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Beyond the MD: Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions

Beyond the MD welcomes students who are interested in pursuing biomedical and health-related professions outside of the doctor of medicine track. Students will engage with local physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, optometrists and other health care professionals, as well as faculty who work in biomedical research and public health in order to learn about career options in clinical, industry, government and academic settings.

Why Beyond the MD?

  • Explore your own interest in health professions.
  • Identify multiple pathways to enter health sciences fields.
  • Learn about resources at UC Merced to support your journey.

How to Join

To join Beyond the MD, you must indicate Beyond the MD as one of your top preferences during your housing selection.

Please note, you do not have to be on a pre-med track to join. This LLC is meant for anyone who is interested in exploring various health professions, including but not limited to medical school.


Watch a video introduction on Beyond the MD by clicking here.


For more information about Beyond the MD, please contact us at

If you have specific questions regarding housing, including the cost of housing and meal plans, please visit the housing website.