Applying to Medical School
The program approaches application to medical school in a structured, step-by-step manner throughout the year. Based on their success in the UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program, most program participants apply to medical schools beginning in June. Some participants may choose to wait a year following the program to add, at their own initiative, clinical, research and/or volunteer experience to their portfolios. Regardless, students are encouraged to apply to medical school when their portfolio and candidacy are strongest.
UC San Diego Post Bacc Premed Program graduates have been accepted to top medical schools across the country, including but not limited to those listed below.
- UC San Diego
- Yale University
- George Washington University
- Dartmouth College
- Tufts University
- Western University of Health Sciences
- University of Michigan
- Temple University
- Stony Brook University
- USC Keck School of Medicine
- UC Davis
The UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program provides students with preparation for the MCAT. Students are not required to have prior MCAT scores coming into the program.
Instructors for the MCAT course are drawn from private preparation companies and have specialized knowledge of the subject matter, test taking strategies and modern pedagogical techniques. One-on-one tutoring is also available for any subject.
Students in the cohort are encouraged to take the MCAT on the same date (ideally in January) so they can study and take practice tests together. In addition, keeping to the same MCAT schedule ensures that students are able to participate in spring quarter medical school preparation workshops.
Although the MCAT no longer includes a writing sample, it is important that all students maintain their ability to clearly articulate their interest in medicine, both orally and in writing. Building skills and knowledge step-by-step bolsters participants' applications as well as their ability to succeed in medical school.