enter through the glass doors. The School of Medicine (Annenberg Building) is to the left, and the Hospital (Guggenheim Pavilion) is to the right.
  • Fifth Avenue at 101st Street: Enter the Hospital (Guggenheim Pavilion) through the glass doors. The School of Medicine (Annenberg Building) is to the right.
  • 5 East 98th Street: Faculty Practice Associates - between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Visitors to Faculty Practice Associates should use this entrance.

By Car
From New Jersey: After crossing the George Washington Bridge, take the Henry Hudson Parkway South to the 96th Street exit. Proceed on 96th Street through Central Park to Madison Avenue. Turn left on Madison Avenue, right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

From Long Island: Take the Long Island Expressway West to the Grand Central Parkway West. Take this to the Tri-Boro Bridge and to the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive South to the 96th Street exit. Make a right onto 96th Street, another right onto Madison Avenue, and yet another right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

Via Henry Hudson Parkway: Take the Henry Hudson Parkway South to 96th Street. Proceed on 96th Street through Central Park to Madison Avenue. Turn left on Madison Avenue, right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

Via New England Thruway: Take the New England Thruway (Interstate 95 South) and the Tri-Boro Bridge to the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive South to the 96th Street exit. Make a right onto 96th Street, another right onto Madison Avenue, and yet another right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

Via Major Deegan/New York Thruway: Take the Major Deegan (Interstate 87 South) to the 138th Street exit. Cross the Willis Avenue Bridge to the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive South to the 96th Street exit. Make a right onto 96th Street, another right onto Madison Avenue, and yet another right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

From Staten Island: Take the Verrazano Bridge to Brooklyn-Queens-Expressway North to Grand Central Parkway West. Take this to the Tri-Boro Bridge and to the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive South to the 96th Street exit. Make a right onto 96th Street, another right onto Madison Avenue, and yet another right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

From Brooklyn: Take the Brooklyn-Queens-Expressway North to Grand Central Parkway West. Take this to the Tri-Boro Bridge and to the FDR Drive. Take the FDR Drive South to the 96th Street exit. Make a right onto 96th Street, another right onto Madison Avenue, and yet another right on 99th Street, and proceed to the parking garage.

Parking Garage
The parking garage is located at 99th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Metered parking around Mount Sinai vicinity is also available.

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