Premedical students at the University of Michigan-Flint are getting their chance at gaining early admission to Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine through a newly-developed Early Assurance Program (EAP).

Students at the University of Michigan understand what they’re going to be exposed to should they decide to come back to their  community,” said Jim Buterakos, academic officer at Hurley Medical Center. The University of Michigan-Flint’s new EAP is designed to help both disadvantaged students and underserved areas of medicine. However, the program allows for only three slots for students who excel at the University of Michigan-Flint to apply during their junior year and assure admission at Michigan State University’s College of  Human Medicine during their senior year of undergraduate studies. But wait – there’s a catch. Preference for the EAP will be reserved for: Students who are the first generation from their family to attend college, students who graduated from a low-income high school, students who are eligible for Pell grants, or students who express interest in a high need medical specialty area.

“Entering into this program with a world-class College of Human Medicine will provide a unique and outstanding opportunity for those qualifying students to give back to their communities,” said Vahid Lotfi, of the University of Michigan-Flint. To obtain additional information about the University of Michigan- Flint’s EAP, call (517) 432-0021 or visit the school’s website at www.humanmedicine.msu.edu