Baccalaureate to Medicine and Research (B2MR)


The mission of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus B2MR Program is to provide multi-dimensional mentoring and research training in biomedical research for underrepresented post-baccalaureate students to succeed in top-tier MD or MD-PhD programs.

To achieve this mission, B2MR Program trainees will:

  • Conduct research with mentor support to strengthen their research and technical skills.
  • Improve their competitiveness for MD program admission through guidance and training on the medical school application process.
  • Participate in high-quality professional and career development activities individually designed to complement each B2MR scholar’s needs and goals.
  • Engage in continuous and dynamic mentoring and community-building research centered experiences designed to enhance the scholar’s network and integration in the social, research, and academic environments. 

Despite the growing diversity within the US population, there is a low percentage of MD or MD-PhD physician-scientists that are either Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, have disabilities, or are from a disadvantaged background. B2MR aims to address the challenges that impact underrepresented scholars and support them in their pursuit of earning an MD or MD-PhD and ultimately embarking on a career as a physician-scientist in biomedical research.  

B2MR provides unique opportunities to its students on the Anschutz Medical Campus, with access to both research and clinical facilities on a single campus, along with a robust MD-PhD program on campus.  B2MR is supported by the CU School of Medicine Program to Advance Physician Scientists and Translational Research.

Ariel Alexander

 Ariel Alexander

PAPSTR is pleased to welcome Ariel Alexander into the B2MR program. Ariel is a senior Biology major at Carleton College on the pre-MD/PhD track. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, and her family recently moved to Colorado.

Her interests include Epidemiology, health disparities research, and utilizing mixed methods to address human health and wellness issues in underrepresented populations. As a biracial-Black woman, she strives to advocate for increased representation in research and medicine so individuals in underrepresented populations are adequately supported and uplifted.

Long term, she envisions a career as a Physician scientist with goals to obtain a PhD in Epidemiology and a Medical Degree. Ariel is looking forward to growing as a researcher, individual, and applicant throughout B2MR.

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