Advocates in Medicine Pathway 2.0 (AMP 2.0) Program

The Advocates in Medicine Pathway (AMP) program is a medical school pathway program that supports the professional development of individuals from rural and economically or environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in attending medical school. AMP aims to promote a diverse future healthcare workforce built around resilience, relationships, and system-based knowledge. Ten individuals are admitted into the program annually. We are excited to offer AMP 2.0, the revamped version of the AMP program. AMP 2.0 has transitioned from a 6-month program to a year-long program allowing us to incorporate even more program components, the most notable being an MCAT Prep Course and Application Preparation Assistance Workshops.  

Advocates in Medicine Pathway 2.0 (AMP) Flyer

Applications for Cohort 5 are now closed. Applications for Cohort 6 will open in early spring 2025.


Are you interested in becoming a doctor? Would you like support in getting into medical school? Advocates in Medicine Pathway 2.0 can help!

We provide the support and tools needed to develop a competitive medical school application for individuals from rural and economically or environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in attending medical school.

Click here to view a PDF of the application.

Programs Qualifications:

  • By the start of the program (September 2024), applicants must have junior or senior standing or have already attained a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong interest in attending medical school
  • Plan to apply to medical school in the next 1-2 years

Preferred Applicants:

  • Have an interest in practicing medicine in north central Wisconsin
  • Have faced significant challenges, limitations, or barriers on their journey to a career in medicine
  • Individuals who are economically or environmentally disadvantaged and students from rural communities

Program Benefits:

  • Activities to learn and develop the American Association of Medical College (AAMC) Competencies of Entering Medical Students to build a competitive medical school application
  • 66 hour MCAT Preparation Course with access to study books and online resources
  • Structured full length MCAT practice tests
  • Mentoring & networking
  • Job shadowing and opportunities for additional clinical training/experience
  • Placement in the WI AHEC Community Health Internship Program (paid summer internship)
  • Cohort-based learning, collaboration and support
  • Assistance with preparing medical school application
  • $100 in gas cards to help offset transportation costs

AMP 2.0 Components

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Advising Sessions

During the fall semester students will attend weekly two-hour virtual advising sessions. The group advising sessions are planned by the AMP Coordinator and led by experts on topics such as social determinants of health, cultural competency, effective communication, etc. Each advising session will allow students to build their competencies and better prepare themselves for the medical school application process. 

MCAT Prep Course

Throughout the fall, winter, and spring semesters students will be enrolled in a Princeton Review MCAT Pathways course. There will be 22 3-hour classes spread throughout the year to set the AMP students up for taking the MCAT in March or April 2025. The classes will be exclusive to AMP students only. The fee for this program is covered through the AMP program.

Case-Based Learning

During the spring semester students will attend the virtual “Wicked Problems in Medicine” course. The course is built around two case studies analogous to cases used by first-and second-year medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin, providing experience with this learning method before entering medical school.

Application Preparation

During April and May, students will attend virtual Application Preparation Workshops. These will consist of specialized sessions on topics such as assistance with medical school application, writing essays and personalized statements, tips to master the medical school interview, practice interview sessions, skill building around test anxiety, and more.

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A clinical coordinator will work with the student to arrange 20 to 40 hours of in-person job shadow that fits their needs and interests, depending on the student and preceptor’s availability. The shadowing can occur during a time that works for both of them so it can be during the winter, spring break, or summer. Clinical shadowing will be completed by the end of the AMP program.

Community Health Internship

From June to July, the student will participate in the WI AHEC Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) as a full-time, paid intern in the North Central region. This is an eight-week, community or public health-focused internship with a local partner. Most of these placements are in-person. Participants will receive a stipend of $4,800 for completing the internship. By being immersed in the community, students will better understand the health needs of the community as they apply their knowledge in the real world.

Community Health Immersion

Students will also participate in a Wisconsin AHEC Community Health Immersion. This multi-day, immersive community health experience allows students to explore cultures, social determinants of health, and health equity in a rural or underserved community. Students will have a variety of immersions to choose from both virtually and in-person throughout the winter, spring, and summer.


Throughout the program, students will have ample opportunities to build their professional development through networking opportunities with their cohort, current medical students, and staff at North Central WI AHEC and MCW-Central Wisconsin-sponsored events. Events will take place in Wausau and be interspersed throughout the program. The exact dates and details are to be determined and shared at a later date.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need to be a Wisconsin resident?

Currently, interested individuals do not need to be a WI resident. Preference is given to individuals who have ties to central Wisconsin and who have an interest in rural medicine.

Will the program components be in-person or virtual?

The AMP Advising sessions, Wicked Problems in Medicine course, MCAT Prep course, and application preparation workshops will be virtual during the evenings. However, the clinical rotation and the North Central WI AHEC Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) will be in-person so it is required for individuals to relocate for these components. There is potential for the WI AHEC Community Health Immersion to be in-person, virtual, or hybrid.

Does the AMP 2.0 Program provide tuition assistance?

Unfortunately, AMP is not a tuition assistance program, and we are not able to provide funding for other courses. We are a pipeline program that provides professional development and medical-related experiences for students free of charge. This includes MCAT test prep or financial assistance to attend professional development activities such as conferences, including travel costs. In addition, students receive a placement in the North Central WI AHEC Community Health Internship Program (CHIP), which is a paid summer internship.

Will the summer internship be in-person or virtual?

AMP students will participate in the North Central WI AHEC Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) in either an in-person or hybrid format. Most of our AMP CHIP sites are in Wausau, but we do have a few sites located in other areas of our 11-county region.

What types of internships will be available for CHIP?

Each individual will be placed at a community service agency. All projects are focused on various areas of community health. Multiple project options are available, and students will have the opportunity to provide input on which internship they would like to be assigned.

What components are required so my application is considered complete?

  • All application questions must be answered, including a personal statement with background and career goals and how the AMP Program will support reaching these goals.
  • A current unofficial transcript or official transcript. If you have already graduated, please submit your final transcript. 
  • A current resume that includes volunteer and paid work experience.

What is the application process?

  • Applications will be accepted from February 12th, 2024 through April 4th, 2024. The AMP Committee will review all applications and select a group of students to complete a virtual interview with two of our committee members. If selected for an interview, please dress professionally and come prepared with questions. 
  • Applicants will be notified by May 24th, 2024 of the committee’s decision.


Emma Ceaglske, Education and Outreach Coordinator, 320-496-5471
AHEC | North Central
518 S. 7th Ave., Room 086
Wausau, WI 54401

Funding for this project is provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.