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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.

Highlights from 2019-2020:

UC Davis Pre-Health Conference

A small group of Beyond the MD students were able to attend an all-day conference with more than 4,000 undergraduate students at the UC Davis campus. Students learned about various health-related professions, met with school representatives to learn about different programs and heard from various deans of admissions about how to best prepare for professional programs. These students shared what they learned with other Beyond the MD students about conference etiquette and other health professions.

Weekly Study Hours

Our Beyond the MD Scholars set up in-house study groups that meet weekly for popular courses: biology, chemistry, mathematics and writing. The Beyond the MD Fellow helps students set up study schedules, provides study tips for courses and can help coordinate academic support services.

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.

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.