Office of Diversity & Community Engagement 

In 1981, under the direction of Dr. Ed Helm, past Associate Dean of the Office of Minority Affairs, a Pre-matriculation Program was developed to assist with the retention of medical students in the School of Medicine. Since that time hundreds of students have participated in and completed the program. The Summer Pre-matriculation program continues in the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement with the continued mission of facilitating a student’s academic, environmental, and emotional adjustment to medical school.  

 The program was developed to assist underrepresented students as well as non-traditional students, including students who may be several years out from undergraduate or graduate coursework. The curriculum for the program has focused on traditional basic science courses such as Anatomy, Embryology, Biochemistry, and Physiology as well as study skills. However, more recently the curriculum has expanded to include population health, health disparities, diagnostic reasoning, and high fidelity simulation. Most importantly, the program provides mentoring opportunities for the participants which supplements the formal Houses program in the School of Medicine.  

 Participants of the Pre-matriculation program include MD and MD/PhD students, in-state and out-of-state students, as well as those students who have interest in primary care and surgical specialties.  Past and current Pre-matriculation students have been actively engaged in community outreach and have been recipients of numerous accolades and awards including Gold Humanism and Service awards in the School of Medicine. 

For any questions regarding the LSU School of Medicine Pre-matriculation program. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement  at