The Early Identification Program (EIP) is a cooperative venture between The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the following colleges and universities: University of Rhode Island, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and Tougaloo College. This program provides selected students at these undergraduate schools a place in the medical school following the student's graduation. The purpose of the program is to increase the opportunities for a career in medicine to residents of the state of Rhode Island and to students from medically underrepresented minority groups (African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Mainland Puerto Ricans).
EIP students are encouraged to enroll in undergraduate courses within the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University and to participate in professional development activities with their future medical school classmates in the Brown University Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME).
Rhode Island residents* currently enrolled in the sophomore year at Providence College, Rhode Island College, or the University of Rhode Island are eligible to be considered for the Early Identification Program. In addition, Tougaloo College students enrolled in the sophomore year are eligible to be considered for this program. All applicants to the program must be U.S. citizens.
* An individual is considered a Rhode Island resident if he/she graduated from a Rhode Island high school AND if the individual’s parent(s)** have lived in Rhode Island for the previous two calendar years, as documented by federal tax returns.
**The student is dependent, i.e., living with the parent(s) when not in school and claimed as a dependent on prior two years’ federal tax returns. Students who are independent i.e., not living with parents and filing individual tax returns for the previous two years, must have at least one parent residing in RI for the previous two years, as documented by federal tax returns.
Students interested in the EIP should notify the premedical advisor at their undergraduate college of their interest prior to the beginning of their third semester. Premedical advisors may require students to express interest at an earlier date, so students should inquire about deadlines at their own school.
Students offered admission through the Early Identification Program are selected from institutional nominees to the program. Each institution, through its premedical advisors, may nominate up to six deserving students. Generally, one or two EIP students from each institution may be selected annually. Students may not directly apply to the Admissions Office. Alpert Medical School reserves the right to reject any applicant that it believes does not meet its standards.
Students nominated for the EIP must meet the following requirements before their application is considered complete. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
1. Submission of the Early Identification Program Application Form
Applicants must submit a printed copy of the application with an original signature. The application forms are available below:
2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education where courses were taken
Transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar's Office to the Admissions Office or to the premedical advisor. Transcripts sent by the student will not be considered. Separate transcripts are not necessary for courses that are taken as part of a semester abroad or semester-away program as long as the courses and/or credits earned in such courses are reflected on the transcript of the home institution.
3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members who have taught the applicant in college
These letters must be mailed by the letter writer or by the premedical advisor to the Office of Admissions. Letters submitted by the applicant will not be considered.
4. Recommendation from the premedical advisor
Tougaloo College: The application and supporting materials must be received no later than February 21, 2014. The recommendation of the premedical advisor and the transcripts must reflect grades received by the student through the first three college semesters. Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants on or before April 1, 2014.
Rhode Island: The application and supporting materials must be received no later than April 1, 2014. The recommendation of the premedical advisor and the transcripts must reflect grades received by the student through the first three college semesters. Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants in early May 2014.
All EIP applicants will be invited to interview with two members of the Admissions Committee. Tougaloo candidates will travel to Brown University for interviews in March. Rhode Island candidates interview in April.
Once an applicant is accepted to participate in the EIP, formal acceptance to Alpert Medical School is contingent upon: satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, attainment of competence in the sciences basic to medicine as described in Educational Requirements; a senior year recommendation from the premedical advisor; and documented verification of the student's complete academic record, including completion of the baccalaureate degree. The student must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the institution of enrollment.
EIP applicants who have been offered provisional admission will be required to complete information needed for a criminal background check (CBC) prior to matriculation. Alpert Medical School reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission in any of the following circumstances: 1) the minimum cumulative GPA is not met; 2) courses and grades as described in Educational Requirements are not fulfilled; and 3) CBC results and other information that comes to the attention of the Admissions Committee raise concerns regarding an applicant’s suitability for a career in medicine.
In addition, EIP participants are required to submit an AMCAS application to Alpert Medical School in their senior year. Instructions regarding the AMCAS application process are emailed in the fall of the senior year. Applicants must adhere to deadlines for submission of the AMCAS application and all supporting materials.
EIP participants from Tougaloo College are also required to apply to the Brown-Tougaloo Exchange Program in which they spend at least one regular academic semester in residence at Brown University during their junior or senior year of college. Courses taken at Brown must include one upper level biology course with attainment of a grade of B or higher.
Applicants who would like additional information about the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University are welcome to write or telephone the admissions office with questions.