Rural area students encouraged to apply for medical program

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Deadline for Bryant Scholars Pre-Admission Program June 1

The Lester R. Bryant Scholars Pre-Admission Program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine encourages young people from rural backgrounds to pursue a medical education. Students are eligible for admission to the program after completing their sophomore year in college at a Missouri public or independent four-year college or university.

"We would love to see southwest Missouri students represented in the applicant pool," said Kelly Risby, senior program/project support coordinator at the MU School of Medicine, Springfield clinical campus. "I am happy to help local students in any way that I can as they go through the process."

The MU School of Medicine has removed the ACT eligibility requirement for the Bryant Scholars Pre-admissions Program. Students no longer have to have a 28 or higher on the ACT to be eligible to apply.

Students are now required to submit two letters of evaluation from college professors who taught and issued them a grade. One of the two required evaluations must be from a college science professor. Students may also submit a third optional non-academic evaluation.

The application, instructions, supporting documents and eligibility requirements have been updated and are available online at medicine.missouri.edu/ahec.

Teachers, parents or students that have questions should contact Risby at the Springfield clinical campus, 1845 S. National Avenue, Suite 100, by telephone at 417- 720-7140, or by email at risbyk@health.missouri.edu. In addition, they may also contact Allison Fuemmeler at 573-884-3566, or Blair Whitney at 573-884-8025.

Application deadline for the program is June 1.