Post-Baccalaureate Programs

If you feel that in most respects you are competitive for medical, PA or PT school, but are being held back by a lack of preparation or poor performance in the sciences, one possible route to take is to complete a post-baccalaureate program. About 15% of the students entering medical school have completed a post-bac program. That alone is good reason to consider such a program. There are over 100 such programs in the US, some at very prestigious institutions.

If you are considering a post-bac program, consider one that is linked to one or more medical schools, guaranteeing admission to the medical school based on achieving a specific level of performance in the program. There are also programs that give preference to under-represented minority students. The most important consideration in choosing a program is the school’s acceptance rate of its students to medical school.

The disadvantage of a post-bac program of course is that tuition is comparable to that of a private college. But if you need to correct deficiencies in preparation or performance, this is an efficient way to do it. And folded into the cost of a medical education, it is worth the investment.

The AAMC post-bac page can be found here: https://students-residents.aamc.org/postbacc/, and a list of post-bac programs can be found at: https://apps.aamc.org/postbac/#/index. Please see your health professions advisor for more information on post-bac programs.

Some good articles to look at that might help you decide if a post-bac program is the best option for you:

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/medical-school-admissions-doctor/2011/12/19/is-a-postbaccalaureate-medical-program-right-for-you

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/education/edlife/a-second-opinion-the-post-baccalaureate.html?_r=0

http://www.naahp.org/PublicResources/PostBaccalaureateOptions/PostBacArticle2.aspx