Icahn SOM at Mt Sinai | Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Scholars Program (New York, NY)

Feb. 17, 2023

The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep HCOP Academy Program is a partnership between Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center. 

The Program uniquely builds on the collective expertise of four outstanding institutions to expand health careers preparation for minority and disadvantaged students from junior high school through medical school with the goal of increasing competitiveness for medical school.  Ultimately, we expect that our scholars will have the humanism, professionalism and interpersonal skills required of a future physician caring for a diverse population.

The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep HCOP Academy is a free summer enrichment program for under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged college students interested in the medical field.

The NERA MedPrep Program
The program is open to New York City and New Jersey resident college freshmen and sophomores interested in attending medical school. MedPrep is a 3 year summer commitment designed to give students an opportunity to develop key skills and competencies that are important to success on the road to medical school.

  • Participate in programs at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Stipend support
  • No Application Fee
  • MCAT Prep
  • Clinical and Research Experience
  • Academic Counseling and Mentoring
  • Cultural Competency Education  

*To provide a safe educational environment for all of our college pipeline programs, NERA will follow current CDC and Institutional guidelines for the Summer 2023 sessions; requiring that students participating in the program follow social distancing, wear a mask, and be vaccinated against COVID-19 (proof of vaccination will be required). These rules will be amended as new guidelines or regulations become effective. Please note that residential programs will have additional requirements.

To be eligible for the NERA MedPrep Program, an applicant must

  • be a resident of one of the 5 (five) boroughs of New York City, Long Island or Westchester county or a resident of New Jersey and a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.  This is a non-residential program.  (Please keep in mind the classes will start as early as 8:00 am.)
  • be a college freshman or sophomore
  • be in good academic standing
  • have completed college chemistry (I, II or both) and English composition (I, II or both) (only New Jersey residents)

Read more and apply by Mar 1