Student Diversity & Enrichment

Pre-health Scholars Program (PSP)

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The Pre-Health Scholars Program (PSP) is a multi-year academic enrichment and career exploration program for pre-health students sponsored by The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment (OSDE), and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program. The program will provide support and services to students throughout their undergraduate experience. We are seeking rising sophomores (some juniors will be considered) to take part in a multi-year enriching educational and experiential learning program. The program components include academic and clinical experiences that highlight exciting components of healthcare. 

The journey begins with a six-week summer program for highly motivated pre-health students from May 12th thru June 22nd.

OSDE will work with the students as they move through their undergraduate experience, with each year adding new experiences and opportunities. Recent participants have earned paid research positions, internships and work experiences while still undergraduates.

Educational Grants

Accepted and matriculated PSP students who fulfill their on-going obligations while in the initial summer program receive a $1500 educational grant.

Additional grants or stipends are available to support research positions, as well as test preparation materials and costs.

PSP Program Overview

A maximum of fifteen students will be accepted into PSP for 2018. This program will help participants enhance science inquiry and communication skills utilizing Small Group Problem-based Learning, explore time management and test taking strategies to enhance learning skills, the program provides exposure to various health professions through clinical experiences, and offers professional school admissions information through interaction with faculty, staff and current professional students.

The PSP summer session includes clinical, academic and hands-on opportunities to learn more about medicine and other health careers. We will take part in sessions from: Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, School of Physical Therapy, the College of Pharmacy and our new Physician Assistant program.

After the summer PSP session is complete, the rest of our work is just beginning. OSDE will continue to support you with tutoring sessions, research assistance and volunteer opportunities. As part of the PSP family, you will become both a mentor and mentee as you work towards your goals.

Application Processes and Eligibility

The application is open now and the priority deadline for submissions is February 18th, 2018. All applications received by the deadline will be considered equally. Please start the process early so you are able to submit all materials before February 18th. Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed if space is available.

Application Link: 2018 PSP Application

Priority Application Deadline: March 4, 2018 (Postmarked by midnight). Applications will be accepted after this date and reviewed as space is available.

Questions

For any questions please contact Kevin Casey at kcasey2@health.usf.edu or (813) 396-9944.