For Prospective Students

Application process

*The MetroPAP application is now closed and will open again in October 2021.

The MetroPAP longitudinal experience gives an opportunity to understand all the aspects of social determinants of health in an individual patient as visits occur over time, as well as an opportunity for personal involvement in a community, to explore how those aspects are addressed. Check out the MetroPAP FAQ page and the alumni videos on this page to hear directly about the student experience.

Applications are available to second-year medical students now and due by midnight on November 29, 2020. MetroPAP faculty members meet with finalists to evaluate their qualifications and needs. All interviews will be done virtually via Zoom. Most interviews for Duluth and Twin Cities students will take place the week of December 7, 2020. Class selection will occur by mid-February of 2021. Students are offered placement in February, enabling them to appropriately schedule their third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships. 

Before you start your application, review this word document that has information to help you fill out your application. For your CV, we have provided this CV template to use as a guide. Your CV does not have to follow this template exactly but must include all information listed. Please contact us with any questions or requests for assistance with your CV. *Note that a letter of recommendation is not required as part of this application.

*Due Date: November 29, 2020 by 11:59 pm

Info Sessions

10/9/20 MetroPAP Info Session 12:15pm-1:10pm
11/11/20 MetroPAP Info Session 12:15pm-1:10pm

*Please RSVP if you plan to attend the Zoom session. Zoom link will be sent only to people who RSVP.

Virtual Office Hours for Application Questions 

  • 11/13/20, 9:00am-9:30am
  • 11/19/20, 10:00-10:30am
  • email for Zoom link to these office hours


Each MetroPAP student receives a stipend of $20,000 for participation in MetroPAP - that equals half of your tuition for your third year! $8,000 is deposited into students’ University accounts two times: once in August and once in January. The final $4,000 is deposited in May. This $20,000 stipend is not paid in addition to financial aid or loans - it counts against your tuition due. Payments are made based on students meeting MetroPAP program requirements. If you have any questions, contact Kristin Basballe in the Medical School Office of Financial Aid,, 612-624-7675.


  • A student should be a motivated, independent learner
  • Must pass the USMLE Step I Board Exam
  • Solid academic performance in medical school courses; passed all requirements to begin clinical experience
  • Must successfully complete Medicine I clinical clerkship prior to MetroPAP
  • Immunization schedule must be up-to-date

Breaks and vacations

MetroPAP students will not receive breaks according to the Medical School’s academic calendar (e.g., no spring break or winter break). Instead, they receive two weeks of vacation (10 weekdays + weekends) to schedule with the permission of their site and the MetroPAP office; throughout the program, the occasional sick day does not count against this total.