GET-UPP Program Structure

Centering professional networking and exposure to hands-on experience, GET-UPP programming consists of three central pillars: career exposure and development, mentorship and advisement, and practical experiences.

GET-UPP Program Structure slide detailing three program pillars: career exposure & development, mentorship & advisement, and practical experiences.

Career Exposure and Development

Through participating in interactive webinars and in-person workshops led by VP&S staff, students, and faculty, scholars gain valuable skills that prepare them to thrive academically, build lasting professional relationships, and position themselves optimally as competitive medical school applicants. Students also consolidate their learning, outline their application timelines, develop personal statements and more through various journal exercises. Over the course of several programming cycles, it is anticipated that students will graduate from the program with a foundation that will encourage success throughout their medical school trajectory and beyond.

Mentorship and Advisement


With the guidance of a mentor, each GET-UPP scholar has the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the profile and responsibilities of a medical professional. Through this pairing, students gain a robust understanding of a variety of disciplines in the medical field and integrate valuable insights into the visioning and execution of their own professional goals. Mentors and mentees are guided through their intentional engagement with the guidance of mentorship guidelines provided by GET-UPP staff at the beginning of each program cycle. To supplement the invaluable guidance of the mentor relationship, scholars also access focused advisement sessions with Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, Senior Associate Dean of the ODMA.

Practical Experiences


Finally, through clinical shadowing and other practical experience offerings, the program provides students with a dynamic look into a clinician’s work in the hospital setting, private practice, or free clinic. In addition to these clinical rotations, scholars will also attend interactive workshops led by program administrators and medical students of the Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) at the Vagelos Education Center and community clinics. These workshops will showcase the application of clinical skills learned at VP&S.