Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med Program

A pre-med preparation program specifically designed for career changers with a bachelor's or advanced degree who desire to become a physician, but lack the pre-med requirements to apply to medical school. This program is available for Kentucky residents and out of state students.

Please note:  As of the fall 2012 semester, our program is no longer a certificate granting program.  It is a pre-med preparation program and has been renamed the Post-bac Pre-med Program.  This change will not effect our students' consideration for medical school. Our program's purpose and structure remains the same.

Our October information sessions are on Saturday Oct. 18 @ 12:30 p.m. and Monday Oct. 20 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Ekstrom Library room 254,  2215 S. Third Street, U of L Belknap Campus.  
No Registration Required.
Refer to our information session webpage for more details.

Become the physician you always wanted to be!

Program alumni at the 2013 University of Louisville School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony

Celebrating our First Five Years!
Our program is celebrating its fifth year.  Over the past five years our program has grown and evolved.  We have been successful in matriculating the majority of our students to medical school; not only at the University of Louisville School of Medicine,but medical schools throughout the United States.  Our program takes its mission seriously by investing time, attention, resources and support to facilitate our students' success in becoming the physician they always wanted to be.  Our first set of medical school graduates will finish with the Class of 2015.  The medical school graduating class of 2021 is waiting for you!  Now is the time to prepare to be a competitive applicant for our program.
Keep reading to learn more about what we have to offer!

OUR MISSION

Kentucky has 120 counties and approximately 80 of them are health professional shortage areas (HPSA) http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov/.  Entire counties or portions of these counties do not have enough health care professionals to meet the health care needs of their population.  More physicians are greatly needed to practice in medically under served areas to help improve the quality of life and access to health care for its residents.  In Kentucky there are numerous counties without hospitals or specialists, requiring its residents to drive to the cities of Louisville, Lexington, etc., which in many cases are miles and hours away.  Area Health Education Centers or AHECs in Kentucky are diligently working to help remedy this situation. Most are located near or in medically underserved areas.  There are Area Health Education Centers located throughout the U.S.A. striving to reduce the amount of medically underserved areas in their state.  It's not just a Kentucky issue.  There are rural and urban medically underserved areas throughout the nation in need of more health professionals to meet the health care needs of the population.  There's also a great need to diversify the health care work force and to have more culturally competent health professionals.

The need for more primary care physicians; family and general practitioners; internal medicine practitioners and pediatricians continues to grown nationally.  These physicians serve as the first point of contact for most patients and through them referrals are made to specialists if necessary.  Our program exist to serve as a potential remedy to this problem by helping to increase and diversify the health care work force one student at a time.

OUR PURPOSE

The first step to become a physician is going to medical school. Medical schools have limited class sizes available each year which makes admission very competitive. Admission committees are seeking competitive applicants who have completed their pre-med requirements; are academically strong; have scored well on the MCAT; have had clinical exposure (shadowing); are well rounded; have a sincere compassion for others through community service involvement; make a great impression during their interview; have solid letters of recommendation and have a genuine interest in medicine.  There is a lot involved in preparing for and applying to medical school. Many students get discouraged or lost in the shuffle without the professional guidance to help them navigate through the preparation process.

The University of Louisville School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences established this program for career changers interested in going to medical school. This program is designed specifically for career changers with a bachelor's or advance degree who want to go to medical school but haven't fulfilled the pre-med requirements for medical school admission. Our program serves as a navigation system for its students.  Please note: This is not an academic enhancing program. If your GPA is below our required minimum, you may want to seek a record enhancing program or another program with a more lenient criteria.  Please refer to http://services.aamc.org/postbac/ for a listing of additional programs.

Our application cycle is for fall entry only.  There are 20 spots available for the upcoming fall 2015 cohort. This is a two year program.  For example, our fall 2014 cohort would be scheduled to complete the program by May 2016.  However, it is possible to complete the program in a shorter period of time, pending the number of hours you take each semester and whether or not you take summer classes.

OUR PLAN

This program is the first of its kind in Kentucky.  It is designed for career changers who have earned their bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited U.S. college/university and desire to become a physician, but lack the pre-med requirements and preparation to apply to medical school.  Applicants must have minimal pre-med level science course work in biology, chemistry and physics (not exceeding 12 credit hours). Pre-med level courses are usually for biology, chemistry or physics majors or minorsPlease note: If more than 12 hours has been taken, the only exception made is if the course work was taken 10 or more years ago.

The 12 hours doesn't include introductory level courses in biology, chemistry or physics nor does it include science courses acquired through nursing, exercise science or physical therapy,unless they
were also for majors/minors in biology, chemistry or physics.

Each student has a program plan tailor made just for them based on course offerings each semester and their availability. Students attend school either on a part-time or full-time basis.  Some students must work while in the program.  Our students may take a minimum of six credit hours per semester (summer courses are optional). Most classes are available morning, afternoon and evening during the week.  Classes are taken with the general student population, including current undergraduate students.Our program is not responsible for the course offerings, the availability of courses or which instructor is teaching the course(s).  That is determined by the individual department and the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office.

Our program is a one stop shop for its students!

    We provide a student friendly and supportive environment

    We provide advising exclusively for our post-bac pre-med students

    We provide monthly enrichment sessions and lunch & learn sessions

    We provide a book exchange and resource library with course and MCAT materials

    We provide tutoring through the REACH Department

    We provide ongoing volunteer service opportunities and shadowing experiences

    We provide extra curricular activities (e.g., CPR training/certification, simulation center hands on demonstrations, etc.)

    We provide an annual medical school visit to the U of L School of Medicine, an admissions workshop and mock interview

    We provide a peer mentor and medical student mentor for each student

    We provide a committee letter of recommendation from the Program Advisory Committee

      We offer assured admission to the University of Louisville
      School of Medicine!

        Our students have a guaranteed support system that will guide them through the entire pre-medical process; from pre-med coursework to their medical school interview. Our students don't have to compete with undergraduate pre-med students for advising or for the services necessary for medical school preparation.  They receive personalized attention while in the program and become a part of a supportive pre-med community.

        Teambuilding group pic at Cedar Ridge Camp 2013


        Our program is striving to increase and diversify the health care workforce statewide and nationwide.  We not only encourage our students to apply to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, we also make them aware of our other two medical schools in the state, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the University of Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  We are producing qualified and competitive applicants for medical schools in Kentucky, throughout the United States and abroad.

        Our program has a linkage with the University of Louisville School of Medicine via assured admissions for qualified students who meet the criteria. Assured Admission reserves a seat in the entering medical school class for qualified students.  Our ultimate goal is for our students to successfully matriculate into medical school and become the physician they always wanted to be.

        "Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."  - Quote by Earl Nightingale