This is part of our Postbac Admissions Series where we explore the ins and outs of applying to postbaccalaureate programs, including tips for finding the best programs, writing the best essays, finding the best recommenders, and more. Click here to get the complete guide.
There are many different types of pre-medical postbaccalaureate programs. They are all designed to assist students with matriculating into medical school, but provide different levels of support and target different parts of the application.
Single Focus Programs
This type of program allows students to focus only on improving their academic record or taking the premed requirements. This option is great for students who already have an extensive record of long-term service in multiple areas but who simply need to demonstrate that they are ready for the rigorous curriculum of medical school.
Dual Focus Programs
While taking coursework, students are encouraged to participate in research, clinical, or volunteer work. This combination allows students to strengthen their academic record as well as their activities section. Students often take coursework only part-time in these programs, which frequently provide outstanding opportunities in community outreach or research.
Multi Focus Programs
This type of program provides the most comprehensive level of support – often in multiple areas. Depending on your needs, this may significantly increase your success in the application process. They may help with general advising, class selection, study skills, academic achievement, MCAT preparation, activity opportunities, as well as the application process. Each program is unique in its structure and strengths. It’s a more comprehensive option.
Postbac programs, like medical schools and applicants, differ. First assess your needs and what you want to accomplish in a postbac program. Then, look for the programs that provide what you seek. This approach will most effectively enhance your chances of medical school acceptance.
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Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs. Want Alicia to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!