The Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP) is a 15-week medical school preparatory program offered to students who have been granted conditional acceptance to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. MERP's dual mission is to provide students from diverse backgrounds with additional academic preparation to foster their success in medical school, and to help determine the readiness of these students to meet the demands of a fast-paced and rigorous medical school curriculum like the one at AUC.
Although MERP is a separate program from AUC, for AUC applicants who are referred to MERP, we view it as your first step in the AUC journey. We are excited to offer this program to aspiring medical students of AUC.
Read some testimonials from students who completed the MERP program here.
Enrollment in the MERP program for applicants to AUC
Students applying to AUC will have their files reviewed by the school's Admissions Committee as part of the application process. The Admissions Committee of AUC may grant an applicant conditional acceptance to the university, contingent upon the student's successful completion of MERP, if the Admissions Committee believes that an applicant might benefit from strengthening his or her foundation in the medical sciences before starting as a first-semester AUC medical student.
Reasons to consider MERP if referred by AUC
MERP is designed to prepare students to succeed at AUC by:
Helping students build a strong foundation of medical sciences
Helping students adjust to the demands of medical school and develop the study and learning techniques critical to succeeding at AUC
Providing students with an opportunity to build strong social networks among fellow students that contribute to their success at AUC
No-Risk Program Fee Policy for MERP
The Medical Education Readiness Program (MERP) has a special no-risk fee policy that allows students who do not successfully complete the program to receive a refund of the full program fee.* This policy applies to all MERP students who do not achieve passing grades, regardless of whether they complete the program or withdraw early.
“We believe that MERP is an excellent investment to help students prepare to succeed in medical school. Our hope is that policy allows students to enter the program confident in their decision to move forward and ready to focus on what matters most: their success,” said Gannady Raskin, MD, executive director of MERP.
* Students who have taken out a private loan will have their tuition refunded back to the loan provider.
Important MERP details for AUC applicants
The MERP program is held in two locations. Miramar, Florida is just a few miles outside Miami and convenient to airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. MERP students in Canada can attend the program in Toronto -- classes are held at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Three sessions are held each year, commencing in April, August, and December, to allow students who successfully complete the program to matriculate into the next entering class at AUC.
2016-17 MERP Session Dates
April 2017 Program: April 18, 2017 to July 27, 2017
August 2017 Program: August 8, 2017 to November 16, 2017
December 2017 Program: December 5, 2017 to March 28, 2017
MERP Advancer Award (Scholarship)
The MERP Advancer Award is awarded to students who have excelled academically and provided leadership to peers during the Medical Education Readiness Program.