Brown Gateways to Medicine, Health Care, and Research

Our students with Brown University President Christina Paxson.Our students with Brown University President Christina Paxson.The Gateways Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University provides academically promising, motivated students new pathways to careers in the health sciences. Small class sizes and a robust mentoring system mean you’ll get individualized attention as you pursue your academic and career goals.

 

Through Gateways, you can:

  • Improve your credentials for entry into medical school or other health professional schools;
  • Gain a solid foundation in the basic science coursework typically undertaken by first-year medical students; and
  • Test your aptitude for a variety of careers in health sciences.

The Gateways Program offers two courses of study:

Master of Science in Medical Sciences

In this one-year, full-time program, you will complete 8.5 required courses culminating in a Master of Science (ScM) in Medical Sciences from Brown University. Courses include all four of the basic biomendical science courses and two of the three organ system courses undertaken by first-year medical students at Alpert Medical School. 

"When I chose Brown, I knew I was choosing an institution that understood that excellent future health care providers needed to understand much more than just biological foundations of health and medicine."
- J.C.

You’ll also complete a unique seminar course series about pressing issues in today’s health care system, such as social determinants of disease, population health, interdisciplinary teamwork, quality improvement, and health care communication. Integrated into this course series will be a longitudinal service learning experience at a community healthcare site and an associated community-based capstone project.

Learn more about the ScM in Medical Sciences program.

Certificate in Medical Science

For this one-year certificate program, you will complete 6 required courses: all four of the basic biomedical science courses and two of the three organ system courses undertaken by first-year medical students at Alpert Medical School. You’ll also have the freedom to independently pursue other areas of interest during this academic year, including part-time research opportunities and/or a 6-week, full-time immersion experience.

Learn more about the Certificate in Medical Science program.

 

Master of Science (ScM) in Medical Sciences

Certificate in Medical Science

Courses July
  • Introduction to Medical Science & Patient Care (0.5 course)
July N/A
Fall (August-December)
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Histology
  • General Pathology
  • Scientific Foundations of Medicine
  • Patient Care in Complex Systems I
Fall (August-December)
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Histology
  • General Pathology
  • Scientific Foundations of Medicine
Spring (January-May)
  • Brain Science (with Head & Neck Anatomy)
  • Microbiology & Infectious Disease
  • Patient Care in Complex Systems II
Spring (January-May)
  • Brain Science (with Head & Neck Anatomy)
  • Microbiology & Infectious Disease


Total Courses 8.5 6
Project Requirement Capstone Project (community-based) N/A
Community/ Research Activities Required (Community) Not Required
Time for Independent Activities (e.g., volunteer work, research) Limited**

Part time during the year**

Full time, 6 weeks in the Spring semester

** please consult with your program director and advisors prior to planning