The following are answers to frequent questions about the Professional Portal Program.
The Professional Portal Program is intended for students who:
The federal definitions for environmental and economic disadvantages are taken from the Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-392). An individual is considered "environmentally/educationally disadvantaged" if they come from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge skills and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education and training in an allied health profession.
Specific criteria for an environmentally disadvantaged background include:
An individual is considered "economically/financially disadvantaged" if they come from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health and allied health professions programs. The Secretary defines a "low-income" family for programs included in Titles VII and VIII of the PHS Act as having an annual income that does not exceed 200 percent of the Department's poverty guidelines.
The Department's poverty guidelines, published in the Federal Register, are based on poverty thresholds published by the U.S. Census Bureau, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index. The Secretary annually adjusts the low-income levels based on the Department's poverty guideline and makes them available to persons responsible for administering the applicable programs.
Applicants must meet the following criteria. They must:
The PPT program includes seven required core courses and elective courses. Consult the PPT curriculum for course descriptions and an updated PPT calendar for the academic schedule.
The primary outcome for successful completion of the Professional Portal Program program is the awarding of the Master of Biomedical Science (M.S.) degree.
In addition, both successful completion of M.S. program requirements and accomplishment of specific academic remediation requirements, as specified by the relevant admissions committees, will afford an individual entry into their school of primary interest (Medicine, Dentistry or Graduate Studies in Health Sciences).
Yes, but only if the individual meets the following criteria:
Scholarships are not available at this time. PPT students should be prepared to pay for the summer quarter of graduate school expenses at registration. For those who complete requirements listed in Steps for Aid, financial aid customarily available to graduate students (federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans) may be available in time for registration for the fall quarter in August.
No. Graduation from the Professional Portal Program and awarding of the Master of Biomedical Science degree do not require completion of a thesis.
The admissions process in both the School of Medicine and Dentistry can accommodate the following timeline. Months listed refer to the calendar year following the initial unsuccessful application to medical, dental or graduate school. For example, a student who applied for admission to professional school in summer 2011 would receive notification from the admissions officer of review for recommendation into the Professional Portal Program in March 2012.
The Professional Portal Program begins with a mandatory summer entrance examination (MCAT or DAT) preparation course offered by the Division of Multicultural Affairs followed by one year of course work required for the Masters of Biomedical Science (M.S.) degree.
Grades for course work in Master's program are required reapplication to medical/dental school. Students enrolled in the first year of the Professional Portal Program that prematurely apply to UMMC's Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Graduate Studies in Health Science will be automatically denied admission.
The initial contacts for information concerning the Professional Portal Program are the admissions officers for the school of primary interest for the applicant.
For the School of Medicine:
For the School of Dentistry:
For the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, contact the department or program of interest.
The program director for the Professional Portal Program is:
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
General Information: 601-984-1000
Patient Appointments: 888-815-2005