Post Bacc Programs (cont’d)

If there’s any downside to entering a similar program, it’s the commitment of time and money, which Mojgani said should be a decision involving research and talking with many people.

“I think that anyone considering medicine should make a huge effort to speak to people in the post-bacc and medical school programs,” he says. “It is a key to know how much of an investment of time, money and energy you are committing to…since once you are in the program it is often too late to change your mind.”

The University of California’s Resnik agrees. “There’s no rating system for these programs, which vary widely in objectives, cost and effectiveness,” he says. He urges prospective students to ask a lot of questions, and talk to current participants and faculty. One important question, he says, is finding out the acceptance rate to medical school for graduates of the post-bacc program. Other basic questions:

How will students access the faculty teaching the program? What is the average length of stay for students? What types of other support including help in the critical MCTA test and other services are offered?

Study the issue, and take time to make up your mind, Resnik urges.

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