frequently asked questions
Do I need to have prior experience in a clinic to do MedServe?
While we value prior experience that demonstrates your interest in community service and medicine, it is not a required prerequisite for MedServe participation. You will learn all the skills you need to succeed at your MedServe fellowship role during Training Institute.
What kinds of factors or experiences are important to convey in my application?
We are looking for candidates with values or experiences that makes understanding primary care in an underserved community a valuable, skill-building experience. There is no preference given for certain types of experiences.
is there a minimum gpa requirement?
We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, but find that our accepted candidates on average have a GPA of at least 3.0. If you have any questions about whether your GPA would prevent you from being a successful candidate, please contact us.
Can I participate in MedServe as an undergraduate or for one year?
No, the MedServe fellowship is a full-time two year experience given that our curriculum is extensive and the investment it takes on the part of our clinics to properly train fellows for their roles. If for any reason you think you may not remain in MedServe for the full two year period, we are not the fellowship program for you.
Are graduate students ELIGIBLE to be a medserve fellow?
Yes. Individuals who have completed a master’s level program or post bacc coursework are also encouraged to apply.
Do I need to be going to medical school to participate?
The simple answer is no. MedServe is one way for you to test out an interest in medical or other healthcare profession careers. The MedServe curriculum specifically helps prepare students for medical school in its current format. Students who have taken premedical coursework and have a strong interest in medicine are likely to benefit most from this experience. Typically, our fellows are pre-med or pre-PA.
Can I specify interest in a specific clinic placement site?
We cannot guarantee placement at any one site. However, if you have specific skills that increase your interest in a particular clinic, we strongly encourage you to write about that in your application and discuss it during your interviews.
Do I have to be a US citizen to apply to the program?
In order to be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps member, individuals must be citizens or lawful permanent residents with the appropriate documentation. Specific details about your eligibility for national service are available here.
still have questions?
Please visit our contact page to speak with a MedServe staff member.