Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM)
The Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM) program’s major goal is to introduce, expose, and encourage marginalized and underrepresented students to consider careers in medicine. The program consists of an eight-week program for rising undergraduate seniors that focus on preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Only qualified applicants who are residents of Alabama or the surrounding service area counties of Mississippi (George, Greene, Harrison, Jackson, Perry and Stone counties) or Florida (Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties) will be considered. Within the program, students gain knowledge through daily instruction and review of the basic sciences and topics that make up the MCAT. Weekly examinations, reading comprehension, and critical thinking are utilized in homework and class assignments.
Students who successfully complete the program will be offered a position in the University of South Alabama College of Medicine first-year class following completion of their undergraduate degree and prerequisites as described in the matriculation requirements.
The ideal candidates for the DREAM program would be students who identify as being part of a group that is underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged.* Students must have completed 2 years in a pre-med curriculum with a minimum of 24 hours in biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) and have a GPA in these courses of 3.2 or higher. Students must also have an overall college grade point average of 3.4 or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher.
*The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) defines underrepresented in medicine (URM) as “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” For the state of Alabama, URM means individuals that identify as African American/Black, Native American, and/or Hispanic.
The USA College of Medicine's DREAM Program is unique in its broad definition of URM, which includes not only students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, but also sexual and gender minorities.
The AMCAS Socioeconomic Status (SES) Disadvantage Indicator is the tool by which the DREAM Program is aided in identifying applicants who may be from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is calculated by combining parental education, parental occupation, primary language, and residential demographic information retrieved from questions in the DREAM application.
- Prospective medical students in this program must meet with a Pre-Health Advisor at their named institution every semester and/or the USA COM Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) Coordinator;
- Completion of the ONE eight-week summer session that focuses on premedical professional development and MCAT preparation;
- Completion of all prerequisite courses for application to medical school;
- Free from disciplinary issues and remaining in good academic standing;
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher and a BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics and math) GPA of 3.2 or higher;
- Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score of 494 or higher.
Applications are now closed. Please revisit in Fall 2022.