Biomedical Careers Program

The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) is an intensive four-week academic enrichment summer pathway program for undergraduate students pursuing a career in medicine. BCP targets students from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or whose backgrounds may not have included skills known to be effective in professional training. Priority is given to students who are New Jersey residents, EOF or enrolled in any NJ college/university. BCP is sponsored by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). 

BCP offers students at different stages of their undergraduate education the intellectual and self-management skills to succeed on their path to medical school. Students take part in a variety of core science courses, academic support and success seminars, patient-simulated clinical modules, career and professional development workshops along with student wellness activities. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the program will be virtual with no in-person clinical or volunteer activities.

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, MCAT preparation and academic support services aimed to prepare students for medical school. The RWJMS Cognitive Skills Program also provides academic success seminars on study and exam strategies as well as time management.

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. The program also prepares students for the medical school application and interview process through personal statement and curriculum vitae writing workshops and mock interviews. Due to the pandemic, BCP will not offer clinical or volunteer experiences. However, students will engage in virtual patient-simulated modules.

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
  • Seminars for Academic Success
  • Patient-Centered Medicine
  • Career and Professional Development Seminars
  • Clinical or Volunteer Experience (Due to the pandemic, BCP will not offer clinical or volunteer experiences. However, students will engage in virtual patient-simulated modules.)

Level II

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

Minimum GPA requirement: 3.0

Curriculum

  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Seminars for Academic Success & Introduction to the MCAT
  • Career and Professional Development Seminars
  • Clinical Internship (Due to the pandemic, BCP will not offer clinical experiences. However, students will engage in virtual patient-simulated modules.)

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.

Program Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 2:00pm 

Program Location: Due to the pandenic, BCP will be held virtually. 

Eligibility

Undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in medicine, first-generation, educationally and/or economically limited backgrounds who meet the minimum GPA and course requirements are eligible to apply. Priority is given to students who are New Jersey residents, EOF or enrolled in any NJ college/university. 

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. 

EOF students are eligible to receive a $1200 stipend. Students are required to provide their HESAA ID# and verification letter from their EOF Director.

Application Requirements

To apply, click HERE.

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, recommendation letter and EOF documents must be uploaded on the application. We cannot guarantee that applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Notifications will be emailed after April 1, 2021

For questions, please email summerprograms@rwjms.rutgers.edu