The Lester R. Bryant Pre-Admissions Program
Among the key health concerns that the State of Missouri needs to address is the declining level of health care available in small towns and rural areas of this state. A combination of economic distress and the aging of the physician population have played a major role in the development of this crisis.
To further enhance its rural health mission, the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine implemented a strategy to encourage young people coming from rural backgrounds to pursue a medical education.
Previous studies have demonstrated that students from rural backgrounds are substantially more likely to practice in rural areas than students from urban backgrounds. Because these students tend, for economic and geographic reasons, to preferentially attend regional state universities and other colleges in their region, the Bryant Scholars Program was established.
Students are accepted into the Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program as a cooperative effort between the designated institutions and the MU School of Medicine. Students are eligible for admission to the program following completion of their sophomore (second) year in college.
Students accepted into the pre-admissions program are offered acceptance into a particular entering class of the MU School of Medicine, conditional upon them achieving certain academic standards, demonstrating ongoing professional conduct and participating in required activities.
Students who matriculate to the University of Missouri School of Medicine through the Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program also have curricular requirements while in medical school.
All applicants are required to sign a statement of intent acknowledging their commitment to the Bryant Scholars Pre-Admissions Program and the MU Rural Track Pipeline Program.
Jana Porter, Coordinator Program/Project Support