Early Opportunity Program in Medicine

The Early Opportunity Program in Medicine (EOPIM) recruits qualified applicants from groups historically underrepresented in medicine.

Aswad Jackson (left) and Justin Harvey, M4 medical students.

Jalisa Kelly, M4 medical student.


EOPIM is an early assurance program that if successfully completed will lead to entry into medical school at the Jacobs School. Students accepted into the EOPIM are provided with the opportunity for professional interaction and career training at the Jacobs School before their graduation from college.

The Jacobs School has partnered with the following schools to identify candidates for EOPIM:

Partner School Pre-Health Advisor
University at Buffalo Amanda Sauter
D'Youville College John Fischer, PhD
Canisius College Allyson Backstrom, PhD
Tougaloo College Bianca Garner, PhD
Niagara University William Cliff, PhD


  • Sophmore undergraduate in one of our partner schools
  • Average GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Historically underrepresented in medicine (Jacobs School admissions policy)    
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident   

How to apply

  • Students currently enrolled in partner institutions must notify their pre-health advisors of their interest for the EOPIM by the midpoint of their third undergraduate semester (October 31).
  • Students will submit the required documentation to their pre-health committee for review. The pre-health committee will provide qualified students with the EOPIM application which needs to be completed and submitted by February 15th.
  • Students may not apply directly to the Jacobs School Admissions Office for EOPIM admissions.

A completed EOPIM application consists of

  • An official Jacobs School EOPIM application form (provided to students by their pre-health advisor).
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions where courses were taken:
    • Transcripts must be sent directly to the EOPIM coordinator in the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at University at Buffalo.  Transcripts sent by the student will not be considered.  Separate transcripts are not necessary for courses that are taken as part of a semester abroad or semester-away program as long as the courses and/or credits earned in such courses are reflected on the transcript of the home institution.  An official transcript must be submitted two weeks following graduation from the candidate's undergraduate institution.  
  • Copies of standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or other documentation)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members who have taught the applicants during their undergraduate career.  These letters must be mailed by the letter writer or by the pre-health advisor to the EOPIM coordinator in the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at University at Buffalo.
    Letters submitted by the applicants will not be considered.  

Successful Matriculation in the EOPIM

Students admitted into the EOPIM program are required to participate in clinical and/or basic research, educational and professional development activities at the Jacobs School during the summer session, most likely betwen the junior and senior years.  Students participate in CLIMB PRO (Collaborative Learning and Mentoring in the Biosciences - Professional) activities. 

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above in science and non-science courses in each semester, including the last semester of their senior year.  

Students must send their unofficial transcripts to the EOPIM coordinator at the Jacobs School at the end of every semester.  

Students must submit an official transcript to the Jacobs School Admissions Office within two weks of college graduation

Students must submit an AMCAS application, includiing MCAT score, to the Jacobs School admissions office in their senior year.

Submission of an updated letter from the student's pre-medical committee, verifying that all requirements have been successfully met since the EOPIM acceptance, to the Jacobs School admissions office in their senior year.  


For questions contact:

Anyango Kamina, PhD.

Anyango Kamina, PhD

Assistant Dean, Student Development and Academic Enhancement

Office of Research and Graduate Education

955 Main Street, Room 6135, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2493

Email: dorothya@buffalo.edu

Dubocovich, Margarita

Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, FASPET, FACNP

SUNY Distinguished Professor; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

955 Main Street (Room 3212) Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-4719/(716) 829-

Email: mdubo@buffalo.edu