The Professional Portal Program was formerly known as the Professional Portal Track (PPT). Admission criteria and selection process for candidates have remained the same, and criteria for automatic admission to medical school have not changed.
The PPP consists of three sequential steps. Two are included in the first year, and the third is accomplished during the summer after completing the required coursework.
Recognizing the value of non-traditional approaches to improving health care for medically underserved communities and populations in Mississippi, the Professional Portal Program will identify, nurture and maximize the academic potential of students who strive towards careers in health care or biomedical science that will benefit the underserved of this state.
The Professional Portal Program will provide a mentor-based, comprehensive program that offers a terminal degree in the biomedical sciences suitable as preparation for teaching at the community/junior college level, as advanced training for governmental and industrial positions, and as an indication of competitiveness for admission to the University of Mississippi Schools of Medicine (M.D.), Dentistry (D.M.D.) and Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences (Ph.D.).
Criteria for admission to the PPP include: 1) formal application and denial of admission to either the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry or School of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences at UMMC; 2) Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores not more than four years old; 3) belonging to racial or ethnic groups under-represented in medicine or coming from an environmentally or economically disadvantaged background; 4) recommendation by the medical, dental or graduate school's admission officer; 4) invitation to apply by the Professional Portal Program director; and 5) submission of acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Residency requirements and time limitations for the Professional Portal Program are the same as those listed in the UMMC Bulletin for the Master of Science program.
The Professional Portal Program at the UMMC School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences utilizes the power of mentorship to attract, sustain and empower students underrepresented in medicine or from environmentally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Objectives are to: