Pre-Medical Summer Scholars (PMSS)


UAMS Center for Diversity Affair’s Pre-Medical Summer Scholars (PMSS) is a non-residential program designed to provide premedical students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine. As a result of full participation in the UAMS PMSS program, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical school and succeeding once there.

Program date: June 15 to July 24, 2020

Important Dates for PMSS 2020:

  • January 6, 2020 (1:00AM PST) – Online Application Opens
  • *March 27, 2020 (11:59 PST) – Application Closes
  • June 15, 2020 – Program Starts
  • July 24, 2020 – Program Ends 

*The online application & supplemental materials (including Letter of  Recommendations) needs to be received by this date to be considered for screening.

Student Eligibility

Students are eligible for UAMS PMSS as long as they have not previously applied to medical school. We accept community college, out-of-state and post-baccalaureate students. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background.
  • Applicants must be a U.S citizen or hold a permanent resident visa, or documentation of approved eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of Arkansas
  • Minimum 2.8 science GPA for juniors and seniors
  • One year of biology or chemistry completed by the beginning of the program
    • Semester System: 2 courses
    • Quarter System: 3 courses
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one from a science professor and one from a counselor/premedical advisor or employer/internship recommending participation in the PMSS program
  • Demonstrated interest in addressing issues affecting underserved populations in healthcare.
  • Compelling personal statement

Program Information

Academic Component
Students will work at a rigorous pace with a highly focused scope to prepare for the MCAT. Participants will engage in an extensive and lively classroom review of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Behavioral Sciences. Beyond learning and reinforcing scientific facts, participants learn to manipulate and integrate the information through analytical thinking. To further enhance the classroom experience, participants are assigned to small study groups lead by medical students. In addition, students are introduced to problem-based intensive workshops covering reading, writing and critical thinking. These skills, which are improved during the summer, have considerable value throughout the student’s academic and professional life.

You can view a sample from our PMSS 2018 schedule here:

PMSS 2019 Sample Schedule

Career Guidance and Personal Development
Through individual counseling, guest speaker and personal development workshops, which include topics such as; Study Skills and Time Management, Financial Planning, Application Procedures & Strategies, Interviewing Skills, Networking, complementary medicine, and Issues of Modern Medicine; participants are able to more realistically prepare themselves to successfully reach their goals. The most critical of these are the “Life Management” series and the ongoing values clarification sessions called “A Winner…You”, which provide a safe venue for participants to explore their inner calling and motivation.

Clinical Preceptorships
Participants are encourage to observe practicing physicians and medical researchers performing the typical functions of their profession. The clinical settings range from any of the UAMS affiliated hospitals and clinics to private practice settings, community clinics and health maintenance organizations. This invaluable experience allows PMSS students to interact with established practitioners who are addressing the constantly changing problems of modern medicine. Students can project themselves into a variety of roles and can make more realistic self-evaluations of their own motivation and intentions surrounding their career choice. In addition, many mentorship relationships grow from these experiences.

Special Events
PMSS participants will explore the healthcare delivery system and the unique diversity of Little Rock on all-da “TOUR THE ROCK” site tours. Students will also gain the opportunity to personally meet with invited recruiters from health professional schools within the UAMS system and surrounding clinics in the state of Arkansas.

The total cost of the program is $100.00. A $25.00 non-refundable fee is due at the time of the application.  If selected into the PMSS program, participates will be notified of their acceptance and a $75.00 payment will be due prior to the program starts. Selected students participating in the PMSS program may be eligible to receive housing.  All fees are non-refundable.

Helpful Links

PMSS 2020 Application Process PMSS 2020 FAQ Sample PMSS 2019 Application PMSS Program Payment Form PMSS 2019 Sample Schedule
Brian E. Gittens, Ed.D
Vice Chancellor, Division for Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Kimberlyn Blann, M.Ed.
Director, Outreach Programs

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