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 (SMPS) is designed for the following individuals:

  • Identify as underrepresented in medicine and
  • 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, freshman and sophomore students who identify as an underrepresented 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. Students whose undergraduate institution did not require an ACT or SAT score for admission due to COVID-19 will have the ACT/SAT criterion waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

*The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine is: "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population."

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 are now closed. Please check back in Fall 2022.