“My time in the Postbaccalaureate program at UC Irvine definitely allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for the medical field that I am pursuing. In addition, it helped me develop the skills and mindset needed to succeed in upper division science courses. Finally, it instilled a sense of confidence in me that I did not have during my time as an undergraduate. My counselors, mentors, and cohort are undoubtedly the greatest support network that I can ask for during my journey to medicine.”
– Former UC Irvine Postbaccalaureate student
The UC Irvine School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program is designed to assist disadvantaged applicants in gaining acceptance to medical school, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of physicians in underserved areas.
The program, which has been in existence for 30 years, has a record of placing more than 88 percent of all participants in a U.S. medical school.
Students in the program are provided with a supportive environment aimed at:
To be eligible for the Postbaccalaureate Program, the successful candidates must:
*A disadvantaged individual is one who, from an early age, resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family, societal or other hardships that significantly compromised their educational opportunities.
The main components of the program are enrollment in two upper-division biology courses (8 units) for summer session I and II on the UC Irvine undergraduate campus, followed by full-time enrollment (12 units) for fall and winter quarters.
Over the course of the program, students will complete a total of 40 quarter units. An intensive MCAT exam preparation phase is conducted during the spring quarter.
Depending on the academic background of the student, course enrollments will vary. Students will receive one-on-one academic counseling to formulate the classes that will best meet their academic needs and discuss the areas they can further develop in their application to medical school.
During the academic year, students enroll in upper-division science courses. It is expected that students will maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher in these courses. This is an opportunity for students to:
Students are also enrolled in an MCAT critical reasoning preparation course throughout fall quarter. If needed, students may also participate in research and/or enhance their clinical exposure for academic credit. The program hosts seminars, workshops, motivational gatherings, and professional discussions focusing on health care in underserved populations. Some additional highlights are:
Program staff members work closely with participants throughout the medical school application process. Upon satisfactory progress within the program, a personalized letter of recommendation is provided to the medical schools where the participant has applied.
Phase II of the program takes place during spring quarter and includes preparation for both the MCAT and the medical school application process. Included in this phase are:
Students meet with program advisors to determine their readiness for application/re-application to medical school. The objective is to provide students with the tools needed to perform to their full potential on the MCAT exam.
The MCAT exam date and subsequent application to medical school will be determined based on a student’s progress.
Students are responsible for all costs including living expenses, tuition/registration fees and any additional educational costs over the course of the program. Since only a portion of the costs can be defrayed by student loans, participants are encouraged to apply early for financial aid. Depending on institutional funding in a given year, some of the costs may be covered by the program.
Applicants should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for both the current academic year and the previous academic year. Submitting the FAFSA is the first step to applying for financial aid. It does not cost anything to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the form. UC Irvine's school code is 001314.
If you have any questions about the FAFSA or the financial aid process, representatives from the School of Medicine Financial Aid Office are available to help you. For specific questions, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-6476.
The UC Irvine Postbaccalaureate Program, along with other UC medical school programs, are part of a consortium.
The consortium uses a joint online application and a centralized service for all application materials. This allows applicants to apply to various programs on different UC campuses.
However, applications are considered separately and deadlines for completed applications vary for each program. The online application is available each year beginning in January. It can be found on the University of California Postbaccalaureate Consortium website.
2017 Application Deadlines for All Applicants (First-time and Re-applicants)
Instructions are available at https://postbac.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/.
In addition to submitting a complete online California Postbaccalaureate Consortium application, you must submit all supporting materials, which include letters of recommendation, college transcripts and, if you are reapplying, a copy of your processed AMCAS application to the centralized service. This centralized service will distribute copies of your materials to UC Irvine.
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