Post-Baccalaureate Programs A Little
Known Secret to Med School

Post-baccalaureate programs are a great way towards getting into medical school. You'll be able to:

  • Improve academic credentials
  • Take required pre med courses
  • Determine if medical school is for you.

If you are debating on whether a post bac program is the route for you then all of your answers have been answered. I have gone ahead and compiled everything you need to know about choosing a program, each curriculum, whether they have linkage programs with medical schools and the requirements for admission for over 30 programs.

As you can see, post-baccalaureate programs serve a number of needs and they can be put into four broad categories:Image Preview

  • Academic Record-Enhancers
  • Career-Changers
  • Groups Underrepresented in Medicine
  • Master Programs

Before getting started you should be aware that many programs will be classified as Formal/Structured or Informal/Unstructured. This allows you to determine if there is a set curriculum in place and determine how long the program lasts. On the other hand, informal programs allow you to pick and choose only the classes you need without having to stick to a particular curriculum.

There are pros and cons with each type of environment. With the structured post baccalaureate you will find a community environment where you take classes with the same set of students, whereas unstructured you will be taking classes with the general student population.

Academic Record-Enhancer

This post baccalaureate is for individuals who have completed most or all of their premedical requirements, but need another chance to show they can compete at a level required of medical students.

If you earned a C- in your premed courses, then it is crucial that you retake the course in question. Otherwise, do not repeat courses because medical school admissions officers expect you to get an A the second time around. Therefore, you want to take upper division science courses at the undergraduate level so they can be calculated into your undergraduate grade point average.

The academic record-enhancer program may be formal or informal, but you will find a support system in place at most institutions. You will have access to premed advisors, sometimes a committee letter of evaluation may be offered, and the post bac program can assist in the medical school application process.

A lot of programs have affiliations/linkages with medical schools. This is a benefit for you because you are more likely to earn an invitation to interview at a medical school, but it does not guarantee admission, you must still have a stellar GPA and MCAT score.

The goal of any post-bac program is to excel in your coursework, this is especially true for the academic record-enhancer, I like to say, "protect your GPA at all costs." If the numbers are not looking good don't stay in the program just to stay because it could prevent you from getting into medical school.

You're here because you did not perform well in your classes and if it happens again your chances of getting into medical school are very slim.

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This post-baccalaureate program is for people who have decided to enter medicine after working in another career or who have already graduated from college. You will find career-changers to be highly motivated because they are generally more mature than the average applicant, have more life experience and are making substantial changes in their lifestyle to pursue medicine.

Career-changer post-baccalaureate programs are usually very formal because you have not completed the four courses needed for medical school:

  • General Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics

Since everyone will be taking the same courses at the same time you will find a genuine post-bac community among the students. The program directors are keenly aware of your needs and will set aside time in the curriculum to prepare for the MCAT, supply letters of recommendation and advise you on the application process.

If you were lucky enough to attend a post-baccalaureate that has a linkage program, you might be able to avoid the "glide" year (time from applying to enrollment) completely.

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Groups Underrepresented in Medicine

This post-baccalaureate is for underrepresented minorities and is intended to increase diversity in the field of medicine. I will be very straight forward and mention that these post bac programs vary from institution to institution.

Some post bacs focus on completing the basic sciences, others give graduate credit, while some are a combination of both and then some. The underrepresented in medicine post-baccalaureate is consistent in helping minorities get into medical school and this may include:

  • improving study skills
  • MCAT preparation
  • mentoring
  • advising on the application process

If you are a racial/ethnic minority, educationally disadvantaged and/or economically disadvantaged then this may be the best way for you to go. These programs are very supportive to your needs by having a lot of counselors on hand, all types of academic resources, and health care volunteering opportunities.

Unfortunately, it is hard to get accepted into these types of programs because more students are applying and the screening process is very thorough. But once you're accepted and if you follow the advice of your mentors while also working hard you may end up in a very prestigious medical school.

Believe me on this, I have friends who completed a URM post-baccalaureate and then were faced with the problem of choosing which Ivy League medical school to attend because of receiving multiple medical school acceptances.

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Masters Programs

These programs are for students who:

  • have done well in school
  • want to take medical school courses or
  • improve their chances for admission.

In almost every case, if you do not have a bachelor's degree you cannot apply. Some even state you need to have completed the medical school prerequisites.

When you go on to apply to medical school you will be viewed favorably because of your advanced degree. The only cautionary advice is, bad grades can really hurt your chances, so once you're enrolled you need to perform.

Since many of these programs are one year in length and you will be getting an advanced degree it is possible to apply while you are enrolled and then go directly to medical school at the conclusion of your program.

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Midwestern University a Means to Medical School
Rosalind Franklin a Grad Program for Improving Your Academics
Tufts Where You Take Med School Classes
Tulane's Program is for Genetics Lovers
Univ. Cincinnati's Physiology Program is Nationally Recognized

Overall Message

If you want to get into medical school there is a post-baccalaureate program for you. The hardest part on your end is to identify which program matches up to your needs and wants and will give you your best chance of admission to medical school.

If you don't know where to begin then you need to take a look at The Post-Bac Guidebook for Getting Into Medical School. You'll learn the ins-and-outs on over 30 of the top programs in the country. For each post-bac program you'll get the inside scoop on:Post Bac Book

  • Program Focus
  • Structure/Curriculum
  • Eligibility
  • Admission/Application Requirements
  • Deadlines

All the research has been done for you. Now you simply have to choose which program you'd like to attend. I will remind you to be fully committed to excelling in the program of your choice because there is no point in attending if you are not prepared to do what it takes to succeed. Medical schools are going to screen you just as tough as the applicant who hasn't attended a post bac premedical program.

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