Medical Education Program
The Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program admits individuals who are committed to its mission of service to underrepresented and underserved communities. The Admissions Committee seeks intelligent, mature and highly motivated candidates who show promise of becoming leaders and innovators in the medical field. The committee carefully considers personal qualities, including integrity, professionalism and potential to succeed. Other factors, including academic record, MCAT scores, record of activities and accomplishments, community service, recommendations from premedical committees and science instructors, as well as the ability to overcome personal obstacles are also reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The personal interview is an integral part of the process.
Each year approximately 1,700 highly qualified candidates apply for 24 openings in the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program. Our students represent the full range of gender, ethnic, and educational diversity of our society which contributes to the strength of our institution.
The Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program admissions committee is committed to diversity by ensuring adequate representation of women and all minority groups with diverse interests and backgrounds. All applications are given careful consideration without regard to sex, race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or financial status.
Required Pre-Medical Educational Requirements
Required Premedical Courses
Biology – One year of college Biology with a laboratory component. Recommended courses to meet the Biology requirement include: Cell Biology, Genetics, Embryology, Histology and Anatomy.
Chemistry - One year of college Organic Chemistry with a laboratory component, including at least one course in Inorganic Chemistry or Quantitative Analysis (Biochemistry is highly recommended).
English – One year of English Composition, Literature or other courses emphasizing reading comprehension. Remedial English courses will not be considered in meeting this requirement.
Physics - One year of college Physics with a laboratory components.
Mathematics – One year of college mathematics including at least one course in Calculus and Statistics.
- Completion of Premedical course requirements.
- The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) (www.aamc.org./students/amcas/start.htm) application and supporting documents must be completed and submitted to AMCAS no later than November 15 of the year preceding anticipated entry.
- The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) should be taken in September of the year prior to entry. The MCAT examination should be completed no more than three years prior to matriculation. For more information concerning the examination and tests dates please consult the MCAT (www.aamc.org/students/mcat/) website
- After initial review by the Admissions Committee, a secondary application is sent to a select number of applicants. The secondary application allows prospective students to describe their activities related to the institutional mission. There is a $50.00 processing fee for the secondary application. Fee waivers are granted with approval of the Admissions Committee Chair and a copy of the AMCAS fee waiver documentation.
- Three letters of recommendation or a composite report from a professional advisory committee of the student’s college or university must be submitted in support of the secondary application. Two letters of recommendation must be from a professor and/or academic advisor and one recommendation from someone well acquainted with the student’s personal characteristics.
- Interview with the Admissions Committee.
Advance Standing/Transfer Students
Admission is granted to the first year only. The Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program does not accept transfer or advanced standing students.
Financial aid for the Medical Education Program is administered through the Office of Student and Resident Financial Services at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This Office assists students in meeting the costs of their medical education by providing federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid and merit scholarships. This Office also offers financial counseling and assistance.
Private scholarships are awarded through Charles Drew University and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA based on academic achievement and financial need. Scholarships that have been awarded previously include:
Pfizer Award Scholarship
Association of Black Women Physicians
James Irvine Foundation
Charles R. Drew Auxiliary Scholarship
TUTITION AND FEES (www.medstudent.ucla.edu/current/fao/default.cfm?pgId=191)
Tuition and fees for the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program are determined by the Board of Regents of the University of California and are subject to change without notice. Non-California residents must pay out-of-state-tuition.
STUDENT HOUSING (www.medstudent.ucla.edu/current/housing.cfm?pgId=346)
Campus housing for students who are single, married have families is available at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. UCLA Housing Services coordinates the housing application process for accepted students. The staff is available to answer questions and assist you with housing options, meal plans, budget counseling, and payment information.
CLINICAL SKILLS AND SIMULATION CENTER
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER
HEALTH SCIENCE LIBRARY (link to Library webpage and or phone number)
Dual Degree Programs
Charles Drew University has another unique medical program with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Program in Medical Education (PRIME) is a five-year dual program leading to the Doctor of Medicine and a Masters degree in an area that complements the mission of the program. Like the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, PRIME’s mission is to train students to work in diverse medically disadvantaged communities.
During the fourth year of the program, students will complete an advanced degree, including a Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration or a Master of Science in an area that complements the mission of the program, where they will design and implement a project related to improving health disparities and access to care.
For more information about the UCLA-Drew Program in Medical Education, please contact the Admissions Office at 310-794-5912 or UCLAPRIME@mednet.ucla.edu.
M.D. /PhD. (Medical Scientist Training Program)
Charles Drew/UCLA medical students have the opportunity to apply for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UCLA. This program, in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is designed for the education and training of exceptionally qualified individuals for careers in biomedical science. The MSTP requires an average of seven years of study leading to both the M.D. and PhD degrees. The program seeks to provide an optimum environment for education and research utilizing the individual talents of participating faculty and students, leading to a greater understanding of basic biology and of the causes and treatment of human disease. The MSTP encourages independent thinking, creativity, self-motivated lifelong learning, personal responsibility and service.
The M.D. / M.P.H. program allows students to participate in a combined five-year curriculum that is comprised of formal training in both the medical and public health schools. The first three years of the combined program are spent in the Medical Education Program. During the third year, students apply to the School of Public Health at UCLA. Students accepted into the program spend the majority of their fourth year in the School of Public Health completing public health core and elective classes. During the fifth year, students participate in medical sub-internship, public health and integrated coursework.
The M.D. /M.B.A. program allows students to participate in a combined five-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine and the Master of Business Administration degrees. With the administrative and business demands of today’s healthcare system, medical students should be given the opportunity to be trained in the issues that underlie this transformation in health care. The first three years of the combined program are spent in the Medical Education Program. During the third year, students take the GMAT examination and apply to the Anderson School of Business at UCLA for the M.D. /M.B.A. program. Students accepted into the program spend the majority of their fourth year in the Anderson School of Business at UCLA completing core classes. During the fifth year, students participate in medical sub- internship, business and integrated coursework.