Welcome to the Medical Education Readiness Program

Welcome to the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP). We have a strong tradition of assisting aspiring medical students in building the foundation they need to be successful in medical school and to achieve their dreams of becoming physicians.

Our dual mission is to provide people from diverse backgrounds with additional academic preparation to foster their success in medical school, and to help determine their readiness to meet the demands of a fast-paced and rigorous medical school curriculum.

At MERP you can expect to receive quality education from our knowledgeable instructors. Our instructional philosophy is based upon inspiring students to learn and practice beyond the evaluation of simple competencies so they can move toward a higher level of expertise and be fully prepared to transition to medical school training.

MERP students have the benefit of participating in a course of study designed specifically to help prepare them for medical school which focuses on four foundational science courses— Medical Anatomy/Histology, Medical Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology/Immunology and Medical Physiology/Biophysics. Assessments are provided in the form of weekly quizzes which enhance the retention of complex material and three high stakes exams. Quizzes are followed by immediate feedback and discussion to maximize the self-evaluation process. Additionally students participate in integrated clinical cases related to the course material in a team-based learning format.

Another key benefit of MERP is that it brings together a group of learners who are all working toward the same goal, which fosters a real sense of community and purpose among our students, instructors and staff.

I have had the opportunity of witnessing firsthand the success of MERP students who have advanced to and graduated from medical school, and I deeply believe that it is a significant and valuable investment in one’s future. Becoming a physician is truly a calling, and the path to becoming one is not always easy—which is why we are dedicated to making sure individuals with the skills, drive and aspiration to go to medical school have the opportunity to do so.

I invite you to learn more about MERP and discover how we can help prepare you for your life’s work in medicine.

Gannady Raskin, MD, ND
Executive Director, Medical Education Readiness Program


The purpose of the Medical Education Readiness Program is to prepare prospective students to be successful as a medical student. Students accepted into this program are not being admitted into medical school, and will not be awarded any kind of degree or credential other than a certificate of completion. However, we believe that students who successfully complete the program will be prepared for the challenge of medical school.