Published: Feb. 2, 2021

Program information


Financial support: Stipend.

Number of participants: 15-20

Location: online

The Institute is comprised of residential academies that develop AAMC Core Competencies.

Diversity is essential in addressing today’s health disparities - from the students who train to become tomorrow’s doctors, to the patients who will benefit from their research and care. The Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy is committed to exposing and preparing students for medical school in a diverse and inclusive environment. The Career Development Academy is designed for rising junior and senior undergraduates or recent graduates of an accredited college or university. In particular, the program focuses on preparing participants for the extensive process of applying and gaining admission into medical school.

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops on:

  • American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Preparation
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Preparation
  • Shadowing Opportunities 
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Health Disparities
  • Biomedical careers

Additionally, each participant will have a medical student mentor and be provided formal and informal opportunities to network with faculty and staff.

Application LIVE for CDA Program is external) 


Application Deadline

February 3, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Program Start Date

May 24, 2021

Program End Date

July 30, 2021


  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident 
  • Have a valid U.S. social security number
  • Be a current junior up to a recent graduate
  • Self-identify as educationally, socially, or economically disadvantaged AND/OR demonstrated commitment to serve under-served populations within the U.S. (See detailed criteria on application.)
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.2
  • Completed the following courses:
    • 2- Semesters of Chemistry with labs (i.e. inorganic, organic, general, and biochemistry)
    • 1- Semester of Physics
    • 2- Semesters of Biology with labs
    • 1- Semester of Math (i.e. possibly stats, comp. science, and calculus)
    • 1- Semester of English Composition

Applicants will also be evaluated based on the following:

  • Personal and academic accomplishments
  • Successful completion of first-year Biology and Chemistry courses
  • A demonstrated interest in a career in medicine or biomedical research
  • Demonstrated commitment to helping under-served populations
  • Quality of academic recommendations

Students may not take academic classes or be engaged in other activities that would prevent them from attending all training sessions.

This program is open to all students with an interest in medicine and health disparities. Applicants from underrepresented minority groups in medicine, rural and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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