Summer Programs

Special thanks to the support of our generous donors (Wal-Mart Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, and City of Little Rock), the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs is able to provide these valuable outreach programs.

Pre-Health Student Enrichment, Recruitment, and Retention

The Center for Diversity Affairs (CDA) is responsible for recruitment and retention of underrepresented student groups into the six (6) UAMS colleges. The CDA will continue to support all disadvantaged and minority UAMS students to ensure their uninterrupted academic success.

The CDA fulfills its role through:

  • Partnership with primary, secondary schools, and undergraduate institutions through recruitment activities.
  • Summer enrichment programs for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to assist with their personal development and academic preparation in healthcare careers, such as standardized testing preparation, research, and professional shadowing.
  • Advising and mentoring prospective and current UAMS students, from the high school to post-graduate levels as they progress in their education and training.

Message from the Director

Programs for Summer 2019

For Incoming Medical Students:

Medical School Pre-Matriculation Program (MedEd Ready)

Target Students: Incoming UAMS medical students
Focus:Preparation for a successful medical school career with preview of core courses and acquiring survival skills. Facilitated by faculty and current medical students.
Duration: 2 weeks
Contact: Nicholas Pettus, Senior Diversity Specialist, (501) 686-8952,

For Pre-Health Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

Pre-Medical Summer Scholars (PMSS)

Former Name: Undergraduate Summer Science Enrichment Program II or USSEP II
Target Students: [1] Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors, [2] Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Students, or [3] People who have completed all pre-medical requirements but are not currently in school.
Focus:MCAT preparation facilitated by Kaplan Test Prep and AMCAS and interview preparation facilitated by the first-year medical students.
Program Requirement: Applicants must have completed most/all recommended undergraduate courses for the MCAT.
Duration: 6 weeks
Contact: Kimberlyn Blann-Anderson, Director of Outreach Programs, (501) 686-7358,

Summer Research Internship

Target Students: Grade 12 and Undergraduate Students (for school/academic year 2016-2017)
Focus: Research, mentoring, and networking experiences
Duration: 6 weeks or more, depending on the mentors
Contact: Kimberlyn Blann-Anderson, Director of Outreach Programs, (501) 686-7358,

Summer PCAT Preparation [PDF]

Target: Underrepresented and disadvantaged undergraduate students preparing for Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Sponsor: UAMS College of Pharmacy

Summer Science Program [Link out]

Target: Undergraduate sophomore, junior, and senior students interested in academic medicine
Sponsor: Arkansas Children’s Hospital, UAMS Department of Pediatrics, and Arkansas Children’s Research Institute

For High School Students:

Academy of Pre-Health Scholars (APHS)

Former Name: Bridging the Gap II or BTG II
Target Students: Grades 8 to 11 (for school year 2018-2019)
Focus: 4 weeks of ACT preparation and 2 weeks of health science experiences
Program Requirement: Successful completion of Algebra I or will be completing Algebra I by the end of Spring 2019.
Duration: 4 weeks + 2 weeks
Contact: Nicholas Pettus, Senior Diversity Specialist, (501) 686-8952,

For Elementary School Students:

Junior STEM Academy (JSA)

Former Name: Summer Science Discovery Program or SSDP.
Target Students: Kindergarten through Grade 6 (for school year 2018-2019)
Focus: Exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through hand-on experiences.
Duration: 2 weeks
Contact: Amber Booth – McCoy, Senior Diversity Specialist, (501) 686-8675,