Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy

A Division of the NAPCA Foundation

Empowering students with the tools and mindsets to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future college and career aspirations.

MPP Academy Goal 2035

Our big goal is to increase the diversity among doctors who are underrepresented in the physician workforce from the current rate of 11% to 20% by 2035. We are committed to building a pipeline of future medical students, as early as 4th grade, that is more representative of the U.S. population.

MPP Academy

Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Partnerships

Welcome to the Office of Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnerships (ODICP)

The mission of the ODICP is to build partnerships with medical schools, community and business leaders, and other stakeholders in the medical community to help increase the number of students from underrepresented groups until they are no longer underrepresented in medicine.

How the MPP Academy is Leveling the Playing Field
in the Physician Workforce

The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is a revolutionary early outreach, medical school preparation program that was built to work in partnership with Medical Schools and other stakeholders in the medical community to build a pipeline of students, as early as the 4th grade, from diverse backgrounds to the physician workforce. The MPP Academy offers students a variety of academic and career experiences, and personalized guidance over the course of our pipeline programs to help students break through the barriers to medical school.

Currently there is still a lack of diversity and inclusion in the physician workforce, especially pertaining to students underrepresented in medicine. A major contributing factor to this is the lack of educational opportunities of students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. These students are not being given the same quality of education, teachers, resources, and exposure that are available to students at prominent schools in more affluent communities.

The next generation of leaders in the field of medicine are sitting in classrooms across the country. These students are sitting in the classrooms at prestigious private schools, while others are sitting in low performing and under-resourced public schools. We believe that students, regardless of their zip code, background, or family circumstances should have the opportunity to nurture and explore their interest in becoming a future medical doctor.

The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy levels the playing field by providing academic and career preparation to all students to break through the barriers to medical school.

Diversity Unites Us

We believe diversity brings us together. It inspires us to respect the experiences and perspectives of others. Diversity encompasses much more than culture, race, and religion.

We believe in diversity of thought, life experiences, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, abilities, veteran status, socioeconomic background, and much more.

Our commitment to inclusiveness helps create both clinical and classroom learning environments that are innovative and intimate, so students and educators are valued and appreciated for the different viewpoints they share each day. 

Contributing to a Culture of Health & Diversity in Health Care

Big Goal:

The MPP Academy is committed to contributing to a culture of health and promoting diversity in health care by increasing the racial and ethnic composition of the medical physician work- force through our pre-professional and pipeline program. The academy focuses on creating diverse applicant pools and increasing the number of students underrepresented in medicine who are prepared to enter and graduate from medical school, which strengthens not only the workforce but also the medical care for generations of Americans and our global community. In addition, the academy offers the medical community an opportunity to engage diverse talent while supporting their career development.

Increasing Diversity in the Physician Workforce: Why It’s Important

As racial and ethnic diversity in the United States (U.S.) population continues to increase, the physician workforce has been relatively slow to follow  (Xierali et al, 2018). The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that by 2032, the U.S. will see a physician shortage of nearly 122,000 doctors because a large cohort of physicians over age 65 are retiring (AAMC Physician Shortages). These shortages will be felt most acutely in underserved communities across the nation (AAMC Physician Shortages). To properly address the racial disparities in our healthcare system, it’s crucial that we build a more diverse pipeline of medical students.

Students underrepresented in medicine (URM) experience a higher occurrence of dropout in the premedical pathway compared to their non-URM counterparts. A study conducted at Stanford found approximately 22% of the incoming class expressed an interest in pre-med, and approximately 30% of these students were URM. Based on this study it was determined that 50% of URM students dropped out of pre-med, compared to 17% of non-URM students (Barr et al, 2008). Another study used a College Board dataset to analyze 15,442 students spanning 102 institutions who began their post-secondary education in years between 2006 and 2009. This study found that the rate of fulfilling prerequisites among those with the intention of pursuing pre-medical studies was lowest in Hispanic and Black students. This study also found that there were meaningful differences between those who fulfilled the pre-medical prerequisites and those who did not fulfill the pre-medical prerequisites. Those who completed the pre-medical prerequisites typically reported a higher GPA, both in high school and all four years of college; scored higher on the SAT-Combined, with the largest difference in the Math section; reported a higher socioeconomic status, and in cases where it was available obtained higher grades in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics B and C (Zhang et al, 2020).
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MPP Academy Pipeline Programs:
Exploration and Preparation of the Pathways to Medicine

Education & Career Awareness

The MPP Academy implements a four-phase evidence-based approach to empower students with the tools and resources to navigate the career exploration and planning process.

Recruitment

Early career exploration and planning with personalized guidance will support the dreams of high-achieving students as early as the 4th grade through undergraduate studies and beyond, increasing the number of qualified candidates entering medical school.

Retention

MPP students are provided with the knowledge, resources and tools to thrive academically coupled with the social-emotional attributes to complete medical school, residency and physician licensing requirements, and to lead a fulfilling and meaningful career in the field of medicine.

In Our DNA

When the NAPCA Foundation was founded in 2009 its guiding mission was to “close the college and career aspirations – attainment gap for all students. Since our founding, NAPCA has continued to be recognized for its unwavering commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

In Our Classrooms

We have purposely assembled a dedicated team that reflects our definition of diversity. Our team is multifaceted, with roots in diverse communities nationwide. Together, they have created the foundation of the coursework and teaching philosophy.

In Our Community

When you join our community, you’re also making a commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. You’ll be asked to help uphold the school’s values by recognizing and embracing the benefits of diversity. You can contribute by helping to make the school an environment that engages diverse individuals and encourages them to share their unique points of view.

Join the MPP Academy's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board

As Pre-Med and Medical School student leaders, you are the face and future of Medicine and Healthcare.

By joining the MPP Academy’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board, you will be part of a movement to help build a more diverse pipeline of pre-med and medical students, as early as 4th grade, to reach our big goal of increasing the diversity of the physician workforce from 11% to 25% by 2035.

We are accepting applications from Pre-Med and Medical School Student Organization Leaders currently enrolled at universities and medical schools across the U.S. and Canada.

Apply Now to Join Our 2022 DEI Student Advisory Board!

To learn more or get involved, please visit the MPP Academy DEI Student Advisory Board webpage at mpp.napcaonline.org/dei-student-advisory-board.

If you have any questions about the DEI Student Advisory Board, please contact the MPP Academy Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships at 1-800-799-4640 extension 820 or you can email us at mpp@napcaonline.org.

Thank you for your interest in the MPP Academy DEI Student Advisory Board.

Diversity Facts

Students Enrolled in Medical School (2020-2021):

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.019%
  • Asian: 21.2%
  • Black or African American: 7.56%
  • Latino: 6.7%
  • Pacific Islander or Hawaiian Native: 0.08%
  • White: 43%

Demographics of the Physician Workforce:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.03%
  • Asian: 17.1%
  • Black or African American: 5%
  • Latino: 5.8%
  • Pacific Islander or Hawaiian Native: 0.01%
  • White: 56.2%

Source: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) click here