What is FastStart?
FastStart is a summer commuter program that consists of daily classes in pre-calculus, biology, and chemistry, the main foundations of the science curriculum. Most of the material will be new to students, but some topics may also be a review of topics learned in high school.
Throughout the program, there are multiple scheduled group study sessions and tutorials. Other specialized activities include research lab visits, visits to local healthcare facilities, health disparities seminars, and physician mentor activities that can guide students on how to move forward in their competitive fields. Students will meet doctors, residents and other health professionals and will be introduced to a variety of campus resources and academic enrichment programs.
FastStart gives new material to students and prepares them for the rigor of a college curriculum. In addition, students will learn more about successfully transitioning into the university life with workshops on study skills, financial aid, and professional development.
Past activities include student panels with FastStart and Medical Scholars Program (MSP) alumni, faculty and medical student presentations, introductions to pre-health and health disparities, and tours of the UCR School of Medicine.
What to Expect
- Daily classes in pre-calculus, biology and chemistry.
- Study sessions and tutorials, study skills workshops, and introduction to academic resources.
- Health-related activities with UCR School of Medicine students, staff, faculty and physicians.
- Social activities with other FastStart participants.
- Workshops on UCR pre-health resources.
Benefits of FastStart
FastStart sets the stage for the first two years of undergraduate studies and gives the opportunity to create bonds with peers who have similar interests and aspirations.
Students are introduced to a variety of on-campus resources and programs and meet faculty, staff, and physicians who can provide a networking advantage during their undergraduate career.
Those who perform well in FastStart receive priority consideration when applying to the Medical Scholars Program, another program sponsored by the UCR School of Medicine that is geared towards disadvantaged students entering medical school and other health science related careers.