Albert E. Dotson Sr. Premedical Program

The Dotson premedical program is for FIU undergraduate students interested in a medical career. This program is designed to equip a diverse group of students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes required to apply to medical school. Through community engagement and mentorship, the program caters to the specific needs of each student, fostering their personal and academic growth to help them achieve their full potential.

Dotson Premedical student undergoing instruction

Program Highlights

The Dotson program offers a combination of online and in-person activities, including:

  • Ongoing mentorship from medical students, faculty, and physicians
  • Hands-on clinical workshops and simulations
  • One-on-one tutoring and group sessions on learning strategies and time management skills
  • MCAT preparation and stipend for study resources
  • Counseling on the admissions process and financial aid
  • Opportunities for research, clinical shadowing, community service


A successful Dotson applicant is self-motivated, disciplined, and driven. We are looking for students who want to pursue a career in health care, are committed to serving, and always go the extra mile.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Currently enrolled FIU undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (proof of status is required)
  • Minimum completion of one semester of biology and chemistry
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Members of groups historically underrepresented in medicine, including those from socially, educationally, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is important to explain how your identity has affected your educational experience in your application.

Application Information

  • Applications are open from March 1 to May 20, 2024
  • 5-10 students are selected each year
  • Qualified applicants will receive an invitation to interview before final selection

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The Dotson program was instrumental in shaping my journey towards becoming a medical student. My mentors shared their experience, providing guidance and invaluable insights into the intricacies of the medical field. The Dotson program helped me make informed decisions and fostered a sense of community among aspiring medical professionals.

Isa Sabir, FIU medical student