For more than twenty five years, Summer Scholars participants have
been preparing for the challenges and rewards of medical school.
Twenty-two applicants are selected each year to participate in this
rigorous five-week program designed to give you an intensive and
realistic introduction to the first-year curriculum at OU-HCOM.
In addition to traditional medical school curricula taught by
medical college faculty, graduate students and upper-class medical
students, the program focuses on case-based problem solving and
small-group/team work. You’ll also benefit from special lectures,
clinical experiences, and study and time management skill sessions
in addition to workshops on cultural competency and research
Although you won’t receive academic credit for this program, you
will be evaluated by medical school faculty based on your class
participation, test performance, general attitude and an assessment
of your potential for success in the medical curriculum.
Application deadline for the program is March 1, 2015.
Apply to Summer Scholars 2015 beginning
During your five weeks at OU-HCOM, you will:
be introduced to osteopathic principles and practices and
learn the basics of biomedical sciences
become familiar with problem-based learning using case
studies, small group discussions, lectures, labs, independent
study, use of computers and pre-clinical observations
demonstrate your readiness to enter medical school on both
an academic and personal level
practice good interviewing skills
build cultural competency by working as part of a team with
other pre-medical students from diverse backgrounds
learn basic research methods
You will also take part in individual and group sessions where
you’ll learn practical tips on admission and financial aid
procedures vital to prospective medical students. And special
assistance is available to you if you’re ready to begin the
Program Eligibility and Selection
disadvantaged status (economic or educational). Students
will be considered educationally disadvantaged if neither parent
has completed a bachelors degree or higher.
or underrepresented minority. Underrepresented minority is
defined as racial or ethnic populations who are underrepresented
in the designated health profession discipline relative to the
number of individuals who are members of the population
involved. This definition would include Black or African
American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or
Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, and any Asian
American other than Chinese, Filipino,
Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian or Thai.
U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
a minimum of one year each of college-level chemistry, biology
Things we consider are:
grade trends/academic performance
essay question responses
interest in osteopathic medicine
preference is given to rising seniors, recent college
graduates and non-traditional premed students
Selection decisions will be made by the end of April, 2015
Applicants selected for the program will be notified via
While the program is designed to benefit rising college
seniors, college juniors and college graduates may also be
Summer Scholars will provide a realistic view as to what
medical school will be like in terms of basic science content
and other non-cognitive areas.
Eligible students will have a guaranteed interview for a
spot in the 2016 entering class.
Students are reimbursed for travel costs to and from the
program; room, board and program materials are provided; and
students will receive a modest living stipend.
Summer Scholars participants will be taught by current
medical school faculty and upper-level medical students.