Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


Jefferson Summer Training & Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons

The Jefferson Summer Training and Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons (JeffSTEP-UP) in medicine is an intensive program aimed at pre-medical college and college graduate students who are underrepresented in medicine and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds intending to apply to medical college. 

  • Formal Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation through the Princeton Review Course
  • Comprehensive workshops focusing American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application preparation, personal statement writing, and medical College interview preparation. 
  • Educational sessions on health policy, health disparities and health equity
  • Clinical shadowing experiences in fields such as Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Medical skills workshops such as suturing and venipuncture
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior in college/university
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident visa
  • Must have completed all medical school prerequisites
  • Official college transcript
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement demonstrating interest in medicine
  • 123 hours of MCAT with the Princeton Review
  • Workshops including AMCAS preparation, Writing a Personal Statement, Mock Interviews, Health Policy, Health Disparities and Health Equity, Suturing, Venipuncture
  • Approx. 60 hours of clinical shadowing (Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and General Surgery)

The Jefferson STEP-UP Program will be expanding to
programs in other Jefferson Colleges in the future