Premed RESearch TrainInG Experience (PRESTIGE)

Mission

The mission of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus PRESTIGE 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, PRESTIGE 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 PRESTIGE 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. PRESTIGE 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.  

PRESTIGE 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.  PRESTIGE is supported by the CU School of Medicine Program to Advance Physician Scientists and Translational Research.