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Ask the Experts: Post-Baccalaureate Programs
Joy Phinizy Williams is the associate dean for students and special programs at Georgetown University School of Medicine and has served as the director of the Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies program (GEMS) since 1979. GEMS is an affiliated, year-long post-bac program for disadvantaged and under-represented students.
Loretta Walker, PhD., is Director of Drexel University College of Medicine's Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Program. She has experience motivating and counseling high school, college and post-baccalaureate students. She invests herself in the success of these students by helping them to keep their lives in perspective and directed toward achieving their goal to become health care professionals.
- What exactly are post-bac programs?
- Do any post-bac programs have relationships with local medical schools?
How does that work? If I participate in a post-bac offered through a medical school, will they consider my application to that school more favorable?
- I've heard that post-bac programs can improve a student's chances of getting into medical school.
How helpful are they in preparing for and applying to medical school?
- How do medical schools evaluate students who have completed a post-bac program?
Do they judge applicants differently if they participated in a science-focused post-bac as opposed to an MCAT-focused post-bac or some other focus?
- Should I consider doing post-bac program?
I have a 3.1 GPA as a senior majoring biology, minor in chemistry. I'm interested in attending either medical or dental school.
- Is it a good idea to do a post-bac offered through a community college?
- Do all post-bac programs have the same academic focus, or do they emphasize different things?
I've heard with some you end up with a master's degree in science, with others you don't end up with a degree. I've also heard that some focus primarily on getting students ready for the MCAT exam.
- I'm a post-bac student not enrolled in any official program. What classes and extra-curricular activities I need to do on my way to applying to medical school?
This fall, I will take organic chemistry and physics. Which other upper division science or other courses do you suggest I take to prepare for the MCAT exam and to get a head start on the first years of medical school?
- How do I find the post-bac program that's best for me?
- What suggestions do you have for receiving financial aid for a post-bac program?
Are there any helpful Web sites or scholarships for post-bac students?
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
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