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Summer Scholars

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2021 Program Dates: June 3 - July 2, 2021

The application for the Summer Scholars program is now closed. The application will reopen in fall of 2021.

For more than 25 years, Summer Scholars participants have been preparing for the challenges and rewards of medical school. Twenty-four applicants are selected each year to participate in this rigorous five-week program designed to give you an intensive and realistic introduction to the first-year curriculum at the Heritage College.

In addition to traditional medical school curricula taught by medical college faculty, graduate students and upperclass medical students, the program focuses on case-based problem solving and small-group teamwork. You’ll also benefit from special lectures, clinical experiences and study and time management skill sessions, in addition to workshops on cultural competency and research methods.

Although you won’t receive academic credit for this program, you will be evaluated by medical school faculty based on your class participation, test performance, general attitude and an assessment of your potential for success in the medical curriculum.

** Important note to those who may have already applied to our medical school through AACOMAS: You will need to use the same email address for your Summer Scholars application as you did on your AACOMAS application.

Once you are in the application portal, you will be able to complete the application at your own pace, and you may save and come back to the form as needed. The portal will also be the place to check on the status of your application.

Program Description

Due to ongoing concerns relating to COVID-19, Summer Scholars 2021 will be conducted virtually.

During your four weeks online with the Heritage College, you will:

  • Be introduced to osteopathic principles and practices and learn the basics of biomedical sciences
  • Become familiar with problem-based learning using case studies, small-group discussions, lectures and independent study
  • Demonstrate your readiness to enter medical school on both an academic and personal level
  • Build cultural competency by working as part of a team with other premedical students from diverse backgrounds

You will also take part in group sessions, where you’ll learn practical tips on admission and financial aid procedures vital to prospective medical students. Special assistance is available to you if you’re ready to begin the application process.

Program Eligibility and Selection

  • While the program is deigned to benefit rising college seniors and college graduates, college juniors are also encouraged to apply.
  • Qualify as economically or educationally disadvantaged or as an underrepresented minority
    • Students will be considered educationally disadvantaged if neither parent has completed a bachelor's degree or higher. Guidelines for determining if you qualify as economically disadvantaged can be found on the Summer Scholars FAQ page.
    • Underrepresented minority is defined as racial or ethnic populations who are underrepresented in the designated health profession discipline relative to the number of individuals who are members of the population involved. This definition would include Black or African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino and any Asian American other than Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian or Thai.
  • Two letters of recommendation from natural science faculty who taught you in class OR one letter of recommendation from a premedical/health professions advising committee

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • A minimum of one year each of college-level chemistry, biology and physics
  • Things we consider:
    • Science GPA
    • Eligibility criteria
    • Grade trends/academic performance
    • Essay question responses
    • Interest in osteopathic medicine
    • MCAT scores (only needed if you want to participate in the guaranteed interview; not required for selection into the program)
    • Faculty evaluations
    • Preference is given to rising seniors, recent college graduates and nontraditional premed students
  • Selection decisions will be made by late March.
  • Applicants selected for the program will be notified via email.

Program Benefits

  • Summer Scholars will provide a realistic experience as to the curriculum demands and life-balance as a first-year medical student at the Heritage College.
  • Eligible students will have a guaranteed interview for a spot in the 2022 entering class.
  • Students will be provided a modest stipend to assist with any resources needed to participate in a virtual format.
  • Summer Scholars participants will be taught by current medical school faculty and upper-level medical students.


For more information on the Summer Scholars program, contact ou-hcom@ohio.edu or visit our frequently asked questions page.