Incoming UC San Diego Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program students typically:
- Come from as near as San Diego and as far away as New Zealand
- Are ages 22 to 35+
- Are ethnically and culturally diverse
- Have incoming science and overall GPAs between 3.0 and 3.9
- Have not yet taken the MCAT
- Come from institutes of higher education such as UC San Diego, UT/Austin, Dartmouth, University of Chicago, Stanford, UCLA, USD, Duke, Florida State, Johns Hopkins, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Riverside, Pomona College, Notre Dame, Princeton, Rutgers, St. Olaf, Tulane, University of Arizona, Skidmore, USC, among others.
- Serve in major health-related student organizations
- Have clinical experience
- Volunteer in underserved communities in the U.S. and elsewhere
- Possess an unending drive to pursue a career in medicine and a dedication to serving others
Serving the Underserved
We support the UC San Diego School of Medicine's long-term vision to improve healthcare for underserved Americans. Students from underrepresented or socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and students who are interested in providing healthcare to underserved communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
The AAMC/AMCAS defines underrepresented populations as "those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population."
Socioeconomically disadvantaged populations are defined as those groups that have been underserved in the past. This included individuals who are the first in their family to obtain higher education, those who lived in underserved rural areas until they were 18, as well as African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans (Amerindians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians) and mainland Puerto Ricans.
The full-time focus of the program is on upper division science coursework, seminars, workshops, MCAT preparation and medical school applications.
The intensity of this unique program does not allow for participants to re-take required premedical courses, to expand their extracurricular portfolio, or to hold employment.
International students may be considered for the program. However, if an international student is admitted to the UC San Diego Post Bacc Premed Program, he/she must understand at the outset that admission to a U.S. medical school may be difficult. Please visit the following website that provides guidance for international students seeking to enter U.S. medical schools: