Institution
University of Texas at El Paso
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
University of Texas at El Paso
Academic Advising Center, Rm 105
500 W University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968-0509
United States

The Medical Professions Institute is the center on campus for students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies at medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, or optometry school.  It provides a wide range of clientele-services to some 600 advisees, with programs recruiting from high school student populations; services-services include pre-professional advising and applications support, freshman experience coursework, MCAT guidance, early admissions programs, pre-med summer internship, Texas medical school tour, pre-professional student organizations, and professional identity formation activities.

Goal/Mission

In 2002, UTEP created the Medical Professions Institute (MPI) to work with students who are interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree in medical, dental, veterinarian, optometry, or physician assistant school.  As a Texas border institution, UTEP realizes the challenges and opportunities in educating the Latino population across all majors and colleges.  We especially, however, appreciate the need for Latino health care professionals to serve the growing numbers of Hispanic residents as well as to address the growing disparity of health care for Hispanics, especially along the border.

Outcome

By 2007-five years after MPI was launched-UTEP had become the second largest undergraduate institution in the United States, preparing Mexican American applicants to U.S. medical schools.  We have had students accepted to summer programs at Yale, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, University of Washington, Cornell, Columbia, Baylor, Boston University, and Stanford.  Acceptance to these universities exposes UTEP students to the world and exposes these institutions to the high caliber of students at UTEP.  The following figures represent results for one year (2009-2014): 48% acceptance rate for MPI students to medical professions schools/programs for 2014 compared to 0% acceptance for non-MPI involved applicants.  Over 65 students participated in competitive biomedical summer 2014 internships, including Boston University, UC San Francisco, MIT, in Washington DC, and Ireland, and mentorship by a Nobel Laureate at Rockefeller University.  Five of the university's Top Ten Seniors in May 2014 were MPI students.    

Program Focus
Health