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The Medical Education Development (MED) Program is an intensive educational experience and challenging opportunity to gain insight into the realities of attending medical or dental school.

The MED Program was established in 1974 and is designed to increase opportunities in the health professions for individuals who demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but who have lacked opportunities in the past in moving toward their professional goals. The MED Program is sponsored by the University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and Adams School of Dentistry, and the State of North Carolina. The program offers a structured summer curriculum at the level of professional education to increase the ability of advanced pre-professional candidates, especially those who are underrepresented, to compete successfully for admission to health professional schools.

MED serves three types of students: those seeking confirmation, re-confirmation, or affirmation in their academic abilities.

MED has two goals: to break down students processes (thinking, learning, studying & testing skills) to build up better foundations.

MED desires one outcome: to develop each student into a more compassionate human being, a more skilled scholar, and more insightful healthcare professional.

Application & MED Information Sessions:

The MED 2022 application will open Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5:00pm.

We are excited to host information sessions to discuss the plans for MED 2022, the application process, and answer any additional questions potential applicants have about the program. Sessions will be held virtually:

Friday, October 1, 2021

Monday, November 1, 2021

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Zoom calls will be held at noon and 4:30 p.m. on the dates listed above.

Join us at:  MED 2022 Interest Meeting

General FAQs

General Information

What is the MED program?
The MED Program is a demanding academic preparatory program for minority and underrepresented students with an intensive curriculum that mimics the first semester of medical and dental school. The program enhances your studying and test-taking skills and strengthens your sciences to prepare you adequately to begin medical or dental school. Participants take courses in biochemistry, gross anatomy, histology, microbiology, physiology, and dental theory (pre-dental). The MED dental theory course is held at Durham Technical Community College. We unfortunately are unable to provide transportation between campuses.
How long is the program and when/where is the program held?
The program is tentatively planned for nine (9) weeks and is usually held from Memorial Day until the last Friday in July. It is held on the campus of UNC – Chapel Hill at the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
What is the typical daily schedule?
Classes and professional sessions are scheduled Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 pm daily with study review sessions on Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Participants are in class for the full time most days. All scheduled sessions are required, unless indicated by the program staff. A typical weekly schedule would resemble the following: (Note: This is not a final schedule but intended to be a guide. Dates and times are tentative).


8:00am – 12:00pm – Professional Development Seminars

1:00pm – 5:00pm – MED Core 4 Workshops

*3:30pm – 7:30pm – Dental Theory Course

ACADEMIC BLOCK 1 – June 8 – June 26, 2020

8:00am-12:00pm – Biochemistry

1:00am-5:00pm – Microbiology

ACADEMIC Block 2 – June 30 – July 25, 2020

8:00am-12:00pm – Histology & Physiology

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Gross Anatomy


  • LABS

240 hours of instructional time

Classes are held M-F 8:00am-5:00pm with occasional evening events and office hours. Mandatory Saturday review sessions are held each Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Can you miss any days of MED?
Students accepted into the MED Program are expected to be present for the full duration of the program. Absences are excused in the event of personal illness or extenuating circumstances. However, extended absence from the program will hinder performance as the program is rigorous and has weekly examinations without time for making up missed work and further participation in the program will be left to the discretion of the Director.
How many people apply each year?
Over 300 applications are completed each year.
How many people are chosen each year?
The program accepts 90 applicants in total. Seventy (70) applicants are accepted for the medical component and twenty (20) for the dental component.
When are selections made?
Applicants should expect notification about the status of their application during the first week of April.
Is there a waitlist?
Is the waitlist ranked?
Are there interviews?


What is the amount of the stipend?
The amount of the taxable stipend is $3000, which is distributed in two installments of $2000 and $1000 at 21 day intervals. These funds are intended to help subsidize the cost of meals, transportation, and general living expenses. Housing and other program materials are provided by the MED Program.
Are accommodations provided?
The program pays for participant housing in an on-campus dormitory. Participants must bring all personal items. Furniture is provided in the dormitory (bed, dresser, and desk included).