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Thomas Haider Early Assurance Program


EAP Virtual Information Session

The UCR School of Medicine will hold a virtual information session for the Early Assurance Program (EAP) 2022-2023 admission cycle on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of this event is to help you become familiarized with resources that will support you on your journey to becoming a competitive EAP applicant. Please join Dr. Emma Simmons and the Office of Admissions as we provide you with an overview of the program and the admissions process. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session. Please register in advance here.

This event will be recorded for anyone who is not able to make the information session. The recording will be distributed to the Health Professions Advising Center beginning on Monday, November 7, 2023. A follow-up Q&A will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 5 to 5:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at

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.

Application Opening Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Application Closing Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023

EAP Student Panel Recording - Feb 1, 2022


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

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 2024.
  • Graduates of UC Riverside (B.A./B.S.) whose degree was conferred after June 2022 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 are contractually bound by a commitment letter to apply to and enroll only in the UCR School of Medicine. You may not apply elsewhere.
  • 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

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  • Applicants to the UCR School of Medicine Early Assurance Program must submit an application and all supporting application materials by no later than March 30, 2023 at 12 noon PST.
  • A PDF of unofficial transcripts, a photo, and MCAT score (if taken) can be uploaded directly within the application portal. Only admitted students will be required to submit official transcripts.
  • 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 should be e-mailed directly to The letter 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.

Written Section Character Counts & Guidelines

  • Experience Description - maximum 150 words
  • Personal Statement - maximum 500 words
  • Essay Questions - maximum 250 words


The deadline to apply for admittance to the incoming class of 2028 is March 30, 2023 at 12 noon PST. This includes the application and all supporting application materials such as unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, a photo, and MCAT scores (if taken).

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


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 31. 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
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Undergraduate and Alumni students
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(951) 827-6233