Frequently Asked Questions
When was MERP started, and how many people have completed the program?
Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,500 students have successfully completed MERP.
What is the course of study in MERP?
MERP is designed to provide aspiring medical students with a strong foundation in the basic medical sciences. The course of study includes four basic science courses: Medical Anatomy/Histology, Medical Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology/Immunology and Medical Physiology/Biophysics. These courses provide similar content and depth to those taught in the medical school curriculum at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine or Ross University School of Medicine.
What qualifications are held by MERP's instructors?
All MERP instructors hold either a PhD, MD (or equivalent), or both in their field and have established experience in teaching medical and undergraduate or graduate-level students. MERP instructors have extensive research experience and have published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in national and international journals.
Check out the video below for a Q&A session with MERP faculty!
What is the typical size of a MERP session?
MERP session sizes vary from semester to semester; however, past sessions have ranged from 80-180 participants.
Can I apply directly to MERP?
MERP is limited exclusively to those who have been granted conditional acceptance to either Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) or American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and then referred to MERP. MERP has formal linkages with those two schools designed to facilitate a qualified individual?s admission to and start of medical school. If an applicant to either RUSM or AUC is found to meet the respective medical school?s admission criteria but would benefit from strengthening his or her core medical science foundation, the applicant will be invited to attend MERP.
The purpose of this 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.
Program Fees and Payment
How can we pay our MERP program fees?
Participants who enter the MERP program via referral by Ross University School of Medicine or American University of the Caribbean can pay via Touch Net or PayMyTuition by MTFX, or by personal check. To make a payment online, click here. All checks should be made out to Adtalem Global Education.
For additional information on PayMyTuition by MTFX, click here.
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What happens if a student does not pass MERP? Are there refunds?
In 2014, the Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP) instituted a new policy that allows students who do not successfully complete the program to receive a refund of the full program fee. The refund is limited to program fees only and does not reimburse the costs of health insurance, housing, travel or living expenses incurred. Students who have taken out a private loan will have their tuition refunded back to the loan provider. Funds must be returned to the lender within 60 days. Students are responsible for paying any interest on loans, even if their program fees are refunded
What is the process for payment of doctor visits and our insurance?
You must pay out of pocket at the doctor's office and complete a claims form to submit to Aetna. Please call 1-877-381-3551 or click here for more information.
Attendance to every lecture is mandatory. In addition to mandatory lectures, MERP will hold optional activities to enhance student study skills.
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 conditionally 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.