Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program (MSP) is a program sponsored by the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine that is designed to help undergraduate students prepare for careers in health or biomedical sciences. Students in the MSP distinguish themselves through their leadership, commitment to program goals, and desire to provide service to underserved and diverse communities.

MSP supports students who are first generation to college and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged. Student with a commitment to helping underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our Pipeline Programs

The Medical Scholars Program (MSP) is one of several pipeline programs offered by the UCR School of Medicine. These programs are designed to help individuals interested in pursuing a career in the medical or health fields.

To learn more about the available pathway programs, please visit the Pathway Programs page on the UCR School of Medicine website.

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Benefits of the Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program provides students with a series of enrichment activities that hone their academic skills, expose them to a wide array of campus opportunities, and help them to become excellent candidates for continuing education in the health fields. Benefits include:

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors & transfer ambassadors.
  • Faculty and staff mentors and advisors.
  • Academic coaches for science and math classes.
  • Community college transfer student support.
  • Study skills workshops.
  • Advising nights.
  • Community center for independent and group study sessions.

Professional Career Development

  • Career planning workshops.
  • Seminars and workshops on the graduate and professional school application process.
  • Leadership development.
  • Eight-week, full-time paid summer research internships with UCR faculty.
  • Community service opportunities.
  • Seminars and speaker programs with faculty and clinicians on community medicine and health disparities.
  • Community meetings and student networking.
  • Summer research.