The Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) is an undergraduate and medical school educational program that provides highly qualified students an enriched undergraduate experience in preparation for medical, dental, or optometry school. EMSAP provides a path to medical/dental/optometry school that offers undergraduate students maximum flexibility in exploring the humanities, neurosciences, social sciences, or any other major.

EMSAP is not an accelerated BS/MD program; it expects students to spend four years at UAB as an undergraduate and an additional four years in medical, dental, or optometry school. Applicants can only apply for EMSAP as seniors in high school.

After successful completion of program requirements and graduation from an undergraduate program, the program assures highly motivated undergraduates admission to the UAB School of Medicine, UAB School of Dentistry, or UAB School of Optometry.

Students applying for EMSAP should note that it is their responsibility to submit all materials by midnight on December 1, including teacher recommendation letters. We suggest that you check, well in advance, with the persons writing your letters to ensure their submission.


Meet EMSAP Students

See what brought our students to UAB, their current activities, and what they plan to do in the program.

  • Classroom Setting
  • Students and Pence
  • 2018 Holiday Party
  • Students with Dr. Pence at Picnic Table
  • Emsap Students Outside Spencer Honors House
  • National Bioethics Bowl Championship Winners
  • EMSAP Students In Front Of Bookshelf
  • Holiday Party Gift Exchange
  • Ethics Bowl Team
  • EMSAP Students in Hospital Hallway
  • Ethics Bowl Practice