AUC student Alejandro Feria shares his experience with MERP.
How does MERP prepare students to succeed in medical school?
MERP is designed with three primary objectives:
1. Deliver a strong basic science curriculum and teach students to apply fundamental knowledge to clinical scenarios.
- Provide students with didactic lectures in Medical Anatomy/Histology, Medical Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology/Immunology, and Medical Physiology/Biophysics.
- Engage students with clinical cases designed to promote problem-solving skills
2. Help students prepare for the demands of medical school and develop the study and learning techniques critical to succeeding in medical school
- Help students return to "study mode" after being out of school
- Prepare for the significant workload that students will encounter in medical school
- Prepare to live and study in a new environment
- Provide students with frequent assessments that allow them to evaluate their progress
- Reinforce the importance of advanced social maturity as a critical attribute for all medical students, particularly those studying abroad
3. Provide students with an opportunity to build strong social networks among fellow students that contribute to their success in medical school
- Promote the development of study groups and expose students to group dynamics
- Develop study skills and discipline in a group atmosphere
Help students establish personal bonds that would be helpful if they matriculated to a medical school campus
More than 2,400 students have successfully completed MERP and advanced to Ross University School of Medicine. Some additional points include:
- A higher percentage of MERP students advance to Semester 2 than directly admitted Ross students
- MERP students who reached USMLE Step 1 have preclinical GPAs that are comparable with directly admitted students
- Students' USMLE Step 1 pass rates are comparable between MERP and directly admitted Ross students (approx. 95%)
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.