Early Medical School Selection Program
The Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP) is a partnership between BUSM and 14 undergraduate colleges that emphasizes early admissions and curriculum coordination. This partnership includes BUSM, Boston University undergraduate college, and ten historically black institutions:
The University of the Virgin Islands,
North Carolina Central University,
Morgan State University,
Tougaloo College and
Virginia Union University.
Pembroke State University in North Carolina, (with a significant American Indian enrollment),
University of the Incarnate Word in Texas, and the
University of Texas at El Paso, two schools with a significant Mexican-American enrollment, are also part of the consortium.
During the summers between their sophomore and junior years and their junior and senior years in college, the students accepted into this program attend Boston University Summer School and take undergraduate courses for credit toward their bachelors’ degree. In addition they receive instruction in time management, study skills, medical terminology, biochemistry, MCAT preparation and a seminar entitled Race, Ethnicity and Health. Each student is assigned to a physician mentor whom they shadow during their two six week summer sessions in Boston to see first hand the practice of medicine and the life of a physician. During their senior undergraduate year, the students attend Boston University and are enrolled in both undergraduate and medical school courses for which they receive dual credit. This program provides an early and more gradual transition into the medical school curriculum through provisional acceptance into medical school at the completion of only two years of undergraduate study. This program has been hailed by the AAMC as an example of the kind of efforts that medical schools can make to increase minority enrollment. Currently, one-half of the underrepresented minority students entering the first year class at BUSM come from this program.