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.

Overview of MPP Academy

The Medical Physician Preparation (MPP) Academy is designed to increase the number of high achieving students who are academically and mentally prepared with the social-emotional skills to: 1) complete medical school and 2) become licensed to practice medicine in a medical specialty that provides a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives. The MPP Academy 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 that exist on the path to medical school. The MPP Academy is open to high achieving elementary (4th & 5th grade students), secondary (6th-12th grade students), and undergraduate students from all backgrounds who might not have considered a career as a medical physician or have already committed to pursuing a career in medicine.

The MPP Academy offers students a variety of academic and career experiences, and personalized guidance over the course of our pipeline programs:

15 Core Competencies for Medical School

Successful medical school applicants are able to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and capabilities in these 15 defined competency areas. The 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students have been endorsed by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Committee on Admissions (COA) are listed here.

Over the past few years, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have been reviewing the framework needed for premedical training and for the lifelong training needed for medical school and practice. They issued a report, “Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians,” outlining the scientific and quantitative competencies that premedical students should master as well as a companion report, “Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians,” indicating that the conceptual framework in these disciplines that premedical and medical students need in order to understand socio-economic and cultural determinants of health and to address health care disparities.

Drawing upon this extensive research by several advisory panels, AAMC’s Group on Student Affairs and Committee on Admissions endorsed 15 core competencies for entering medical schools. The AAMC defines competency as an “observable behavior that combines knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes related to a specific activity.” 

We recommend all students interested in applying to Medical School to do the following:

  • Visit the AAMC website to review the list of competencies.
  • Review AAMC’s Self-Assessment Guide, “Anatomy of an Applicant: Competency Resources and Self-Assessment Guide for Medical School Applicants.   
  • Prepare a portfolio to keep track of and to reflect on your progress and to begin to frame this information in ways that would be useful when applying to medical school.

We urge students to consider these competencies when making decisions about courses, potential experiential learning experiences, community service, health-related service in research and clinical care.

Curriculum Snapshot

Connecting students with the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to thrive in undergrad, medical school, and beyond.