Access Med

According to the 2010 US Census and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans represent about 26 percent of the U.S. population but comprise less than 8.56 percent of our country's physicians1,2. The significant talent in these underrepresented groups is greatly needed to help deliver quality health care to all citizens and to make breakthroughs in biomedical science.

Access-Med is a consortium for undergraduates offered by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It was designed to provide academic enrichment, support, and advising for groups currently underrepresented in medicine. Participants also receive career guidance and assistance in submitting applications to medical schools.

1 2010 U.S. Census Bureau

 2 Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US, 2010 Edition. American Medical Association.

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Please refer to individual pages for more details on how to apply.


How is Access Med Organized?

Access Med is organized into two major phases (I and II) to serve admitted students. In addition, a strong Pre-Phase I Program is offered to help students successfully complete the requirements for acceptance into Phase I.


Pre-Phase I


Groups underrepresented in medicine as well as educationally and economically disadvantaged students

  1. Students in the ODASIS Academic Support Program are enrolled in General Biology or General Chemistry Supplemental Instruction sessions.
  2. Academic support and enrichment activities are provided.
  3. Academic advising and career counseling are provided.


Phase I


  1. Students that are ethnically identified as part of one of the underrepresented groups in medicine: African American, Hispanic, Puerto-Rican, and Native American.
  2. Have completed the following courses: General Biology 101 and 102; General Chemistry 161 and 162; one semester of college math (precalculus or calculus), and one semester of college English (Expository Writing).
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9
  4. Full time undergraduate first degree student

Program Components:

  1. Attend seminars and workshops at Rutgers University and special medical conferences at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
  2. Interact with health care professionals and obtain career counseling and academic assistance, as needed.
  3. Exposure to health professional school in tri-state area
  4.  Academic support and enrichment activities are provided.
  5. Academic advising and career counseling are provided.
  6. Continue Phase I activities throughout the completion of the B.A./B.S. degree.

How to Apply:

Please click the link below for more information on how to apply to Access Med Phase I:


MCAT/DAT/GRE Prep Courses

Unique and extensive credit-bearing preparation programs conducted for postgraduate entrance exams. Please click the link below for more information on each program:


Phase II

A transitional year program in which accepted students pre-matriculate at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) during the fall semester of their senior year. Student are enrolled full time at RWJMS. Students earn 8 biology elective credits for courses taken at RWJMS. Upon successful completion of these courses, students automatically matriculate into RWJMS.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Students that are ethnically identified  as African American or Puerto Rican descent. Other Hispanic students may be considered if they have significant financial need, demonstrated by a NJ Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) grant.
  2. Must be an Access Med Phase I student and must have participated in the ODASIS MCAT Course
  3. Must have a cumulative and science GPA of at least 3.4
  4. Students must maintain full time status in the spring semester of their senior year
  5. Students must be eligible for graduation from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at the end of the "transitional year" at RWJMS.


A completed application consists of:

  1. Access Med Phase II application
  2. Four (4) letters of recommendations
  3. Personal statement
  4. Official transcript