Thomas Haider Early Assurance Program

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) is a unique portal into the UC Riverside School of Medicine's Thomas Haider Program. It provides qualified, "mission-fit" UC Riverside undergraduate students or recent graduates with a guaranteed seat in a future UCR School of Medicine class. Admitted EAP students enter the School of Medicine one year after selection.

Applicants must demonstrate strong academic ability, significant clinical and volunteer experience, and a demonstrated commitment to practice medicine in Inland Southern California.

The program benefits applicants by reducing the stress and financial resources required by applying to medical school.

The application will open on December 1, 2020.

The deadline to apply for admittance to the incoming class of 2022 is April 1, 2021 at 12 noon.

What are the Benefits of Applying?

If accepted, you are guaranteed a seat in the UCR School of Medicine's Thomas Haider Program. Benefits include:

  • You will have time to focus on other activities in your senior year or gap year – such as more clinical experience, more community service, research, etc.
  • You do not need to take the MCAT.
  • There is no application fee. The program is free to apply.
  • You can save the expenses of having AMCAS send your application to many universities, completing and paying for secondary applications, and costs of traveling to other medical schools for interviews.

Have a question? Contact the UCR SOM Office of Student Affairs

Apply to the Early Assurance Program

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be UC Riverside undergraduates who meet the following criteria:

  • Current UCR undergraduate students in their third or fourth year who anticipate completing their B.A./B.S. degree by July of 2022.
  • Graduates of UC Riverside (B.A./B.S.) whose degree was conferred after June 2020 who have not previously applied to medical school.

Program Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following criteria.

  • Be within one year of graduation with their B.S./B.A. degree from UCR at time of selection or recently graduated but have not applied to medical school.
  • If you are accepted into the Early Assurance program, you agree to apply to and enroll only in the UCR School of Medicine.
  • Express a commitment to practice in Inland Southern California.
  • Have completed a minimum of four quarters at UCR prior to applying to this program (and must complete at least six quarters at UCR before matriculation).
  • Complete all UCR School of Medicine prerequisite courses with a cumulative BCPM (Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics) GPA equal to or greater than 3.40.
  • Have invested time in community service.
  • Have been exposed to significant clinical experiences.

Program Restrictions

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student at UCR OR a recent graduate who has never previously applied to medical school.
  • Early Assurance Program applicants are not permitted to apply to other schools.
  • Program is open to in-state residents only.
  • This program is not available to students who have already applied for medical school.
  • This program is not considered an accelerated graduation program.
  • Applicants may apply to EAP only once.

How to Apply

  • Applicants to the UCR School of Medicine Early Assurance Program must submit an application and all supporting application materials by no later than April 1, 2021 at 12 noon.
  • All supporting application materials (official eTranscripts, letters of recommendation, photo, and MCAT scores if taken) should be e-mailed directly to
  • A complete set of official transcripts must be forwarded to the School of Medicine by the registrar of all the higher education institutions attended. They will need to be sent to the address below:
    Haider gifts
    UCR School of Medicine
    900 University Ave.
    Student Affairs Office - EAP
    SOM Education Building room 1682
    Riverside, CA 92521
  • Official eTranscripts (PDF) will also be accepted from secure document delivery services such as Parchment.
  • Three to five individual letters of recommendation are required. These letters must be original, signed documents on institutional letterhead and may be written by a premedical advisor, undergraduate faculty, mentors or any individual of your choice. Letters of recommendation must be received directly from the recommender. Letters can also be received by a letter service such as Interfolio.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a photo as part of their application in JPG file formatting. The photo should be a color passport style photo, with a clear image of your face that is high in resolution with a solid color background.
  • Applicants are not required to submit an MCAT score unless it was already taken. If the applicant did complete an MCAT, that score must be submitted as part of the application.

Go to our online application form

Written Section Character Counts & Guidelines
  • Experience Description - maximum 700 characters
  • Most Meaningful Experience - maximum 1,325 characters
  • Personal Statement - maximum 5,300 characters.

It is only necessary to complete the Most Meaningful Experience Remarks section for your top three experiences.


The deadline to apply for admittance to the incoming class of 2026 is April 1, 2021 at 12 noon. This includes the application and all supporting application materials such as official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a photo, and MCAT scores (if taken) directly to

Please note that due to the recent COVID-19 updates, the EAP timeline for interviews could possibly change.


Review of application materials is conducted by the Haider Admissions Committee and determines the applicants who will be invited for interviews. Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent by May 30. Successful candidates would be required to sign a commitment letter detailing the class for which s/he would matriculate (15 months after selection).

About Interviews

Qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in the interview process, which are conducted in May. This includes both the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format and a short one-on-one interview.

About the Commitment Letter

Successful candidates will sign a letter in which they agree to:

  • Complete their  B.S./B.A. degree with a BCPM science GPA of at least 3.40.
  • Complete the academic year or gap year plan as described and approved by the admissions committee.
  • Not apply to other medical schools during the next application cycle.

Accepted students will need to fill out an AMCAS application for the year in which they would matriculate into UCR SOM. The guaranteed admission offer would be nullified if these commitments are not met or if the applicant is convicted of any professional violation prior to matriculation into the UCR SOM.

Selected students would be eligible for all scholarships available to regularly admitted applicants.

Becoming a More Competitive Candidate

Due to the competitive nature of this program, prospective applicants are highly encouraged to meet with a Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) advisor to discuss their eligibility and competitiveness before they submit an application.

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General Information
School of Medicine -  Admissions
(951) 827-9017

MSP students
Teresa Cofield
Director of Pipeline Programs
(951) 827-4935

Undergraduate and Alumni students
Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC)
Rivera Library B03
(951) 827-6233