Medical Advancement Preparatory Program

Medical Advancement Preparatory Program

Last updated: January 18th, 2023 at 04:14 pm

WAUSM’s Medical Advancement Preparatory Program (MAPP) prepares students to be successful in medical school by providing personalized support and group learning through customized instruction from faculty whose goal is to see them succeed and progress to WAUSM. MAPP will offer academic preparation to enhance student knowledge of the basic sciences, while also carving out dedicated time to develop study skills and self-assessment techniques essential to succeeding in medical school and beyond. Students who successfully complete MAPP with a Pass will gain acceptance to WAUSM and continue their medical school journey with the built-in support system of their MAPP colleagues.

MAPP is a one semester (15-week) program, accepting three classes per year, in late November/early December, April, and August. MAPP students who successfully promote to WAUSM will receive the SELECT Scholarship covering their first semester in medical school. The total tuition cost for MAPP is $9,295. Attendance at every learning experience is mandatory. Students should consult the MAPP course syllabus for more detailed information about the course structure.

The Florida campus is conveniently located in the city of Plantation, Broward County, about 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Surrounding cities include Fort Lauderdale, Cooper City, Davie, and Weston. Public transportation is provided in Broward County; however, ride sharing services such as UBER and Lyft, are also available.




Students will adhere to the WAUSM Professional Personal Appearance policy in line with the pre-clerkship campus dress code (e.g. sections III a., c.) as outlined in the student handbook.


The Center for Academic Success (CAS) is the main mechanism for student advising and mentoring. All MAPP Faculty are members of CAS, and each entering MAPP class is divided randomly and evenly between MAPP Faculty Members. This structure results in each student having a dedicated faculty guide throughout the preparatory program, who focuses on the intellectual and professional growth and development of the student over time, and as they transition to WAUSM. For more information on CAS, refer to the section on The Center for Academic Success (CAS) in the Student Handbook.


WAUSM’s qualified mental health providers support MAPP students by providing culturally informed, and affirming individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducational programming on topics relevant to medical students. Counseling services are free, without session limits, and may be accessed virtually.

Students may engage in counseling for various reasons including but not limited to, performance-based anxiety, academic distress, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, adjustment difficulties, trauma, racial trauma, identity challenges, and treatment for symptoms of various mental health disorders, including alcohol and other drug use. WAUSM Counseling & Wellness Center services are not part of the academic record and follow local and federal confidentiality laws.


The Office of the University Registrar will register new students upon confirmation by the Office of Admissions. A student’s enrollment is contingent on submission of all documentation required for admission. Any missing documentation specified by the Office of Admissions must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar prior to the start of classes.

Tuition is billed upon course registration, approximately two weeks prior to the start of each semester or once all documents have been confirmed and received by the Office of Admissions (whichever comes first). Tuition is due, in full, before the start of classes each semester. Students who have submitted all required financial aid forms and have received a loan guarantee and/or approval that cover the balance due, may have their tuition payment deferred until the funds disburse from the lender.


Financial counseling for students in the MAPP program is available through the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS). Students accept financial responsibility for payment of all institutional costs including, but not limited to, tuition and living expenses. A student will not be able to register for WAUSM future semesters until all outstanding balances have been paid in full. If a student has an outstanding balance that exceeds 30 days from the start of the semester, a hold and a $500 late fee will be placed on the student account, unless the student has prior approval from the Office of Student Financial Services.


WAUSM requires students to carry health insurance and strongly encourages its students to ensure their health insurance provides sufficient coverage to ensure the student will be able to obtain all necessary diagnostic and treatment goods and services. All WAUSM students are required to obtain and maintain health insurance. The student has exclusive responsibility for his or her own medical bills.

Students who have their own healthcare coverage may opt out of the WAUSM insurance plan and complete the waiver form by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services. Waivers must be submitted by the deadline, which is approximately 30 days from the start of the program.


Accident and sickness protection is available to all WAUSM students. This is an optional benefit that students may consider while attending WAUSM. This is a separate coverage from student health insurance.

More information on this optional benefit can be found on the Student Hub in Canvas. General questions can be sent to the Office of Student Financial Services.


The immunizations required for MAPP and WAUSM students are based on the current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for Health Care Personnel and immigration requirements of The Bahamas. For detailed information on WAUSM’s immunization requirements, please refer to the immunization section in the Student Handbook.


All members of the WAUSM medical school community, including faculty, staff, students, visitors, etc., are required to be fully immunized against Covid-19 prior to their arrival on the Freeport Campus, or any of WAUSM’s healthcare partners in the US (except in the case of documented health conditions that preclude vaccination). Students will be required to provide proof of the required doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (depending on which vaccine was administered).

Acceptable vaccines include Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Oxford/AstraZeneca.

Every WAUSM student is required to have an immunization for, or show evidence of immunity to, the following diseases before matriculating:

a. Hepatitis B

b. Current (annual) Influenza Vaccination

c. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

d. Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) Skin test (2 Step)

e. Tetanus Toxoid, Diphtheria Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap)

f. Varicella (Chicken Pox)

g. COVID-19, please see COVID-19 section above

Clerkship sites may require other vaccinations that are not listed above. WAUSM students are required to abide by the vaccination policy of each clerkship site.

WAUSM students must complete a mandatory immunization form, which must be signed by a licensed health care provider.

WAUSM students may be required to upload proof of immunizations to multiple online portals to satisfy the requirements of the affiliated hospital where they rotate.

Failure to comply with this policy may result in a student’s inability to satisfy the graduation requirements in his or her program.


Check-in is mandatory for all students and occurs the day before the start of the semester. Check-in confirms that students are physically in Plantation, Florida and provides an opportunity for you to complete or deliver any documentation that is needed by WAUSM before the semester begins.


Academic achievement is reviewed and compiled by the Director of MAPP, inclusive of Faculty feedback, for academic performance assessment. There is no opportunity to remediate if the student does not successfully pass MAPP.

Students will be able to track their numerical grade performance throughout the semester via the learning management system. Each student earning the following percentage scores on the overall course grade will receive the indicated designation:

i. 70% – 100+%: Pass (P)

ii. Less than 70%: Fail (F)


Students who successfully complete the MAPP program will receive a certificate of completion. The MAPP certificate of completion increases your marketability by enhancing knowledge and setting the foundation of basic medical sciences. This certificate cannot be used as means for admission into any other institution that requires a high school or college degree.


MAPP 1000

During this course, students engage in various modalities of active learning to begin to master medical terminology, develop teamwork skills, explore digital anatomy and medical imaging, and establish relationships with peers and academic mentors. The course is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in critical biomedical science subject areas, including biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics/genomics, microbiology, immunology, physiology, anatomy, and histology. Foundational medical knowledge of the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal systems will provide the scaffolding upon which students will layer greater complexity and detail in the preclerkship courses. In addition to foundations of medical knowledge, self-assessment and study-skill building will be central to the active learning modalities. Course content focuses on the following learning objectives:

1. Apply knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system to explain clinical signs and symptoms arising from disease or injury. (MK1, MK2, MK3)

2. Relate the anatomical, physiological, and neurochemical features of the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and cranial and peripheral nerves to both normal and common pathologic functions, behaviors, and clinical signs and symptoms. (MK1, MK2, MK3)

3. Describe the anatomy and function of the meninges, and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid under both normal and common pathological conditions. (MK1, MK2)

4. Understand the principles of basic science related to the structure and function of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal systems, including common congenital abnormalities or pathologies. (MK1)

5. Correlate basic normal and pathological anatomy with radiologic imaging methods of the head, heart, vasculature, airways, lungs, kidneys, urinary, and gastrointestinal system utilizing X-ray, CT, and MRI imaging modalities. (MK1, MK2, MK3)

6. Understand the underlying causes of common diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems including their epidemiology, prevention, detection, and evidence-based treatment. (MK2, MK3, MK4, MK5, MK6)

7. Describe the histological structure and function of basic tissue components (including epithelial cells, connective tissue cells, muscle cells, nerve cells, blood cells, and extracellular matrix). (MK1)

8. Understand the principles of interpretation of an electrocardiogram and recognize common arrhythmias. (MK1, MK3, MK4)

9. Understand the relationship between the cardiovascular and renal systems in the control of blood pressure and the therapeutic management of hypotension and hypertension. (MK2, MK3, MK4)

10. Understand the physiology and pathophysiology of lung mechanics and gas exchange. (MK2, MK3)

11. Understand the relationship between the anatomy and physiology of the kidney, and how the kidney serves to function in electrolyte, fluid, and acid-base regulation and the associated common disorders. (MK1, MK2, MK3)

12. Understand the integrated roles of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems in maintaining acidbase homeostasis and apply this knowledge to the management of common acid-base derangements. (MK1, MK2, MK3, MK4)

13. Understand the principles of the basic and clinical sciences related to the structures, processes and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. (MK1, MK2)

14. Explain normal GI physiology, its relation to nutrition (including nutrient digestion and absorption), and the interaction of GI function and nutritional status. (MK1, MK2)

15. Recognize anatomical landmarks on routine radiographic imaging as well as begin to identify the best diagnostic imaging to confirm common diagnoses. (PC4)

16. Describe the architecture of a cell as it relates to cell function. (MK1)

17. Describe the structural features of DNA, RNA, and chromosomes and the methods used to analyze these structures. (MK1)

18. Explain the processes through which a polypeptide chain folds to its active native structure, the interactions that stabilize that structure, and the role of post-translational modifications. (MK1)

19. Summarize and compare the major metabolic pathways for anabolism and catabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleotides including regulatory mechanisms. (MK1)

20. Describe the basis of microbial classification, structure and function of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. (MK2)

21. Describe the reproductive cycles of RNA and DNA viruses, the molecular basis of viral pathogenesis, and the characteristics of latent and persistent viral infections. (MK2)

22. Compare the structure and function of the immune system cells, including granulocytes, natural killer cells, macrophages, T-lymphocytes, and B-lymphocytes. (MK2)

23. Compare the acute inflammatory response to the chronic inflammatory response, including mediator systems, the vascular response to injury, inflammatory cell recruitment, and clinical manifestations. (MK2, MK3)

24. Explain the causes, fundamental characteristics, and process of carcinogenesis, and describe the most common biochemical and physiological alterations found in malignant transformation. (MK2, MK3)

25. Demonstrate the ability to independently search the literature, assess the quality of resources, and apply evidence-based principles to clinical decision making. (MK5, PBLI2, PBLI3)

26. Demonstrate ability to synthesize information from multiple sources and provide concise presentations. (PBLI2, PBLI3, ISC5)

27. Develop the ability to work effectively as part of a team, to develop effective communication, leadership, life-long learning, and problem-solving skills in a small group setting and become skilled at selfassessment as well as assessing the performance of peers and faculty. (PBLI1, ISC1, ISC5, EP2, PPDW4, PPDW6)



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