Pre-Medical Preceptorship Program

PRE-MEDICAL PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM

The Pre-Medical Preceptorship Program's mission is to assist motivated students interested in the medical or physician assistant fields to gain an understanding of the field through shadowing experiences. It is intended for students that have limited shadowing opportunities.  

The program allows students the opportunity to shadow practitioners affiliated with THR’s Arlington Memorial Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth (tentatively starting spring 2022) while tying in academic components for course credit. The program is open to all current UTA undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and master’s students from any major with an interest in medicine. Students are selected through a competitive application process. (Note: shadowing opportunities are dependent on THR, JPS, and UTA policies regarding COVID-19).

 

ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA

  • A minimum of 60 earned, graded college credit hours (not in progress but completed by start of Preceptorship term; AP credit does not count towards these hours)
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.4. For post-baccalaureate students, a minimum UTA post-bacc GPA of 3.6 including at least 6 hours of 3000/4000 level sciences
  • Must be a currently enrolled UTA student and have completed at least one full semester at UTA
  • Must have completed BIOL and CHEM 1441 & 1442 or equivalent. Preference given to students with strong science backgrounds
  • Demonstrates a motivation towards medicine through healthcare related work, volunteering, or shadowing experiences after high school
  • Is not (or will not be) an applicant in the current medical/pa school cycle (2021-2022) during the preceptorship term
  • A well-articulated motivation toward medicine as presented in a personal statement
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from assigned hospital site with availability on some weekday mornings

Students are registered for a 3 hour Journal Club course by the Program Coordinator after acceptance into the program. The course is scheduled for one day per week. (BIOL 3348) Course credit can be applied as elective credit for most degree plans but should be reviewed with your advisor. Please keep in mind that tuition and fees must be paid by the student. Students are expected to complete a minimum number of shadowing hours (typically on weekday mornings) during the term along with attending and participating in the academic portion of the weekly course. Keep this in mind when registering for classes.

 

APPLICANT SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants will be reviewed holistically. Competitive applicants will be selected and invited for an interview. Final selections will be made after the interview depending on number of practitioners available. Selection criteria will be based on:

  • MEETING THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • ACADEMIC ABILITY: Overall GPA, Science GPA, trend
  • MOTIVATION TOWARDS MEDICINE: Clinical and Non-Clinical Experiences, Volunteering, Personal Statement
  • CRITICAL THINKING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS : Interview
  • FINAL SELECTION: After Interviews

 

APPLICATION LINK: APPLY HERE for Spring 2022!

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application Opens: Friday, September 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, October 31, 2021 @ 11:59 pm
  • Application Review: (tentative) week of November 1st
  • Applicants notified for an Interview: (tentative) week of November 8th
  • Interviews: (tentative) Week of November 8th and 15th
    • NOTE: Interviews last appx 15-20 minutes and plan to be virtual via Microsoft Teams
  • Candidates notified of acceptance: (tentative) week of November 22
  • MANDATORY Journal Club - Wednesdays at 3-4:20 pm in LS 128 (TENTATIVE- may change to another day)