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PSDO 230 is designed for highly qualified students in their sophomore or junior year that are actively considering a career in medicine. Students at other phases of their training will also be considered, should space permit. If you are interested in enrolling in PSDO 230, please submit an application.

Due to the nature of the small group and interactive panels that will occur throughout the semester as well as the patient interactions required of students, the course has limited enrollment and registration will be granted by the instructor. All interested students are required to submit an online application, with only accepted applications receiving permission to enroll.

Applications for the Fall 2024 semester are now open. 

What does the application require?

For consideration, students will need to have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.3, complete a brief personal statement, and have at least one, but up to two recommenders complete a brief web form. Additional details and the application itself can be found on the 'Application Page'

Students will also be asked to answer the following prompts:

    • Who are you, and why are you interested in medicine?

    • Why do you think this course will help you get where you want to go?

Applicants should take time to explain their interests and what they are hoping to gain from participating. Enrollment in the course is at the discretion of the course directors and is offered to students deemed most likely to benefit from the curriculum. 

Each applicant will need to have 1-2 (at least one, no more than two accepted) recommenders complete the web forms. Generally, we expect at least one of these recommenders to be UAB faculty. Once the student application is submitted the reference(s) listed on the application will receive an email with a link requesting he/she complete the brief form. Applicants should carefully choose references that can speak not only to their academic performance, but their engagement in activities outside the classroom and interest in the field of medicine.

Based upon prior offerings of this course, we anticipate entry to PSDO 230 will be competitive. Preference will be given to those applicants who can demonstrate that the course will benefit their career path. Thus, acceptance to the course depends on an individual’s background and career goals, in addition to GPA. The burden is on the student to submit a strong application that clearly conveys their career goals and how the course will further their professional development.

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