Serving Community College Students
ULMSP recruits community college students from academically, economically, or socially disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in becoming physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, biomedical research scientists or other health science professionals. ULMSP develops academic and professional skills; provides long term mentoring; creates social and professional networks; increases positive family engagement; and instills a culture of academic excellence and community service. It is a longitudinal academic enrichment and mentoring program that begins with a four-week intensive summer residential program. This provides a safe living learning environment where students have the opportunity to grow as individuals through structured academic, career and personal development activities. Emphasis is given to introducing and developing the skills needed to successfully complete an undergraduate degree and compete for entry into a graduate or professional school. UCSD SOM faculty, staff, alumni and students; local physicians; pharmacists; dentists; and other healthcare professionals lead lectures and workshops in note taking, networking, time and stress management, principles of leadership, cultural awareness, health disparities and ethics. Students participate in field trips, hands on lab activities, leadership coursework, written assignments, debate, book discussions and poster presentations. In addition, academic enrichment activities focus on increasing vocabulary, reading comprehension and reading rate, along with improving test-taking skills.