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Premedical Enhancement Program

The Premedical Enhancement Program, or PEP, is a formalized mentoring program co-sponsored by the UVM Honors College and College of Medicine Office of Primary Care.  Students who successfully complete the program come away with a clear grasp of the day to day realities of medical practice, and a guaranteed interview at the UVM College of Medicine (pending performance on the MCAT).  While the final decision for each applicant rests with the Admissions Committee of the College of Medicine, a successful interview will yield a recommendation for admission.

PEP students are matched with three practicing physician-mentors in a range of specialties, one each year for the course of three years.  Regularly scheduled shadowing sessions introduce students to the concepts of patient care and practice management. Students must shadow their mentors for a minimum of 16 hours each semester, and attend two academic medical seminars (Grand Rounds) of their choice.  PEP students also benefit from a three-year mentoring relationship with a medical student.  A required written evaluation at the end of each semester promotes student reflection, and integration of what was learned. Read more about PEP in this article featured in Vermont Medicine Magazine.

Academically eligible students are invited by email to apply for the program after their first semester at UVM.   In addition to a strong academic performance, the PEP admissions committee expects candidates to have a demonstrated interest in the field.  Given the significant three-year program commitment, we are looking for candidates who have already begun exploring the field and, as a result, are seriously intent on studying medicine.  Up to ten qualified applicants will gain acceptance each year.  All applicants are notified of their status in June.


  • First-year University of Vermont student
  • GPA of 3.30 (or above) at end of first semester
  • Must have taken one semester of Biology (BIO 1 or BCOR 11), Chemistry (CHEM 31 or 35), or Mathematics 19 (or higher) and received a grade of B or better.  An equivalent course (i.e. BIO 2 or BCOR 12) can alternatively be taken in spring semester.


  • Resume including relevant health/community volunteer experience
  • Current copy of your UVM Transcript (non-official)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a UVM faculty member. The second may be from a high school teacher, another UVM faculty member, or your advisor. Please note that these must be academic recommendations.  Letters may be addressed to: Selection Committee-PEP and sent to the Honors College address listed below.
  • Short essay of approximately 300 words.  Describe two to three events/circumstances/influences in your own life that have contributed to your desire to pursue a career as a physician.  Include a final paragraph specifically addressing what you hope to learn from participating in PEP.  Your essay should help us understand your motivation for pursuing a medical career.  If helping people is a motivator for you, please address why you want to do this as a physician specifically, knowing there are many other "helping" professions you could pursue.
        Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 9th, and mailed or hand delivered to:

                Premed Enhancement Program
                Honors College - UVM
                50 University Heights - North
                Burlington, VT 05405

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A Committee consisting of faculty from the College of Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Pre Health Program Director will screen applications. The Committee selects candidates from the initial applicant pool to interview.

Acceptance protocol

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at the end of their first two semesters at UVM. An applicant’s math and science GPA must also be at least 3.50. Applicants must take at least one math or science course in the second semester to remain eligible for selection.
  • Applicants must have Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Physics (BCMP) grades of B or higher.
  • The Committee bases selection decisions on the quality of the application, overall and science/math GPA after two full semesters at UVM, and the interview with the committee.

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  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.50 as measured at the end of each academic year.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and/or Physics courses [BCMP] at the end of each academic year. Grades of B- or lower in BCMP courses are cause for dismissal from the program. Failure to take any science or math classes is grounds for dismissal from PEP.
  • Students must successfully participate in the full mentoring program, attend the medical seminars, attend PEP activities, and submit the required evaluations.

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  • Applicants must maintain good academic standing in the Premedical Enhancement Program.
  • Applicants for early consideration will apply with AMCAS at the completion of their junior, and must carry at least a 3.50 GPA in both sciences (BCMP) and overall coursework.
  • Applicants who wish to take a gap or bridge year will apply with AMCAS at the completion of their senior year, and are expected to discuss this plan (and the associated requirements) with PEP administrators in their junior year.
  • Science courses required for admission to the College of Medicine include one year or eight credits in each of the following areas: Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, and Organic Chemistry, all with labs. See the UVM Medical Student Admissions website for more details.
  • Applicants for early consideration must have completed all of the science pre-requisites prior to applying. Advanced Placement course work may be used for one semester of the required coursework. Applicants must have at least a B in all of the required science coursework.
  • Applicants must take the MCAT by September of the application year, but are strongly advised to take it by May. Students can consult the Pre Health Program Director to determine their optimal timing. A minimum test score of 509 is required.
  • Applicants who apply as juniors will interview with the College of Medicine Admissions Committee during their senior year, and must continue to carry at least a 3.50 GPA throughout their remaining semesters or they may be denied admission to UVM COM. Admissions decisions will be made in a timely manner by the College of Medicine and communicated to PEP candidates.
  • Accepted applicants may defer their matriculation for one year if approved by the College of Medicine.
  • PEP applicants who are not accepted for early consideration may be cycled into the traditional applicant pool of UVM’s College of Medicine for consideration.

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