Non-matriculating students should have satisfactorily completed one year of the following introductory level courses
- Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged
Evaluation of SPFD applications is based on grades, performance on standardized testing (e.g., SAT, GRE, MCAT, etc.), evidence of service commitment, potential for academic success, and opportunity for academic enhancement to improve chances for medical school admission.
To be eligible for acceptance, an applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and qualify as a resident of North Carolina. The program gives preference to minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students. A minority is defined as a person who classifies himself/herself as:
- Asian American / Pacific Islander
- Black / African American
- Native American / Alaskan Native
An individual from a disadvantaged background is a person who:
- Comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from health professions schools; or programs providing education or training in an allied health professions; or
- Comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
The matriculating program enrolls incoming medical students that have committed to the Brody School of Medicine and would like to get early exposure to the medical curriculum and adjustment to the environment. Participants typically have a desire to gain additional academic preparation to address areas of concern prior to full matriculation, and to begin the transition process into medical school.
All classes are held within the Brody Medical Sciences Building. Students have access to resources of the University (Joyner Library, Health Sciences Library, Student Health Services, etc.). Medical school faculty teach all basic science courses. Rising second year medical students serve as Teaching Assistants. Each assistant aids in the instructional efforts of each class, provides tutoring, and serves as a role model and mentor for the participants.