North Carolina Central University has established its Early Medical School Selection Program with the Boston University Medical School. Under the program, students from NCCU spend summers in Boston taking classes at the medical school. They also take courses in time management and other skills crucial for success in medical school.
The NCCU students who are selected for the program spend their entire senior year as undergraduates in Boston with the hope that they will qualify for admission to the medical school.
Kaye Thompson-Rogers, director of the Health Careers Center at NCCU, notes that “medical school is so competitive. You may have done everything you needed to do, yet still not get in because so many students are applying. The early selection program provides a better opportunity because the medical school professors get to know in advance who you are and what you can do.”
Dr. Thompson-Rogers holds a master’s degree and a master of public health degree from North Carolina Central University. She earned a Ph.D. at Jackson State University in Mississippi.