A pre-med preparation program specifically designed for college graduates and career changers.
WHY OUR PROGRAM EXISTS
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 and many have offices in rural and medically under-served areas.
There is also local and national need for more primary care physicians; family and general practitioners; internal medicine practitioners and pediatricians. 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 the health care work force one student at a time.
CHOOSING TO BECOME A PHYSICIAN
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 college graduates and career changers 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.
WHAT OUR PROGRAM CAN DO FOR YOU
This program is the first of its kind in Kentucky and currently is the only post-bac pre-med program in the state. It is designed for career changers and college graduates with minimal pre-med science (biology, chemistry and physics) who are preparing for medical school to become a physician. 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. Our program is striving to increase the health care work force statewide and nationwide.
Our program provides advising exclusively for our post-bac pre-med students; monthly enrichment sessions; study groups and academic assistance (tutoring); community service involvement; shadowing opportunities; extra curricular activities (e.g., CPR training/certification, simulation center hands on demonstrations, etc.); medical school visits; a first year medical student mentor; a peer mentor; a mock medical school interview; a committee letter of recommendation from the Program Advisory Committee and assured admission to the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Please note: Effective for the fall 2012 semester, our program will no longer be a certificate granting program and has been renamed the Post-bac Pre-med Program. This change was made in order for our students to retain eligibility for federal financial aid. Recent changes were implemented by the federal government regarding eligibility for post-bacs and certificate programs. This change will not effect our students' consideration for medical school. Our program's purpose and structure remains the same.
Our application cycle is for fall entry only with 24 spots available for each academic year. Our program is a two year program. Students have two years or approximately three to five semesters (if you include the summer) to complete the program. For example, our fall 2013 cohort would be scheduled to complete the program by May 2015. However, it is possible to complete the program in a shorter period of time, pending the number of hours you take each semester.
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. Our students are to take a minimum of six credit hours per semester (summer courses are optional). Most classes are available morning, afternoon and evening with some weekend labs available. 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 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.
Our program has a linkage with the University of Louisville School of Medicine via assured admissions for our students who meet the protocol. Assured Admissions reserves a seat in the next 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.
- Quote by Earl Nightingale