those not familiar with the MCAT Study Academy, it is a student driven study
group designed to engage those students of personal financial hardship with an
educational opportunity to promote high quality scores on the Medical College
Admissions Test (MCAT). Our mission is to reach out to individuals who are
interested in pursuing a career as a physician, but who also have untold
stories of personal hardship. This program strives to provide students with a
team-based approach to MCAT preparation utilizing the knowledge of current
medical students, prospective medical students, and fellow
undergraduate/graduate students aiming to achieve a common goal. The goals of
this program are to increase confidence and aptitude of students preparing to
take the MCAT, along with fostering the idea of teamwork in achieving a common
participating in the program, students will have access to a unique and
innovative MCAT preparation. In addition to the team-based approach preparation
for the MCAT, each student will have access to material presented in a manner
best suited to their learning style based on results from VARK (Visual,
Auditory, Reading, Kinesthetic). The MCAT Study Academy will also provide the
Myers Briggs Learning Assessment which will determine the personality
characteristics of students serving as an additional platform for presenting
MCAT study material. Students selected to participate in the program will also
have access to AAMC MCAT exams, MCAT passages, and free standing questions for
every subject. Additionally, outside of MCAT preparation students will interact
with current medical student mentors to help guide them through the application
and interview process in the future. The program will end with an event that
allows participants to socialize with medical students, as well as important
faculty from the School of Medicine over a meal. There will not be any fee for
participating in the program, meaning this MCAT Study Academy and
materials are FREE!
Application Deadline is October 30, 2015 at 5pm. No late applcations will be reviewed!
students participating in the program will be required to undergo learning
assessment testing before the program begins on January 23rd, 2016. In addition,
students will be required to attended guided study sessions during the week as
well as participate in the mentored session each Saturday from 8AM-5PM at Anschutz Medical Campus.
Failure to participate in each session will result in immediate dismissal from
of students will be defined by the Federal Pell Grant via Financial Aid,
participation in TRiO programs, and administrative queries searching for
pre-medical students at the junior and senior level, post-baccalaureate
students, and individuals looking to apply the upcoming cycle. The MCAT Study
Academy will be designated for students of disadvantaged socioeconomic status,
first generation, and/or underrepresented populations. Those capable of
handling the rigors of the study academy without jeopardizing other academics
and responsibilities will be qualified and encouraged to participate.
To apply, please follow the
link below. Submit completed applications, along with an official or unofficial transcript, by email to Christian.Valtierra@ucdenver.edu. Please see the below timeline for the
application process. Please do not hesitate to contact the MCAT Study Academy Coordinator, Christian Valtierra, with any questions!
MCAT Study Academy
Application Timeline (applications not being accepted at the time)
October 30th, 2015-
Applications due at 5:00pm. No late submissions will be reviewed!
November 16th, 2015-
Invitations for interviews will be sent.
December 1-4, 2015- Potential
January 23rd, 2016- First MCAT
Study Academy meeting.