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The post-baccalaureate premedical certification program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center strengthens admission qualifications for entrance into medical school.
Acad Med. 2008 Jan; 83(1):45-51.AM

Abstract

The Post-Baccalaureate (postbac) Premedical Certification Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center provides an opportunity for individuals to enhance their credentials for entry into medical school by offering a challenging biomedical science core curriculum in graduate biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, and pharmacology. In addition, students (called postbacs) receive instruction in human gross anatomy, histology, and embryology with first-year medical students. More than 90% of the students accepted into the postbac program have applied to medical school previously but have been rejected by admission committees at least once, primarily because of low cognitive scores. In spring 2001, seven postbacs completed the program, of which only one was admitted into the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), the medical school affiliated with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Three postbacs went to other medical schools. Thirty-one completed the program by spring 2006, of whom 13 were admitted to TCOM, and eight to other medical schools. After six years, 101 postbacs have completed the program, and 70 have been accepted into medical schools. Postbacs admitted into TCOM have performed well compared with their medical school classmates. Overall, average scores for postbacs are above those of their medical school classmates. In addition, postbacs have taken class leadership positions, served as tutors and mentors, and have served as school ambassadors for new applicants. The postbac premedical program has proven to be very successful in preparing students for the rigors of a medical school curriculum by allowing these students to develop the skills and confidence necessary to compete.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, USA. rustyr@hsc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18162749

Citation

Reeves, Rustin E., et al. "The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Certification Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Strengthens Admission Qualifications for Entrance Into Medical School." Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, vol. 83, no. 1, 2008, pp. 45-51.
Reeves RE, Vishwanatha JK, Yorio T, et al. The post-baccalaureate premedical certification program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center strengthens admission qualifications for entrance into medical school. Acad Med. 2008;83(1):45-51.
Reeves, R. E., Vishwanatha, J. K., Yorio, T., Budd, M., & Sheedlo, H. J. (2008). The post-baccalaureate premedical certification program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center strengthens admission qualifications for entrance into medical school. Academic Medicine : Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 83(1), 45-51.
Reeves RE, et al. The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Certification Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Strengthens Admission Qualifications for Entrance Into Medical School. Acad Med. 2008;83(1):45-51. PubMed PMID: 18162749.
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