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Are you a Non-Traditional Student?
Tarik Asmerom, MS1 Robert Bonacci, MS1
Definition: Any student who does not go straight to medical school after graduating from college Usually takes at least one year off Growing percentage of students entering medical school have taken one or more years off before matriculation The 2011 Perelman School of Medicine entering first year class: 60% are non-traditional students Average age at matriculation is 23 (Range: 21-30)
Pursue a passion Improve credentials for application Change career to medicine Mature and grow as a person
Research NIH http://www.training.nih.gov/student/pre-irta/previewpostbac.asp http://www.training.nih.gov/student/pre-irta/previewpostbac.asp Travel/ Global Experiences Unite for Sight http://www.uniteforsight.org http://www.uniteforsight.org Community Service Work in the US Teach for America http://teachforamerica.org http://teachforamerica.org Other Types of Employment Academic Enhancement Post baccalaureate program Another degree
Get letters of recommendation: Stay in touch with professors to ensure they have submitted (or are in the process of submitting) their letters for you Get recommendations from Post Baccalaureate program, graduate degree professors/administrators, supervisor/research advisor after graduation Describe worthwhile experiences after graduation in your application Be aware of deadlines: Take MCAT on time Apply early in the application season
Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs assist students prepare for medical school after having received their bachelor’s degrees 19% of 2011 entering class completed Post-Bac programs Types of Post-Bac programs: Changing career to medicine Completing science requirements Enhancing academic record Post Baccalaureate Website: http//services.aamc.org/postbac/
Graduate degree programs might be another alternative. Make sure the degree program has biomedical science courses, because admissions committees want to see if you can handle a lot of these types of subjects MPH might also be a path, but first discuss this type of degree with your pre-health advisor and/or medical school admissions directors, because it’s important that you can demonstrate your facility with biomedical science. Attempt to earn as many A’s and B’s as possible!
Research For competitive specialties School funded grants National grants Mentor funded Additional Degrees International Clinical Experiences Personal Time – Leave of Absence