High school students in Detroit will now have the opportunity to receive guaranteed admission to medical school, announced Wayne State University in a recent press release.
The program, called Wayne Med-Direct, not only assures acceptance into medical school but also covers the cost of both undergrad and medical school tuition. Developed in line with the university’s mission, the program is designed to be a pipeline for high-quality students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who have an interest in a career in medicine.
“Attracting top-tier students with an interest in health disparities is important to the future of our School of Medicine,” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “As we advance toward becoming a national hub for health disparities research, it is crucial for us to get future medical practitioners and clinical scientists committed to Wayne State University as soon as possible.”
As the only program of its kind in Michigan, Wayne Med-Direct will offer students a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, MCAT prep, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and summer enrichment programs.
“Incoming freshman who are admitted to the program will arrive on campus in the summer to participate in summer enrichment courses focused on chemistry, biology, physics and writing,” said Ambika Mathur, dean of Wayne State’s Graduate School and one of the architects of Wayne Med-Direct. “In addition to their early arrival on campus, Wayne Med-Direct cohorts will participate in seminars, workshops and hands-on research and clinical training in the School of Medicine throughout their undergraduate careers.”
Applicants to the program will go through a competitive process and will be evaluated through the a holistic admission process and the program is currently accepting applicants until January 15, 2016.
For more information, visit honors.wayne.edu/future/waynemeddirect.php.