Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy

Important Dates

Application LIVE for CDA Program
December 3, 2018
Application Deadline
February 5, 2019 at 5 p.m.
CDA Acceptance Notification Package Sent Through Fluid Review
March 15, 2019
Students Must Submit Acceptance Letter to OHEI
April 1, 2019
Program Start Date
May 26, 2019
Program End Date
July 20, 2019

General Program Information

MHSCDA participants in simulation lab

Duration: 8 weeks (May 26, 2019 to July 20, 2019)

Number of participants: 15-20

Location: University of Michigan Medical School

Financial support: Stipend, housing and meal plan provided.

The Institute is comprised of residential academies that develop AAMC Core Competencies.

Diversity is essential in addressing today’s health disparities - from the students who train to become tomorrow’s doctors, to the patients who will benefit from their research and care. The Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy is committed to exposing and preparing students for medical school in a diverse and inclusive environment. The Career Development Academy is designed for rising junior and senior undergraduates or recent graduates of an accredited college or university. In particular, the program focuses on preparing participants for the extensive process of applying and gaining admission into medical school.

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops on:

  • American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Preparation
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Preparation
  • Shadowing Opportunities 
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Health Disparities
  • Biomedical careers

Additionally, each participant will have a medical student mentor and be provided formal and informal opportunities to network with faculty and staff.


  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident 
  • Have a valid U.S. social security number
  • Be a current junior up to a recent graduate
  • Self-identify as educationally, socially, or economically disadvantaged AND/OR demonstrated commitment to serve under-served populations within the U.S. (See detailed criteria on application.)
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.2
  • Completed the following courses:
    • 2- Semesters of Chemistry with labs (i.e. inorganic, organic, general, and biochemistry)
    • 1- Semester of Physics
    • 2- Semesters of Biology with labs
    • 1- Semester of Math (i.e. possibly stats, comp. science, and calculus)
    • 1- Semester of English Composition

Applicants will also be evaluated based on the following:

  • Personal and academic accomplishments
  • Successful completion of first-year Biology and Chemistry courses
  • A demonstrated interest in a career in medicine or biomedical research
  • Demonstrated commitment to helping under-served populations
  • Quality of academic recommendations

Students may not take academic classes or be engaged in other activities that would prevent them from attending all training sessions.

This program is open to all students with an interest in medicine and health disparities. Applicants from underrepresented minority groups in medicine, rural and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  • Submitted online application
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members teaching science courses
    • One letter of recommendation from academic advisor or employer
  • Official or unofficial transcript from your institution(s)

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the program.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact oheiprehealthprograms@umich.edu or call 734-763-7726