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Analysis in Brief

Each online issue of Analysis in Brief (AIB) tackles an academic medicine research topic, and presents a two-page, easy-to-read snapshot of the AAMC’s data collection and research activities. Topics are selected through a peer-review process and support the association’s strategic research agenda.  The reports not only present data, but also provide context on the issues, interpretation of results and trends, and discussion of the policy and practical implications of the results—all of which may help to facilitate institutional and policy improvements at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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November 2018 Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs in the U.S.: Results of a National Survey

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs in the U.S.: Results of a National Survey

This Analysis in Brief (AIB) presents results of a survey that gathered information about postbaccalaureate premedical (PBPM) programs at institutions throughout the United States.  Despite the important role PBPM programs can play in enhancing preparation of students aspiring to careers in medicine and in increasing physician workforce diversity, the relative prevalence of different types of PBPM programs and their characteristics have not been described in detail.  Surveys were completed for 171 different programs.  Many of these programs had both part-time and full-time options, and costs for program participation varied widely.  Of 157 programs that reported program type as career-changer (for students who have not completed premedical coursework) and/or academic-record-enhancer (for students seeking to enhance their academic credentials), 42 were career-changer only, 61 were academic-record-enhancer only, and 54 were both career-changer and academic-record-enhancer.  Given that 14% of matriculants at Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited U.S. medical schools reported participation in a nondegree postbaccalaureate program (7% career-changer only; 5% academic-record-enhancer only; 2% both career-changer and academic-record-enhancer), findings have implications for policy and practice for prehealth professions advisors, directors and coordinators of specific types of PBPM programs, medical school admissions officers and admissions committee members, and student affairs deans.



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