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Summer Scholars

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2020 Program Dates - May 29 - July 3, 2020

The application for the Summer Scholars program is now closed and will reopen in October 2020.

For more than twenty five 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 upper-class medical students, the program focuses on case-based problem solving and small-group/team work. 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

During your five weeks at 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, labs, independent study, use of computers and pre-clinical observations
  • demonstrate your readiness to enter medical school on both an academic and personal level
  • practice good interviewing skills
  • build cultural competency by working as part of a team with other pre-medical students from diverse backgrounds
  • learn basic research methods

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

Program Eligibility and Selection

  • 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 FAQs 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 post-secondary 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 are:
    • 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 for selection into the program).
    • faculty evaluations
    • preference is given to rising seniors, recent college graduates and non-traditional premed students
  • Selection decisions will be made by late-March
  • Applicants selected for the program will be notified via email
  • While the program is designed to benefit rising college seniors, college juniors and college graduates may also be considered.

Program Benefits

  • Summer Scholars will provide a realistic view as to what medical school will be like in terms of basic science content and other non-cognitive areas.
  • Eligible students will have a guaranteed interview for a spot in the 2021 entering class.
  • Students are reimbursed for travel costs to and from the program; room, board and program materials are provided; and students will receive a modest living stipend.
  • 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.