UW School of Medicine Summer Prematriculation Program (PreMat)

An Enrichment Program for Students Transitioning into Medical School

Monday, August 6th - Friday, August 10th, 2018

This summer the Office for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs and the Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) will sponsor a Prematriculation Program (PreMat). The PreMat program will focus on serving entering medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and students who have been away from an intensive academic program for a significant amount of time. PreMat serves as a scholastic enrichment program which will facilitate students’ transition to medical school by providing academic and social supports.

The one-week intensive program consists of coordinated activities designed to address student competencies needed for the rapid adjustment to medical school. The PreMat lectures are designed to familiarize entering students with the course content taught early in medical school, while providing experiences in learning skills and community building. The aim is that students will become acquainted with the available resources at the medical school to support student success.

Program Activities & Schedule

In the mornings, the program will consist of an introduction to the Metabolic and Cellular Basis of Disease (MBCD) course with lectures that include basic sciences and clinical correlations . Additional afternoon lectures will focus on central health issues for medically underserved populations including diabetes, occupational hazards for farm workers, poverty, LGBTQ health topics, and global health. Faculty from the University of Washington Health Sciences schools will be the PreMat instructors. Second-year medical students will serve as teaching assistants and facilitate the classroom and evening tutorial sessions.

The PreMat program recognizes the importance of social support and mentorship for student success. Thus, sessions on learning skills, self-care, and community program visits are planned and participants will have the opportunity to learn from current medical students, faculty, residents, and community health providers. Additionally, evening and weekend networking activities will be offered as part of the program.

Cost & Housing

There are no tuition costs to participate in the program. PreMat participants are responsible for their own room and board while in Seattle. Students who are accepted into the program will be contacted in June and will be asked about travel and housing needs. Limited travel scholarships will be available and the school will aim to address all housing needs by offering a list of current students and alumni who are willing to host PreMat program participants.

Program Dates

The program will begin Monday, August 6th through Friday, August 10, 2018, with a welcome dinner scheduled on Sunday, August 5. Sessions will be held at the University of Washington Magnusson Health Sciences Center in Seattle. Attendance is required at all sessions. Participants should expect to spend around eight to ten hours a day in sessions. It will not be feasible for students to have employment or other commitments while enrolled in the one-week program.

To Apply

Apply here for the Pre-Matriculation Summer Program
The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 10, 2018.


Please contact NormaAlicia Pino with any questions at premat18@uw.edu