Recruitment and Retention Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine
Like most schools, Rosalind Franklin University has used traditional methods of recruitment such as field visitations and visits to local universities. We also encourage visits of students from undergraduate institutions to our campus for group discussions and individual conferences with the University Admissions Office staff, Multicultural Affairs Officers and our own students. However, we have recognized over the years that traditional methods of recruiting students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to RFUMS have had limited success. We have, therefore, embarked upon new and innovative programs for attracting these students. The core of our efforts is the long and successful relationship with the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP).
Post-baccalaureate students are recommended for this program by CAHMCP
based upon the long and close relationship that exists between CAHMCP staff and students, with only minimal reference to past academic records. Such a relationship allows better evaluation and counseling than the usual application process. Students selected for the Pre-Matriculation program are enrolled in selected courses with first year medical students and given access to all of the support services of the University with no tuition cost. The CAHMCP staff and the office of Educational Affairs work together with the Admissions Office of the University to provide continuing guidance and counseling. The admissions committees of the various schools at Rosalind Franklin University recognize that demonstration of academic excellence in this introductory curriculum is a strong indicator of continued academic success.