Academic Success at MERP
Success in medical school demands self-discipline, high motivation, curiosity, problem solving skills, critical evaluation skills, and application of efficient cognitive strategies. As MERP serves as a gateway to medical school for our students, we consider it our responsibility to perfect their learning styles at the individual level throughout the course of the program. Through traditional lectures and team-based learning sessions, the academic success program of MERP actively helps groom our students to become organized active learners, critical thinkers, and confident test-takers. We strongly believe that helping our students understand the different pathways to better learning, as well as encouraging them to utilize their individual learning styles, will ultimately help them better adjust to the demanding of the rigorous medical school curriculum ahead of them.
Dynamic services offered through the Academic Success Program at MERP include:
- One-on-one student advising (when required) by appointment.
- Weekly instruction on study skills: These one-hour lectures lay emphasis on helping students develop essential study strategies, critical thinking skills, integrative learning skills, and efficient test-taking skills.
- Weekly team-based learning sessions: Facilitated learning sessions in small gruops (6-8 students/group) help to bridge learning gaps of students in different basic science subjects at MERP. Using a team-based approach, these sessions, over the semester, aim to improve students' learning skills.
- VARK (Visual-aural-reading/writing-kinesthetic) questionnaire: The questionnaire provides students with a profile of their learning preferences and makes them self-informed about the ways they process and present information.
- "Success types in medical education:" Published by John W. Pelley, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Texas, Tech. University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. The book is available in our library and can serve a guide for improving students' study skills for better performance in medical school.
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.