Biomedical Careers Program

The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) targets undergraduates from groups underrepresented in medicine or economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing a career in medicine.  BCP offers an intensive six-week summer program for students at different stages of their undergraduate education and preparation for medical school.  Students take part in a variety of science enrichment courses, academic support and success seminars, clinical or volunteer experiences, career and professional development workshops along with student wellness activities. BCP is sponsored by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF).

BCP has three components aimed to prepare students for a successful track to a career in medicine: academic preparation, career and professional development and student wellness.  

Academic Preparation

The curriculum consists of science courses and academic support services aimed to prepare students for the undergraduate course requirements for medical school. The RWJMS Cognitive Skills Program also provides academic support and success seminars on study and exam strategies, time management and review for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

Career and Professional Development

BCP offers career and professional development seminars to expose participants to different careers in medicine and provide opportunities to engage with faculty, residents and medical students.  In addition, students participate in a clinical or volunteer activity to gain experience in a patient-centered and interprofessional environment. The program also prepares students for the medical school application and interview process through personal statement and curriculum vitae writing workshops and mock interviews.

Student Wellness

Students participate in a variety of interactive and engaging wellness activities that promote a positive and goal-oriented mindset while reducing stress and burn-out.

The Biomedical Careers Program consists of two levels: 

Level I

Level I is designed for students who have just begun pre-professional studies and have completed at least one year of college and one semester of general chemistry, introductory biology and introductory math. Minimum GPA requirement: 2.5

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Seminars for Academic Success
  • Patient-Centered Medicine
  • Career and Professional Development Seminars
  • Clinical or Volunteer Experience

Level II

Level II is designed for students who have completed at least one semester of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, college-level mathematics and two semesters of general biology.Minimum GPA requirement: 3.0

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Introduction to the MCAT, Verbal Reasoning Review
  • Seminars for Academic Success
  • Career and Professional Development Seminars
  • Clinical Internship

Placement of students will be based on an evaluation of each student’s overall academic record, including all courses taken and performance in these courses.

2019 Program Dates: June 3 to July 12

Program Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (12:00pm to 1:00pm lunch break).Hours may vary and subject to change.

Program Location: The program is held at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, located at 675 Hoes Lane West in Piscataway. Clinical activities will be scheduled in the greater New Brunswick area, including Somerset.

Eligibility

The minimum GPA and course requirements for each level must be met by the start of the program.  Courses may be in progress at the time of application; however, in such cases, the Admissions Committee may require a grade report prior the making of a decision.

We welcome students who have previously participated in BCP to reapply for admission to a more advanced level.

Program Fees

There is NO FEE to attend. On-campus housing, parking and course credit are available for a fee.  

EOF Students^

^ EOF students must upload award letter or term bill as proof of eligibility and be approved by the Central office prior to receiving any funds. EOF students will receive $1800 stipend upon completion of the program. EOF will sponsor fees for on-campus housing and residential parking.  

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO MARCH 8*

→ Apply to BCP

Application

  •  completed online application
  •  college transcript for all colleges attended
  •  1 letter of recommendation from college professors whose class you have taken (letter must be written within the last 18 months)

* Please note that the online application must be submitted by this date. Transcripts and EOF documents must be uploaded on the application. Letter of recommendation must be emailed to summerprogram@rwjms.rutgers.edu. We accept late applications, but we cannot guarantee that such applications will be reviewed.

Notifications of admission will be emailed after March 26 on a rolling basis.