SouthMed Prep Scholars Program (SMPS)

South Med Prep Scholars ProgramThe SouthMed Prep Scholars Program (SMPS) is designed to enhance medical school access and success through two eight-week summer sessions that focus on research, MCAT preparation, the interview process, and continuous relationship building between prospective medical students and the USA College of Medicine.

The SouthMed Prep Scholars Program is designed for individuals who are underrepresented in medicine and 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).

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.

South Med Prep Scholars Program

Program Eligibility

To qualify for the SouthMed Prep Scholars (SMPS) program, students who identify as an underrepresented minority in medicine must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least a 3.5 and an ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 1200.

Matriculation Requirements

  • Prospective medical students in this program must meet with Pre-Health Advisor every semester;
  • Completion of the TWO eight-week summer sessions that focus on a) research, b) MCAT preparation and c) the interview process;
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses for application to medical school;
  • Free from disciplinary issues and remaining in good academic standing at the partnering institution;
  • Minimum overall college grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 in the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) and mathematics;
  • Minimum Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score of 499


Applications will open on Nov. 1. Please contact LoRen Burroughs Modisa at for questions.